News for June 6, 2012

Not Social 1 & 2 • Online Travel Slowing, not Mobile • Hotel Revenue & Rates Up • Pay More or Less for Travel • No Airbnb!  • LinkedIn Cracks • eHarmony Cracks • “Security” Questions • Google Earth 3D  • Foursquare • Ray Bradbury Travel It’s not about the Social Online social media advocates…

News for June 5, 2012

HotelTonight scores $23M • 10 worst ancillary fees • Hot travel rewards cards • Save on summer airfares • Google warns against hacks • Windows Phone spring thaw? • Smarterer job seekers ditch resumes & take quizzes • Google for all ad sales • Fred Wilson: Facebook value ok • Netflix CDN • Quadcopter jogging…

News for June 1-4, 2012

Concur contract•Google Hotels•GDS & Delta premium economy•iPads make planes light•GoRecess.com•Xbox winning•Facebook IPO fallout•Groupon down•Google Analytics•Microsoft security•Bye bye Blackberry•3D capture & Print•More   Travel Our Redmond WA neighbor Concur just won a big government travel and expense contract—up to $1.4B over 15 years. As Tnooz notes, users will be able to import their reservations into Concur’s…

News for May 24-31 2012

Travelocity losses•Customer friendly ancillary revenue•Selling ads not flights•AI Travel Agents•Fare Calendar•Kayak IPO Delayed•Travel Photos•Windows 8•Facebook Opera•Nook teardown•SpaceX•User-led innovation•Mirror cube treehouse   Travel Travelocity losses dragging down parent company Sabre. Some interesting insights, including several years of Travelocity losses, are revealed in a disclosure the privately-held company recently made to investors. Tnooz This article suggests a…

News for May 23 2012

Superfly•Social overhyped?•Gen Z Computer Literacy•Hotel Revenue Management•Stonehenge•Long Haul Flying•Yahoo Browser•HP Layoffs•Apple eBook Suits•Hovercraft   Travel Travel startup Superfly is making bold claims. It says that its Big-Data-driven personalization and targeting approach will leave established search companies behind and create value to attract customers and suppliers alike. It’s worth looking at what they’ve done, and it…

News for May 22 2012

Airbnb damage guarantee•Air seating fees•Viral video•Facebook bad press•Googlerola•Flames & Lasers Travel Airbnb’s new “host guarantee” covers damage to hosts’ property up to $1M at no charge. Airbnb started offering $50,000 of property damage coverage following the well-publicized trashing of a host’s apartment last year. While Airbnb’s initial offering was a reactive response to bad situation,…

Tech/Travel News Commentary for May 18-21 2012

 Expedia China•Bag Revenue•New Rollercoasters•Longest Flights•Cost2Drive•Swimming High•Pixar Catastrophe•Privacy Malpractice•Banansynth•& More Travel eLong, Expedia’s Chinese subsidiary, had significant year-over-year-gains from the first quarter of 2011 to Q1 of 2012. In Q1/2011 less than half of eLong’s bookings were made online while in Q1/2012 more than two-thirds were made online. Year over year for the same period eLong…

Tech/Travel News Commentary for May 17 2012

Travel Kayak’s long delayed IPO is likely to move forward quickly if the markets respond favorably to Facebook’s IPO. CNBC The sales channels hotels dislike: Partners large and small sign on as Online Travel Agency affiliates. For example, if I wanted to, I could become an affiliate and sell hotel room bookings from my blog…

Tech/Travel News Commentary for May 16 2012

Travel This new corporate travel booking app can teach current consumer travel apps a thing or two. Searching, booking and expenses are reduced to three screens. Travel planners can see door-to-door trip details in one view and edit any individual element. Tnooz An introductory how-to on Big Data, with practical applications, from Thematix by way…

Tech/Travel News Commentary for May 15 2012

Travel My quick analysis finds Expedia to be the strongest U.S. Travel Booking Brand. I used this very cool trick from Avinash Kaushik’s latest blog entry to measure brand strength. Since there’s no way to directly measure brand strength using standard quantitative analytics tools, Avinash shows how to use unaided brand recall as a proxy…