Note From the Editor
Google is rolling out changes to its hotel product on mobile, and we're hearing a separate domain for Google Hotels, like it created several years ago and then abandoned, is in the works again, too. What does it mean? Barring regulatory intervention, Google will be — as TripAdvisor chairman Greg Maffei put it — sucking more profitability out of its travel competitors.
Our aviation business reporter, Brian Sumers, followed the tortured maneuverings this week of American Airlines and its pilots union. Like Ryanair, American seems to have botched its pilot scheduling. In American's case, it was for the Christmas holiday period. The airline offered its captains 150 percent pay and possibly other incentives, and now they'll indeed show up. As with American, Google, and so many other things in travel, politics and life, just follow the money.