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Hate Basic Economy Fares? More Are Coming

Frequent fliers complain Basic Economy basically creates a loyalty-program tax—they have to pay more to get the amenities they used to get free. Fares have been rising this year, so to many, Basic Economy looks like a ketchup bottle with fewer ounces at the same price.Scott McCartney (The Wall Street Journal)

How Airbnb and Its Rivals are Winning Over Hotel Snobs

The difference now is that the home-sharing revolution is rewriting the rules of vacation accommodations. While Airbnb still dominates the field, posher rivals have sprung up catering to specific tastes, making it easier to find your home away from home and leading Airbnb to raise its game. The new players narrow the field according to type of traveler—families with young children, say, or design enthusiasts—while Airbnb still rewards those who enjoy the hunt.Christian L. Wright (The Wall Street Journal)

Hide Away This Summer in Slovenia: The Easiest Vacation

Leading role: Rok Vogrič (Pirat). ?Žiga Sancin

How Booking Sites Influence Which Hotels You Pick

Online sellers say they sort results to give consumers the hotels they are most likely to book, since they make money from booking commissions paid by hotels. Priceline Group , which includes six booking sites, says the biggest factor in its search results ordering is a hotel’s conversion rate.Scott McCartney (The Wall Street Journal)

Two-for-One Vacations: How to Game the Layover System

Airlines often throw in a “free” stopover to encourage travelers to spend a few days in their home airports (the “free” simply means that the fare won’t rise if you choose to linger in the layover town.) The most popular pit stops are typically those on the edge of a continent, located part way to the ultimate destination. Iceland is currently the mother of all stopover points, thanks to Icelandair ’s aggressive ad campaign and cheap fares.Barbara Peterson (The Wall Street Journal)

How Well Do Airfare Predictors Work?

The technology is complicated, but the idea is simple: making an educated guess on whether the price you see is the best you can get. Price prediction is part of a broader trend of adding tools, such as incorporating data on seats, reliability and onboard amenities, to the self-service world of buying travel. Even airlines are adding information from tools like FlightStats, Routehappy and SeatGuru onto their booking sites.Scott McCartney (The Wall Street Journal)

Google Trips: The Travel Guide That (Sort of) Reads Your Mind

I might have set my expectations too high for Google Trips. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there were an all-in-one travel app that provided detailed historical and cultural context for various sites and also led you effortlessly from A to B? One day maybe.David Farley (The Wall Street Journal)

Budget Airlines Spread Their Wings Across the Atlantic

New long-haul budget airlines are chipping away at the near-monopoly the major, full-service airlines enjoy on routes between North America and Europe, on which they control 80% of capacity. Targeting customers who fly infrequently or once visited Europe on package tours, they are bringing the shift toward low-cost flying to one of the globe’s busiest and most lucrative corridors.Susan Carey and Robert Wall (The Wall Street Journal)

Why the Big Three Airlines Are So Much the Same

The big three U.S. airlines—American, Delta and United—match each other more closely than ever. The three were created from the merger of six large airlines over the past eight years and now each has the profits to spend upgrading its product. They’re all intent on not letting one rival gain a cost or product advantage.Scott McCartney (The Wall Street Journal)

Delta Air Lines CEO Says Tech System Nears Recovery

This is our responsibility. The buck stops here. […] It’s not clear the priorities in our investment have been in the right place. It has caused us to ask a lot of questions which candidly we don’t have a lot of answers for.Ed Bastian (Delta Air Lines)

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