Articles tagged “otas”

Amazon Collects Fees From Cleartrip in New India Flights Offering

Amazon Collects Fees From Cleartrip in New India Flights Offering

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Amazon's deal with Cleartrip using Amazon Pay for India domestic flights could be a forerunner of similar moves in other emerging markets where payment systems are being disrupted. This time around in travel, Amazon has decided to partner rather than build its own offering — a very reasonable way to get back into the game.

6 days ago

Booking to Charge Commission on Resort Fees in Major Shakeup for Hotel Revenue

Booking to Charge Commission on Resort Fees in Major Shakeup for Hotel Revenue

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Get ready for some commotion in Las Vegas and other destinations where hotel resort fees are common. Will impacted hotels abandon Booking.com? Will resort fees lose their appeal for hotels? Will Expedia follow Booking's lead? The fun and gamesmanship are just starting.

6 days ago

Amazon Launches Flight Bookings in India in a Superapp Strategy

Amazon Launches Flight Bookings in India in a Superapp Strategy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

A shoe just dropped. Amazon is stepping into travel again. It may offer travel products in all sizes once it really gets going.

1 week ago

IHG Likes Third-Party Bookings When Other Hotels Prefer Direct Reservations

IHG Likes Third-Party Bookings When Other Hotels Prefer Direct Reservations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

InterContinental Hotels Group has frequently been contrarian over the years when it comes to travel distribution. The chain recognizes that not all guests are brand loyal, and that it is wise to maintain healthy relationships with online travel agencies and metasearch engines.

3 weeks ago

Hostelworld Ditches 50 Cent and Mariah Carey in Bid for Growth

Hostelworld Ditches 50 Cent and Mariah Carey in Bid for Growth

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Newish CEO Gary Morrison hasn’t minced words when it comes to what he sees as the company’s past failings.

2 months ago

Google Quietly Releases Its Hotel Booking Destination With Potentially Huge Implications

Google Quietly Releases Its Hotel Booking Destination With Potentially Huge Implications

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Within months, Google has rolled out new features in flights and hotels that, we dare say, make it a convenient one-stop shop to book travel sans encumbrances. Given its dominance in search, hotels and online travel agencies are on another planet if they are not feeling wary.

3 months ago

TripAdvisor Sees Booking Site Spending Hit 4-Year Low

TripAdvisor Sees Booking Site Spending Hit 4-Year Low

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The fact that Booking Holdings and Expedia Group are leaning away from TripAdvisor is a wake-up call for many metasearch sites. However, travelers still love to use the damn things for comparison shopping, so there's that.

3 months ago

Travel Megatrends 2019: Online Travel Agencies Scurry for Salvation Beyond Hotels

Travel Megatrends 2019: Online Travel Agencies Scurry for Salvation Beyond Hotels

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Online travel agencies will be around a decade from now, but food, activities, and rides will be a lot more important to them and their customers. The saplings of this future growth are already visible in 2019.

3 months ago

Expedia Struggles to Move Beyond Its U.S. Dependence

Expedia Struggles to Move Beyond Its U.S. Dependence

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Expedia Group wants to become less U.S.-centric, but change is coming slowly. Trivago's troubles are partly to blame.

4 months ago

Recession Watch: The Debt Load of the Travel Industry’s Public Companies

Recession Watch: The Debt Load of the Travel Industry’s Public Companies

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When it comes to their debt, easyJet has a much more liquid position than Ryanair, while United and Delta have a lighter debt burden relatively speaking than American Airlines. In the event of a recession, debt loads would be one critical factor among many in hamstringing or contributing to a company's ability to maneuver.

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

American Airlines and Expedia Quietly Settle Trademark Lawsuit

American Airlines and Expedia Quietly Settle Trademark Lawsuit

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It isn't clear precisely by what terms American Airlines and Expedia settled their trademark infringement lawsuit. What is known is that Expedia's Add-On Advantage program, the subject of the dispute, remains operational.

5 months ago