AA Sues For Fast Wi-Fi: 5 Business Travel and Travel Tech Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 12-18
Slow inflight Wi-Fi is the bane of many a traveler’s existence — so American Airlines has decided to do something about it, suing to break its contract with current provider Gogo. AA is taking advantage of a clause in its contract with the company, stating the agreement could be voided if a company with better service could be found. Enter ViaSat, a provider whose system is reportedly a marked improvement on Gogo. Click to see what may happen next.
Expedia has just rolled out its brand-new "Accelerator" program in limited markets. The concept is simple: hoteliers will be able to bid against one another for better placement on Expedia.com. This represents a shift to a marketplace model for the hotel booking site, and could bring on a whole new level of accommodation competition. No word yet on when the program will expand to more markets. Click for details.
The Google Street team has been spotted at Disney World. This is not a drill — Street View of Orlando’s Disney parks on Google may be imminent. No official acknowledgement has been made, but it’s hard to miss those massive backpacks sporting spherical 360-degree cameras. Click for evidence.
ItsEasy has always been at the forefront of passport ease, even before the Internet. These days the app has been helpful in proper passport photo technique, but a recent update upped the handy quotient a bunch by making passport renewal easier. Click for details.
Surprisingly, with the plethora of Zika concerns permeating the travel world, it barely shows up on the radar of road warriors — at least so far. CEO Dan Ruch of business travel website Rocketrip said he isn’t aware of any company putting any travel bans in place due to the Zika virus, and does note any business travel booking downturn will take a little time to occur. Click for more insights.
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