travel

  • Why do airlines overbook their flights?

    Why do airlines overbook their flights?

    We’ve all been there: You turn up to the gate and there are more passengers than there are seats on the plane. You wouldn’t be the first person to think, “If you only have 200 seats, why would you sell more than 200 tickets?” It turns out there are excellent reasons for doing this, powered by money, efficiency and a whole lot of statistical analysis. Read More

  • Tour and activities marketplace Zozi lays off staff

    Tour and activities marketplace Zozi lays off staff

    Zozi, a startup that describes itself as an OpenTable for tours and activities, and which raised $30 million from Richard Branson and others back in 2015, has laid off 30 percent of staff, Zozi tells TechCrunch. The company says the restructuring will allow Zozi to focus on its core B2B software platform, Zozi Advance, going forward. The company has 119 employees listed on LinkedIn, as of… Read More

  • Alaska Airlines is killing off Virgin America and Richard Branson says it’s okay to cry

    Alaska Airlines is killing off Virgin America and Richard Branson says it’s okay to cry

    Alaska Airlines has announced they are killing off the Virgin America brand sometime in 2019. Sad? Angry? You’re not alone. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin America, just penned a love letter saying “tears were shed today” and memorializing all the great things Virgin America had accomplished before the merger. In a blog post announcing the decision, Alaska took… Read More

  • US authorities ban electronics larger than a phone from flights from 13 countries

    US authorities ban electronics larger than a phone from flights from 13 countries

    According to numerous reports, U.S. authorities today alerted a number of Middle Eastern and African airlines that starting soon, their passengers will have to check any electronic items larger than a cell phone. That means passengers on these flights will have to put their laptops, tablets, Kindles and portable game consoles into their checked baggage. Read More

  • Facebook adds a travel-planning feature called ‘City Guides’

    Facebook adds a travel-planning feature called ‘City Guides’

    Facebook has been busy with the app updates, as of late. In recent months, it has added new sections for finding nearby Wi-Fi, meeting new people, checking the weather, and more. Now, it’s rolling out yet another addition to the “More” menu inside the Facebook app: City Guides. A potential challenger to Foursquare, Facebook’s guides will show you a list of cities and… Read More

  • Klook raises $30M for its Asia-focused travel activity platform

    Klook raises $30M for its Asia-focused travel activity platform

    Klook, a service for finding and booking travel activities, has closed a $30 million Series B funding round led by Sequoia China. Existing backers Matrix Partners and Welight Capital, a firm founded by former Tencent executives, also took part. This new money takes Hong Kong-based Klook to $36.5 million from investors to date. Last October, it closed a $5 million Series A round led by Matrix. Read More

  • Travel app Hopper will now break down airlines’ confusing fees

    Travel app Hopper will now break down airlines’ confusing fees

    In an attempt to better compete with low-cost airlines, major air carriers like American Airlines, Delta and United have been rolling out “basic” economy fares – no-frills fares that charge fees for amenities that would otherwise come standard, like seat assignments or the right to use the overhead bin space, for example. But this unbundling has also made it difficult… Read More

  • TravelTriangle raises $10 million to bring India’s travel agencies online

    TravelTriangle raises $10 million to bring India’s travel agencies online

    India’s TravelTriangle, a marketplace for finding and booking travel and holidays, has closed a $10 million Series B funding round. The four-year-old company is focused on bringing India’s largely offline travel agency space, which is dominated by small and medium-sized companies, online. That’s to both help travel brokers reach larger audiences, and provide more travel… Read More

  • Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft to support Washington state lawsuit on Trump immigration order

    Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft to support Washington state lawsuit on Trump immigration order

    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Monday that he’s filing suit in federal court against Trump, the Department of Homeland Security and select senior Trump administration officials, seeking a declaration that key portions of Trump’s Executive Order on immigration be declared unconstitutional.  Alongside the lawsuit, Washington-based tech companies Amazon and… Read More

  • TripActions raises $14.6 million for its corporate travel booking tool

    TripActions raises $14.6 million for its corporate travel booking tool

    Corporations could be a lot more efficient with their travel spend, believes booking platform TripActions. Today, the company is announcing $14.6 million in funding from Zeev Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners to fulfill that mission. Based on the idea that people spend more money when it’s on their company’s dime, the startup offers employees rewards for staying under a… Read More

