Sabre Abandons Bid to Buy Farelogix After Antitrust Battles Take a Toll

A view of a conference room at the headquarters of travel technology company Sabre in Southlake, Texas. Sabre Skift Take: This decision is no surprise. The world has changed a lot since November 2018, when Sabre first proposed buying travel tech vendor Farelogix. Actions by antitrust watchdogs in the UK and the U.S. delayed the … [Read more…]

New Wholesale Model Could Shake Up Airline Distribution Thanks to American Airlines Test With Sabre

American Airlines aircraft queue. American Airlines Group has testified in U.S. and UK competition investigations into the actions of Sabre and other travel technology companies. A U.S. federal court and a UK competition watchdog have published comprehensive findings on airline distribution, revealin broad trends in the sector. Angus Mordant / Bloomberg Skift Take: We read … [Read more…]

Regulatory Scrutiny of Online Travel Platforms Could Shed New Light on Business Practices

trivago Campus 2018: Facade with Hotel Search Logo The facade and logo outside Trivago An Australia court chastised Trivago about the way it displays hotel discounts. Pictured is Trivago Germany headquarters as seen in 2018. Trivago Skift Take: Online travel companies have faced intense regulatory scrutiny almost since the first days of internet bookings. But … [Read more…]

What the Sabre-Farelogix Antitrust Trial Could Reveal About Airline Technology

An image of a speaker’s dais at the U.S. Department of Justice. On Monday, a Delaware court began hearing arguments in the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against Sabre over an acquisition. Brendan Smialowski / Bloomberg Skift Take: It’s notable that we had a much easier time finding experts who supported Sabre’s proposed merger … [Read more…]

MakeMyTrip and Oyo Downplay India Regulatory Probe

Pictured is the Jai Mahal Lake Palace. Jaipur, India. MakeMyTrip pledges to cooperate with an regulatory probe in India about its relationship with budget hotelier Oyo. Jai Mahal Lake Palace Skift Take: MakeMyTrip definitely faces some near-term challenges, but it doesn’t consider a recently announced regulatory probe in India to be one of them. — … [Read more…]

Court Ruling Revives a US Airways Antitrust Case Against Sabre

A U.S. Airways jet departs Washington’s Reagan National Airport next to American Airlines jets outside Washington, February 25, 2013. Reuters Skift Take: A federal appeals court has asked for a partial do-over in antitrust litigation between US Airways and travel tech firm Sabre. After more than eight years and millions of dollars in expenses, the … [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…]

Hotel Site Files Antitrust Complaint Against Expedia and Booking

Expedia, as well as Booking Holdings, are the subject of an antitrust complaint in Europe related to discount hotel rates. Pictured is the Expedia app. Bloomberg Skift Take: The omnipresence of wholesale hotel rates making their way onto online travel sites is becoming epidemic, and the big online travel agencies may be trying to throw … [Read more…]

Here Are Travel’s Big Winners in an Antitrust Crackdown on Big Tech

The federal government is contemplating a regulatory crackdown against Google, Facebook and Amazon. Skift Take: Some are too scared to say so publicly, but much of the travel industry would welcome a diminution of Google’s vast market power. If a U.S. regulatory probe gets going against Big Tech, it is a very open question how … [Read more…]

Google May Face New U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Probe

The U.S. Department of Justice may mount an antitrust investigation looking into Google’s business practices. Associated Press Skift Take: The momentum is certainly building for a renewed look into Google’s business practices as they relate to antitrust issues. As part of that, a wide swath of travel businesses would welcome such a probe. — Dennis … [Read more…]