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…]

Booking Holdings Empire Tiptoes Toward Quiet Collaboration

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel photographed in 2017. Fogel has a vision of his conglomerate touching the lives of its users more often than just for a one-off lodging or flight booking. Natasha Miller / Booking Holdings Skift Take: As Booking Holdings brands try to cross-sell their customers on more products, such as attractions, restaurants, … [Read more…]

CEO Hints Booking Holdings Is Ready to Buy More Companies

One part of the lobby of the Booking.com headquarters in Amsterdam. The online travel agency is the largest unit in Booking Holdings, which reported earnings on Thursday. Booking.com Skift Take: Falling victim to the so-called law of large numbers, Booking Holdings saw its total revenues for the first quarter drop 3 percent from the prior … [Read more…]

Expedia Being Investigated for Conspiring With Hotels to Suppress Competition

The Expedia app. The company is under investigation in Utah. Bloomberg Skift Take: These are some pretty serious allegations but we’ll have to wait and see how far this one gets before any juicy details emerge. — Patrick Whyte 3/4PCS Travel Set Bag ABS Trolley Spinner Suitcase Luggage w/Lock 16"- 28" 4OPTS $83.90End Date: Friday … [Read more…]

TripAdvisor Reveals Some of Its Tactics in Growing Experiences

A look at a decorative wall at TripAdvisor’s Needham, Massachusetts, headquarters. The online travel company revealed Wednesday more details on its strategy to become one of the world’s largest online travel agencies for tours, activities, and attractions. TripAdvisor Skift Take: TripAdvisor’s key tactics to grow its tours and activities business include the discounting of some … [Read more…]

TripAdvisor Reveals Details on Experiences and Restaurants Growth

A view of the lobby in the global headquarters of TripAdvisor in Needham, Massachusetts. In the first quarter of 2019, TripAdvisor’s revenue declined 1 percent year-over-year, to $376 million. But its new business units grew at a double-digit pace during that time. TripAdvisor Skift Take: TripAdvisor’s greater transparency in its financial reporting is to be … [Read more…]

Expedia Faces Stiff Headwinds in Rebranded Short-Term Rental Business

Expedia Group’s short-term rental business struggled in the first quarter of 2019. Olivia Carville / Bloomberg Skift Take: When Expedia announced the acquisition of HomeAway in 2015, then-CFO Mark Okerstrom called it “a huge opportunity on a go-forward basis.” Today, it still is, but now-CEO Okerstrom said the short-term rental business must strive to gain … [Read more…]

Google Hotels Prompts Trivago to Increase Advertising in 50 Global Markets

Trivago is experimenting with new TV ad concepts, including having its actor spokespeople merely narrate spots instead of appearing in them. Trivago Skift Take: Google is eating the world. When metasearch sites such as Trivago see a strategic benefit in increasing their advertising in Google metasearch, it’s not only enough to make your head spin, … [Read more…]

China’s Ctrip Will Own Nearly Half of India’s MakeMyTrip After Share Swap

A 2017 view of the lobby of the Shanghai headquarters of Ctrip.com, which has exchanged shares with Naspers, with Naspers swapping its stake in MakeMyTrip for newly issued shares in Ctrip. Qilai Shen / Bloomberg Skift Take: It makes sense that Ctrip, the market leader in China, would be interested in strategically working more closely … [Read more…]