Own the travel lifecycle.


Contact Us:

Utrip HQ

2101 4th Ave. #1020 

Seattle, WA 98121



Our Mission

Make personalized trip planning possible for everyone.



Utrip is a data-driven personalization platform and A.I. recommendation engine built specifically for the travel industry. We combine the best of local expertise, human experience and artificial intelligence to make the customer experience easy, enjoyable and personal. Leveraging machine learning and advanced traveler preference data, Utrip enables travel companies, both large and small, to increase conversion rates, ancillary revenue, customer loyalty and engagement.

Whether through our white label solution, API recommendation engine or data enrichment, Utrip’s technology optimizes your digital experience based on customer preferences, budget, geography and many other relevant factors, sorting through millions of options in seconds. At Utrip, we’re empowering our partners to reimagine their customer relationships through every step of the travel lifecycle.



Leadership Team


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Gilad Berenstein 

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

In 2010, Gilad began planning a dream trip to Europe and spent untold hours researching his trip. He had an epiphany—there had to be a better way to plan the perfect trip. Upon returning to Seattle, he vowed to make his vision a reality and founded Utrip.

Gilad’s background includes leadership positions in business development (Watch2Help and GB Consulting), financial and asset management (PricewaterhouseCoopers and Harris Allison Buxbaum Group) and entrepreneurship as a founder, startup executive and corporate advisor.

He holds a BA in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Washington.

When he’s not leading the Utrip team, you can find Gilad traveling with his wife Lisa and exploring the globe through his stomach.


Landon Springer

Director of Engineering

Originally hailing from Kansas City, Landon decided to trade BBQ and fountains for the splendor and sights of the Emerald City back in 2016. His background includes everything from big data processing to full-stack application development, so needless to say, we felt pretty good giving him the reigns of Utrip's development and engineering teams.

When it comes to travel, he’s a sucker for a good mountain (which might have had something to do with why he’s definitely not in Kansas anymore)—particularly Breckenridge and Whistler. And when he's back in Jet City, he's probably hiking, drinking beer, or shooting 8-ball with friends.


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Chris Manderino

Chief Operating Officer

Chris brings a powerful combination of sales, marketing and operations experience to Utrip. With over 20 years in travel and technology at big companies like Expedia and Microsoft, Chris has transitioned her leadership experience to helping startups in the Seattle area, including Dwellable (acquired by HomeAway) and Peach. 

She received her BA in Communications from what is now called Truman State University.

When she’s not helping companies scale, you will find her singing at the top of her lungs, reading interesting fiction or traveling with her husband Dan and son Parker.

Andrew Hutchings

Head of Algorithms & Data Science

Trivia demigod, burger connoisseur, and puzzle room aficionado, Andrew’s in charge of all things AI at Utrip. He’s also a bit of a globetrotter, and some of his favorite spots he’s been include Budapest, Peru, and Scotland.

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Andrew also grabbed his B.S. in Mathematics at Harvey Mudd and picked up an M.S. in Operation Research at  Cornell along the way. He’s worked on everything from credit scoring tools for FICO and researching approximation algorithms and mathematical programming to using optimization techniques to win an NCAA pool and teaching an algorithm to play Mastermind. He’s been working Utrip since 2014, all the while making both the product and the team smarter.