  • Kayak co-founder Paul English raises $15M for his travel startup Lola

    Kayak co-founder Paul English raises $15M for his travel startup Lola

    Lola, a startup that connects travelers with live travel agents, has raised $15 million in Series B funding. The Boston-based startup was founded by Paul English, who previously co-founded and served as CTO at Kayak. In contrast to many other assistant services that hype their automation and technology, Lola proudly highlights the fact that its iPhone app uses human travel agents —… Read More

  • Pana’s travel companion app goes free, can automatically check you into flights

    Pana’s travel companion app goes free, can automatically check you into flights

    Pana, a travel companion that organizes your plans and sends personalized trip alerts, is now making its app free to challenge rivals like TripIt, Google Trips and others. First launched two years ago, Pana had previously focused on its paid subscription service for individuals and companies needing a 24/7 travel concierge — a move that may have limited its potential market. The… Read More

  • Trivago closes up 8% in public debut

    Trivago closes up 8% in public debut

    Hotel search site Trivago went public on Friday, after separating from Expedia. The company priced its shares at $11 and closed the day at $11.85, up 7.73 percent. But this was after pricing at $11 per share, below the $13 to $15 range that had been forecast. The company raised $287 million in the offering and plans to use the capital to focus on growth and potentially make strategic… Read More

  • Hopper raises $61 million more for its airfare prediction app

    Hopper raises $61 million more for its airfare prediction app

    Airfare prediction app Hopper has grown from 1 million downloads to over 10 million in the course of a year – a trajectory that’s allowed it to pull in $82 million CAD (~$61.2 million US) in additional funding to continue to grow its business. The Series C round was led by North American pension fund manager, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and includes participation… Read More

  • Trivago files to raise up to $428 million in IPO

    Trivago files to raise up to $428 million in IPO

    German hotel booking site Trivago updated its plans for a U.S. IPO in a filing that came out on Monday. The company expects to price its shares between $13 to $15, a $428 million offering at the top end of the range. Officially named Travel B.V., the company will change its name to Trivago to match its popular web property, before completing the IPO later this month. Expedia will still own… Read More

  • China’s Ctrip is buying flight search company Skyscanner for $1.74 billion

    China’s Ctrip is buying flight search company Skyscanner for $1.74 billion

    Skyscanner, the Scotland-based flight-search company, has been acquired by Chinese online travel giant Ctrip for £1.4 billion, or approximately $1.74 billion. Read More

  • AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, pivots to focus on travel

    AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, pivots to focus on travel

    A startup that originally launched as an AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, has pivoted to focus on travel only. And why not? There’s little to do online that’s more annoying than booking flights, hotels and everything else you need just to take a break, or be somewhere for work. Mezi’s newly designed app allows users to find and book flights and hotels and make… Read More

  • Come hear GoEuro’s CEO talk trains, planes and automobiles at Disrupt London

    Come hear GoEuro’s CEO talk trains, planes and automobiles at Disrupt London

    Travel and transportation have always been major focus points for the tech world. Why? Because people will always want to get from points A to B, and to do it faster and cheaper than before. GoEuro — a startup based out of Berlin — is a company to watch here because it straddles both of these industries. Come hear how GoEuro is doing this — and making a success of it… Read More

  • FoundersCard members now get three months of free private jet flights from JetSmarter

    FoundersCard members now get three months of free private jet flights from JetSmarter

    FoundersCard, the membership-based program that offers perks like discounts on hotels, travel and shopping has inked a new deal with JetSmarter. As a refresher JetSmarter is also a membership-based program that lets members book discounted seats on shuttle flights between pre-determined cities as well as book their own private flights. JetSmarter also offers a program called JetDeals that… Read More

  • Google Flights will now tell you when fares will increase, help you find cheaper tickets

    Google Flights will now tell you when fares will increase, help you find cheaper tickets

    Google’s airfare search destination Google Flights already offered a variety of features aimed at helping you find low-cost tickets, but today it’s rolling out one more: it will show you when prices are expected to increase for certain flights, so you can book before the tickets become more expensive. It’s also rolling out other tips that will help you shop for the best… Read More