Uber appoints former Orbitz CEO Barney Harford as chief operating officer

The long search is over for Uber’s chief operating officer. Former Orbitz CEO Barney Harford has formally accepted the position today. 1/ Thrilled to be joining @Uber as COO. Looking fwd to work

Who is new Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi?

Uber’s search for a replacement for its former co-founder CEO Travis Kalanick looks to have reached its conclusion. Dara Khosrowshahi, the current CEO of Expedia, has been officially offered the

Expedia Acquires Airbnb Rival HomeAway For $3.9B

Expedia Inc. today announced that it has agreed to acquire the publicly traded vacation rental service HomeAway and its brands (including VRBO.com) for $3.9 billion in cash and common sto

Technology And Data Are Spurring A Clash Of Travel Titans

There’s no way to put this gently, so here it goes: The rapid advancement in digital technology is transforming the cozy world of travel retail into an all-out war for customers. And that’s a good

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

United And Orbitz Sue “Hidden Cities” Flight Search Engine Skiplagged

United Airlines and Orbitz are suing Skiplagged, a small startup founded by Aktarer Zaman that helps travelers hack the airlines' opaque pricing schemes to get better deals by finding so-called "hidde

Flight Search Startup And Disrupt Contender Superfly Adds Personalized Hotel Booking Service

Superfly, which helps travelers take advantage of frequent flier miles and airline rewards programs, is expanding its services to include a mobile app for finding and booking hotels. Superfly first la

Trouble in Online Travel: American Airlines Ditches Kayak (Maybe Orbitz Too)

After years of ceding the upper hand in online travel to booking sites like Kayak and Orbitz, American Airlines is about to fight back. According to the CEO of a competing travel site, American Airlin

Expedia On Google's Radar?

Michael wrote about rumors of a Google/ Skype hookup April 1, a deal that would make a lot of sense. One that doesn’t are rumors that Google may be getting ready to bid for travel giant Expedia.

Orbitz Offers User Generated Airport Advice

Orbitz TLC Traveler Update is a new service from well known online travel company Orbitz – it provides quick, P2P generated travel reports. That means travelers can get information on delays, ca