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Wizz Air Takes Fight to Legacy Carriers With Aggressive Expansion

Wizz Air Takes Fight to Legacy Carriers With Aggressive Expansion

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Wizz Air is doing in eastern Europe, what Ryanair and EasyJet have done in the west. Legacy flag carriers, especially those not part of bigger groups, just find it too hard to compete.

3 hours ago

Airlines Put Facebook Messenger Chatbots to Work Answering Easy Questions

Airlines Put Facebook Messenger Chatbots to Work Answering Easy Questions

Brian Sumers, Skift

Bots have come a long way since Alaska Airlines introduced 'Ask Jenn' about a decade ago. But they're still not perfect. At least for now, we'd rather have a human touch.

9 hours ago

U.S. Tourism From Foreign Travelers Is in Steep Decline if You Believe Foursquare Data

U.S. Tourism From Foreign Travelers Is in Steep Decline if You Believe Foursquare Data

Dan Peltier, Skift

Some U.S.-based travel brands aren't overly worried about a potential Trump slump but Foursquare's data is an indication that they should be braced for some tough-going.

10 hours ago

Video: Norwegian Air CEO on Why He Does Not Fear Low-Cost Competition

Video: Norwegian Air CEO on Why He Does Not Fear Low-Cost Competition

Brian Sumers, Skift

Some legacy airlines are threatened by Norwegian, but most respect what CEO Bjorn Kjos is doing. They often say he's a worthy adversary.

10 hours ago

Luggage Startup Away Raises $20 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Luggage Startup Away Raises $20 Million: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The co-founders of luggage maker Away are seeing surprisingly good early results by applying the direct-to-consumer model that Warby Parker championed in eyewear. Also this week: Short-term rental platform Favstay attracted more than $2 million in funding.

10 hours ago

American Airlines Seats and Services Are Finally Living Up To Its Marketing

American Airlines Seats and Services Are Finally Living Up To Its Marketing

Colin Nagy, Skift

American promised a bold vision with its ad campaigns. And it seems to be coming true.

11 hours ago

The Cost of Uncertainty — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

The Cost of Uncertainty — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Travel industry advocates have been asking the new U.S. administration to send a welcoming message to the world's travelers for months now. They're still waiting, and worrying about the impact of policies that seem more likely to discourage visitors.

11 hours ago

CarTrawler Finds Itself for Sale Again

CarTrawler Finds Itself for Sale Again

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Business-to-business travel companies might not be as attractive as their business-to-consumer siblings but they can still command a hefty price tag. CarTrawler is one of Ireland's best-known travel tech companies, and a new owner would likely look to push the company into new areas.

12 hours ago

Trump Travel Ban Won’t Be Reinstated, Appeals Court Rules

Trump Travel Ban Won’t Be Reinstated, Appeals Court Rules

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The United States is a country with checks and balances, meaning the President can't assert excessive powers just because he says he has them. For now, the travel ban is on ice.

21 hours ago

Elite Traveler Saved Time and Was Fed While Non-Elite Dawdled and Got Middle Seat

Elite Traveler Saved Time and Was Fed While Non-Elite Dawdled and Got Middle Seat

Scott Mayerowitz and Candice Choi, Associated Press

A BMW X3 SUV or a Toyota Corolla? OK, airline travel and related perks, such as those for car rentals, just aren't fair. But leisure travelers aren't storming the barricades anytime soon.

22 hours ago

Air Canada’s Decision to Go It Alone on Loyalty Leaves Aeroplan in Crisis Mode

Air Canada’s Decision to Go It Alone on Loyalty Leaves Aeroplan in Crisis Mode

Kristine Owram, Bloomberg

Air Canada's decision could have a larger ripple effect on how consumers earn and redeem loyalty both in Canada and other regions where Star Alliance loyalty has a traditional stronghold.

24 hours ago

TSA is Asking Some Travelers to Remove Smaller Electronics from Bags for Screening

TSA is Asking Some Travelers to Remove Smaller Electronics from Bags for Screening

Associated Press

This sounds arduous for passengers, but TSA has been testing it for more than a year, and there hasn't been much of an outcry. That probably means it's not that big of a deal.

1 day ago