travel

  • 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

  • Stayful, The Priceline For Boutique Hotels, Comes To iOS

    Stayful, The Priceline For Boutique Hotels, Comes To iOS

    Stayful, the travel site launched last year and founded by industry execs from Expedia and Hotels.com, has now gone mobile with today’s debut of an iOS application. The new app allows travelers to find the best rates at independent, boutique hotels across the U.S. including cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, L.A., San Francisco, Houston, Orlando, Miami, New Orleans, Savannah… Read More

  • Vamo Algorithmically Books You The Cheapest Multi-Stop Vacation

    Vamo Algorithmically Books You The Cheapest Multi-Stop Vacation

    Want to visit London, Paris, and Berlin, then blow off steam in Amsterdam? Expect a logistical nightmare trying to find the optimal route with the cheapest fights, trains, and hotels. Unless you use Vamo, a new multi-stop travel booking service from long-time Facebook engineer Ari Steinberg that launches in private beta today. Its hardcore algorithms crunch near-infinite trip permutations… Read More

  • Daily Deals Site Groupon Debuts A New App, Getaways, For Travel And Hotel Offers

    Daily Deals Site Groupon Debuts A New App, Getaways, For Travel And Hotel Offers

    Daily deals site Groupon says that travel is its fastest growing business category, and today it is launching a new mobile app that it hopes will help it capitalize on that more. Getaways by Groupon, a free app for iOS and Android, bypasses Groupon’s wider focus on local merchant deals to focus only on travel packages and hotels (25,000 offers listed right now), similar to the… Read More

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