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Amazon Collects Fees From Cleartrip in New India Flights Offering

Amazon Collects Fees From Cleartrip in New India Flights Offering

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Amazon's deal with Cleartrip using Amazon Pay for India domestic flights could be a forerunner of similar moves in other emerging markets where payment systems are being disrupted. This time around in travel, Amazon has decided to partner rather than build its own offering — a very reasonable way to get back into the game.

5 hours ago

How Sabre Is Tackling Its Airline Tech Challenges

How Sabre Is Tackling Its Airline Tech Challenges

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Sabre has sold operational tools to airlines for years, but the business unit became complacent. CEO Sean Menke has revved up the travel tech company's metabolism. But it will take at least a year for his turnaround to kickstart renewed revenue growth in this unit.

11 hours ago

This German Startup Aims to Have a Fleet of Jet-Powered Flying Taxis by 2025

This German Startup Aims to Have a Fleet of Jet-Powered Flying Taxis by 2025

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Lilium's five-seat aircrafts can operate in pilot or drone mode, but the company must raise more venture capital dollars for it to reach its goal.

2 days ago

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New Research: The Evolution of Online Hotel Distribution in Europe

New Research: The Evolution of Online Hotel Distribution in Europe

D-EDGE + Skift

A new whitepaper examining distribution trends in Europe’s online hotel sector suggests that flexibility is a critical success factor for the region’s hospitality operators. Hotel executives must constantly review and optimize their channel mix if they hope to succeed and thrive in this highly competitive environment.

1 month ago

Amazon Launches Flight Bookings in India and 11 Other Digital Trends This Week

Amazon Launches Flight Bookings in India and 11 Other Digital Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in digital news, Amazon's quest to become the world's all-purpose app continues, MakeMyTrip seeks growth in China, and TripAdvisor adds new filters to enhance safety and transparency.

3 days ago

Amazon Confirms Flight-Booking Launch as Part of a Superapp Strategy

Amazon Confirms Flight-Booking Launch as Part of a Superapp Strategy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Amazon wants to be a superapp, the mobile tool of choice to book flights, buy books, and make payments. In travel, flights are only the beginning.

3 days ago

Skift Analysis: Amazon’s Travel Strategy Comes Into Focus

Skift Analysis: Amazon’s Travel Strategy Comes Into Focus

Seth Borko and Dennis Schaal, Skift

The same rules that apply to run-of-the-mill travel sellers do not necessarily apply to Amazon. While cash back on flights in India may seem loss-generating and unsustainable, for Amazon it could be a winning strategy.

4 days ago

YouTrip Raises $25 Million for a Digital Wallet: Travel Startup Funding This Week

YouTrip Raises $25 Million for a Digital Wallet: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week's travel startups, including YouTrip, GetYourGuide, Away, and Anyplace, announced more than $611 million in funding.

5 days ago

Amazon Launches Flight Bookings in India in a Superapp Strategy

Amazon Launches Flight Bookings in India in a Superapp Strategy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

A shoe just dropped. Amazon is stepping into travel again. It may offer travel products in all sizes once it really gets going.

5 days ago

IndiGo Founders Feud May Stall Airline’s Growth

IndiGo Founders Feud May Stall Airline’s Growth

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

The last thing India's airline sector needs right now, after the collapse of Jet Airways, is a wobbling strategy by its market leader, IndiGo. Let's hope this founders feud is a tempest in a teapot that passes quickly.

5 days ago

MakeMyTrip Aims to Weather Indian Air Market Turmoil Through Diversification

MakeMyTrip Aims to Weather Indian Air Market Turmoil Through Diversification

Sean O'Neill, Skift

MakeMyTrip Group has impressively diversified enough that it forecasts only a minor hit to revenue during the coming year due to the collapse of Jet Airways, a major carrier in India. No wonder Ctrip decided last month to become the company's largest shareholder.

5 days ago

GetYourGuide’s New $484 Million Infusion May Force Consolidation in Travel Experiences

GetYourGuide’s New $484 Million Infusion May Force Consolidation in Travel Experiences

Sean O'Neill, Skift

SoftBank has upended the sales of tours and attractions by investing record-breaking sums in GetYourGuide and Klook. That's boosted valuations to such lofty levels that it may leave only a few options: Merge or go public.

5 days ago