Hilton Seeks More Partnerships to Entice Low-Tier Loyalty Members

Hilton has several active loyalty partnerships, including with Amazon, Lyft and Foursquare. Bloomberg Skift Take: It’s easy for hotel chains to spend time and resources on their highest loyalty spenders. But there is plenty of money to be had at the other end of the tier as well. — Danni Santana U-Shaped Memory Foam Rebound … [Read more…]

Google to Congress: We’re Not a Travel Monopoly

A Google exec argued that travelers begin their travel searches on specialist websites, and not with Google. Robert Scoble / Visualhunt Skift Take: Travelers indeed shop all over the place when they are doing trip-planning. But to downplay Google’s dominant role, as an exec did Tuesday, when travel brands are spending billions of dollars annually … [Read more…]

Online Travel’s eDreams Apes Amazon With Prime Subscription Service

In 2017, eDreams Odiego moved into new offices in Barcelona designed by Vimworks. The company has been trialing a new subscription product. Vimworks Skift Take: It’s a bold move to call your subscription product “Prime,” but if eDreams Odigeo’s new offering is anywhere near as useful as Amazon’s has been, the company will be pretty … [Read more…]

AirAsia’s Expansion Into Online Travel Draws Skepticism From Potential Competitors

Aireen Omar, deputy group CEO for technology and digital at AirAsia speaking with Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan at Skift Forum Asia in Singapore on May 27, 2019. Richard Lau / Skift Skift Take: It’s obvious that executives from Booking, Expedia, and Rakuten are laying odds that AirAsia won’t be very successful in striving … [Read more…]

Amazon Confirms Flight-Booking Launch as Part of a Superapp Strategy

Amazon Prime Air Boeing 767, photographed on August 8, 2016 from Wolfe Air Learjet 25B. Amazon launched a domestic flight service in India. Chad Slattery / Amazon Skift Take: Amazon wants to be a superapp, the mobile tool of choice to book flights, buy books, and make payments. In travel, flights are only the beginning. … [Read more…]

Amazon’s Travel Strategy Comes Into Focus

Amazon previously tried selling hotel stays via weekend getaways, but is trying anew with flights in India. Skift Skift Take: The same rules that apply to run-of-the-mill travel sellers do not necessarily apply to Amazon. While cash back on flights in India may seem loss-generating and unsustainable, for Amazon it could be a winning strategy. … [Read more…]

Novo Airão and the Amazon travel

The mighty, black-hued Rio Negro presents travelers with wide-open, reflection-doubled vistas. Traveling by boat up this Amazonian tributary is a stunning way to venture deeper into the Brazilian rainforest. The small town of Novo Airão sits on the southwest bank of the Rio Negro, near the world’s second largest freshwater archipelago, with hundreds of islands. … [Read more…]

TripAdvisor Plots Inspiration Path in Google’s Shadow

Miami beach. TripAdvisor launched a new homepage last year, and wants travelers to come direct to the site. Mike McBey / Flickr Skift Take: CEO Stephen Kaufer seems confident that the “new TripAdvisor” will be successful. We’ll have to wait until later this year before we know whether it is helping the company earn more … [Read more…]