29 January 2015
Expedia acquired Travelocity. Here is how it will affect you
The Washington Post calls the recent $280 million acquisition of Travelocity by Expedia “the latest chapter in an online-travel soap opera” and offers commentary from David Tossell, Vice President of Travel & Hospitality at DataArt.
“So how does an acquisition like the Expedia-Travelocity deal affect competition? Under its former owners, a site like Travelocity would have access to different inventory and, at times, better deals than its competitors. With Expedia owning it, the two are no longer competing, so you’ll need to add a few more sites to your shopping list to do your due diligence. If another large online travel company such as Priceline snatches up Orbitz, then you’ll have even fewer choices. Over time, that could make finding the right flight, hotel room or cruise more difficult.
We’re not there yet, says David Tossell, a former Travelocity manager who is now the vice president of travel and hospitality at software development company DataArt. “This is not a game-changer,” he says. His advice: Lean on the “meta” search sites that find fares from a variety of sources. Among his favorites are Kayak.com, Trivago, Google Flights and Google Hotels . Metas save you the trouble of having to bookmark dozens of travel sites and searching them one by one.”
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