Booking Holdings Delays Charging Hotels Resort Fee Commissions in Major Reversal

In this Aug. 3, 2015, file photo, a man rides his bike past the MGM Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Booking Holdings is delaying implementation of a new policy to charge commissions on resort fees. John Locher / Associated Press Skift Take: Booking Holdings faced opposition from hotels over its new resort-fee commission … [Read more…]

Expedia to Connect Travelers With Hotels When Their Flights Are Delayed

Expedia Group senior vice president, product and technology Arthur Chapin (left) was interviewed by Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan at Skift Tech Forum June 27, 2019 in San Francisco. Skift Skift Take: Expedia wants help put customers in touch with hotels to sort out travel complications. That seems like it would be a complicated … [Read more…]

Expedia Settles With U.S. Government Over Cuba Travel Allegations

A building housing Expedia in Bellevue, Wash. Expedia has agreed to pay more than $325,000 to settle U.S. government allegations that it improperly helped people travel inside Cuba or between the island and places other than the United States. The Treasury Department announced the agreement and settlements with several other companies on Thursday, June 13, … [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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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 Leather Passport Holder Cover Travel case Wallet USA Emblem Gold $2.79End Date: Monday Jul-22-2019 4:39:52 PDTBuy … [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…]