Articles tagged “metasearch”

Google Flights Gains Popularity Among Millennials as It Adds Booking Sites

Google Flights Gains Popularity Among Millennials as It Adds Booking Sites

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Despite recent gains, Google Flights is still the price-comparison tool of tomorrow, and not today -- unless its scale makes the instant booking of flights a standard way of doing things.

3 days ago

Marriott Expands Reach Into Tours and Activities With Its Latest Investment

Marriott Expands Reach Into Tours and Activities With Its Latest Investment

Deanna Ting, Skift

It seems like everyone in hospitality (and travel in general) is looking at the tours and activities space these days.

4 days ago

Why Trivago Isn’t Worried About Competition From Priceline and TripAdvisor

Why Trivago Isn’t Worried About Competition From Priceline and TripAdvisor

Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

Trivago's "irritating" onslaught of advertising has helped it to rely less on paid search than many of its competitors.

4 weeks ago

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?

1 month ago

Flight Metasearch Analysis: Why Are Sites Slow to Add Instant Booking?

Flight Metasearch Analysis: Why Are Sites Slow to Add Instant Booking?

Sean O'Neill, Skift

We have the technology, as they used to say on TV's "The Six Million Dollar Man." We have the capability to make booking flights on mobile better than it was before. Better... stronger... faster. But short-sighted airline business strategies seem to be holding back the hot price-comparison companies of the hour -- Momondo, Kayak, and Skyscanner -- from offering direct, or instant, bookings of flights.

1 month ago

Google Flights Gets Aggressive by Intercepting Airline Trademarks

Google Flights Gets Aggressive by Intercepting Airline Trademarks

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google is aggressively placing itself more prominently than ever between the consumer and the airline in the quest for bookings. What does it mean? Airlines are getting more qualified leads but are losing control and getting even more beholden to Google.

2 months ago

TripAdvisor Instant Booking: Testing, Learning and Confusing

TripAdvisor Instant Booking: Testing, Learning and Confusing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Operators of online travel websites, if they know what they are doing, never finish testing and learning, and always consider their products works in progress. TripAdvisor officials are obviously in no hurry to settle Instant Booking into a consistent user interface that won't confuse the hell out of consumers because they want to perfect it first. Public company or not, they are in no rush despite investor impatience.

3 months ago

Airbnb Flights: Should It Build, Buy or Borrow an Airline Booking Service?

Airbnb Flights: Should It Build, Buy or Borrow an Airline Booking Service?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

A prudent strategy for Airbnb might be to initially partner with an online travel agency in an affiliate relationship so it can access flights for its customers. In that way, Airbnb could test whether its users want to book flights on the site without taking the big risks involved in making a large acquisition, which could always come later.

3 months ago

Trivago IPO Raises Much Less Than Expected

Trivago IPO Raises Much Less Than Expected

Lauren Hirsch, Reuters

Trivago's IPO priced lower than its hoped-for range because investors weren't happy with its high advertising spend and low profitability. But it's not all Trivago's fault: It hasn't been a great year for tech IPOs, either.

3 months ago

5 Key Travel Markets to Watch for Online Booking Growth

5 Key Travel Markets to Watch for Online Booking Growth

Michelle Evans, Euromonitor

All markets are not created equal, and these five have lessons that are helpful beyond their borders.

4 months 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.

4 months ago

Trivago Planning $428 Million IPO to Help Fund Even More TV Ads

Trivago Planning $428 Million IPO to Help Fund Even More TV Ads

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When you think of all the online travel companies constrained by a lack of marketing resources wipe Trivago out of your mind. The Germany-based hotel metasearch site spends a whopping 88 percent of its revenue on advertising. And, if it can pull off a successful initial public offering then Trivago will resupply its advertising war chest. The metasearch rich are getting richer.

4 months ago