Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday's Travel InsideOut

In travel, Google already enables flight search through online travel company booking engines, and now it is upping the ante by experimenting with City Tours. No monetization yet in the tours' current rudimentary form, but you can imagine the possibilities.

New York Times: Google Ventures into Travel: Google is quietly wading into the world of travel with the launch of Google City Tours, a trip planning tool that seeks to make “holiday planning as easy as searching the Web.” Read more

----- turns to mobile ad campaigns for hotel bookings that are very last-minute -- often after the traveler has arrived at the destination. In Site59 lingo, I would take it a step further and characterize the ad campaigns as targeting people booking at the 61st minute.

UpTake Travel Industry Blog: hits Jackpot with Mobile Search ads: Google’s mobile advertising division has started providing stellar results for the search giant’s major desktop customers like Read more


Under congressional pressure, United blinked on its new credit card policy, which would have begun today.

Travel Weekly: United offers chance to delay start of new credit card policy: United Airlines, responding to a request by U.S. lawmakers, agreed to as much as a 60-day delay in implementing a policy that would cut off a number of travel agencies from access to its credit card merchant accounts. Read more


Thinking SEO and able to segment its content, TripAdvisor branched into the family travel market.

Dennis Schaal Blog: TripAdvisor Launches Family Vacation Critic in its Own Image: TripAdvisor, with an assist from its Cruise Critic brand, last week quietly launched Family Vacation Critic, which adds into the TripAdvisor Media Network another hotel review site and advertising/media business. Read more


Priceline looks to as flight-booking fees appear to be history.

Yahoo Finance/Investors Business Daily: Name-Your-Price Keeps Travel Web Site In The Fast Lane: Web travel agency Priceline faces stiffer competition for online flight dollars now that bigger rivals have dropped booking fees, something it did two years ago. Read more


Apparently the NTSB has many holes to fill in its investigation of what caused the hole in a Southwest jet's fuselage.

Dallas Business Journal: NTSB: Southwest jet had no obvious decay: The National Transportation Safety Board has released a statement saying the aircraft skin on the Southwest Airlines Co. aircraft that ended up with a hole in the fuselage earlier this week seems to be in good condition and there are no obvious signs of surface corrosion or mechanical damage. Read more


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