Articles by Sean O'Neill

Travelzoo Surprises With a Rebound in Revenue Growth and Profitability

Travelzoo Surprises With a Rebound in Revenue Growth and Profitability

Sean O'Neill, Skift

European travel booking volumes are not the only thing staging a comeback. Deals marketer Travelzoo is enjoying a renaissance, too. But, as with Europe, the verdict is still on whether the company has worked through the problems that have beset it since the financial crisis.

4 hours ago

Trivago Suffers Another Loss and Lowers Its Forecast for Next Quarter

Trivago Suffers Another Loss and Lowers Its Forecast for Next Quarter

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Everyone blames Booking.com for Trivago's woes. But we're reserving judgment on the hotel search company's worse-than-expected second-quarter forecasts until we can hear from its other largest advertiser, Expedia Group, which holds its own first-quarter earnings call soon.

12 hours ago

Hilton Will Let You Control TV, Lights, Temp in Your Room From Smartphone

Hilton Will Let You Control TV, Lights, Temp in Your Room From Smartphone

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Germaphobes will be relieved not to have to touch a hotel room remote control again.

16 hours ago

Southwest Received Some Warning Signals on Its Safety Practices in the Past Decade

Southwest Received Some Warning Signals on Its Safety Practices in the Past Decade

David Koenig, Associated Press

Expert consensus says Southwest is a safe airline, and we would not hesitate to fly its aircraft. But a conclusive report from safety inspectors isn’t expected for at least a year.

1 day ago

Listicle Platform Culture Trip Raises $80 Million to Build Online Travel Agency

Listicle Platform Culture Trip Raises $80 Million to Build Online Travel Agency

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Who knew that adding affiliate booking links to the hotels mentioned in articles and videos could earn record levels of investment?

2 days ago

JetBlue to Help Sell a Private Jet-Style Experience to the Masses

JetBlue to Help Sell a Private Jet-Style Experience to the Masses

Sean O'Neill, Skift

JetBlue's move to sell seats on a tiny airline with scheduled service to smaller airports is a really smart idea that may help popularize private aviation.

2 days ago

Korean Air Ousts Chairman’s Daughters After Their Rude Behavior

Korean Air Ousts Chairman’s Daughters After Their Rude Behavior

Dave McCombs, Bloomberg

The chairman of Korean Air and its parent group said he will promote professional managers to replace his two daughters, who have been fired over rude behavior. That's a smart move, though it raises questions about the wisdom of handing out executive roles to family members in the first place.

2 days ago

Air France Endures Another Contentious Labor Strike

Air France Endures Another Contentious Labor Strike

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

It's natural that Air France's workers want a raise, which is why 28 percent of its pilots are striking today and Tuesday. But, as this opinion piece argues, the French flag carrier can't afford their demands yet.

2 days ago

Luxury Luggage Brand Rimowa Wants to Sell More Than Suitcases

Luxury Luggage Brand Rimowa Wants to Sell More Than Suitcases

Joao Lima, Bloomberg

Sales of Rimowa's grooved aluminum suitcases are growing by an estimated 30 percent a year. But brand extensions beyond luggage could turn out to be a case study in dreams that go undelivered.

6 days ago

Booking Holdings Buys Activities Distribution Startup FareHarbor

Booking Holdings Buys Activities Distribution Startup FareHarbor

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Only a couple of years ago, the CEO of family-owned activities distributor FareHarbor said the company would never sell. But never say never. For Booking Holdings, this is further proof that the giant wants to be full-service.

7 days ago

FAA Restricts Flying Range of Dreamliners With Potentially Faulty Engines

FAA Restricts Flying Range of Dreamliners With Potentially Faulty Engines

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

A U.S. safety watchdog ordered restrictions on 14 Boeing 787 Dreamliners after a glitch was discovered in their Rolls-Royce engines. The flying public should be grateful for corruption-free, airline safety inspectors who are willing to err on the side of caution.

1 week ago

JetBlue’s Venture Arm Invests in a Startup That Predicts Flight Delays

JetBlue’s Venture Arm Invests in a Startup That Predicts Flight Delays

Sean O'Neill, Skift

If venture-backed startup Lumo has its way, more travelers will avoid flight cancellations thanks to breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. No wonder that JetBlue, EasyJet, and other companies are interested.

1 week ago