Booking Sites

Expedia CEO: Math and Strategy Are ‘In Our Favor’

Expedia CEO: Math and Strategy Are ‘In Our Favor’

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia's HomeAway unit isn't as profitable as the parent company initially envisioned, and Booking.com rained on Trivago's parade. Still, Expedia itself — and financial analysts — are optimistic about Expedia's long-term prospects. Regardless of the promise, these are very challenging days in online travel.

57 mins ago

Expedia CEO Declares Company’s Global Land Grab Is Nearly Over and 12 Other Digital Trends This Week

Expedia CEO Declares Company’s Global Land Grab Is Nearly Over and 12 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in digital news, Expedia shared its strategy. The online travel giant said it's focusing on countries where it already has roots. It also signed its second loyalty-enrollment deal with a hotel chain, and evaluated its approach for Egencia.

2 days ago

DOT Nixes Proposals to Force More Airline Fee Transparency

DOT Nixes Proposals to Force More Airline Fee Transparency

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Regulatory rollback is the name of the game for the Trump administration. One has to wonder if a new version of the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, which would allow airlines to hide taxes and fees during online booking, will get another shot in Congress as well.

3 days ago

Expedia CEO Declares Company’s Global Land Grab Is Nearly Over

Expedia CEO Declares Company’s Global Land Grab Is Nearly Over

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia isn't done trying to grow; that would be suicide for any public company. Instead, Expedia argues it can best spur growth by digging in deeper in countries where it already operates rather than expanding its map. The new strategy boils down to a question of priorities, and could change again in coming years.

4 days ago

Google Hotels Revamps Mobile Features and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Google Hotels Revamps Mobile Features and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in digital news, we considered how people book their trips. Google is ahead of the curve, making design changes to capture more bookings, and corporate travel managers lag behind — half of European business travelers don't like their company's booking tools.

1 week ago

Travel Companies Still Offering Last-Minute Holiday Travel Deals

Travel Companies Still Offering Last-Minute Holiday Travel Deals

David Koenig, Associated Press

There are deals out there for holiday travel, but airlines are getting savvier about canceling flights when there is low demand so some bargains of previous years, such as on Christmas Day, are vanishing.

1 week ago

eDreams Claims Being Transparent Is Actually Good Business

eDreams Claims Being Transparent Is Actually Good Business

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Who’d have thought not annoying your customers was good for business? On the other hand, the supposed turnaround just happens to fit in nicely with a potential sales process.

2 weeks ago

Google Hotels Revamps Mobile Features as Its Ambitions Expand

Google Hotels Revamps Mobile Features as Its Ambitions Expand

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Google wants consumers to buy more travel on it. That may prompt industry players to closely patrol the gray line between the search giant referring more customers to them and Google becoming customers' first choice for booking trips.

2 weeks ago

Priceline Group’s Diss of Trivago and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Priceline Group’s Diss of Trivago and 8 Other Digital Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in digital news, we dug into why Priceline is pulling back on its Trivago spending. Then we looked back at Skift Global Forum for some perspective on online travel agency growth.

2 weeks ago

Need a Boeing 747? Alibaba’s Taobao Just Auctioned Off Two of Them

Need a Boeing 747? Alibaba’s Taobao Just Auctioned Off Two of Them

Bloomberg

On Taobao, if you auction it, they will come. Or so it seems — even with Boeing 747s.

2 weeks ago

Travel Companies Join the Thanksgiving Holiday Sales Frenzy

Travel Companies Join the Thanksgiving Holiday Sales Frenzy

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

Here's a selection of deals for travel in the next several months that will be on sale around the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., as hotels, travel agencies, and online companies join a broader advertising trend.

2 weeks ago

Senator Urges U.S. to Probe TripAdvisor Over Removed Reviews About Rape

Senator Urges U.S. to Probe TripAdvisor Over Removed Reviews About Rape

Associated Press

Normally we'd say this is a typical congressional letter to a regulator that will come to nothing. After all, TripAdvisor has already started placing notifications above hotel listings where there are allegations of rampant crime. However, this is Trump's Federal Trade Commission, the one that will likely gut net neutrality rules. So all bets are off.

3 weeks ago