Articles by Andrew Sheivachman

Alaska Airlines Will Enter Basic Economy Market Later This Year

Alaska Airlines Will Enter Basic Economy Market Later This Year

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Alaska Airlines is turning to basic economy fares to help drive additional revenue. But, hey, at least flyers will be assigned a seat when they book one of these fares, easing some of the stress that usually comes with taking the risk of flying for cheap.

4 hours ago

The Skift 2018 Corporate Travel Innovators List

The Skift 2018 Corporate Travel Innovators List

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Corporate travel is extremely resistant to innovation because a select handful of gatekeepers make it difficult for new entrants to gain access to the content and data that is needed. These players are driving the industry forward by fixing how travelers book and experience business travel.

14 hours ago

Lyft Looks to Sustainability as Another Differentiator From Uber

Lyft Looks to Sustainability as Another Differentiator From Uber

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Competing on sustainability is the next phase in Lyft's effort to market itself as a wholesome alternative to the dastardly Uber. We'd like to see some concrete details on the company's eco-friendly efforts beyond just a blog post, though.

1 day ago

Airbnb’s New Events Tool Is a Major Missed Opportunity

Airbnb’s New Events Tool Is a Major Missed Opportunity

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airbnb has formally entered the meetings and events sector with a simple widget and landing page. It will be much more interesting when Airbnb decides to use its platform to sell actual meeting space to organizers, since a global race is on among technology platforms to crack the online booking market for small and simple meetings.

4 days ago

Risking Jail Time for a Better Business Travel Experience

Risking Jail Time for a Better Business Travel Experience

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Employees game business travel rules all the time. Now that Scott Pruitt has been outed for trying to take advantage of U.S. taxpayers, it's worth considering the fact that nobody really wants to fly in economy class or stay in a crappy hotel.

4 days ago

Event Planners Deal With Business Model Disruption

Event Planners Deal With Business Model Disruption

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The hubbub over commission cuts seems to have died down for now, although agents and planners are scrambling to figure out what to do. Booking away from Marriott and Hilton properties may not always be the best move for a client, so it will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.

5 days ago

Marriott’s Unified Loyalty Program Reflects Its Amazon-Like Ambitions in Travel

Marriott’s Unified Loyalty Program Reflects Its Amazon-Like Ambitions in Travel

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

The biggest challenge for brands like Marriott and others who want to enter the tours-and-activities/in-destination space, will be changing consumers' behavior and how they think about booking those all important experiences.

5 days ago

A Case for Stronger Partnerships Between Global Cities and Airbnb

A Case for Stronger Partnerships Between Global Cities and Airbnb

Noah Smith, Bloomberg

This columnist notes the connection between Airbnb and gentrification in cities across the world, but it is probably naive to say that a stronger relationship between the two will result in a positive impact on local communities. Cities should care more about their residents than the whims of bargain-hungry travelers or the growth goals of a hospitality company.

5 days ago

Meeting Planners and Travel Agents Prepare for a Reinvention Amid Hotel Commission Cuts

Meeting Planners and Travel Agents Prepare for a Reinvention Amid Hotel Commission Cuts

Robin Amster, Skift

Travel agents and meeting planners feel betrayed by Marriott’s – and now Hilton’s – move to cut commissions on group bookings. They’re grappling with ways to deal with the cuts, even as they fear more hotel companies may follow suit. It's not personal, though; it's strictly business.

5 days ago

What the Scott Pruitt Scandal Tells Us About the Misery of Business Travel

What the Scott Pruitt Scandal Tells Us About the Misery of Business Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Corporate travel policies are restrictive, and perhaps no organization is as restrictive as the U.S. government. The Scott Pruitt scandal is a good reminder that business travel is an important part of life wherever you happen to work. Everyone wants to live the good life, but few really can.

1 week ago

Bringing Simplicity Back to Business Travel

Bringing Simplicity Back to Business Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Deem wants to make its products compelling for both travelers and their travel managers, which is great. Getting its core business back on track will let them innovate again without losing track of what made them successful to begin with.

2 weeks ago

Singaporean Investment Firm Could Be a Big Winner From HNA Group’s Selling Spree

Singaporean Investment Firm Could Be a Big Winner From HNA Group’s Selling Spree

David Fickling, Bloomberg

Singapore's Temasek Holdings could become a juggernaut in airline catering if it buys Gategroup and Swissport from HNA Group. Nobody is quite sure if the price is right, even though HNA Group is ready to sell.

2 weeks ago