Articles tagged “otas”

JetBlue Airways Drops a Dozen Online Travel Agencies in Cost-Cutting Move

JetBlue Airways Drops a Dozen Online Travel Agencies in Cost-Cutting Move

Brian Sumers, Skift

On its own, this is no big deal. Not many people book JetBlue tickets on Vegas.com or whatscheaper.com. But JetBlue called this phase one, so we'll be watching closely to see the airline's next step.

1 day ago

Why Online Travel Agencies Will Line Up Against Blockchain Adoption

Why Online Travel Agencies Will Line Up Against Blockchain Adoption

Mohammad Gaber, Skift

The online travel agencies — as the Apex Predators and beneficiaries at the top of the current distribution scheme — aren't likely to rush in to invest in a technology that democratizes access to travel content.

2 weeks ago

Priceline Bought Momondo and That Was Far Different From Ctrip’s Skyscanner Acquisition

Priceline Bought Momondo and That Was Far Different From Ctrip’s Skyscanner Acquisition

Jared Wein, Skift

Priceline's acquisition of Momondo strengthens Kayak in regions where it had less market share, including the UK, Nordics, and Russia. Keeping Momondo out of the hands of a rival, or a potential one, also protects the Kayak brand and Priceline as a whole.

1 month ago

Hostelworld Has Ambitions to Complement Bookings With a Sense of Community

Hostelworld Has Ambitions to Complement Bookings With a Sense of Community

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Now that Hostelworld has largely finished integrating Hostelbookers, it can turn its attention to developing features that would make it more relevant to users during their travels. None of the initiatives are exactly game-changing, but what the company is hoping is that it will make travelers more likely to click on its app rather than that of a competitor.

2 months ago

Travel-Tilting Hedge Funds Are Investing in Airlines and Online Travel Agencies

Travel-Tilting Hedge Funds Are Investing in Airlines and Online Travel Agencies

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Follow the money — at your own risk, of course. These two hedge funds are putting their money in airline and online travel agency stocks, often investing in competitors. Rising tides lift all boats, after all.

2 months ago

Can TripAdvisor Blame Its Hotel-Bidding Slump on Expedia or Priceline?

Can TripAdvisor Blame Its Hotel-Bidding Slump on Expedia or Priceline?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

TripAdvisor is still a must-have marketing channel for online travel agency and hotel advertisers. But if the Priceline Group and Expedia tilt their spend more toward other marketing vehicles, there aren't a lot of other players with the marketing resources they have to make TripAdvisor whole.

2 months ago

Expedia’s Heavy Hand Is Working for HomeAway

Expedia’s Heavy Hand Is Working for HomeAway

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia doesn't really care about the noise coming from some disgruntled vacation rental owners. The company is focused on scaling HomeAway's vacation rental business, and having online bookable properties is the formula for the future.

3 months ago

New Research Suggests It Doesn’t Always Pay to Book Direct for a Hotel

New Research Suggests It Doesn’t Always Pay to Book Direct for a Hotel

Deanna Ting, Skift

Maybe it really is better to keep clicking around if you're hoping to save money (and you don't want to be a member of a hotel loyalty program).

3 months ago

Exclusive: Hyatt Signs Deal With Booking.com as Hedge Against Expedia Impasse

Exclusive: Hyatt Signs Deal With Booking.com as Hedge Against Expedia Impasse

Dennis Schaal, Skift

As their contract expiration deadline looms, Hyatt and Expedia are maneuvering for position with Hyatt property owners. The new Hyatt-Booking.com agreement gives Hyatt some leverage but it likely wouldn't fully make up all the ground if the chain goes completely dark on Expedia.

3 months ago

Lastminute.com Group CEO: We Consider Ourselves a Media Company

Lastminute.com Group CEO: We Consider Ourselves a Media Company

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's clear from his answers that Fabio Cannavale will keep looking to buy more companies. He thinks there are plenty of companies for sale and he's got some cash on hand.

4 months ago

The Direct Booking War Is a Myth, at Least in Europe

The Direct Booking War Is a Myth, at Least in Europe

Skift, Patrick Whyte

Sometimes it's easy to forget that the U.S. isn't shorthand for the whole world. The fragmented market in Europe and elsewhere makes it much harder for hotels to try and increase direct bookings.

5 months ago

You Can Now Fly Long-Haul With Ryanair, Sort of

You Can Now Fly Long-Haul With Ryanair, Sort of

Thomas Gualtieri and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Ryanair is hoping to beat the online agents at their own game by making its website a one-stop-shop for all things travel. Offering a small number of flights with other carriers is a start but it will need to have more of everything if it ever wants to take even the smallest chunk out of Expedia and Booking.com.

5 months ago