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Virgin America ups stake in mcommerce with Visa Checkout integration

February 27, 2015

Virgin America is the first United States airline to integrate with Visa Checkout, a platform which does not require consumers to enter in credit card information while completing a purchase online or on a mobile device, proving that the airline industry continues to move quickly into the mcommerce sector.

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Expedia’s acquisition of Orbitz points to consolidation of mobile travel sector

February 13, 2015

Expedia’s announcement of its acquisition of fellow booking company Orbitz arrives on the heels of its recent integration with Travelocity, suggesting that the time has come for travel brands to consolidate in the mobile sector and combine services for a cohesive planning and booking experience.

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JetBlue flies in Apple Pay for in-flight purchases, seating upgrades

February 12, 2015

JetBlue Airways is bolstering its mobile offerings by enabling travelers to purchase snacks, beverages and upgrades to premium seats via Apple Pay, making it the first airline to roll out this feature and suggesting that more will quickly follow as mobile payments cement their status this year.

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HotelsByDay competes with flexible daytime mobile bookings

February 11, 2015

HotelsByDay, a new mobile application that offers users intra-day hotel options and flexible daytime room stays, hopes to edge out other booking app competitors due to its novel approach at targeting business travelers in need of quiet rooms between flights.

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Priceline.com credits mobile for driving last-minute getaways among millennials

February 9, 2015

Priceline.com believes that the growing volume of last-minute getaways booked via its services can be attributed to millennials’ browsing tendencies on their smartphones, as well as enhanced booking functions in apps that drive impulse purchases of vacations.

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Hertz plays Cupid with dream date contest for Valentine’s Day

February 4, 2015

Car rental company Hertz is prompting consumers to enter in its Valentine’s Day sweepstakes via a mobile site to win a date night, including a rental car, dinner and post-dinner entertainment.

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ParkMe app brings mobile payments to Dallas for added convenience

February 3, 2015

Mobile application ParkMe, which allows users to find and secure parking spots, now features a payment feature in Dallas for added value.

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Last Minute Travel Deals grabs 500K downloads in crowded market

January 29, 2015

The Last Minute Travel Deals mobile application has seen more than half a million downloads since its launch in spring 2014, proving that travel apps with booking functions across all transportation and accommodation channels have appeal in an already crowded space.

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Carnival, MSC ramp up mobile offerings with shipboard gaming platforms, apps

January 27, 2015

Carnival Corporation & plc and MSC Cruises are further integrating mobile strategies onto their cruise ships as consumers look to personal devices for betting and gaming functions, as well as quick access to trip itineraries and the latest ship offers.

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Last-minute booking apps will need to evolve to survive

January 26, 2015

As the number of last-minute booking applications grows, travel marketers will need to adopt newer technologies such as Apple Pay and Touch ID to offer streamlined in-app payment options and remain competitive.

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