Articles tagged “flights”

Hawaii Mulls Ways to Restart Tourism Including Testing and Quarantines

Hawaii Mulls Ways to Restart Tourism Including Testing and Quarantines

Michelle Broder Van Dyke, The Guardian

Mandatory 14-day quarantines are a nonstarter if Hawaii wants to get tourism dollars flowing in. Testing before boarding a flight seems like a much more reasonable option.

2 weeks ago

TUI to Restart European Flights at the End of June

TUI to Restart European Flights at the End of June

Christoph Steitz, Reuters

Let the vacations begin — with proper social-distancing, including blocked middle seats on planes — of course.

2 weeks ago

A European Travel Ban to the U.S. Came At Least 5 Weeks Too Late: Here’s a Timeline of the Fallout

A European Travel Ban to the U.S. Came At Least 5 Weeks Too Late: Here’s a Timeline of the Fallout

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If airlines and travelers are counting on airport screenings and quarantines to be a effective counter-measures in the absence of a coronavirus vaccine, the CDC said these tactics will "have less impact" when transmissions are widespread. Everything depends on effective vaccines.

1 month ago

Google Bows to European Pressure and Tests Adding Travel Rivals’ Direct Links

Google Bows to European Pressure and Tests Adding Travel Rivals’ Direct Links

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google has argued for years that its boxed-up and featured hotel, flight, and restaurant results are highlighted because they provide users with the "best answers." But in Europe, regulators may have pushed Google to acquiesce, offering its competitors some air time in its featured results by testing direct links.

4 months ago

Google Flights Ends Booking Charges for Airlines That Paid

Google Flights Ends Booking Charges for Airlines That Paid

Dennis Schaal, Skift

With potential pressure from U.S. regulatory authorities and perhaps displeasure from airlines, Google is making the biggest change to the way it monetizes flight search since it launched Google Flights in 2011. Perhaps free search engine optimization for flights isn't dead after all.

4 months ago

Booking Holdings and Expedia in Arms Race to Deliver the Connected Trip

Booking Holdings and Expedia in Arms Race to Deliver the Connected Trip

Dennis Schaal, Skift

From the wishful thinking and hype of years ago, the connected trip is beginning to draw real investment and become a thing. It will take a very extended period of time to make it a more meaningful development. In that faraway horizon, will there indeed be any differentiation among the leading providers?

7 months ago

Google’s Travel Gains Levy Pain at TripAdvisor and Expedia

Google’s Travel Gains Levy Pain at TripAdvisor and Expedia

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The fact that Google is leveraging its dominance as a search engine into taking market share away from travel competitors is no longer even debatable. Expedia and TripAdvisor officials seem almost depressed about the whole thing and resigned to its impact. Is there any more room on the couch?

7 months ago

Omio Buys Rival Rome2Rio in Mashup of Door-to-Door Booking Sites

Omio Buys Rival Rome2Rio in Mashup of Door-to-Door Booking Sites

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If search for travel looking for door-to door trip options was a massive potential market, then Expedia, Booking Holdings, Ctrip, or Google would have already snapped up these companies, which have been laboring around that premise for years. This stuff is hard to execute, as the relatively modest exit seems to show.

7 months ago

Booking.com Launches Flights Through Partnership Across Europe

Booking.com Launches Flights Through Partnership Across Europe

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Booking.com flight partnership with eTraveli doesn't seem particularly seamless because travelers still have to hop over to a third-party site, Gotogate, to complete their reservations. Still, the deal is another step in Booking.com's evolution from hotel-only provider in its early days to well-rounded online travel company.

8 months ago

Ryanair and Expedia Settle Screen-Scraping Lawsuits on 2 Continents

Ryanair and Expedia Settle Screen-Scraping Lawsuits on 2 Continents

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Screen-scraping lawsuits are as old as the internet. We don't know if any money changed hands when Ryanair and Expedia settled lawsuits in the United States and Ireland, but what seems apparent is that Ryanair flights have gone missing on Expedia websites. Case(s) closed.

8 months 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.

11 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.

12 months ago