Booking Holdings and Expedia in Arms Race to Deliver the Connected Trip

Travelers check an information monitor as weather causes flight cancellations and delays during a winter storm in Boston, Massachusetts, February 5, 2014. Dominick Reuter / Reuters Skift Take: From the wishful thinking and hype of years ago, the connected trip is beginning to draw real investment and to become a thing. It will take a … [Read more…]

Google’s Travel Gains Levy Pain at TripAdvisor and Expedia

TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer (left) and Expedia Group CEO Mark Okerstrom separately pointed to Google as hurting their businesses’ performance in the third quarter of 2019. TripAdvisor and Expedia Skift Take: The fact that Google is leveraging its dominance as a search engine into taking market share away from travel competitors is no longer even … [Read more…]

Nonstop US flights to New Zealand

Beautiful as New Zealand is, with all its fjords, wineries, and Middle Earth-y mountain scapes, is also, to put it bluntly, a pain to get to. At best you’d have to fly 11-14 hours across the Pacific Ocean to get to Auckland, and that’s after somehow finding your way to LA, Houston, or San Francisco. … [Read more…]

Booking.com Launches Flights Through Partnership Across Europe

Pictured is the tail of a Ryanair plane. Booking.com launched flight bookings in seven European countries. Ryanair Skift Take: The Booking.com flight partnership with eTraveli doesn’t seem particularly seamless because travelers still have to hop over to a third-party site, Gotogate, to complete their reservations. Still, the deal is another step in Booking.com’s evolution from … [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…]

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…]

Google’s Travel Services Aren’t a Focus of European Regulators Just Yet

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, at a press conference March 20, 2019 announcing a fine against Google. European Union Skift Take: Over the last couple of years, rumors have been flying around that the European Union wanted to take a closer look at Google’s travel tools. For now at least, that doesn’t seem to be the … [Read more…]