Articles by Dennis Schaal

Google Flights Gets Aggressive by Intercepting Airline Trademarks

Google Flights Gets Aggressive by Intercepting Airline Trademarks

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google is aggressively placing itself more prominently than ever between the consumer and the airline in the quest for bookings. What does it mean? Airlines are getting more qualified leads but are losing control and getting even more beholden to Google.

1 day ago

United Says Operations Recovering After Grounding of U.S. Domestic Flights

United Says Operations Recovering After Grounding of U.S. Domestic Flights

Michael Sasso and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

United Airlines officials stated earlier in the week that they plan to stick with their current reservations system. It wasn't clear whether Sunday's outage was directly tied to the reservation system but it was apparent that this was a headache that United and its customers didn't need at the moment.

1 day ago

TripAdvisor Expands Subscription Business Into Restaurants

TripAdvisor Expands Subscription Business Into Restaurants

Dennis Schaal, Skift

While investors and observers are rightfully focused on how TripAdvisor's transition to a hotel booking site will work out, the company has some meaningful hedges in the form of vacation rentals, tours and activities, and restaurants. Collecting monthly and annual fees is a very material part of the overall business and will likely become even more so.

6 days ago

Outgoing Transportation Secretary Says Private Funding Isn’t the Answer

Outgoing Transportation Secretary Says Private Funding Isn’t the Answer

Joan Lowy and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press

Privatization, the next illogical step after public-private partnerships, will become a mantra of the Trump Administration, but from prisons to toll roads, we've seen that privatization can be a mess. Lord help us all if efforts to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system, and others around the world, take hold.

7 days ago

Saudi Budget Airline Flynas May Do an IPO in 2017

Saudi Budget Airline Flynas May Do an IPO in 2017

Deena Kamel Yousef and Deema Almashabi, Bloomberg

The Saudi government wants to reduce its role in the domestic economy; seeking further outside investment for Flynas through a potential IPO is a signal of further things to come.

1 week ago

Kayak Is Shopping for a Metasearch Acquisition in Europe

Kayak Is Shopping for a Metasearch Acquisition in Europe

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's clear there is going to be further consolidation in online travel in Europe after Ctrip swooped in and acquired Skyscanner. Momondo would be a nice addition – not a game-changer for Kayak – and a deal could happen if the number-crunchers on both sides have a meeting of the minds.

2 weeks ago

Expedia Is Already More Aggressively Marketing HomeAway in 2017

Expedia Is Already More Aggressively Marketing HomeAway in 2017

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It is the beginning of year two for HomeAway within the Expedia portfolio, but rival Airbnb is also getting aggressive in its digital marketing of vacation rentals and Booking.com is no slouch, either. Perhaps to the chagrin of hotels, the vacation rental category is getting a ton of more exposure.

2 weeks ago

VietJet to Go Public and Projects 30 Percent Profit Increase

VietJet to Go Public and Projects 30 Percent Profit Increase

Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen, Bloomberg

VietJet is bullish about its own prospects, which is hardly surprising. The backdrop is that IATA forecasts that Vietnam will be among the world's fastest-growing markets in the next 20 years. There certainly is rising demand but on the downside is the fact that other regional airlines slumped last year.

2 weeks ago

Visit Florida Hires New CEO and Pays $73,000 to Outgoing Leader after Pitbull Controversy

Visit Florida Hires New CEO and Pays $73,000 to Outgoing Leader after Pitbull Controversy

Gary Fineout, Associated Press

Visit Florida is facing pressure from state legislators to justify its very existence. The governor's pick of a new Visit Florida CEO who has zero tourism experience signals that fiscal controls will trump creativity in marketing the state to visitors.

2 weeks ago

Las Vegas Says Visitors and Conference Attendees Set 2016 Records

Las Vegas Says Visitors and Conference Attendees Set 2016 Records

Associated Press

Las Vegas doesn't publicize how it calculates its numbers but claims visitor numbers set another record in 2016. Conference attendees too.

2 weeks ago

Are Plans to Rebuild JFK Airport Real or a Publicity Stunt?

Are Plans to Rebuild JFK Airport Real or a Publicity Stunt?

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Skeptics wonder whether the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey would really fund massive projects to rebuild LaGuardia and JFK at basically the same time. What's not in doubt is that both airports need to be transformed.

2 weeks ago

Frontier Airlines Says COO Steps Down in Second Executive Departure in a Month

Frontier Airlines Says COO Steps Down in Second Executive Departure in a Month

Associated Press

At Frontier, and elsewhere, where there's smoke there's also usually fire. Two top executives have left the company after a bevy of complaints regarding how Frontier handled a winter storm in December.

2 weeks ago