Travel

Sunday Series: Which Airline Soared In October?

Below is a table ranking the top growing airline sites by their monthly unique visitors. Interestingly enough, the first place goes to a lower ranked site, but quickly ascending site, malaysiaairlines.com. Also, despite its merger with Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Expressjet.com saw over 70% monthly growth. What I noticed after reviewing these top sites was the prevalence of international travel as the destination…

Chrysler Group Grand Van Plan

Image from: Grand Caravan Dash / www.Dodge.com Chrysler Group recently announced that within a few years it will cull its current two-minivan-lineup to one model.  The Dodge Grand Caravan survives; the Chrysler Town & Country departs to be replaced by a new cross-over.  Ideally Grand Caravan will then capture all potential Grand Caravan buyers as well as would-be Town & Country buyers (and the new Chrysler brand crossover will capture

MegaBUST?

Image from: Megabus / StudentGuideGoPittsburgh.com The cost and hassle of flying may be making it a less desirable method of travel. As a result more people may be turning to commercial buses for their transportation needs. As a recent college graduate I have traveled affordably by bus for years, so I was particularly interested in the comparison between the lines I’ve had the most experience with: Greyhound, Megabus, and BoltBus.

The Curious Identity of RoomKey.com

Consumers shopping for a hotel online have many options to find the property they want at the prices they demand.  RoomKey.com, a website originally founded by six of the largest hotel chains, launched earlier this year to help the founding brands capture bookings that might otherwise happen on an OTA To gauge its success to date, Compete evaluated traffic volumes and sources using our patented normalization process which leverages Compete’s

Google’s Growing Travel Arsenal

Image from: Frommer’s Books / Phandroid Google recently announced it will acquire all the assets of Frommer’s for $23 million from John Wiley & Sons, which acquired it in 2001.  Frommer’s bills itself as “the most trusted name in travel today” and notes that its website, Frommers.com, is “an essential online destination for those planning the perfect travel excursion” (Frommers.com).  The Frommer’s buy comes after a failed attempt to buy

Sunday Series: Theme Parks Show People Are Ready For The Holidays

Image from: Roller Coaster / Shutterstock Last week Compete’s Boston headquarters took a break from pouring over data and teasing apart strategy to clock in at a good ol’ fashion amusement park. Even though it was cloudy the park was was packed! People are savoring their last days of summer before Fall descends to absorb the nice weather and listless lifestyle. Taking a look at July’s top movers in the

Is Southwest’s Acquisition of AirTran Helping its Online Presence Take Off?

Image from: Plane Taking Off / Shutterstock With generally slim profit margins, airlines must do whatever possible to remain competitive.  Southwest decided that meant buying AirTran, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest.  The acquisition agreement was signed May 2, 2011 with the mission of improving the business, in part through better economies of scale.  Since then, routes have been consolidated and integration of frequent flyer programs is under way.  But

Are Norwegian’s Promotional Efforts Allowing Them to Cruise by their Royal Competitors?

Image from: Cruise Ship Image / Shutterstock When planning a vacation there are many decisions that must be made. Where to go, how to get there, and if are there any enticing deals available are all common questions to consider. Norwegian Cruise Line has recognized this process of potential vacationers and is taking appropriate action in hopes of cruising ahead of competitors. Norwegian’s latest offer, “Bask in Free Upgrades” ran four

Are We There Yet? Searching for an Online Road Trip Planner

Image from: Road Trip Image / Shutterstock As summer approaches, families all over the country are gearing up for one thing…road trips! Gone are the days of big physical maps, as most people use online planners, GPS’s and smart phones to plan their trips. To see which road trip planner is most popular, I did a keyword search for “road trip” on Compete.com, which leveraged Compete’s industry-leading panel and patented normalization technology.

Booking.com’s Search Strategy Deserves 5 Stars

Image from: Hotel Image / Shutterstock Very few sites can boast the enviable curves, and pitch-deck-esque trend lines of Booking.com’s traffic. With more than quintuple the amount of traffic from June 2 years ago, Booking seems to have the online traffic acquisition game pinned down.  This should come as no surprise considering Booking.com falls under the Priceline.com umbrella, another perennial powerhouse in the Online Travel Agency category.  As long as

Memorial Day Travel: Most Popular Airports

Image from: Airport Image / Shutterstock As Memorial Day approaches, people are packing up their things and shipping out for the long weekend. The Huffington Post published a piece that tracked last year’s popular travel trends, based on the number of FourSquare check-ins on Memorial Day last year. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport was the leader among airports, suggesting Atlanta had the most people visiting or passing through. FourSquare data shows day-of