Booking Sites

Kayak’s Search App Will Soon Let Users Check in to Select Rentals and Hotels

Kayak’s Search App Will Soon Let Users Check in to Select Rentals and Hotels

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Kayak is making a landmark departure from its current strategy. It will add a tool to its mobile app to let users who book select short-term rentals and boutique hotels through it check in and check out via its app. That moves the travel metasearch player beyond merely listing accommodations to actually providing extra services for guests at partner properties.

2 days ago

The Rise and Fall of Mark Okerstrom as Expedia CEO

The Rise and Fall of Mark Okerstrom as Expedia CEO

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Mark Okerstrom’s time as CEO of Expedia Group ended abruptly Wednesday after merely two years. Here’s a recap of Okerstrom’s tenure and why controlling investor Barry Diller felt Okerstrom failed to keep an eye on the ball.

3 days ago

Amazon Adds Bus Tickets in India in Pursuit of Superapp Strategy

Amazon Adds Bus Tickets in India in Pursuit of Superapp Strategy

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Slowly but surely Amazon is building up a considerable travel presence in India via its app. How deep and far will it eventually decide to go?

3 days ago

Huge Reorg at Expedia, CEO Out, Diller Takes Over

Huge Reorg at Expedia, CEO Out, Diller Takes Over

Tom Lowry, Skift

Well, this is a surprise. Expedia's two top executives resign unexpectedly. And Barry Diller moves in.

3 days ago

What to Watch Out for in the 2020 Travel Economy: New Skift Research

What to Watch Out for in the 2020 Travel Economy: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

We head into 2020 with more question marks than any year of this cycle. Risks are rising and the global economy is slowing. Here's what you need to know to be prepared.

4 days ago

What Does Online Travel Really Mean by a ‘Connected Trip’?

What Does Online Travel Really Mean by a ‘Connected Trip’?

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Creating the connected trip means online travel agencies will have to become high-powered, tech-first, traditional travel agencies. It sounds cool but probably isn't feasible without major upheaval across the global travel market.

4 days ago

Travel Leaders Group’s Goal for UK Growth and 5 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Travel Leaders Group’s Goal for UK Growth and 5 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in digital, Travel Leaders Group has a goal to fill the void left behind following the demise of Thomas Cook. Meanwhile, hotel chain Selina is competing against WeWork in Latin America with networking.

6 days ago

Online Travel Agency On the Beach Sees a Blessing and Curse From Thomas Cook’s Demise

Online Travel Agency On the Beach Sees a Blessing and Curse From Thomas Cook’s Demise

Patrick Whyte, Skift

On the Beach's purchase of Classic Collection Holidays now looks like a strategic masterstroke in light of the collapse of Thomas Cook. Brick-and-mortar travel agents in the United Kingdom lost a holiday supplier, and the company has a ready-made alternative on offer.

1 week ago

Booking and Expedia Battle to Offer Connected Trips and 18 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Booking and Expedia Battle to Offer Connected Trips and 18 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in digital, the online booking giants strive and compete to give travelers a more seamless experience. Meanwhile, travel management company Serko is making partnerships with major travel companies to help its expansion in international markets.

2 weeks ago

Booking Holdings and Expedia in Arms Race to Deliver the Connected Trip

Booking Holdings and Expedia in Arms Race to Deliver the Connected Trip

Dennis Schaal, Skift

From the wishful thinking and hype of years ago, the connected trip is beginning to draw real investment and become a thing. It will take a very extended period of time to make it a more meaningful development. In that faraway horizon, will there indeed be any differentiation among the leading providers?

2 weeks ago

EDreams Adds Hotels to Prime Subscription Scheme

EDreams Adds Hotels to Prime Subscription Scheme

Patrick Whyte, Skift

EDreams is certainly putting a lot of effort into its Prime subscription offering. The test will be how it goes down in other markets and how it performs over a number of years. Do the numbers stack up over the long term and will people keep renewing?

2 weeks ago

Did Booking.com Swallow Kayak? No, It’s Just a Marketing Thing

Did Booking.com Swallow Kayak? No, It’s Just a Marketing Thing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com may be a household name in Europe, but Kayak and OpenTable are far better known in the United States. Parent company Booking Holdings is touting the three companies' ties to advantage Booking.com in a way that might be a tad confusing to travel industry executives or NYU Hospitality students, but consumers could care less.

3 weeks ago