Articles tagged “flights”

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.

2 months ago

U.S. Flight Bookings to Dominican Republic Plummet Because of Tourist Deaths

U.S. Flight Bookings to Dominican Republic Plummet Because of Tourist Deaths

Ezra Fieser, Bloomberg

The Dominican Republic Tourism minister's response, dismissing all of the deaths as having occurred from natural causes, doesn't really provide confidence that the country is seriously investigating the matter.

2 months ago

Amazon Collects Fees From Cleartrip in New India Flights Offering

Amazon Collects Fees From Cleartrip in New India Flights Offering

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Amazon's deal with Cleartrip using Amazon Pay for India domestic flights could be a forerunner of similar moves in other emerging markets where payment systems are being disrupted. This time around in travel, Amazon has decided to partner rather than build its own offering — a very reasonable way to get back into the game.

3 months ago

Amazon Confirms Flight-Booking Launch as Part of a Superapp Strategy

Amazon Confirms Flight-Booking Launch as Part of a Superapp Strategy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Amazon wants to be a superapp, the mobile tool of choice to book flights, buy books, and make payments. In travel, flights are only the beginning.

3 months ago

Skift Analysis: Amazon’s Travel Strategy Comes Into Focus

Skift Analysis: Amazon’s Travel Strategy Comes Into Focus

Seth Borko and Dennis Schaal, Skift

The same rules that apply to run-of-the-mill travel sellers do not necessarily apply to Amazon. While cash back on flights in India may seem loss-generating and unsustainable, for Amazon it could be a winning strategy.

3 months ago

Amazon Launches Flight Bookings in India in a Superapp Strategy

Amazon Launches Flight Bookings in India in a Superapp Strategy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

A shoe just dropped. Amazon is stepping into travel again. It may offer travel products in all sizes once it really gets going.

3 months ago

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform the World of Superapps: A Skift Deep Dive

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform the World of Superapps: A Skift Deep Dive

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Consumers in the West reach almost reflexively for the Google Maps app as the service becomes a nearly ubiquitous utility despite a dearth of messaging and payments. Whether it evolves into the next superapp may depend on whether users really want a do-everything app and the mood of regulators seeking to break up big tech.

4 months ago

Google’s Travel Services Aren’t a Focus of European Regulators Just Yet

Google’s Travel Services Aren’t a Focus of European Regulators Just Yet

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Over the last couple of years, rumors have been flying around that the European Union wanted to take a closer look at Google's travel tools. For now at least, that doesn't seem to be the case.

5 months ago

Southwest Calls Flight Disruptions a ‘Deliberate Effort’ by Mechanics

Southwest Calls Flight Disruptions a ‘Deliberate Effort’ by Mechanics

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest is frequently held up as an airline that has a great relationship with its employees. Has anyone factored in the airline's mechanics?

6 months ago

LaGuardia Airport in New York Saw Flight Delays After Transformer Malfunction

LaGuardia Airport in New York Saw Flight Delays After Transformer Malfunction

John Harney and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

You can expect the incident to impact flight schedules into Friday, if not for much of the day.

8 months ago

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Bleisure Trend a Mixed Blessing for Agents

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Bleisure Trend a Mixed Blessing for Agents

Maria Lenhart, Skift

As more business travelers view their trips as working vacations, travel advisors must draw on both corporate and leisure travel-planning skills. It's no simple challenge, but it's necessary given the strength of the bleisure travel trend.

9 months ago

Google Is Rigged. Just Not the Way Trump Thinks It Is.

Google Is Rigged. Just Not the Way Trump Thinks It Is.

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google clearly places its own travel businesses front and center in its search results to the detriment of competitors. Google argues that this benefits consumers. If you buy that argument, then you also probably believe that Google always knows best.

12 months ago