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Subscription Travel Models Offer Encouraging Pandemic Resilience to Inspirato and BeRightBack

The Amangiri resort in Canyon Point, Utah, which is one of the places Inspirato offers to members of some of its membership-based travel programs. Amangiri Skift Take: Skift cited the subscription model as one of the megatrends to watch in travel this year. So we were intrigued to see that Inspirato and BeRightBack, two pure-play […]

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Capital One Acquires Freebird’s Flight Disruption Tech

A woman at an airport wearing a mask during the coronavirus pandemic. Capital One acquired Freebird, a business-to-business startup whose predictive technology lets agents sell smarter flight insurance and rebooking services. Adobe Skift Take: Freebird has gone kaput but the concept of predictive intelligence smoothing out the travel experience will only gain strength during the […]

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New Sites and Apps Aim to Dispel Confusion About Travel Restrictions Worldwide

Passengers of a flight from Amsterdam wearing protective face masks arrive at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, following the easing of measures against the spread of coronavirus disease, in Athens, Greece, June 15, 2020. Alkis Konstantinidis / Reuters Skift Take: Who isn’t confused about the ever-changing pandemic-related restrictions in place? It’s good to have some […]

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Google Adds Trip-Planning Features for Pandemic-Weary Travelers

A screenshot of a new “free cancellation filter for hotel” feature on Google’s travel-related set of search tools. The feature debuted in August 2020. Google Skift Take: A consumer habit of turning to Google first to look up pandemic-related travel restrictions may help establish Google in their minds as the brand to turn to first […]

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How Covid-19 Is Reshaping Consumer Behavior — and What That Means for Travel Brands Right Now

Skift Take: The Covid-19 pandemic has altered nearly every aspect of the travel business as new habits, concerns, and demands become top of mind for consumers. Travel and hospitality companies should be paying close attention to these shifts to stay relevant and maintain trust in today’s challenging environment. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Booking Holdings Says Leisure Hotels Are Able to Hold Rates Without Having to Offer Deep Discounts

A jetty for guest arrivals at the Baros Maldives, a luxury property in the Baros resort island in the Maldives that reopens October 1, 2020. Baros Maldives Skift Take: A hotel price war hasn’t materialized as some dreaded. Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel sees an opportunity to prove the value of his brands as a […]

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Europe Sees Modest Rebound in Cheap Flight Bookings: New Skyscanner Data

Young Asian woman with backpack in international airport looking at the flight information timetables board. Skyscanner, the travel price-comparison brand, has shared data suggesting a rebound in some types of flight bookings in Europe for cheap short hops. Adobe Skift Take: If you’re looking for flickers of hope, new data suggests that budget airlines are […]

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Major Online Travel Exec: Negotiating With Google Is Almost Pointless

Skift Take: Deep-pocketed Google clearly didn’t appease suffering travel advertisers in any meaningful way because it didn’t have to — it’s Google. Don’t look for Google to find religion in terms of being a more collaborative partner perhaps until regulators would take it down a peg. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Google Made Advertising Concessions to Travel Partners But They’re Still Angry

Google and some of its advertising partners have clashed over Google’s coronavirus relief efforts. Felice Maranz / Bloomberg Skift Take: Google’s travel ad chief said companies that aren’t seeing enough advertising benefits with Google probably shouldn’t spend as much as they are. Few big travel companies would drop out of Google knowing it might sabotage […]

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Kayak CEO Hints Company May Get Into the Hotel Business

A hotel sign as seen on August 29, 2008. Kayak CEO Steve Hafner spoke to Skift on July 20, 2020 about the metasearch site getting into the hotel business. John Stavely / Flickr.com Skift Take: It’s tough to say in what form Kayak would enter the hotel business, if it does. If there ever were […]