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Priceline Offers Price Guarantees With New Promotion

Priceline has announced it is offering price guarantees for all of its airline tickets and vacation packages as part of a spring travel promotion for all bookings made through June 1.

Recently a number of other online travel agencies have offered similar promotions including Orbitz and Expedia’s Hotwire.com.

TripAdvisor Flys Into Flight Search
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Online travel review site TripAdvisor has launched a new flight search engine aimed at providing travelers with information on airline ticket prices, fees for checked baggage and other services.

TripAdvisor says its search engine provides more flight choices in its search results along with direct booking links to major travel companies including Expedia, Travelocity, Hotwire, and nearly every U.S. airline.

Travelzoo Talks $1.8 Million Acquisition of Fly.com Domain
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Last Friday, travel site Travelzoo announced that it had purchased the domain Fly.com for $1.8 million. Not a lot of details were released about the transaction, so I contacted Travelzoo to find out a bit more.  Mindy Joyce, Travelzoo’s senior marketing director got back to me and answered a few questions.

Expedia Gets to Know NFL Fans
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Expedia and the NFLIn the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, travel site Expedia has released some data from a a recent survey regarding football fans (football of course, being a staple of the holiday).

33,000 Clear Travelers Information Compromised

A TSA Laptop containing names, social security numbers, passport numbers, and a host of other personal information has been stolen out of a locked cabinet at the San Francisco Airport, and no the hard drive was not encrypted.

There is no notification of the breach at the flyclear.com site, nor has anything been reported on the breech blog or on the attrition.org data loss site on this issue yet.

CondeNet Buys SFO Media

CondeNet, the Internet unit of Conde Nast publications, has just acquired SFO Media, the publisher of HotelChatter.com and Jaunted.com, and believe it or not, CondeNet appears to have a good sense of timing.

Farecast Wings Its Way To Microsoft

Airfare predictions site Farecast announced its rumored acquisition by another firm took place, with Microsoft buying the site.

Rumor: Google Ticketing An Expedia Buy
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Google as travel agent? It could happen as rumors caught fire this afternoon about the potential acquisition of venerable online travel agency Expedia by Google.

Security Issues Discovered at TSA Site

In what should be a warning to travelers and just about everyone on the Internet, a web site built for the TSA has been found to have significant security issues, endangering travelers, as well as the reputat

Yahoo Travel Focuses On FareChase

Consider this one more example of how Yahoo does not, by any means, move quickly.  Still, the search market’s perpetual runner-up does move, and its latest change brought the FareChase travel engine into a more prominent spot.

UK’s Travel-Related Searches On The Rise

At the moment, it’s supposedly rainy and about 48 degrees Fahrenheit in London.  That doesn’t sound too bad, really, but it could be better, and so people in the UK are performing more travel-related searches.UK's Travel-Related Searches On The Rise

Travel Search Sites Kayak, SideStep Connect
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In the official press release, forms of the word "merge" are used four times, "purchasing" comes up once, and "acquire" and "buy" are nowhere to be seen.  Nonetheless, the bottom line is that Kayak.com secured a spectacular round of funding, and proceeded to take over SideStep.com.

Google, Search Drives Health, Travel Traffic
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Websites in the health & medical and the travel categories received substantial traffic driven to them from search engines in November 2007.

VibeAgent: Travel Mashup With Social Networking

I read about this one in the USA Today… a new travel mashup that incorporates a little social networking enabling users to setup a more web20-ish profile, save trips, search for travel related info, join groups etc…

Yahoo, Sony BMG Partner Over Video-On-Demand

Destination Handycam seemed like a marketing ploy as much as the result an important partnership, but the site, which was worked on by both Sony and Yahoo, may have led to the current development: a deal relating to music and video content.

Online Travel Purchases Increasing
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The Internet has become a travel distribution channel with 70 percent of online leisure travelers booking some of their personal travel online and 52 percent purchasing all or most of their travel online according to a new report from JupiterResearch, "US Travel Consumer Survey 2007."

VibeAgent Travel Network Upgraded

VibeAgent, a travel site with some social networking characteristics, has introduced a host of upgrades over the past few days.  None of them will blow your mind, but they represent nice extensions of the site’s existing features.

Yahoo Hacks New Shopping, Travel Products
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The last Internal Hack Day at Yahoo, 24 hours of coding fun fueled by lots of pizza, has yielded a couple of new services that have been rolled out to their Travel and Shopping products.

SideStep Providing Washingtonpost.com Search

Internet travel search company SideStep, has announced a distribution partnership with the washingtonpost.com.

MySpace Gets Facebook Travel App

Where I’ve Been (WIB), an interactive map that allows users to share the places they have visited has launched on MySpace.

Limelight Teams With Lonely Planet

Limelight Networks, a content delivery network for digital media, announced today that Lonely Planet has tapped Limelight’s network to power its new lonelyplanet TV video channel.

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