The mobile experience and travel

Travel Daily News International - Survey finds that one in two smartphone owners use their smartphone to prep for a trip. Furthermore, the survey found that 57 percent of smartphone owners who vacation are using their smartphones to help prepare for a vacation, from research to booking flights and accommodations.

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Starwood Hotels Launches One-Stop Travel Website that Awards Loyalty Program Members with Each Booking

New Starwood Hotels Plus Site Packages Hotel Rooms with Flights, Car Rentals and Trip Activities at More than 1,000 Starwood Hotels and Resorts Around the World.


Expedia’s acquisition of Orbitz points to consolidation of mobile travel sector

Mobile Commerce Daily - Expedia’s announcement of its acquisition of fellow booking company Orbitz arrives on the heels of its recent integration with Travelocity, suggesting that the time has come for travel brands to consolidate in the mobile sector and combine services for a cohesive planning and booking experience.

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A key Canaan VC talks travel startup investing

Tnooz - At this year’s PhoCusWright Conference in Los Angeles, the investment firm Canaan Partners is out in force, meeting and greeting.

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Travel technology innovations [VIDEO]

Tnooz - Travel technology, boutique bidding and innovations in travel from Airbnb and Concur were all recent topics of conversation on Bloomberg West network, demonstrating the continued interest in the technological underpinnings of the industry. Here are some clips from this special on travel technology.

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How Customers and Tech Are Changing Hotel Bookings

Bloomberg TV - Switchfly CEO Daniel Farrar and Travel Technology Consulting President Norm Rose discuss the tech behind hotel bookings and how social trends drive consumer decisions. They speak on "Bloomberg West" with Cory Johnson.

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Fliers Facing Fewer Rewards

New York Times - Whether or not travelers benefit from the new rules of airline rewards programs depends on the length of flight, their status with the airline and how much they pay for the ticket. Julie Weed explores the changing landscape.

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Frequent flyer seats: Getting better -- sort of

Chicago Tribune - Writer Ed Perkins summarizes the findings and extracts recommendations from the 5th annual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey, produced by IdeaWorks.

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The Best Frequent-Flyer Programs

The Wall Street Journal - A new survey from IdeaWorksCompany ranked the world's 25 largest frequent-flier programs. Who came out on top? WSJ 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney discusses the results. The Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey is based upon 7,640 booking queries made by the IdeaWorksCompany at the websites of 25 frequent flier programs during March 2014. Travel dates spanned June through October 2014, with top routes for each carrier checked to assess “saver style” reward seat availability.


Switchfly Airline Economy Reward Seat Availability Survey

LoyaltyLobby - Author John Ollila dives deep into the methodology behind the 5th annual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey by IdeaWorksCompany, which gauges the frequent flier programs at 25 of the world's largest airlines.

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