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Rising Costs Catch Up to Spirit Airlines

Rising Costs Catch Up to Spirit Airlines

Isaac Carey, Skift

In many ways, the airline had a solid quarter, but some potential long-term issues are starting to emerge, casting doubt on future performance.

4 months ago

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform Superapps and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform Superapps and 6 Other Digital Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in digital news, we take a deep dive into Google Maps, comparing it to other superapps like Meituan in China or Grab in Southeast Asia. Plus, we talk to Avis executive Jeff Kaelin about customers' mobile experience and look at Jumia's growing hotel business in Africa.

4 months ago

Travel Advisors Boost Political Contributions in These Highly Partisan Times

Travel Advisors Boost Political Contributions in These Highly Partisan Times

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Supporting advocacy efforts on the state and federal levels for the rights of travel advisors is gaining momentum. Among indicators are growing contributions to ASTA’s political action committee.

4 months ago

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Mobile Solutions Evolve as a Key Driver for Personalization In The Airline Industry

Mobile Solutions Evolve as a Key Driver for Personalization In The Airline Industry

IBM + Skift

Airline employees, in spite of being the first point of contact for most airline passengers, often don’t have access to the right data at the right time. Empowering them with the appropriate tools is imperative for driving real personalization and loyalty in the future.

1 month ago

Vancouver Shuns Uber While Chinese-Language App Kabu Thrives

Vancouver Shuns Uber While Chinese-Language App Kabu Thrives

Natalie Obiko Pearson and Krista Gmelich, Bloomberg

The underground ride-sharing app has big plans for growth, with an English version coming soon. By the time Uber gets on the road, it may find itself up against a solid competitor.

5 months ago

Wow Air Goes Under and 3 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Wow Air Goes Under and 3 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in aviation, Iceland’s discount carrier Wow Air finally admits defeat, joining the ranks of other small airlines that have shut down amid intense competition this past year. Plus, Boeing’s recent crashes have only added to the global anxiety surrounding air travel, something the carrier will have to work hard to address.

5 months ago

Airbnb Tells Judge It Didn’t Control Illegal NYC Hotels

Airbnb Tells Judge It Didn’t Control Illegal NYC Hotels

Erik Larson, Bloomberg

Skift has been reporting on this for years. Like every other major corporation, Airbnb needs to let outsiders see it's real numbers. Until that happens, the playing field is not level.

5 months ago

Google Adds Vacation Rentals to Evolving Hotel Site

Google Adds Vacation Rentals to Evolving Hotel Site

Isaac Carey, Skift

The new feature is clean, intuitive, and easy to use. As Google’s booking platform rapidly expands, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes the go-to booking site for all things travel.

5 months ago

Key Benchmarks for Marketing Operations in Tours and Activities: New Skift Research

Key Benchmarks for Marketing Operations in Tours and Activities: New Skift Research

Haixia Wang, Skift Research

As travel CMOs and their teams take on more responsibilities, a well-designed and articulated operations plan is crucial for delivering marketing success. Use this series of Skift Research reports to see how you stack up against other companies in your sector in key operational areas and set up strategies to optimize.

5 months ago

The Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max Crash Leads to One of the Strangest Weeks Ever in Aviation

The Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max Crash Leads to One of the Strangest Weeks Ever in Aviation

Madhu Unnikrishnan, Skift

The worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 Max fleet “out of an abundance of caution” is a break with the FAA’s traditional data-driven approach to accident investigations. Could this mean an end to the way safety decisions have been made?

5 months ago

Airbnb Signals IPO Might Not Come This Year

Airbnb Signals IPO Might Not Come This Year

Isaac Carey, Skift

Airbnb was expected to be one of the most-anticipated of upcoming IPOs. But everyone may just have to wait a bit as the company digests a significant new acquisition.

5 months ago

Did AirAsia’s Rivals Arm-Twist Online Travel Agencies to Stop Selling Its Low Airfares?

Did AirAsia’s Rivals Arm-Twist Online Travel Agencies to Stop Selling Its Low Airfares?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Any form of industry players conspiring to protect their self-interests should be thoroughly investigated. Hopefully this unsettling episode in Indonesia will end soon and everyone can go back to booking the best deal they can get without lame invisible hands interfering with the process.

5 months ago