travel

  • The Upcoming Shakeout In Travel Tech

    The Upcoming Shakeout In Travel Tech

    The last few years have been a dizzying and heady time for travel startups, filled with mammoth funding rounds, high-profile acquisitions, and dramatic examples of young startups soaring past incumbents. Last year, Uber eclipsed Hertz and Avis after it raised money at an $18 billion valuation. The rapidly growing company then went on to raise another $1.6 billion at a $41 billion valuation as… Read More

  • Headout Raises $1.8 Million For Its Travel App That Puts A Concierge In Your Pocket

    Headout Raises $1.8 Million For Its Travel App That Puts A Concierge In Your Pocket

    Headout, a mobile travel application that functions as sort of a mobile concierge, helping you find tours, activities and tickets to local events in select U.S. cities, has closed on $1.8 million in seed funding in order to expand its business to new markets. Currently only live in New York and Los Angeles, the startup says it plans to utilize the funds to reach 12 more cities by… Read More

  • Amazon Expands Its Travel Footprint With New “Local Getaways” Site, Amazon Destinations

    Amazon Expands Its Travel Footprint With New “Local Getaways” Site, Amazon Destinations

    Amazon last night rolled out a new travel site it’s calling Amazon Destinations, which focuses on helping customers find “getaway destinations” within driving distance of their homes. Currently, Amazon Destinations features hotel selections in three U.S. metro areas: L.A., New York and Seattle, the company says. This is not the first time that Amazon has dabbled in the… Read More

  • Wanderu Lets You Book Bus And Train Tickets From Your iPhone

    Wanderu Lets You Book Bus And Train Tickets From Your iPhone

    Wanderu, a travel startup that’s like a Kayak.com but for bus and train tickets instead of flights, is today making its service available for the first time as a mobile application. Launching first on iOS, the new app allows travelers to quickly find, price out, and then book tickets to their preferred destination, optionally saving their personal information along the way as well as… Read More

  • Expedia Buys Orbitz For $1.6B In Cash To Square Up To Priceline

    Expedia Buys Orbitz For $1.6B In Cash To Square Up To Priceline

    After buying Travelocity earlier this month for $280 million, Expedia continues its online travel acquisition spree. Today, the company announced an agreement to acquire Orbitz for $1.6 billion — or $12 per share — in cash, a premium of 29 percent on Orbitz’s current share price. The deal speaks to ongoing consolidation in the market, but also Expedia’s bigger… Read More

  • HotelsByDay Lets Travelers Book Daytime Hotel Rooms For Less Than Overnight Stays

    HotelsByDay Lets Travelers Book Daytime Hotel Rooms For Less Than Overnight Stays

    A new travel technology company called HotelsByDay wants to offer a new option for those looking for a place to work or unwind during their trips, when they don’t need to book a full overnight stay at a hotel. As you may have guessed by the name, the company is attempting to break open a new category in lodging: hotel rooms you can book by the day, for roughly 40 percent less than… Read More

  • TripAdvisor Buys ZeTrip And Its Personal Travel Journal App Rove

    TripAdvisor Buys ZeTrip And Its Personal Travel Journal App Rove

    TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking business, today announced the acquisition of a startup that it hopes will help build out its relationship with customers during and after their travels: it has bought ZeTrip and its “automatic” travel journal app Rove, which provides a travelog of your movements based on your GPS coordinates and other data. Terms of the deal were… Read More

  • Hopper’s New Travel App Tells You The Best Time To Fly

    Hopper’s New Travel App Tells You The Best Time To Fly

    A mobile application called Hopper, out today on iTunes, is using data and analysis from “billions” of flight prices in order to tell travelers when they should fly and buy tickets. The company claims that it’s able to save users as much as 40 percent on flights, and in 95 percent of cases will get you a cheaper flight or one that’s at least the same price as you would… Read More

  • Chinese Travel Site Aoliday Raises $1.5M Seed Funding From Gobi Partners

    Chinese Travel Site Aoliday Raises $1.5M Seed Funding From Gobi Partners

    Aoliday, a Shanghai-based travel site and mobile app that helps Chinese tourists arrange oversea trips, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding from Gobi Partners. This is Aoliday’s first round of investment and will be used to hire more employees, improve its offline services, and expand into new markets, founder and CEO James He told TechCrunch. Read More

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