Airbnb handles the lodging part of your travel, but the company has made it clear that it wants to handle more of your trip. Its previous expansion, Trips, let customers book things to do at their destination. Airbnb apparently also wants to help travelers get to those destinations in the first place, by helping its customers book their flights. [More]
And now, a gentle tug on you heart strings to finish out the day. Are you ready? Okay: There’s a travel agency in Japan that brings stuffed animals and other treasured toys on vacation when their owners are too sick to travel, so they can experience far-flung destinations vicariously. And… cue heart string tugging. [More]
This morning, travel service Expedia announced it will abandon its book by phone fee, which it first implemented last May. This makes it the only major online travel agency to not ding customers with a fee for booking flights over the phone, notes consumer travel advocate Christopher Elliott.
If you’ve been avoiding the big travel websites because of their booking fees, you might want to reconsider. Orbitz, Travelocity and Expedia have all stopped charging airline booking fees until May 31.