Articles tagged “orbitz”

Expedia Group Accelerates Its Spending Faster Than It Grows Revenue

Expedia Group Accelerates Its Spending Faster Than It Grows Revenue

Sean O'Neill, Skift

If you (re)build it, they will come. That's the motto of Expedia Group CEO Mark Okerstrom for 2018.

2 months ago

Orbitz Discloses Potential Data Breach of Customer Credit Cards

Orbitz Discloses Potential Data Breach of Customer Credit Cards

Associated Press

Orbitz isn't the first booking site to get hacked, and certainly won't be the last. The scope of this breach was global, and it's concerning that the hack captured information on nearly a million payment cards.

3 months ago

Former Orbitz CEO Barney Harford Is Uber’s New Chief Operating Officer

Former Orbitz CEO Barney Harford Is Uber’s New Chief Operating Officer

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Uber boss Dara Khosrowshahi first met Barney Harford when they both worked at Expedia in 2001. A decade later, Harford sold Orbitz to Expedia. But can the two men in 2018 successfully shake off Uber's all-too-often exploitative disregard for workers and the law? And can they make Uber profitable?

6 months ago

Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to Leave Company With Unfinished Business

Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to Leave Company With Unfinished Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

We can't blame Khosrowshahi for seizing a nearly once-in-a-lifetime challenge to right the trajectory of a unicorn, Uber, but this is also a very awkward time to leave Expedia. Now there will be two big-time CEOs under the gun: Priceline's new top guy, Glenn Fogel, and Khosrowshahi's successor at Expedia.

10 months ago

Expedia Still Bullish on Orbitz Despite Missteps

Expedia Still Bullish on Orbitz Despite Missteps

Sean O'Neill, Skift

In the long-run, Expedia will have gained by acquiring Orbitz because of its brand recognition, effective loyalty program, and list of corporate deals. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is especially optimistic about taking Orbitz's private label functionality and bringing it to the flagship Expedia brand later this year.

1 year ago

The Pitfalls and Perils of Online Travel Acquisitions

The Pitfalls and Perils of Online Travel Acquisitions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Ctrip, when acquiring Skyscanner, should call up, or at least compare notes with, companies as varied as Sabre, Travelocity, the Priceline Group, and Expedia when mulling the challenges in integrating a new prized possession. These new playthings can in rare cases turn into the success of a Booking.com, but on the other hand they have the potential to wreak havoc.

2 years ago

Expedia CEO Likes Airbnb’s $30 Billion Valuation for Selfish Reasons

Expedia CEO Likes Airbnb’s $30 Billion Valuation for Selfish Reasons

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Critics of Expedia Inc.'s 2014-2015 acquisition spree appear to have had a valid point: These sorts of mergers and integrations can be very distracting and complex. Expedia has felt the pain now in the second and third quarters and could be in for some more until it get can get things back on course. Expedia's competitors will take advantage.

2 years ago

Video: Online Travel Founders Talk Game-Changing Deals, Big Upcoming Trends

Video: Online Travel Founders Talk Game-Changing Deals, Big Upcoming Trends

Jason Clampet, Skift

Moral of the story about the early years of online travel? Not to over-simplify, but be prepared to take risks, feel free to contradict conventional wisdom, and assemble the best damn team that you can.

2 years ago

Expedia Stumbled After Its Radical Approach to Integrating Orbitz

Expedia Stumbled After Its Radical Approach to Integrating Orbitz

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Breaking up is hard to do but when it comes to mergers, the stakes can be very high and the challenges acutely complex. It's really hard to find someone who will argue that Expedia's acquisition spree will be its undoing but success will take focus and certainly isn't guaranteed.

2 years ago

Expedia Struggles to Integrate Orbitz After Acquisiton

Expedia Struggles to Integrate Orbitz After Acquisiton

Gerrit De Vynck , Bloomberg

Expedia should be able to bounce back after taking some short-term hits related to its Orbitz acquisition.

2 years ago

Orbitz Founding CEO Gets Backing From Major Airlines and Hotel Chains for ‘Experiences’ Startup

Orbitz Founding CEO Gets Backing From Major Airlines and Hotel Chains for ‘Experiences’ Startup

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Jeff Katz and Boston Consulting Group startup Dihedral -- with an assist from two major airlines and four hotel chains -- can turn out to be something huge or meander nowhere like some of the traveler journeys they'll be charting. Certainly the two have a track record and they are hitting all the right notes, including Big Data and experiences.

2 years ago

Orbitz Is Celebrating Its 15th Anniversary Under the Shadow of Expedia Ownership

Orbitz Is Celebrating Its 15th Anniversary Under the Shadow of Expedia Ownership

Dennis Schaal, Skift

As when it acquired Travelocity in early 2015, the Expedia Inc. acquisition model for Orbitz and CheapTickets is to slash employee rolls, find other cost synergies, move the newly acquired companies to the Expedia technology platform and continue to market the slimmed-down brands. As Orbitz begins its 16th year, it wouldn't be surprising to see the brand get more aggressive in its advertising.

2 years ago