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Searching, Thinking, Speaking Travel Apps No Match For Human Brain, Maybe

Searching, Thinking, Speaking Travel Apps No Match For Human Brain, Maybe Apr 23rd, 2013 at 5:00PM: Under the premise that searching for a flight online is a time-consuming and annoying task, travel buyers have been presented with a number of solutions. As new technology moves from the lab to the street, we see it being applied in helpful ways that do indeed make life easier and save us time. Searching for flights online, buyers commonly visit multiple websites, see something they like on...

Show Off Your Budget Travel Chops In CheapOair's Traveler Of The Year Contest

Show Off Your Budget Travel Chops In CheapOair's Traveler Of The Year Contest Jul 30th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Have you mastered the art of the last minute hotel deal? Are you a connoisseur of global street foods? Do your friends constantly ask how you manage to travel, even though you're perpetually broke? If you answered, "yes" to these questions, then (1) you're probably like many Gadlingers and (2) CheapOair has a contest that might interest you. Launched last week, the Traveler of the Year...

Couples can win a trip to Fiji, courtesy of CheapOair

Couples can win a trip to Fiji, courtesy of CheapOair Jan 20th, 2011 at 12:30PM: Valentine's Day doesn't have to be about roses and chocolates. How about a trip to Fiji? CheapOair is playing cupid and giving away a free trip for the couple that wins their "Crazy in Love" contest. All lovebirds are asked to send in a 30-second video that answers the question "What makes you and your significant other unique?" It could be a hobby or a special talent or anything that shows how...

Judge blocks Sabre, gives American Airlines a break

Judge blocks Sabre, gives American Airlines a break Jan 11th, 2011 at 8:00AM: I guess it would make sense for American Airlines to turn to litigation. After all, this approach worked well against Orbitz. Here's the situation: the battle between airlines and online travel agencies escalated from the beginning of November – with American's announcement that it would pull out of Orbitz – through the new year. The latest move was by global distribution system...

Five reasons why you're wrong about American Airlines and the booking battle

Five reasons why you're wrong about American Airlines and the booking battle Jan 7th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Everyone seems to think this is about the passengers. It's not. In true airline industry fashion, nobody cares about the customer. Okay, now that I have your attention, an analyst note from Avondale Partners was sent to me last night. While most people don't get excited about this sort of thing, I have to admit that I still do. Nerdy, maybe. Insightful ... in this case, it definitely is. The...

Sabre tells clients of American Airlines drop, booking war is scorching

Sabre tells clients of American Airlines drop, booking war is scorching Jan 7th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Okay, we all saw this coming. The battle that was expected between airlines and online travel agencies as a result of improving market conditions has reached a high level of intensity, centered on American Airlines (with Delta playing a supporting role). The situation is running deep, as both American and Delta have stepped back from online travel agencies (though for slightly different...

Can travel booking sites endure the airline onslaught?

Can travel booking sites endure the airline onslaught? Jan 4th, 2011 at 12:00PM: American Airlines wanted out of Orbitz ... and then it was bounced by Expedia (preemptively, it seems). Delta wanted out of CheapOair ... and OneTravel ... and BookIt. Nobody knows what's next, but it appears that something is on the horizon, given the magnitude of change in the airline/online travel agency landscape over the past few weeks. I wrote a month ago that a "brand war" was brewing, a...

Expedia suspends sale of American Airlines flights [BREAKING]

Expedia suspends sale of American Airlines flights [BREAKING] Jan 1st, 2011 at 9:30AM: I just heard from a spokesman for Expedia a few minutes ago that it has suspended the sale of flights by American Airlines. Expedia revealed the following to Gadling: "We have been unable to reach an agreement with American Airlines due to American Airlines' new commercial strategy that we believe is anti-consumer and anti-choice. American Airlines is attempting to introduce a new direct...

Expedia demotes American Airlines, airline booking war gets HOT

Expedia demotes American Airlines, airline booking war gets HOT Dec 23rd, 2010 at 3:30PM: Could the battle between airlines and online travel agencies have gotten any more intense? This week, American Airlines got the green light in court to yank its fares from Orbitz, and Delta announced that it was pulling out of several smaller sites – CheapOair, OneTravel and BookIt. Travel industry experts are saying it's about time, but that doesn't lessen the shock to the business,...

When airlines pull out of travel websites, who loses?

When airlines pull out of travel websites, who loses? Dec 22nd, 2010 at 11:00AM: It's been a busy week. The action with airlines and online travel agencies has been brisk, and in the end, it affects you as much as it affects them. Sure, there's plenty of money involved for the travel sites and the airlines, but in the end, it all comes down to what you experience during the buying process. These changes – with American Airlines and Orbitz and Delta and CheapOair –...

Which BIG airline just pulled out of three booking sites?

Which BIG airline just pulled out of three booking sites? Dec 22nd, 2010 at 8:00AM: As you've read here on Gadling, the battle between airlines and online travel agencies is poised to heat up. For the past few years, a dismal economy has sent many bargain-hunters to online travel sites with the hopes of finding fantastic deals and minimizing the pain in their wallets. Yet, with the travel market and the broader economy showing signs of recovery, airlines' brand power will gain...

Cheap tickets still exist, despite airfare inflation

Cheap tickets still exist, despite airfare inflation Dec 9th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Is it really getting more expensive to fly? Earlier this week, the Department of Transportation revealed that ticket prices were up 13.1 percent year over year for the second quarter of 2010, a stunning increase – though tempered by the fact that fares actually fell 13 percent year over year from the second quarter of 2008 to the second quarter of 2009. If nothing else, this does raise...

Brand Wars: The Airline Booking Battle Will Be Televised

Brand Wars: The Airline Booking Battle Will Be Televised Dec 6th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Online travel agencies have had a solid run over the past two years. They picked up some market share as would-be travelers were willing to poke around a little more to score cheap tickets. High rates of unemployment and under-employment and general economic uncertainty, of course, were enough to make consumers value every dollar a little more. This opened an opportunity for online travel...

Five steps to free Mexico and Caribbean travel from Marriott and Renaissance

Five steps to free Mexico and Caribbean travel from Marriott and Renaissance Nov 29th, 2010 at 1:30PM: Need a little sunshine in your life this holiday season but can't get out on the road? Hey, I get it: we all shell out enough cash this time of year. There are gifts for the kids, unavoidable family travel and those Christmas dinners that get expensive pretty quickly. These costs can sneak up on you, depriving you of a little mental health time out on a beach somewhere. Well, a travel contest...

CheapOair, Lonely Planet and South African Airways team up for Twitter contest

CheapOair, Lonely Planet and South African Airways team up for Twitter contest Aug 20th, 2010 at 9:25AM: Online travel firm CheapOair has joined forces with Lonely Planet and South African Airways to host a Twitter based contest. Between now and August 30, they'll give away one Lonely Planet South Africa guidebook every day - and at the end of the contest, the winners will be entered into a random drawing for two round trip tickets to South Africa. Entering is simple - every day, the...

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