Firm files protest over Concur’s $1.4B government contract, dubs it an unfair 15-year monopoly

Shares of Concur Technologies soared earlier this month after the Redmond company was awarded a $1.4 billion contract to provide travel and entertainment expense management services to the government, with CEO Steve Singh saying at the time that they were “thrilled” with the decision. But not everyone is happy about it. In a protest filed June… Read More


The Geek’s Guide to Air Travel

You say you know what it’s like to live like a geek. But do you know how to fly like one? I do. And not like the annoyingly self-important “look at these cool-expensive-huge headphones that I just bought with the red light that make me look like a Star Wars Cloud City administrative aide” road warriors…. Read More


Next IT’s virtual travel agent aids airlines without the human touch

You may have already come across “Jenn” at or “Alex” at, the virtual travel agents that help consumers gets answers to their travel questions. Now, the company behind those virtual agents, Spokane’s Next IT, is rolling out a more powerful offering dubbed ActiveAgent for Airlines that is designed to more quickly answer questions… Read More


Expedia shares slump after revenue grows by seven percent in Q4

Shares of Expedia fell more than seven percent in after hours trading after the Bellevue online travel company reported fourth-quarter and year-end results that disappointed Wall Street. Marketing, administrative and technology expenses all rose during the fourth quarter, a period in which Expedia spun off its TripAdvisor unit into a separate company. Selling and marketing… Read More


Legalize couchsurfing: Why renting rooms shouldn’t be like harboring fugitives

Tight budgets and the internet have given rise to the hottest new thing in travel accommodations. Web-based company Airbnb has received a lot of press recently for its for-profit service that matches travelers with spare bedrooms, such as mine (pictured). It’s already growing like moss in the Northwest winter, but the potential is much bigger than most… Read More


Expedia Worldwide president Scott Durchslag departs

Scott Durchslag has resigned as president of Expedia Worldwide after just 13 months on the job. Durchslag previously worked as chief operating officer of Skype and corporate vice president at Motorola. The departure from the online travel giant is somewhat surprising in part because Durchslag just last month was an active participant in Expedia’s media day…. Read More


Is Google playing unfair in online travel?

One of the big fears over Google’s purchase earlier this year of ITA Software was that the search giant would favor its own travel search results when consumers were looking to purchase tickets. Now, that fear is becoming a reality. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal today, Google is now showcasing its… Read More


TripAdvisor takes flight from Expedia as a $4 billion company

After months of preparation, Expedia is finally waving goodbye to TripAdvisor. The companies announced today that they’ve successfully split operations, with TripAdvisor becoming an independent publicly-traded company on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol TRIP. “This is a truly exciting time for TripAdvisor, and we are eager to continue to innovate on behalf of our… Read More

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Yapta CEO Tom Romary departs for new job in Silicon Valley

Yapta chief executive Tom Romary is leaving the online travel company that he co-founded in 2006 to take a new job in Silicon Valley as  senior vice president of consumer services at Rearden Commerce. He’s being replaced on an interim basis by Ken Myer, a longtime Seattle technology executive who previously served as CEO of… Read More


Expedia shareholders approve TripAdvisor spin-off

Expedia shareholders have approved the spin-off of TripAdvisor, the online travel review site. The deal — expected to occur on December 20th — will be preceded by a one-for-two reverse stock split of Expedia stock immediately prior to the spin-off. TripAdvisor, which will be based in Newton, Massachusetts, is expected to begin trading on the… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Baby Shower For Guys looks to help dudes plan ‘mancations’

The bachelor party has become an important rite of passage for guys, marking the transition from single to married life. Now, a Seattle startup is hoping to popularize a new tradition for the dudes. It’s called “Expectant fathers and their buddies deserve one last all-out getaway before welcoming a baby into the family, and we’re… Read More


Shares of Expedia slip after weakness in airfare bookings

Shares of Expedia fell more than five percent in after hours trading Thursday after the Bellevue-based online travel company posted earnings that disappointed Wall Street. The company boosted revenue by 15 percent and net income by 19 percent, but shares still fell. Revenue for the third quarter was $1.1 billion, up from $987 million during… Read More


From CD-ROM to dot-com, Expedia celebrates 15 years

Fifteen years ago, Expedia took flight under the wings of Microsoft as a maker of CD-ROM travel guides. Today, it is a giant of online travel, with more than 2,000 employees in Bellevue and a market value of $7.7 billion. Expedia celebrated 15 years in business last week with presentations by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and… Read More


Groupon Getaways launches travel deals with Expedia

Early last month, Expedia and Groupon announced plans to work on a new discount service for online travel. Well, Groupon Getaways — as the service is known — just went live with deals for the El Dorado Hotel and Spa in Santa Fe; the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City and other vacation… Read More


Off & Away unfurls daily deal service for hotel rooms

Off & Away has quietly rolled out a new private sale service that allows its users to sign up for daily deals on luxury hotel rooms, earning discounts of as much as 50 percent. The Seattle online travel startup kicked off the new offering on Tuesday, complementing the online hotel auction service that it unveiled… Read More


Get hired at this startup, and they’ll pay for your exotic travel each year

Some technology companies attract employees with catered lunches, on-site massages and stock options. But Buuteeq — a Seattle startup that just landed $3.5 million – has a secret recruiting weapon in its back pocket. It’s called Trotamundo. Join the upstart, and you’ll be encouraged to travel to beautiful hotels and lodges in China, Mexico and Chile… Read More