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Are Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity Becoming Extinct?

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Are Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity Becoming Extinct? With Priceline’s recent purchase of price comparison engine, Kayak, for $1.8 billion in a cash-and-stock deal, the question,  will Orbitz, Expedia, Priceline  and Travelocity be around in five years, could either be exceptionally relevant or exceptionally irrelevant. But it’s a fascinating question, and Hotelmarketing.com  was bold enough to ask it. Their disclaimer was ... Read More »

The Travel Agent is Dead. Long Live the Travel Agent!

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The Travel  Agent is Dead. Long Live the Travel Agent! Today’s travel agent is more akin to an advisor or consultant than the booking agent of the past. Makes sense. If you wanted to travel  say to the mountain village of Chefchaouen,  Morocco, in the Riff Mountains (enjoy the blue houses and weavers), then wanted to spend a few nights ... Read More »

And The Best Airline Search Sites Are?

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And The Best Airline Search Sites Are? We’re suspicious when research shows this or that airline, web site or hotel was voted the best, because we know people and statistics don’t tell the truth. On the other hand, when results jive with what we have experienced and researched on our own, we believe. Then there’s the all-important method the researchers ... Read More »

Why We’re Unhappy With Travel Web Sites

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Why We’re Unhappy With Travel Web Sites To most, “Travel Agent” means the company on the corner with a couple of big glass windows, lots of fading brochures lying around and inside, a faint whiff of yesterday. But the term “Travel Agent” also refers to giants like Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, Thomas Cook, AAA and lots of others, referred to as ... Read More »

The Next, Best Air Fare Search Engine!

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The Next Best Air-Fare Search Engine? Don’t let that cute, little chipmunk with the aviator goggles fool you! Hipmunk is, at last, an air- fare search engine that’s elegant, simple and free from the agony of plowing through pages of results that most air fare search engines throw up. If what you want is flight info that’s worth your while ... Read More »

Consumer Reports “Concerned” about Google-ITA Deal

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Consumer Reports “Concerned” about Google-ITA Deal on Air Travelers With its big stick and bigger voice, Consumer Reports (CR) announced in its blog that Google’s planned acquisition of ITA Software “ has the potential to limit consumer choice in the already complex market of online travel.” Hotel Marketing .com reported that CR stepped into the fierce battle between Google and ... Read More »

Google Creates Rough Waters for Kayak IPO

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Google Creates Rough Waters for Kayak IPO When we reported on the game-changing 700 million Google -ITA software deal last summer, we quoted Kayak’s Director of Marketing, Robert Birge, as saying he wasn’t especially worried by the deal that would, in effect, give Google dominance in the 80 billion-dollar market for online travel services. Cambridge-based ITA Software controls all the ... Read More »

Google-ITA Deal Threatens Kayak, Orbitz Airfare Search Engines

From From Kaleel Google-ITA Deal Makes Kayak, Orbitz, and Other Airfare Search Engines Worried You can turn the faucet on, but whoever controls the water determines the flow. Or even if they’ll be any water. So, the 700 million dollar acquisition deal that that Google and Cambridge, MA-based ITA Software Inc., just inked, is very worrisome to Kayak, Orbitz, Trip ... Read More »

New Travel Search Engine Adds Big Value To Airfare Searches

From From Kaleel New Travel Search Engine Adds Big Value To Airfare Searches Last week marked the debut of InsideTrip.com, a new breed of airfare meta search engine. Kayak and other legacy search engines are perfectly capable of coming up with comparative air fares, but the well-laid out, graphics-driven insideTrip.com takes the search experience to a new level. It evaluates ... Read More »

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