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Priceline Kills Name Your Own Price for Flights

Priceline.com downplayed Name Your Own Price four years ago as big thumbs and small screens on mobile phones made the relatively cumbersome bidding process anachronistic. Flight-bidding is gone. The services remains for hotels and car rentals but their days are probably numbered too.

4 weeks ago

Trivago IPO Could Reach $1 Billion as Expedia Begins Selecting Banks

Trivago would likely be a hot IPO given its hyper growth and the potential further expansion of online travel around the world. However, investors will question whether the huge amount of money Trivago pours into sales and marketing is an overreach.

4 weeks ago

Chinese Online Booking Giant Ctrip Readies Itself for Global Expansion

Like Chinese travelers, Ctrip is breaking out of its domestic shell and looking to become much more of an international player. There is vast potential for Ctrip still to take advantage of in China and then there is a whole wide world out there too as it begins to service customers outside of China. But can the company tackle both ambitions simultaneously? Ctrip has great partners -- 16,000 of them, actually -- to assist but the partners may also turn out to be formidable competitors, as well.

1 month ago

Hostelworld Group Continues Shift From Multi to Single Brand

Increasing higher-margin bookings and focusing on growing your strongest brand seems a sensible approach when you are competing in a crowded market.

1 month ago

Expedia and Red Lion Hotels Hit Reset on Loyalty and Direct Booking

Red Lion Hotels is obviously a much smaller chain than a Hilton Worldwide or Marriott International. Still, Red Lion's deal to offer its member-only rates on Expedia.com and Hotels.com represents the start of some shifting in the direct-booking landscape. Expedia is a powerful force in hotel distribution and there will be more of these changes to come.

1 month ago

Expedia Raises Dividend Despite Q2 Wobbles

By increasing its dividend, Expedia management has put its money where its mouth is in expressing confidence about the future of the company. The takeaway: Expedia officials believe its second quarter stumble was an aberration.

1 month ago

Ctrip CEO Interested in U.S. Potential and Sees a Brexit Boom

Would the world's second-largest online travel agency in market cap, Ctrip, entertain the idea of entering the U.S. market to complement its sites in mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore? The x's and o's are unclear but the idea isn't as far-fetched as it might seem given Chinese investment in the U.S. and the Ctrip CEO's statements about his interest in the U.S. market

1 month ago

Can TripAdvisor Turn Things Around? The Debate Rages

Can TripAdvisor, with all its content and global reach, become another Booking.com-like success story or will TripAdvisor's prospects fade? There are plenty of possibilities within that range, too, but much depends on TripAdvisor's transition into a booking plus metasearch site. That's the $9 billion question -- and there's a wide range of opinion on the outcome.

1 month ago

In Search for Perfect Hotel Results, Hipmunk is Latest to Give it a Try

Hipmunk's user experience in hotel search feels more convenient than on many other metasearch and booking sites but like everyone else, Hipmunk is experimenting and has plenty to learn. We have a long way to go but that's no surprise to anyone.

2 months ago

Attractions Were a Bright Spot in TripAdvisor’s Tough 2nd Quarter

TripAdvisor took a beating in the second quarter, but its growing tours and activities sector is showing strength as the company tries to become all things to all travelers.

2 months ago

Yelp Makes a Profit and Beats Estimates as Stock Takes Off

Yelp has a tremendous opportunity in local advertising but there is also intense competition. One big caution is that half of Yelp's traffic comes from Google and that makes it way too dependent on a company which isn't exactly a fan.

2 months ago

Expedia in Talks for New London Headquarters to Increase European Footprint

Expedia is scaling back the design of its new Seattle headquarters but it isn't a contradiction for it to look for new digs in London as the company seeks to jumpstart expansion in Europe. The company is being prudent, not reckless.

2 months ago