Articles tagged “priceline”

Oral History: Booking.com Catapulted Priceline From an Also-Ran to First

Oral History: Booking.com Catapulted Priceline From an Also-Ran to First

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The acquisitions of Active Hotels and Bookings B.V., which led to the creation of Booking.com, transformed parent company Priceline.com, and online travel history. Take a look at Priceline's fourth quarter of 2005 financial results, and you'll be able to see the journey in process.

3 months ago

6 Takeaways From The Oral History of Travel’s Greatest Acquisition Booking.com

6 Takeaways From The Oral History of Travel’s Greatest Acquisition Booking.com

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The stars were seemingly aligned when Booking.com made its move. The big U.S. players were too comfortable with their huge margins from the merchant model; Booking.com focused on independent hotels; and search engine marketing was on the rise. Still, it was the entrepreneurs and dealmakers who made it all happen.

3 months ago

Launching The Oral History of Travel’s Greatest Acquisition Booking.com

Launching The Oral History of Travel’s Greatest Acquisition Booking.com

Tom Lowry, Skift

This is the oral history of Priceline's two deals, the acquisitions of Active Hotels and Bookings B.V., that created Booking.com, and continue to shape the course of online travel and the competitive landscape today. The twin transactions were among the greatest Internet deals of all time, and their lessons are relevant to startups and dealmakers in any industry.

3 months ago

New Skift Research Report: The Crisis in Online Travel Agency Advertising

New Skift Research Report: The Crisis in Online Travel Agency Advertising

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Online travel agencies remain essential to the travel industry as consolidators of, and clearinghouses for, advertising dollars throughout the space. We do not see OTAs being removed from this position easily, but challenges are growing by the day.

4 months ago

The Most Highly Compensated Online Travel CEOs of 2018

The Most Highly Compensated Online Travel CEOs of 2018

Sean O'Neill, Skift

TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer is ordinarily far from being the most-compensated CEO in online travel. This year represented an unusual payout for him. But Skift's annual survey reveals that most online travel CEOs are often more handsomely compensated than what the top bosses in other industries receive, on average.

5 months ago

Priceline Deal Means Closer Ties to Points International

Priceline Deal Means Closer Ties to Points International

Grant Martin, Skift

Priceline showed up with a new brand and better partner access last week, which should please those who use the Points International network.

5 months ago

Points International Adds Priceline Network of Hotels to Its Booking Engines

Points International Adds Priceline Network of Hotels to Its Booking Engines

Grant Martin, Skift

New functionality added by Points International grants users of that network access to the Priceline library of hotels. That's great for frequent flyers — especially those with miles to burn.

5 months ago

William Shatner’s Travel Evolution as Priceline Pitchman

William Shatner’s Travel Evolution as Priceline Pitchman

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Who remembers Star Trek anyway? It's likely that just as many people or more know actor William Shatner through his Priceline advertising gig. Are big-name celebrities better in commercials than owls, gnomes, and belt-less soap opera stars? We're not sure of his return on investment, but at this point he can almost name his own price.

5 months ago

Newly Rebranded Priceline Has Global Ambitions

Newly Rebranded Priceline Has Global Ambitions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If you follow the money, you'll see that Booking.com, for good reason, is the parent company's favored brand even in the United States. Priceline, though, does have brand recognition and will try to make the most of it given the hand that it has been dealt.

5 months ago

Booking Holdings CEO: We’re on the Road Toward Going Full-Service

Booking Holdings CEO: We’re on the Road Toward Going Full-Service

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Evolve or be crushed. That's CEO Glenn Fogel's philosophy about business in general and Booking Holdings in particular. But the move toward becoming more of a full-service online travel agency comes with the risk of losing focus on accommodations. No one ever said all this online travel agency stuff is easy.

6 months ago

Expedia Tweaks Name After Priceline Rebrand

Expedia Tweaks Name After Priceline Rebrand

Dennis Schaal , Skift

Hotels.com, Egencia, Trivago, and HomeAway, among others, are all Expedia companies. The parent company wants Wall Street to understand that it is more than just the Expedia brand. The Priceline Group had long been associated with Priceline.com even though Booking.com is the company's largest brand. So there seemed to be more of a reason for Priceline's name switch than for Expedia's.

7 months ago

Emerging Travel Giant Meituan Mulling $60 Billion IPO in Hong Kong

Emerging Travel Giant Meituan Mulling $60 Billion IPO in Hong Kong

Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg

Among the many things on Uber's list of things to worry about, Meituan Dianping should be at or close to the top of that very long list.

7 months ago