September 14, 2012 |
According to one discount travel site, hotel price drops have been dramatic across Europe compared to last fall: Prague, 37%; Geneva, 31%. Several factors are at work, including the normal cool down after the Olympics and the struggling Euro. What's in it for you? Additional autumn discounts, in a shoulder season that always offers good deals. Hotwire.com says Berlin, Paris, Barcelona and Rome are seeing their lowest hotel prices on Hotwire in over five years, while airfare in cities like Berlin, Dublin and Helsinki has dropped as much as 13%. Hotsire President Clem Bason sees the drops as a combo of three factors: a hotel room glut after the Summer Games, the weakening Euro and struggling European economy and the usual autumn slowdown, when the travel industry typically drops prcies anyway.
July 8, 2007 |
WE worry a lot about the cost of airfare, but travelers often don't pay enough attention to hotel and car rental rates, which can add up to quite a bit more than your passage from Point A to Point B. That's why I book my hotels and car rentals online with the opaque sites Hotwire (www.hotwire.com) and Priceline (www.priceline.com). I have used both sites successfully and frequently, Hotwire more often for rental cars and Priceline for both.
February 15, 2004 |
In a classic big-fish-eats-little-fish scenario, InterActiveCorp, parent company of Expedia, has been gobbling up smaller online travel companies. The Internet travel portfolio of IAC, of which media mogul Barry Diller is chief executive, now includes Hotels.com, Hotwire and Travelnow.com. What does this consolidation portend for consumers? "I'm not seeing any incidence of consumers being harmed," says Henry Harteveldt, travel industry analyst with Forrester Research.
August 22, 1985 |
The space shuttle Discovery's countdown to blastoff began today to set the stage for launch Saturday of a daring spacewalk mission to hot-wire a costly satellite marooned in space. The mission will deploy three communications satellites and rendezvous with an $85-million Syncom relay station marooned in space since its launch from a shuttle in April.
August 29, 2004 |
So you're thinking about a luxury getaway to New York, and the four-star Plaza Hotel and Waldorf Astoria are on your wish list. But why not the Your Stay Broadway Apartments? To my surprise (and no disrespect intended to Your Stay), Hotels.com rates all three as four-star properties. It is but one of the many mysteries of online hotel star ratings. A hotel's star rating depends on websites' subjective and often inconsistent rating systems.
November 16, 2003
Arthur Frommer may be a respected travel columnist, but he did a disservice to the traveling public when he recommended Priceline and Hotwire in "Playing the Internet Price Game" [Nov. 2]. The major problem with both services is that one has to give a credit card number before seeing the itinerary of the flight, and upon seeing the itinerary it is impossible to change it. Several years ago I used Priceline for a flight from Orange County to London. I quoted a price I wanted to pay. After giving Priceline my credit card number, I was given a price that, after all the fees were tacked on, was less than $10 cheaper than booking with the airline directly.
September 6, 2009 |
Budget travelers, if you avoid looking for hotels on the beach because you think you can't afford them, think again. Hotwire Travel-Ticker has the skinny on a San Diego beachfront deal that's hard to pass up -- especially if you have kids. The deal: The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa, right on Mission Bay and only 3 1/2 miles from Sea World, has rooms starting at $129 a night. This special is good every day of the week for the rest of the year. A spa and water sports rental facility are on site.
August 5, 2001 |
The move by airline consortiums to challenge Expedia and other online travel marketers is spreading abroad. Nine European airlines have announced plans to launch an online travel agency late this year. Opodo (http://www.opodo.com), which is being compared to the U.S. airlines' Orbitz, is expected to offer a range of travel products, including air tickets, hotels, car rentals and insurance.