• Summer Vacation Jun 30, 2020

    Summer Travel: Tips for Getting Away Safely — And Getting a Refund if Plans Change

    Coronavirus is changing the way we vacation this year. Nisreene Atassi, the global head of communications for Expedia, and Jeanette Casselano, the director of external communications for AAA, offer tips for how to get away from home safely — and how to get a refund if you have to cancel your trip.

  • georgia Jul 10, 2019

    These Are America's Top States for Business in 2019

    The war between the states for business and jobs has never been more intense, with states paying staggering amounts of taxpayer dollars to woo companies. The prizes are big — including Amazon’s promised $5 billion HQ2 project, and Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn’s $10 billion U.S. manufacturing complex. By the numbers, some states are better positioned than others to compete for...

  • CEO Oct 2, 2018

    As Airbnb Grows, Hotels Give Home-Sharing a Try

    Travelers sometimes want a cookie-cutter room in a downtown hotel, and they sometimes want a cozy Tuscan farmhouse to share with friends. Hotels have always been good at providing the first one. Now, they’re trying to figure out how to provide the second — and blunt the growth of competitors like Airbnb. But they’re having mixed success. Marriott said Tuesday...

  • CEO Apr 12, 2018

    Fly Now, Pay Later: Are Travel Loans a Good Deal?

    hand? A search for airline tickets can bring your dream down to earth, if the steep fares charged by many airlines outstrip your savings. What if you could book your trip today and pay for it later — without maxing out your credit cards? Major airlines including American Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines integrate buy-now-pay-later concepts into their...

  • DRIVER Apr 12, 2018

    Uber to Up Its Background Checks for Drivers, Add 911 Button in App

    Uber will start doing annual criminal background checks on U.S. drivers and hire a company that constantly monitors criminal arrests as it tries to do a better job of keeping riders safe. The move announced Thursday is one of several actions taken by the ride-hailing company under new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who said that the changes aren’t just being done...

  • Maryland Apr 4, 2018

    Airbnb Starts Collecting ‘Hotel' Tax From Some Renters

    Airbnb is now collecting “hotel” taxes from some short-term renters of private residences on behalf of a Virginia city.

  • California Oct 19, 2017

    Google Parent Leads $1B Lyft Investment, Deepening Uber Rift

    Google’s parent company is throwing its financial support behind ride-hailing service Lyft, deepening its rift with market leader Uber. Alphabet Inc., which gets most of its money from Google’s digital ad network, is leading a $1 billion investment in Lyft that values the privately held company at $11 billion. The investment announced Thursday is being made through Alphabet’s CapitalG venture...

  • North Carolina Jan 18, 2018

    Big Question for US Cities: Is Amazon's HQ2 Worth the Price?

    Amazon is promising $5 billion of investment and 50,000 jobs over the next decade and a half. Yet the winning city would have to provide Amazon with generous tax breaks and other incentives that can erode a city’s tax base. Most economists say the answer is a qualified yes — that an Amazon headquarters is a rare case in which...

  • CEO Sep 25, 2017

    New Uber CEO Apologizes for Past Mistakes: ‘We Will Listen'

    In past skirmishes with local regulators, Uber’s playbook under co-founder and now-ousted CEO Travis Kalanick was simple: fight.
    Now, as brand-new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi deals with a stunning rebuke from London, the playbook gets another page: fight, but offer some diplomatic humility.

  • The Associated Press Sep 13, 2017

    What to Do When a Hurricane Blows Away Your Vacation Plans

    What do you do when a hurricane blows away your vacation plans? The Associated Press asked Pauline Frommer of Frommers.com and the Frommer travel guidebook series for advice. Frommer says it all depends on “how you booked that vacation.” If you booked an air-hotel package through Expedia, contact Expedia. If you booked it “a la carte” — booking hotel, cruise...

  • DRIVER Sep 8, 2017

    Feds Probe Uber's Tracking of Lyft Drivers: AP Sources

    The Justice Department in Manhattan is investigating whether Uber illegally used software to track drivers for Lyft, its main ride-hailing competitor, to gain an advantage in attracting and recruiting drivers, according to two people familiar with the probe....
    The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York’s Southern District want to know if use of the software, which created fake...

  • CEO Aug 30, 2017

    New Uber CEO Says Company Must Change to Get to Next Level

    Uber’s new CEO told company employees Wednesday that the ride-hailing company must change, and what got it to this point won’t get it to the next level. Dara Khosrowshahi, who was CEO of Expedia, spoke at Uber’s San Francisco headquarters three days after the company’s board offered him the job. His official start date was not disclosed, although he tweeted...

  • CEO Aug 28, 2017

    Uber Selects Expedia CEO to be Its New Chief: Sources

    Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been named Uber’s top executive, taking the difficult job of mending the dysfunctional ride-hailing giant and turning it from money-losing behemoth to a profitable company.

  • Donald Trump Apr 4, 2017

    Chelsea Clinton Says She's in No Hurry to Get Into Politics

    Congresswoman Clinton? President Clinton? For now, Chelsea Clinton says her only plan is to burnish her profile as an author of children’s books. The former first daughter embarked on a six-state book tour Tuesday that was scheduled back when she believed her mother was on the way to the White House. There has been no internal polling, no private discussions...

  • United States Mar 19, 2017

    Chelsea Clinton Joins Expedia Board of Directors

    Chelsea Clinton is joining the board of directors of online travel booking site Expedia. Documents filed with securities regulators say the daughter of defeated U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has joined its 14-member board. The company is controlled by Barry Diller. Chelsea Clinton is also a director of another company that Diller controls, IAC/InterActiveCorp. Expedia did not disclose how much...

  • Oklahoma Mar 3, 2017

    Bitcoin Value Surpasses Gold for First Time in Currency's History

    Bitcoin hit a major milestone on Thursday, surpassing the price of an ounce of gold for the first time in the digital currency’s history, NBC News reported. Some investors are now saying this development solidifies the Bitcoin currency as “digital gold.” The price of one Bitcoin was $1,271 by Thursday evening, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index. An ounce of...

  • NBC Aug 10, 2016

    ‘Hallway Hellraisers' and ‘Inattentive Parents' Among Worst Hotel Guests: Study

    Hotels aim to make your stay memorable but sometimes it is other guests that make it memorable in all the wrong ways. Americans at hotels are most aggravated by other guests who are “Inattentive parents,” and “Hallway Hellraisers,” according to a new study from Expedia. According to the survey, 72 percent of Americans were most irritated when parents were lazy...

  • Facebook May 13, 2016

    Retailers Leap on ‘Leap Day' to Offer Deals

    When you are born on Feb. 29, you only get to celebrate your birthday every four years. You are a “leapling.” So when your day does finally roll around, you want to celebrate. A lot. This year, many companies are going out of their way to help with the celebration. And, in some cases, you don’t even have to be...

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