Articles tagged “kayak”

Kayak-Momondo: What to Watch for as the Companies Combine

Kayak-Momondo: What to Watch for as the Companies Combine

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia poured money into Trivago marketing at a loss. Current Priceline Group CEO Glenn Fogel just spent $550 million on helping Kayak grow. Does this mean he’s going to open the bankroll even further to assist Kayak-Momondo in its expansion?

6 days ago

Priceline Buys Momondo for $550 Million to Expand in Europe

Priceline Buys Momondo for $550 Million to Expand in Europe

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The acquisition of the Momondo Group is the Priceline Group's largest since buying OpenTable -- and subsequently having to take a write down -- in 2014. Through the acquisition, Kayak gets a strong brand in parts of Europe and ensures that no other rivals step in to take Momondo away from it.

2 weeks ago

Google Flights Is Making Gains With Consumers

Google Flights Is Making Gains With Consumers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Just because your company is paranoid doesn't mean Google Flights is not out to get you. Google Flights is making gains, albeit incrementally and seemingly unceasingly.

3 weeks ago

Kayak Is Shopping for a Metasearch Acquisition in Europe

Kayak Is Shopping for a Metasearch Acquisition in Europe

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's clear there is going to be further consolidation in online travel in Europe after Ctrip swooped in and acquired Skyscanner. Momondo would be a nice addition – not a game-changer for Kayak – and a deal could happen if the number-crunchers on both sides have a meeting of the minds.

1 month ago

Kayak Begins Advertising on U.S. Television Again

Kayak Begins Advertising on U.S. Television Again

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In mid-2015 Kayak opted to go dark on U.S. TV and to put more investment into broadcast advertising in Europe. Companies have to make such hard choices sometimes. Kayak's Hafner claims, however, "the sky didn't fall" in the U.S., although one could surmise that Google Flights is "knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door."

1 month ago

Trends Highlight: The Monetization Challenges for Metasearch on Mobile

Trends Highlight: The Monetization Challenges for Metasearch on Mobile

Dave Montali, Skift

While the world is transitioning to mobile, there are still issues to work on when it comes to monetizing mobile search.

2 months ago

Expedia Turns to Amazon Alexa for Its First Attempt at Voice Search

Expedia Turns to Amazon Alexa for Its First Attempt at Voice Search

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When it comes to new tech platforms and technologies such as voice-activated search with Amazon Alexa, the advantage, in the short term, goes to the big travel tech and marketing companies, including online travel agencies and metasearch companies, because they have the engineering staff and other resources to address these disruptions.

3 months ago

Exclusive: Ctrip CEO on How It Moved In to Buy Skyscanner

Exclusive: Ctrip CEO on How It Moved In to Buy Skyscanner

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Ctrip didn't acquire the largest metasearch engine in Skyscanner but one that is very strong in Europe. Ctrip will now turn Skyscanner into a flight-booking site and will also focus Ctrip on growing domestically, in greater China and Southeast Asia first.

3 months ago

Google’s Calculated Aggression Has Largest Travel Advertisers Looking for Alternatives

Google’s Calculated Aggression Has Largest Travel Advertisers Looking for Alternatives

Mark Bergen and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

The biggest travel players are accustomed to Google's moves and trying their best to adjust and work around them. Missing from this story is the fact that Google's latest moves are making it nearly impossible for all but the smallest number of consumer travel startups to succeed.

3 months ago

New Skift Trends Research: 2017 Outlook on Metasearch in Travel

New Skift Trends Research: 2017 Outlook on Metasearch in Travel

Luke Bujarski, Skift

Slim margins and complex technology have turned travel metasearch into a contact sport. Identifying the winners and losers in this space takes a keen understanding of the economics and mechanics that power these businesses. Luckily, we've produced the definitive resource for understanding and forecasting the trend lines.

3 months ago

Video: Lola CEO Paul English Says Innovation Comes in Small Teams

Video: Lola CEO Paul English Says Innovation Comes in Small Teams

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There's a lot of wisdom in this video. Find out why Lola CEO Paul English believes travel startups should get as close as possible to the booking instead of going out and trying to create what he calls the "blah blah blah of travel."

3 months ago

Google Making Gains in Hotel Advertising, Updates Website for Hoteliers

Google Making Gains in Hotel Advertising, Updates Website for Hoteliers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google may not be on the road toward becoming an online travel agency, but the search engine is inserting itself more aggressively in the travel research and hotel-shopping process.

3 months ago