Articles tagged “expedia”

Airbnb Offers Greater Price Transparency in Europe After Regulatory Threats

Airbnb Offers Greater Price Transparency in Europe After Regulatory Threats

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Once again — and this time it's the issue of pricing transparency in alternative lodging — European regulators are out in front of their counterparts in other parts of the world, including those in the United States. Travelers shouldn't have to be detectives in trying to figure out what their lodging tab will be.

6 days ago

Marriott Is Sued by D.C. as Hotel Resort Fees Come Under Renewed Fire

Marriott Is Sued by D.C. as Hotel Resort Fees Come Under Renewed Fire

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Resort fees are embedded into many hotels' business models, so it would take a lot to upend them. But the prospect is picking up a lot of momentum.

2 weeks ago

Highest-Paid Online Travel CEOs of 2018

Highest-Paid Online Travel CEOs of 2018

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The CEOs of Booking Holdings, Expedia Group, and TripAdvisor all saw their total compensation fall in 2018, but only because 2017 was an exceptional year for each. Glenn Fogel of Booking and Mark Okerstrom of Expedia were each appointed as CEO in 2017, and Steve Kaufer of TripAdvisor received a long-term incentive award that was undoubtedly the envy of his peers.

2 weeks ago

Booking Holdings Delays Charging Hotels Resort Fee Commissions in Major Reversal

Booking Holdings Delays Charging Hotels Resort Fee Commissions in Major Reversal

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking Holdings faced opposition from hotels over its new resort-fee commission policy, although the brands that dropped out of Booking.com would not have delivered a material financial hit. This major reversal coincides with a leadership change atop Booking.com and represents a victory for hotels and their controversial fees.

3 weeks ago

Expedia to Connect Travelers With Hotels When Their Flights Are Delayed

Expedia to Connect Travelers With Hotels When Their Flights Are Delayed

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia wants to help put customers in touch with hotels to sort out travel complications. That seems like it would be a complicated dance because Expedia doesn't readily share much customer information with hotels, a longtime grievance in the lodging industry.

3 weeks ago

Expedia Group Rules Out Charging Commissions on Hotel Resort Fees

Expedia Group Rules Out Charging Commissions on Hotel Resort Fees

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Hotels charging resort fees now have the choice of paying higher commissions to Booking.com and/or seeing their properties fall in Expedia's sort order. The other change that many don't want to make is to simply — and painfully — stop charging anti-consumer resort fees.

4 weeks ago

Cuban Property Owners Sue Expedia For Profiting From Seized Hotels

Cuban Property Owners Sue Expedia For Profiting From Seized Hotels

Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg

Exiled Cuban property owners allege that Expedia's Trivago profited from holdings that were seized during Fidel Castro's rule. It's just the latest twist to come as a result of President Donald Trump's historic upending of U.S.-Cuba foreign policy. The Trump Administration's support of such lawsuits could be a serious blow to American companies operating in Cuba.

1 month ago

Expedia Settles With U.S. Government Over Cuba Travel Allegations

Expedia Settles With U.S. Government Over Cuba Travel Allegations

Associated Press

Although Expedia cooperated, it looks like the U.S. government is determined to crack down on Cuba travel violations. Given the recent changes — and the current administration's rhetoric — we should probably expect closer scrutiny in the future.

1 month ago

Hotel Site Files Antitrust Complaint Against Expedia and Booking

Hotel Site Files Antitrust Complaint Against Expedia and Booking

Natalia Drozdiak, Bloomberg

The omnipresence of wholesale hotel rates making their way onto online travel sites is becoming epidemic, and the big online travel agencies may be trying to throw their weight around to stem the flow. That is raising antitrust concerns, as this complaint points out.

1 month ago

Expedia Mulls Matching Booking on Resort Fee Commissions

Expedia Mulls Matching Booking on Resort Fee Commissions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When Priceline ended traveler fees on airline bookings a decade ago, the other online travel agencies generally followed. Whether Expedia will match Booking.com and start charging hotels commissions on resort fees is a much more complex issue. Part of it depends on how much resistance Booking gets from hotels to its new policy.

1 month ago

AirAsia’s Expansion Into Online Travel Draws Skepticism From Potential Competitors

AirAsia’s Expansion Into Online Travel Draws Skepticism From Potential Competitors

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's obvious that executives from Booking, Expedia, and Rakuten are laying odds that AirAsia won't be very successful in striving to add online travel agency services. Several airlines have already tried and failed at it, although AirAsia seems to be undertaking a much more thoughtful and rigorous approach.

1 month ago

Here Are Travel’s Big Winners in an Antitrust Crackdown on Big Tech

Here Are Travel’s Big Winners in an Antitrust Crackdown on Big Tech

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Some are too scared to say so publicly, but much of the travel industry would welcome a diminution of Google's vast market power. If a U.S. regulatory probe gets going against Big Tech, it is a very open question how far-reaching a remedy might be in the offing.

2 months ago