Expedia and Priceline Want to Rule the Travel World

Filed under: Company News, Travel, Mergers & Acquisitions, Travel Industry Kiichiro Sato/AP The shakeout in online travel continues. Expedia (EXPE) turned heads last week after announcing a $ 1.34 billion deal to acquire smaller rival Orbtiz Worldwide (OWW). Orbitz had been an industry laggard for years, consistently posting annual losses since going public at $ 15 in 2007. Orbitz finally ...

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$105 for the Magic Kingdom? Yup, but You Can Still Save

Filed under: Walt Disney, Travel, Music & Entertainment, Vacation Planning, Financial Education By Jim Gold At Walt Disney World (DIS) in Orlando, Florida, a one-day adult ticket on Feb. 22 jumped to $ 105, up from $ 99. Disneyland and Disney California rose to $ 99. Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Animal Kingdom theme parks cost $ 97. Taxes ...

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Save by Booking a Trip through BJ’s, Costco or Sam’s Club

Filed under: Travel, How to Save Money, Deals Getty Images By Ann Rivall If you’ve ever shopped in a wholesale retail store like Costco (COST), Sam’s Club (WMT) or BJ’s Wholesale, you’re probably more familiar with their barrels of cheese balls and big bottles of olive oil than you are with their vacation packages. While these membership-only warehouse clubs have ...

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15 Ways to Save for Vacation

Filed under: Family Money, Personal Finance, Travel, Vacation Planning Getty ImagesA trip to the beach could be in your future, so start saving now. By Jon Lal If you’re dreaming of a getaway this summer, the best thing you could do right now is to stop dreaming and start taking action to save money for your vacation. You still have ...

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Universal Orlando Getting Bigger, Better, Wetter, Wilder

Filed under: Company News, Walt Disney, Travel, Entertainment Industry, Travel Industry Stuart PearceUniversal Orlando has submitted plans to build a water park next to its theme parks. When it’s open, it’s rumored that the nearby Wet ‘n Wild will be torn down and a hotel built there. Universal Orlando is hoping to make a big splash at its Florida theme ...

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Startups Boost Profits, Convenience for Savvy Airbnb Hosts

Filed under: Travel, Travel Industry Fuse By Farran Powell Ted Liu, a 39-year-old real estate broker, began listing his Santa Monica, California, townhouse for short-term lease through a piggyback startup company that uses Airbnb to provide pricing and hospitality services to hosts. “My wife and I recently moved out of four-bedroom place and thought, ‘Why don’t we consider renting out ...

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Timeshares: Fabulous Opportunity or Financial Trap?

Filed under: Real Estate, Travel, Travel Industry, Vacation Planning By Maryalene LaPonsie Why spend $ 150,000 on a vacation home when you could get one for $ 20,000? That’s part of the premise of timeshares. By combining forces with other buyers, you can get a second home for a fraction of the price you’d pay as a solo buyer. Not ...

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Behind the Scenes of Disney World’s Price Increase

Filed under: Company News, Walt Disney, Travel, Inflation, Entertainment Industry Jae C. Hong/AP It’s going to cost you more to visit Disney World, but this isn’t the end of the world — or the World. Disney’s (DIS) move to raise ticket prices last month is not a surprise to those who have been following the family entertainment giant. Disney has ...

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At Hotels in America’s Priciest Cities, You Pay for the View

Filed under: Travel, Travel Industry, Lodging, Vacation Planning David L. Moore – HIM/AlamyThe Grand Wailea Hotel is in one of America’s priciest spots for accommodations. Travelers to California, Hawaii and Florida saw the highest hotel rates for the first half of 2014, with all but five of the top 20 cities in those popular vacation spots experiencing price increases from ...

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Amazon Adds Hotel Rooms to Its Everything Store

Filed under:, Travel, Travel Industry, Deals Alamy By Robert McGarvey Amazon has quietly dipped its toes into selling hotel accommodations. And the deals can be stellar. Usually with the Everything Store, a publicity machine is at full volume — think of the ill-fated Fire Phone — but not so with hotel rooms where, quietly, the company began slipping them ...

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