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Can Loyalty Points Transform Travel Metasearch? A Japanese Case Study

Can Loyalty Points Transform Travel Metasearch? A Japanese Case Study

Yixin Ng, Skift

Line Travel Japan’s new rewards initiative is a neat, innovative way to upsell online travel agencies, but it represents a whole lot more. It's a sign of loftier metasearch ambitions to own customers in a fight against common enemies — the lowest-price quandary and the Google behemoth.

11 hours ago

Airbnb Doubles Down on Professional Vacation Rentals in Resort Areas

Airbnb Doubles Down on Professional Vacation Rentals in Resort Areas

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The online juggernaut isn't satisfied with dominating urban markets. Airbnb wants to take the beaches and the mountains, too, in the battle for short-term rental bookings. So the company is becoming savvier in how it approaches local property managers.

18 hours ago

Sabre’s $110 Million Deal for Radixx Gives It New Upside in Passenger Services Tech

Sabre’s $110 Million Deal for Radixx Gives It New Upside in Passenger Services Tech

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Sabre's acquisition of Radixx is yet another sign that the travel technology giant is shoring up its competitive position vis-à-vis its rival Amadeus in the lucrative market for selling airlines operational technology.

20 hours 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.

6 months ago

Ctrip’s Bigger Hand in MakeMyTrip May Speed it Toward Break-Even

Ctrip’s Bigger Hand in MakeMyTrip May Speed it Toward Break-Even

Raini Hamdi, Skift

India’s largest online travel agency may beat analysts’ expectations and break even sooner rather than later. Ctrip, which now owns nearly half of the company, could be a factor. Another is boosting hotel content, which offers higher margins than air.

22 hours ago

Booking.com Launches Flights Through Partnership Across Europe

Booking.com Launches Flights Through Partnership Across Europe

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Booking.com flight partnership with eTraveli doesn't seem particularly seamless because travelers still have to hop over to a third-party site, Gotogate, to complete their reservations. Still, the deal is another step in Booking.com's evolution from hotel-only provider in its early days to well-rounded online travel company.

3 days ago

Booking Holdings Drops Out of Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Initiative

Booking Holdings Drops Out of Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Initiative

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Libra cryptocurrency program is falling apart following regulatory pushback. Booking Holdings likely didn't want the hassle of being associated with such a controversial initiative, which may not get off the ground in the near term.

3 days ago

Booking Holdings Withdraws From Google Vacation Rentals and 8 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Booking Holdings Withdraws From Google Vacation Rentals and 8 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in digital, we take a look at Booking Holdings' decision to pull back from Google's vacation rentals business. Meanwhile, change is in the air for Airbnb Experiences, at least in leadership, as the category continues to be unprofitable.

4 days ago

Why Airlines Keep Creating Even More Types of Fares

Why Airlines Keep Creating Even More Types of Fares

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Many airline executives insist that their so-called New Distribution Capability, or new method of sharing data for selling tickets, will hit a major target next year. But industry insiders say the target will be missed. To cope in the meantime, several airlines will expand the marketing for bundled fares under a confusing array of brand names.

1 week ago

Thomas Cook’s Failure to Adapt and 15 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Thomas Cook’s Failure to Adapt and 15 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in digital, we take a closer look behind the collapse of Thomas Cook and what the company's failure to adjust to the changing economy means for the future of packaged vacations. Meanwhile, Southeast Asia's travel is on the rise thanks to the growth of budget hotels.

2 weeks ago

Budget Hotels Drive Southeast Asia’s Online Travel Growth to $34 Billion

Budget Hotels Drive Southeast Asia’s Online Travel Growth to $34 Billion

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Like low-cost carriers before them, low-cost hotel chains are playing a big role in the growth of online travel in Southeast Asia, according to a new Google report.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Launches Its First Animal-Friendly Experiences Category

Airbnb Launches Its First Animal-Friendly Experiences Category

Jasmine Ganaishlal, Skift

Airbnb Experiences continues to expand as the company launches its first animal-friendly category. The company encourages animal lovers to put away their tech devices with the funny dog videos and connect with wildlife in a safer environment. It's just good business for Airbnb too.

2 weeks ago