Technology

Amazon to continue travel play with addition of bus, train and hotel offerings

It appears Amazon’s intention of expanding into travel is very real, with the e-commerce giant launching a private bus ticket booking service in India.

According to business news site Mint, Amazon.in’s new service is in partnership with online bus ticket booking platform redBus, which is part of online travel aggregator MakeMyTrip.

The deal means Amazon customers can now access bus service ratings by passengers and track buses live via redBus. Customers also have access to bus numbers and staff contact info prior to departure, according to Mint.

Amazon.in said in a statement that customers can book the tickets via the Bus Tickets category under the Amazon Pay tab.

Furthermore, those customers who need to cancel a booking will only have to pay the penalty by the operator, with Amazon.in not enforcing any additional charges.

Vikas Bansal, director at Amazon Pay, said: “Over the course of time, Amazon app has become the one-stop destination for the shopping and payment needs of our customers.

“We are pleased to announce the booking of bus tickets on Amazon. We are excited to partner with redBus and move another step forward in making life easy for our customers.”

The Times of India has reported that Amazon is in talks with other platforms to add hotels and train ticketing to its travel offering, which already includes domestic flight bookings in India via online travel agency Cleartrip.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Tourism

STUDY: People from these Aussie states are most likely to plan a holiday this year

As Aussies are asked to travel within Australia to support our challenging domestic tourism market, this research reveals which states may lead the way.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hotel Wrap: Accor, Vibe and Adina to open properties in Melbourne, The Fullerton celebrates IWD + MORE!

There are so many offers, updates and openings in this week’s Hotel Wrap that it took our journo three hours to put it together. Well, that may also be because she spent two-and-a-half hours playing with the office dog.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre’s half-yearly profit nosedives, as Skroo warns of further pain

by Huntley Mitchell

The travel giant has left a bad taste in the mouths of investors, posting a whopping fall in profit for the first half of the 2020 financial year.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Air New Zealand’s profit plummets $47 million, as CEO commits to 100-day review

by Huntley Mitchell

Air New Zealand’s new boss certainly has his work cut out for him, after the Kiwi carrier suffered a big drop in first-half profit.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Industry veteran named Crystal’s new chief operating officer

Travel Weekly understands staff at Crystal are hurriedly tucking in their shirts, shining their shoes and tidying their quarters in the hope of impressing the company’s new COO.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Road & Rail Wrap: Osaka’s funny rail videos, UTracks’ half-price savings + MORE!

We’re serving up this week’s Road & Rail Wrap with a spoonful of humour, thankfully sans any dad jokes.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Apollo Tourism & Leisure’s Aussie RV rentals burnt by bushfires

by Huntley Mitchell

On a more positive note, the ASX-listed company posted record revenue for the first half of FY20.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

ACCC green lights Qantas-BP partnership, but raises concerns over consumer data

by Ali Coulton

The companies’ new loyalty program entanglement has been given the final tick of approval after the petrol giant jilted Qantas’ main competitor last year.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Japan might cancel Olympic Games over coronavirus fears

Olympic authorities have indicated that the Summer Games in Japan could be cancelled if the spread of coronavirus becomes too dangerous.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Former Wendy Wu Tours boss returns to lead Aussie operation

A familiar face is rejoining the Wendy Wu Tours fold. Do you recognise him?

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

More Tigerair planes removed from fleet, as Virgin posts first-half loss

by Huntley Mitchell

The half-yearly results continue apace, with Virgin’s record revenue and loyalty growth the only bright spots in an otherwise dour performance.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Airbnb recommends noise-monitoring devices to hosts

Remember when we were all horrified about Airbnb hosts spying on guests? Now the platform is encouraging spying. Well, sort of.

Share

CommentComments