November 27, 2005 |
EARLY this month, some astute travelers noticed that Expedia was selling hotel rooms at two Hiltons in Japan for the fire-sale price of less than $4 per night. What began as a simple error in the conversion of yen into U.S. dollars quickly snowballed into a public relations nightmare for Expedia. "There was a technical problem," said Linda Bain, vice president of communication for Hilton International.
December 30, 2001
Internet travel seller Expedia was fined $40,000 earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Transportation for failing to include fuel surcharges, generally about $20 on a one-way ticket, in some air fare listings. The consent order was one of seven DOT enforcement actions this year against airlines, Internet companies and other travel sellers for failing to include the surcharge, which major airlines began adding nearly two years ago.
February 7, 2011 |
The recently sparked feud between American Airlines and the travel websites Orbitz and Expedia has business travel managers worried that the dispute may end up making plane tickets cost more money. It all started last year when American Airlines yanked its ticket sales from Orbitz to save on the commissions and fees it pays to sell tickets through travel websites. Expedia jumped into the fray by withholding American Airlines ticket information from its site. At the heart of the quarrel is a complicated revenue-sharing arrangement between the airline, the travel website and the global distribution systems that dole out ticket information.
September 24, 2002 |
Heidi Galli, who is in charge of arranging travel plans for employees at a small software development firm, can't recount the last time she booked an unrestricted, full-price airline ticket. That's because she never has. Galli, director of administration for SmartEquip Inc., a 2-year-old firm in Norwalk, Conn., that develops software for equipment rental companies and distributors, seeks only discounted Web fares to book company travel.
July 17, 2001 |
USA Networks Inc. agreed Monday to acquire 75% of Expedia Inc., the Internet travel services company controlled by Microsoft Corp., for about $1.4 billion in stock. The deal pushes USA, which is controlled by media mogul Barry Diller, one step closer to its goal of becoming the leading Internet commerce company. The Expedia acquisition would vault USA over Priceline.com Inc. to become the second-largest Internet retailer after Amazon.com Inc.
September 3, 2003 |
InterActiveCorp on Tuesday ended an agreement between its Hotels.com unit, which sells discounted rooms on the Internet, and Sabre Holdings Corp.'s Travelocity.com, and is shifting the business to its own Expedia Inc. travel site. InterActiveCorp, which is owned by Barry Diller, stopped offering hotel rooms on Travelocity.com because it said the site breached an agreement that gave Hotels.com the exclusive right to be featured.
September 17, 2006 |
IN the United States, air travel generates as much as 10% of transportation-based emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas responsible for global warming, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting. A typical flight from Los Angeles to New York, for example, generates 1 ton of carbon dioxide per passenger.
February 8, 2006 |
A decade ago, Richard Barton launched Expedia.com and helped transform the travel industry by handing consumers the same tools to book reservations that travel agents had long controlled. Now, Barton is applying the same approach to real estate -- and is banking on equally dramatic results. Today, he will unveil a beta-test version of Zillow.
August 20, 2006 |
THE image on the computer screen showed thousands of airplanes dancing an intricate ballet in the skies over the U.S., flying high and low, east to west, north to south and vice versa. Every airplane flying into or out of a U.S. airport was shown. On alert for any ungraceful moments in the dance was former military air traffic controller Bill Partridge. He was sitting in a high-rise in downtown Chicago carefully monitoring the skies.
May 2, 2004 |
So you've learned how to navigate Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity, and you think you have mastered the art of getting the best rates for flights, cruises and hotels. Wrong. The world of travel websites is in flux, and newcomers are emerging every few months or so to challenge the established leaders. Frequently, in my experience, you can get better airfares, cabin and room rates by using them. Here are three sites that impressed me: * 1800cheapseats.