Articles tagged “airlines”

A Timeline of Online Travel Agency Battles With Hotels and Airlines

A Timeline of Online Travel Agency Battles With Hotels and Airlines

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There is pomp and circumstance, and plenty of bluster, but most negotiations between online travel agencies, on the one hand, and hotels and airlines, on the other, eventually end up in signed contracts. That's because the two sides usually need each other, like it or not.

2 days ago

Cuba Travel FAQ: What Trump’s Policy Changes Really Mean

Cuba Travel FAQ: What Trump’s Policy Changes Really Mean

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Here's the lowdown in a FAQ on what the new U.S. policy toward Cuba means for travel companies and travelers alike.

7 days ago

TSA Tries Using Checked-Luggage Scanner for Carry-Ons

TSA Tries Using Checked-Luggage Scanner for Carry-Ons

David Koenig, Associated Press

Experimenting with technology that is usually used for scanning checked luggage on carry-ons instead is one way the TSA is working to increase security without a laptop ban on international flights.

7 days ago

Twists and Turns in Travel Industry’s Approach to Cuba Since Obama’s Changes

Twists and Turns in Travel Industry’s Approach to Cuba Since Obama’s Changes

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Travel industry policies toward Cuba have not transitioned smoothly from Point A to Point B over the last three years, and the upcoming Trump administration fine print will likely change things anew.

1 week ago

Qatar Airways CEO Says Sanctions Won’t Block Expansion Plans

Qatar Airways CEO Says Sanctions Won’t Block Expansion Plans

Deena Kamel Yousef, Bloomberg

The embattled airline's CEO is vowing to move forward with plans to add aircraft and destinations. But if the tensions continue, we wonder how those plans might have to change.

2 weeks ago

The Highest Paid Travel CEOs in Europe in 2016

The Highest Paid Travel CEOs in Europe in 2016

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Chief executive pay at Europe's biggest publicly traded travel companies appears to have converged in 2016 with few bumper deals compared with previous years. It could just be a coincidence or might have something to do with the deteriorating economic climate and geopolitical issues.

2 weeks ago

Sabre Predicts U.S. Airlines Won’t Level Booking Surcharges

Sabre Predicts U.S. Airlines Won’t Level Booking Surcharges

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Sabre argues that it would be self-harming for U.S.-based airlines to copy the surcharges that European airlines like Lufthansa and British Airways are adding on bookings processed outside of their own networks. Perhaps. But airlines often have views widely different than Sabre's.

2 weeks ago

Travel Tech CEO Series: Points International Aims to Upgrade Airline and Hotel Loyalty Programs

Travel Tech CEO Series: Points International Aims to Upgrade Airline and Hotel Loyalty Programs

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Points is trying to diversify beyond being the world's largest reseller of airlines and hotels points. But this loyalty tech company needs a little more mojo if it wants to produce truly game-changing products.

3 weeks ago

Trump to Propose Air-Traffic Control Privatization in Infrastructure Push

Trump to Propose Air-Traffic Control Privatization in Infrastructure Push

Alan Levin and Mark Niquette, Bloomberg

Trump's plan to privatize the nation's air-traffic control system has long been on the Republican Party's wish list. Changes are certainly needed although details on things such as a new passenger fee are scant at the moment.

3 weeks ago

Fly.com Buyers Reluctantly Identified as Owners of Airfare Wholesaler Mondee

Fly.com Buyers Reluctantly Identified as Owners of Airfare Wholesaler Mondee

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Mondee, a travel technology company in California, paid $2.89 million for the Fly.com domain name, according to our sources. But the story behind this secretive company is also a broader tale about private equity, ethnic travel, and how airlines distribute their lowest-priced tickets.

3 weeks ago

Airlines Could Set Passenger Record in Busy Summer Travel Season

Airlines Could Set Passenger Record in Busy Summer Travel Season

David Koenig, Associated Press

Airline fares are rising but that doesn't seem to be getting in the way of a busy summer travel season. Plenty of Americans indeed will be exercising their rights to a summer vacation.

4 weeks ago

Airlines Put Facebook Messenger Chatbots to Work Answering Easy Questions

Airlines Put Facebook Messenger Chatbots to Work Answering Easy Questions

Brian Sumers, Skift

Bots have come a long way since Alaska Airlines introduced 'Ask Jenn' about a decade ago. But they're still not perfect. At least for now, we'd rather have a human touch.

4 weeks ago