Articles tagged “fees”

Venice Will Start Charging an Entrance Fee to Day-Trippers to Combat Overtourism

Venice Will Start Charging an Entrance Fee to Day-Trippers to Combat Overtourism

Colleen Barry, Associated Press

Tourists who visit Venice for the day will be charged a fee; overnight visitors already pay a hotel tax. The fee will help defray costs and might to deter some visits. Any overall overtourism solution would have to address other issues, as well, such as the proliferation of short-term rentals.

2 weeks ago

Expedia Faces Traveler Fee Lawsuit Alleging Tax Fraud and Racketeering

Expedia Faces Traveler Fee Lawsuit Alleging Tax Fraud and Racketeering

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Online travel agencies have been vehemently opposed to detailing the components of the taxes and fees they collect on prepaid hotel bookings because it would expose the wholesale rates they obtain from hotels and the markups that the booking sites impose. This lawsuit could potentially impose changes in Expedia's financial relationship with its affiliates.

4 weeks ago

Expedia to Hoteliers: Vacation Rentals Won’t Steal Your Business

Expedia to Hoteliers: Vacation Rentals Won’t Steal Your Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia officials can try to assure hoteliers that the rise of alternative accommodations is no big deal for their businesses. But you can be certain that figuring out how to manage this changing dynamic is of paramount concern for all parties involved.

1 month ago

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Sell Services, Not Fees

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Sell Services, Not Fees

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Travel advisors need to reinvent how they market themselves. It's not about service fees anymore. Forward-thinking agents sell service packages — unabashedly.

2 months ago

Travel Advisors Are Selling Concierge Services — Just Don’t Call Them Fees

Travel Advisors Are Selling Concierge Services — Just Don’t Call Them Fees

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Consultant Nolan Burris is a pioneer in advocating that travel agencies charge service fees. Now that the practice has become standard, Burris says many agencies have failed to realize the revenue potential of service packages and need to overhaul their approach.

2 months ago

Senate Passes Bill to Set Minimum Size for Airplane Seats

Senate Passes Bill to Set Minimum Size for Airplane Seats

Kevin Freking, Associated Press

Not much happens on a bipartisan basis in Washington anymore. But lawmakers often agree about aviation policy. Yes, some Democrats wanted to put limits on airline fees but that always seemed like a far-fetched idea. For better or worse, Congress deregulated U.S. airlines 40 years ago.

4 months ago

JetBlue Is Adding Its Own Form of Basic Economy

JetBlue Is Adding Its Own Form of Basic Economy

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

JetBlue President and Chief Operating Officer Joanna Geraghty said this week at Skift Global Forum that she wants the airline to continue to differentiate on service and product. But will a cheaper, stripped-down type of ticket help the carrier do that?

4 months ago

Delta Is Latest Airline to Join the $30 Bag Fee Club

Delta Is Latest Airline to Join the $30 Bag Fee Club

Mary Schlangenstein , Bloomberg

It was only a matter of time before this happened, and no one will be surprised to see American Airlines follow suit.

4 months ago

Video: Why Southwest Airlines Needs a Super-Fast Website

Video: Why Southwest Airlines Needs a Super-Fast Website

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Southwest Airlines wants to keep its passengers happy, booking quickly, and coming back. In this video, Chief Revenue Officer Andrew Watterson explains some of the ways the airline achieves that goal.

5 months ago

66 National Parks in the U.S. Will See Fee Hikes This Summer

66 National Parks in the U.S. Will See Fee Hikes This Summer

Dan Peltier, Skift

The slight fee uptick probably won't matter much to travelers who could already afford a visit to national parks. But to other travelers, a few extra dollars adds up quickly. The National Park Service is trying to balance both sides out of necessity.

9 months ago

Sabre Searches for Deal as the Air France-KLM Distribution Surcharge Looms

Sabre Searches for Deal as the Air France-KLM Distribution Surcharge Looms

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Wasn't the whole point of these surcharges to prevent the global distribution systems from taking a cut of that juicy ancillary money that is now flowing in? One has to wonder what the terms of Air France-KLM's deal with Amadeus and Travelport really are. For now, it looks like the global distribution systems that took the new distribution capability seriously are reaping the rewards.

10 months ago

UK Government Challenges Airlines on Fee Disclosures

UK Government Challenges Airlines on Fee Disclosures

Silla Brush, Bloomberg

Tacking on fees is at the heart of the low-cost carrier — and increasing the legacy airline — business model. The UK government's push for Increased transparency shouldn't hurt, but the devil is in the details.

10 months ago