Press for KAYAK

If Google buys ITA Software and cuts off ITA’s contracts with travel metasearch and airline websites, will Expedia try to fill the void?  Kayak co-founder and CEO Steve Hafner says the metasearch company has been evaluating Expedia’s Best Fare Search air search and pricing engine “and we like it. Plus, it seems to be cheaper than ITA’s QPX.”

German travel search engine Swoodoo has been acquired by the leading U.S. flight search engine Kayak.
Although Kayak has lots of cash in the bank and is a major player in the US, it is still not well known in Europe, hence its need to make an incursion here. Financial terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed but we hear on the grapevine that T-Venture and Deutsche Telekom were “very happy with the Exit”.

KAYAK, the world’s leading travel search engine, released the KAYAK for iPad app featuring KAYAK’s popular flight search services with an iPad-optimized user interface. The company also announced plans to rapidly expand features on its iPad app including hotel search, car rental search, trip itinerary management and new features designed for the unique iPad experience.

Yapta.com, the airfare tracking service, today announced that it has partnered with KAYAK, the largest travel search site in the world, to power its flight search engine. By integrating KAYAK's flight search, which provides prices and itineraries for hundreds of airlines, Yapta is able to provide travelers with a more comprehensive airfare tracking service and an enhanced travel planning experience.