Articles tagged “fees”

Booking to Charge Commission on Resort Fees in Major Shakeup for Hotel Revenue

Booking to Charge Commission on Resort Fees in Major Shakeup 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.

4 days 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.

4 months ago

Lots of Hotel Vacancies and Huge Cancellation Fees in Davos After U.S. Opts Out

Lots of Hotel Vacancies and Huge Cancellation Fees in Davos After U.S. Opts Out

Albertina Torsoli, Bloomberg

The U.S. government would face around $335,000 in hotel cancellation fees for not showing up in Davos, according to a published report. That means there are plenty of rooms still available for last-minute bookers.

4 months ago

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.

5 months 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.

5 months 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.

6 months 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.

6 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.

6 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.

8 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?

8 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.

8 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.

9 months ago