Google Flights Ends Booking Charges for Airlines That Paid

Los Angeles International Airport gets passenger screening enhancements. Pictured is a United Airlines bag drop. Google is dropping the charges it asked airlines to pay in Google Flights. United Continental Holdings Skift Take: With potential pressure from U.S. regulatory authorities and perhaps displeasure from airlines, Google is making the biggest change to the way it … [Read more…]

Latin America’s Despegar Wants to Double Bookings by 2025: How Realistic Is That?

Despegar CEO Damián Scokin spoke at a company town hall in Buenos Aires in December 2019. Despegar Skift Take: Despegar doesn’t follow the same playbook as the global online travel players. Charting its own path has worked for the Latin American agency. Expect Despegar to make a strategic acquisition this year to support its heady … [Read more…]

Who Will Be Expedia’s New CEO?

Expedia Group senior executive Barry Diller is searching for a CEO to replace Mark Okerstrom. Diller is shown November 14, 2019 at the company’s partner conference in Las Vegas. Adam Shane Productions / Expedia Group Skift Take: Facing intense competition and a company in disarray, the Expedia Group board and senior executive Barry Diller have … [Read more…]

Expedia’s 23-Year Evolution in Online Travel

Home page for Expedia’s main travel site, Expedia.com. The company has grown rapidly since its launch nearly 25 years ago. Skift Take: Expedia has come a long way since its launch nearly a quarter century ago, making acquisitions a key part of its strategy. It will be interesting to see what’s next for the company … [Read more…]

EDreams Adds Hotels to Prime Subscription Scheme

In 2017, eDreams Odiego moved into new offices in Barcelona designed by Vimworks. The company is pushing its new Prime subscription product. Vimworks Skift Take: EDreams is certainly putting a lot of effort into its Prime subscription offering. The test will be how it goes down in other markets and how it performs over a … [Read more…]

AirAsia.com Starts Selling Competitors’ Flights via Kiwi.com Partnership

To mark the partnership with Kiwi.com, an ​all-in return fare to Madrid from Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta and Sydney from just $25 (RM99) is offered. AirAsia Group Skift Take: It’s finally happened. AirAsia.com is selling other airlines on its website and app. Powered by Kiwi.com, it’s a start. Getting direct contracts with airlines is next. … [Read more…]

Trainline Experiments With Hotels to Boost Revenue

The Trainline logo. The company is branching out into other areas to generate more revenue. Trainline Skift Take: Understandably, CEO Clare Gilmartin didn’t want to play up moves into other travel areas too much at such an early stage, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on how the company evolves over the next few … [Read more…]

Culture Trip Struggles to Justify Massive Investment

Kris Naudts, founder and CEO of Culture Trip. The company has taken more than $100 million in investment. Culture Trip Skift Take: We get it, startups often have to accept substantial losses in order to quickly expand a particular business. But given the size of Culture Trip’s revenue and the market in which it operates, … [Read more…]

Wholesaler Hotelbeds Cuts Ties to Booking Sites That Break Hotel Distribution Rules

Shown here is the Hotelbeds stand at the ITB trade fair in Berlin in March 2019. Hotelbeds Group Skift Take: The collapse last week of Amoma suggests that an industrywide crackdown on online travel agencies that violate hotel contracts is getting serious. For example, many hoteliers have wanted Hotelbeds to crack down on bad behavior … [Read more…]

Amoma.com Troubles May Delight Hoteliers That Hate Its Rate Discounting

A photo of the Amoma.com site on a tablet in September 2019. The online travel agency offers discounted rates on hotels. Sean O’Neill / Skift Skift Take: Hoteliers probably disliked Amoma.com more than any other online travel agency in the past few years. Amoma often undercut hoteliers on price. Now its reported troubles may have … [Read more…]