Everyone has unique expectations when it comes to booking a vacation – some want to be swept away while others seek complete control. It can be a truly exhilarating experience, as long as the system facilitating it isn’t too frustrating.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on February 21, 2011 via ReadWriteWeb
You and your friends want to go on a trip, you know that you each have $1,000 to spend, eight glorious days of freedom, and a serious case of wanderlust. How do you figure out what to do where in the budget you have?
You might do a ton of research and come up with something or you might go look at some package travel deals at your local travel agent. Now, you can plug all of these variables into Wanderfly and see what comes out on the other end.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on January 2, 2011 via ReadWriteWeb
Online travel company Expedia removed American Airlines from its flight searches this weekend. The action is the culmination of a series of disagreements between the airline and online travel booking companies over fees. American has pressed for travel sites to cut the fees they charge in order to book flights on the airline's behalf.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on November 8, 2010 via ReadWriteWeb
Peer recommendations have overtaken specialist knowledge as a make-or-break point for online purchases. A new study shows the same process is taking place in travel, and even within the online sphere peer-to-peer reviews have more heft than the authority of travel experts.
The study, by World Travel Market, in advance of this month's conference in London, found that social media is still not a majority tool in planning and making travel purchases, but that it is a factor. Further, recommendations that come from a peer process are more influential than those that come from experts. Continue
Google announced this afternoon that it has paid $700 million in cash to acquire ITA Software, a flight information software company.
Founded in the mid-1990s at MIT, ITA's technology provides organization of flight price and schedule information for the major airlines and travel booking companies. With clients including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Bing, Orbitz, and Kayak, ITA's reservation management system has become a crucial component in the management of air travel information.Continue