Skift Originals

Self-Driving Cars, Electric Vehicles, and the Future of Hitting the Road

Self-Driving Cars, Electric Vehicles, and the Future of Hitting the Road

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

The sharing economy hardly puts a dent in the fact that most American road trips occur with owned cars. But look out for brands adapting to electric vehicles before driverless cars change things completely.

4 hours ago

Why It Takes So Long for Some Airlines to Pay Compensation Required by European Law

Why It Takes So Long for Some Airlines to Pay Compensation Required by European Law

Brian Sumers, Skift

We'd love to see major airlines be more proactive when they owe compensation to customers required by European law. When they make a mistake, they should fess up.

5 hours ago

How Much Technology Is Too Much For Events?

How Much Technology Is Too Much For Events?

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Event planners know technology can enhance the attendee experience if deployed appropriately. How much technology is too much, though, remains an open question.

6 hours ago

Yelp Targets Google Employees in New Antitrust Drive

Yelp Targets Google Employees in New Antitrust Drive

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Yelp's efforts to see tighter regulation of Google's business practices could have more success this time around than several years ago, when the U.S. Federal Trade Commission dropped the ball. European Union regulators have really cast the previous U.S. effort in a shameful light, and the Trump team may be more sympathetic than the Obama administration.

15 hours ago

Minor International Pays $225 Million to Boost Stake in Spain’s NH Hotels

Minor International Pays $225 Million to Boost Stake in Spain’s NH Hotels

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With Oceanwood (mostly) checking out and HNA looking to sell, it's all change at NH Hotels. Maybe this will kick off the consolidation in the hotel market that so many have predicted.

17 hours ago

America’s Smallest Discount Airline Wants to Emulate EasyJet With Cabin Retrofit Project

America’s Smallest Discount Airline Wants to Emulate EasyJet With Cabin Retrofit Project

Brian Sumers, Skift

Sun Country wants it both ways. It wants to add fees and reduce legroom for some passengers. But it also wants to keep the brand equity it earned when it was a full-service airline. Can this strategy work?

19 hours ago

Planners Conflicted Over Mobile Technology as Tool or Distraction

Planners Conflicted Over Mobile Technology as Tool or Distraction

Robin Amster, Skift

The growth of mobile meeting apps presents planners with a dilemma filled with irony. Are the apps — aimed at facilitating and enhancing the meeting experience — actually diminishing the kind of face-to-face interactions that are the very purpose of on-site events?

20 hours ago

Reimbursement for Flight Disruptions Slowly Gets Smarter

Reimbursement for Flight Disruptions Slowly Gets Smarter

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Flyers are sometimes owed money from airlines following disruptions and delays, usually small amounts. New advances make it easier to submit claims, but it can still take a long time for flyers to get the money they deserve. Smarter predictive technology will eventually make delays and disruptions less of a hassle, or at least lead to insurance products that are actually useful.

20 hours ago

Tours and Hotels Look for Innovative Ways to Cater to Luxury and Budget Road Trippers

Tours and Hotels Look for Innovative Ways to Cater to Luxury and Budget Road Trippers

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

While most American road trips are DIY, created piecemeal on a budget, the luxury set has options and smart travel brands know who to target.

1 day ago

Skift Tech Forum Preview: HotelTonight Executive Cuts Through the Hype of Big Data

Skift Tech Forum Preview: HotelTonight Executive Cuts Through the Hype of Big Data

Deanna Ting, Skift

A lot of brands talk a big game about data science, but few know how to use it to their advantage and to the benefit of their consumers. HotelTonight's chief data and strategy officer Amanda Richardson will cut through the hype on stage at Skift Tech Forum on June 12.

1 day ago

Kayak to Help Flyers Get Compensated for Delayed and Canceled Flights

Kayak to Help Flyers Get Compensated for Delayed and Canceled Flights

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Some airlines will not be happy that Kayak has lent its credibility and, in effect, its customer base, to startups that specialize in travel claims compensation. The claims cost airlines money. But Kayak still likes doing things a bit different from the other global online players.

1 day ago

More Than 150 Companies Are Attending Skift Tech Forum

More Than 150 Companies Are Attending Skift Tech Forum

Rafat Ali, Skift

For each Skift Forum, we make it a point to reveal the list of companies attending. Our upcoming Skift Tech Forum is no exception! Check out the companies you'll mingle with on June 12.

1 day ago