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New Travel Agent Partnership Gives Expedia an Edge

By the end of 2012, one-third of the world's travel sales will be booked online. But the majority of bookings still happen through the traditional brick-and-mortar travel agents, which is why Expedia's new Travel Agent Affiliate Program is a smart growth move for the OTA.

Did Online Travel Agencies Commit Tax Shenanigans?

Officials for some large U.S. cities are claiming that online travel agencies such as Expedia and Priceline are collecting hotel occupancy taxes from consumers, but not forwarding the full amount to governments. If the OTAs are forced to pass that tax money on, what will it do to their profits?

Ask the Expert: Killer Returns vs. Killer Stocks

A "best-performing stock" is the one that has delivered the highest total return over a set period of time. Optimists will say a stock ranks among the top performers because the business is firing on all cylinders. But the pragmatic view reminds us why some stocks have so much room to rise.

Priceline's New Alerts Help Bargain Hunters Find Deals

Priceline is adding new features to allow its customers to be alerted when certain pre-set criteria are reached, yet another move by an online travel agency to personalize itself for its customers. Read what Trefis sees as the future for Priceline -- and for its stock.

Why Google's Flight Search Will Hurt Expedia

The travel-related search market became more competitive recently when Google added flight schedules to its search results. This could have a significant impact on online travel agencies, but a look at the details of how the service works shows why it will hit Expedia much harder than rival Priceline.

Priceline Has Room to Rise With Jetstar Airways Deal

Priceline recently announced a partnership with Asian low-cost carrier Jetstar Airways: Now, Priceline will provide bookings at thousands of Asian hotel properties on Jetstar's website. The potential gains from the deal should move the needle on Priceline's stock.

Expedia's Game Plan for India's Travel Market

Online travel portal Expedia began doing business in India almost two years ago, and is now scaling up operations there. By forming partnerships with local suppliers, Expedia hopes to jump to fourth place in the market in less than a year. Here's how it plans to go about it.

A Promising Stock Pick for Audacious Investors

Long disdained as overpriced, TravelZoo might be a promising investment for the brave at heart. Based on most indicators, the stock seems to have a bright future, and its Groupon-style business model suggests considerable growth potential.

Sleeping Cheap: How to Book a Hotel Room for Less

The hotel industry has emerged from its recessionary doldrums and it's getting harder to score a cheap room. But even with occupancy rates rising, if you're willing to book your stay blind on priceline.com or Hotwire, good deals can be had.

How an Oil Baron's Heir Cleaned Up a Slimy Internet Scam

For the past decade, a few clever companies have been running an online scheme that tricked consumers into joining so-called membership clubs and charged their credit cards without their consent. But thanks to Sen. John Rockefeller, the era of this $1.4 billion con is coming to an end.

How Could Changes at Priceline Sway Its Stock?

What if Priceline made changes to its "Name Your Own Price" service? Or what if it suddenly loses market share in hotel bookings, or starts offering its service on airline Web sites? Here,an interactive chart lets you see exactly what would happen. Go ahead, try it!

Airlines and Online Ticket Sites: Altered Flight Patterns

New technology is leading to changes in business relationships between airlines and online ticketing sites. It'll take a while for the new landscape to settle down, but the near-term result could be potential windfalls for some carriers -- and confusion for air travelers.

Michael Vick Gets Sacked by Another of the Internet's Many Lies

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, still atoning for his role in an illegal dog-fighting ring, reportedly asked for $100,000 to address the Animal Friendly Association at Richard Stockton College. It's completely untrue, but like all gossip, the lie has spread faster than Vick can evade a tackle.

Guess Which Stocks Have Led the S&P 500 So Far This Year

As year-end nears, investors are in for a surprise about which stocks in the S&P 500 spearheaded the unexpectedly robust upswing in 2010. Hint: Cummins is the only economy-driven name in the bunch. Plus: Hints from Goldman Sachs on how 2011 could turn out.

Signs That the Market Is Ready to Roll Over

The U.S. stock market has been on a tear since Sept. 1, but technical caution flags are now appearing in the charts. A close look at action in the VIX, S&P 500, Nasdaq 100 and financials reveal that the tide may be about to start going out.

Priceline's Long Trip from Dot-Com Bust to First Class

In 1999, Priceline saw its stock surge to absurd heights before it had earned a cent in profit, and after the bubble burst, it lost more than 99% of its value. But from that low, the discount travel site began a hard journey to profitability that has proven there are second acts in dot-com companies' lives.

Priceline Surges in Extended Trading on Second Quarter Earnings

Priceline (PCLN) surged in extended hours trading after reporting strong earnings on Tuesday. The stock jumped 16.6% to $269 a share at 08:02 ET in extended trading. Earnings for the second quarter were $115 million, or $2.26 per diluted share, up from $67 million, or $1.38 per diluted share a year earlier. Revenues gained 27.1% to $767.4 million.

Is William Shatner a $600 Million Internet Genius?

The Internet rumor mill has actor William Shatner being proclaimed a financial genius for supposedly reaping $600 million from being Priceline's spokesman. But the numbers don't add up -- it's not logical, as Spock would say.