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.
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.
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.
June 10, 2001 |
The woman behind the checkout desk at Honolulu's Hilton Hawaiian Village leaned forward and asked in amazement, "How did you get that price?" My secret: Booking with Priceline (http://www.priceline.com), I'd paid just $75 per night, plus tax and the $5.95 Priceline fee, for a room Hilton listed at $179. Granted, that spring bargain carried limitations. I could specify the quality I wanted (one to four stars), but I had to name a price without knowing where in Honolulu I'd wind up.
March 29, 2005 |
IAC/InterActiveCorp, billionaire Barry Diller's Internet company, will give $250 million in cash to its Expedia unit to provide it with capital when it is spun off as a public company. Expedia, which will consist of travel businesses Hotels.com, Hotwire, Expedia.com and other websites, will have a revolving credit line of $500 million at the time of the spinoff, New York-based IAC said in a filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Diller on Dec.