Articles tagged “kayak”

Booking Holdings Empire Tiptoes Toward Quiet Collaboration

Booking Holdings Empire Tiptoes Toward Quiet Collaboration

Sean O'Neill, Skift

As Booking Holdings brands try to cross-sell their customers on more products, such as attractions, restaurants, and ground transportation, more companywide collaboration may be inevitable. No brand mergers are in the offing, but signs point toward more coordination.

2 weeks ago

Kayak Fires More Than 50 As It Eliminates Brand Marketing in London and Berlin

Kayak Fires More Than 50 As It Eliminates Brand Marketing in London and Berlin

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Kayak is looking to get leaner and more efficient. The restructuring, though, doesn't exactly mesh with the upbeat picture about the metasearch company that parent Booking Holdings described during its fourth-quarter earnings call this week.

3 months ago

Uplift Raises $123 Million to Broaden Its Travel Loan Services

Uplift Raises $123 Million to Broaden Its Travel Loan Services

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The old idea of payments in monthly installments is seeing new life in the U.S. online travel sector. Uplift is one of the leading tech vendors powering loans to travelers for buying from airlines such as Spirit and search sites like Kayak. Expect a lot of marketing around this in 2019.

4 months ago

How Herb Kelleher Made Southwest a Vexing Problem for Online Travel

How Herb Kelleher Made Southwest a Vexing Problem for Online Travel

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Southwest has perennially been a thorn in the side of online travel companies that lusted after getting access to its flights and fares. But no one can credibly argue that Southwest's insistence on direct distribution hasn't worked for the airline. Its competitors and peers inside and outside of the airline industry can only be jealous.

5 months ago

Popular Travel Apps Shared Detailed User Information With Facebook

Popular Travel Apps Shared Detailed User Information With Facebook

Dennis Schaal, Skift

What's clear from the report is that Facebook and some travel apps are sharing way more personal information than they had admitted to. The backlash will undoubtedly pick up steam, although Facebook seems to have largely escaped condemnation from this latest disclosure.

5 months ago

TripAdvisor Plays Meta on Meta Marketing Game With Google

TripAdvisor Plays Meta on Meta Marketing Game With Google

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor still isn't crazy about Google emphasizing its own travel businesses ahead of those of competitors. Still, in the wacky world of online travel marketing, metas will advertise in other metas when the financials work in their favor. User experience? It isn't always the best.

7 months ago

Booking Holdings Tweaks Momondo’s Marketing Strategy

Booking Holdings Tweaks Momondo’s Marketing Strategy

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Well, well, well ... if Booking Holdings is cutting brand marketing spending, what does it mean for the Momondo name going forward?

8 months ago

Video: HotelTonight and Kayak’s Chief Data Officers Cut Through the Hype

Video: HotelTonight and Kayak’s Chief Data Officers Cut Through the Hype

Deanna Ting, Skift

There’s plenty of hype to go around when it comes to data science or personalization in travel, but HotelTonight’s Amanda Richardson and Kayak’s Matthias Keller know how to look beyond it to get at the heart of what actually matters when it comes to improving the travel experience.

9 months ago

Booking Holdings Bought HotelsCombined for Only $140 Million

Booking Holdings Bought HotelsCombined for Only $140 Million

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Don't you just love those proverbial tuck-in acquisitions? Booking Holdings didn't break the bank for either HotelsCombined ($140 million) or FareHarbor ($250 million). Sometimes making smaller bets is a much smarter strategy than gargantuan deals, but only time will tell.

10 months ago

Is the Metasearch Model in Big Trouble?

Is the Metasearch Model in Big Trouble?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Much of the metasearch business is beyond the control of the metasearch companies themselves because their largest advertisers can switch things up five minutes ago. Just ask Trivago, and to a lesser extent, TripAdvisor. The best they can hope to do is to diversify their advertiser base and to keep plugging away.

10 months ago

Analysts Are Puzzled Why Booking Holdings Acquired HotelsCombined

Analysts Are Puzzled Why Booking Holdings Acquired HotelsCombined

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The deal surprised analysts, some of whom didn't see an obvious logic for it. Yet one thing is sure: Online hotel sales are a bit like an old-fashioned butter market. A big chunk of butter changes hands multiple times and everyone gets their hands greasy.

11 months ago

Booking Holdings Buys HotelsCombined as Kayak Expands Into Asia Pacific

Booking Holdings Buys HotelsCombined as Kayak Expands Into Asia Pacific

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com is Booking Holdings' favored child, but with the addition of HotelsCombined, it is apparent that the parent company still sees plenty of opportunity for its Kayak unit in metasearch worldwide. This deal will help Kayak expand in Asia Pacific, and will give HotelsCombined additional resources as well.

11 months ago