Articles tagged “fees”

U.S. Airlines Could Regret Taking Billions More In Government Bailouts

U.S. Airlines Could Regret Taking Billions More In Government Bailouts

Brian Sumers, Skift

The easy move is for U.S. airlines to take billions of dollars in new subsidies, if offered by the government. But there could be future repercussions.

3 hours ago

Tesla and Microsoft Are Looking For Corporate Travel Agencies to Adopt Customized Business Models

Tesla and Microsoft Are Looking For Corporate Travel Agencies to Adopt Customized Business Models

Matthew Parsons, Skift

There's a lot of rhetoric about the need to find business models that work for everyone, as the viewpoints of Tesla and Microsoft demonstrate, but there has been little action so far.

2 days ago

GetYourGuide CEO Highlights Google’s Alleged Failings During the Pandemic

GetYourGuide CEO Highlights Google’s Alleged Failings During the Pandemic

Dennis Schaal, Skift

GetYourGuide's Johannes Reck is underplaying the Google threat in tours and activities. Sure, Google has much larger priorities, but how much will it cost to build the GetYourGuide brand with Google controlling the airspace?

2 months ago

Travel Agency Group ASTA Aims to Shield Hotel Guests From Resort Fee Pain

Travel Agency Group ASTA Aims to Shield Hotel Guests From Resort Fee Pain

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The American Society of Travel Advisors' show of support for the Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019 indicates growing distaste among agencies, as well as the general public, for resort fees, particularly when they are not disclosed up-front. Such support is a logical step for the organization, which has long advocated for pricing transparency.

10 months ago

Travel Agencies Still Make 7 Times More in Commissions Than Fees

Travel Agencies Still Make 7 Times More in Commissions Than Fees

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Travel advisors need to further diversify their revenue beyond commissions. That's for sure.

10 months ago

Travel Advisors Play Fare Vetter as Cruise Fees Escalate

Travel Advisors Play Fare Vetter as Cruise Fees Escalate

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The low base fares promoted by some budget and mid-level cruise lines rarely indicate what the actual cost of a sailing will be. Travel advisors are stepping in to advise clients about onboard charges and, in some cases, showing that a higher-end cruise with all-inclusive pricing is actually a better value.

11 months ago

New Resort Fee Legislation Would Disrupt How Hotels Are Sold Online

New Resort Fee Legislation Would Disrupt How Hotels Are Sold Online

Dennis Schaal, Skift

This is going to be a slugfest. Some hotels view resort fees as key to business and argue that they are already transparent in how they advertise them. Consumers, states, and now federal legislators are putting great pressure on that notion. Something's gotta give — and the status quo is not a likely winner.

11 months ago

Travel Advisors Step In as Cruise Fees Reach Tipping Point

Travel Advisors Step In as Cruise Fees Reach Tipping Point

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The base fares advertised by many cruise lines rarely indicate the proliferation of onboard charges that can send the cost of the cruise soaring. Travel advisors are stepping in by counseling clients about the added costs and, in some cases, presenting all-inclusive cruises as a better value.

11 months ago

Airbnb Tests Hotel Integration by Adding Some HotelTonight Partners

Airbnb Tests Hotel Integration by Adding Some HotelTonight Partners

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It will be tremendously complex for Airbnb to transition from an alternative accommodations site into one that also offers lots of hotels. The coming business model changes and technology challenges will get sorted out, but it will be rocky for quite some time.

1 year ago

Airbnb Eliminates Some Guest Fees to Take on Booking Holdings

Airbnb Eliminates Some Guest Fees to Take on Booking Holdings

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb is clearly now well down the path toward a host-only fee structure. Chalk it up to its push toward onboarding hotels, which don't charge guest fees, and Airbnb's competition with Booking.com, which sees guest fees as unholy.

1 year ago

Booking to Charge Commission on Resort Fees in Major Shake-Up for Hotel Revenue

Booking to Charge Commission on Resort Fees in Major Shake-Up for Hotel Revenue

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Get ready for some commotion in Las Vegas and other destinations where hotel resort fees are common. Will impacted hotels abandon Booking.com? Will resort fees lose their appeal for hotels? Will Expedia follow Booking's lead? The fun and gamesmanship are just starting.

1 year ago

Southwest CEO: We Won’t Introduce Basic Economy

Southwest CEO: We Won’t Introduce Basic Economy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Southwest has known for years that there is money to be made in differentiation and protecting your brand identity regardless of what Wall Street thinks. That's a factor in its decision not to launch basic economy or bag fees.

2 years ago