Talk:Kayak.com

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Industry wikilinks[edit]

I feel "Travel" and "Internet" under "Industry" in the infobox should both be wikilinked (and Dot-com company probably makes sense for Internet), but Travel industry is just a redirect to Tourism -- and that doesn't seem to fit... Thoughts, anybody? --Wulf (talk) 00:45, 12 March 2009 (UTC)

I don't think they need to be wikilinked. Anyone on the internet knows what the internet is. Anyone on kayak.com's wikipedia page knows what travel is. Johnathlon (talk) 06:40, 27 December 2011 (UTC)

reverted to last version by JCam to address tone, ad, and coi issues noted by Nate1481[edit]

Note that there may have been good content in the reverted version that could be added back. —Wulf (talk) 02:22, 22 August 2009 (UTC)

Name[edit]

What is the correct name of the company, Kayak or Kayak.com. Both variants are used throughout the article. ehn (talk) 01:02, 10 January 2010 (UTC)

KAYAK is the correct name of the company. KAYAK.com refers to the flagship website of KAYAK. KAYAK's operations consist primarily of the flagship website KAYAK.com, which is part of a global family of websites that include kayak.co.uk, swoodoo.com, and checkfelix.com. These websites are referred to collectively as the KAYAK websites. Ehoa (talk) 21:02, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

Clarified naming issues and making names consistent.Johnathlon (talk) 06:48, 27 December 2011 (UTC)

Updating Right Hand Side Info Box[edit]

Hi,

I work at KAYAK and wanted to start a discussion about updating the wiki page to reflect more current information. Also, I am a long time user of Wikipedia but a novice editor/talk page contributor so appreciate comments / advice on how to facilitate the updates by the community. Some of the revisions are just a matter of updating out-of-date information but wanted to share with the community first to avoid conflict of interest issues and find out next steps. Really appreciate your attention.

Right Hand Side Info Box

-Key people: “Greg Slyngstad” is no longer a director, so his name should be removed from the “key people” list (KAYAK S1 as of 5/27/2011, pg. 74, http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1312928/000119312511152873/ds1a.htm)

-Revenue: Listed as private, but now disclosed in the KAYAK S1 financial statement. 2010 revenue was $171 million, a 51% increase from the 2009 revenue of $113 million (KAYAK S1 as of 5/27/2011, pg. 8)

-Employees: As of March 31, 2011, KAYAK had 133 employees (KAYAK S1 as of 5/27/2011, pg. 1)

-Subsidiaries: KAYAK operates websites and mobile applications under four brands: KAYAK, SideStep, swoodoo, and Checkfelix.com (KAYAK S1 as of 5/27/2011, pg. 60)

-Website: Travelpost.com should be removed from the website list. KAYAK sold it in March 2010 (KAYAK S1 as of 5/27/2011, pg. 74). Also, KAYAK operates local websites in 14 countries outside of the US. The main websites are: www.KAYAK.com, www.KAYAK.co.uk, swoodoo.com, checkfelix.com and SideStep.com.

-Alexa Rank: Listed as 915, but has not been updated since 2009-03-11. Current Alexa rank is #782 Globally and #202 in the US (http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/kayak.com, retrieved 2011-07-17).

-Registration: What does this refer to? We are now registered with the SEC.

Ehoa (talk) 19:29, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

All done. In the future, if it's just basic information like this you can go ahead and edit yourself as long as its sourced. There's only a problem if you try to insert favorable or promotional material. If there's something you're not sure about just post here. Thanks! NYyankees51 (talk) 17:46, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

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I don't think this sounds like an ad. It seems pretty neutral and objective even if it reads like copy.—Preceding unsigned comment added by 129.137.183.232 (talkcontribs)

It definitely sounded like an ad. I don't think it does anymore. Johnathlon (talk) 06:48, 27 December 2011 (UTC)

Name of Article[edit]

Should this be Kayak (company) rather than Kayak.com? Google's article isn't Google.com, for instance. Thanks. -- Carrot Lord (talk) 17:43, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Page Updates for Consideration[edit]

Hi, I work for KAYAK and would like to propose some changes to provide updated and more complete information. We know you are busy - but wanted to share with the community first to avoid conflict of interests. Please see our suggestions below and let us know if you prefer us to make these updated directly.

Intro

Kayak.com, sometimes styled as KAYAK, is a travel search engine and offers travelers information on flights, hotels, rental cars, vacation rentals, cruises to help them plan a trip. Owned by The Priceline Group[4], KAYAK also offers tools to help with travel planning and assist throughout a trip including a price forecast tool, free itinerary management and mobile app.

KAYAK operates sites in 36 countries and 21 languages.

KAYAK runs a company blog and Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest channels where travel hacks and tips are offered regularly.

Features (new section)
  • Mobile App: KAYAK's app allows you to search flights, hotels, cars, track your flight status, manage your itinerary, navigate the airport and more, launched in 2009.
  • Price Alerts: KAYAK offers Price Alerts to let travelers know when prices change for the flight or hotel they want, launched in 2010.
  • Explore: KAYAK Explore, shows travelers the places they can go within their budget, launched in 2010.
  • Price Forecast: KAYAK analyzes searches to forecast whether the flight price for a given destination and dates is likely to go up or down over the next seven days, launched in 2013.
  • Alexa: KAYAK launched a skill for Amazon Alexa that allows users to track, explore and search for travel on any Alexa-enabled device, launched in 2016.
  • Slack: Travelers can search KAYAK for flights, hotels, rental cars, get instant flight updates and set Price Alerts to see if prices change on the hotel or flight you want, all within Slack, launched in 2016.
  • Facebook Messenger: Users can access KAYAK via Facebook Messenger to search, plan and receive trip updates, launched in 2016.
Awards

Fortune named KAYAK one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women in 2016[1]

Fortune named KAYAK one of the 100 Best Medium Workplaces in 2016[2]

The Boston Globe named KAYAK #2 on their list of Top Places to Work among Medium-size Employers in 2016. [3]

CNET named KAYAK one of 20 most useful Alexa skills[4]

Logo

Has been updated, available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xhuclyzai057r0v/%2BKAYAK-PrimaryLogo-053116.jpg?dl=0

International Expansion (UPDATE from current page)

On February 7, 2017, it was announced that The Priceline Group is acquiring the Momondo Group and that KAYAK will assume leadership of the momondo and Cheapflights entities.[5]

Thanks Ashleess

Ashleess (talk) 16:50, 24 February 2017 (UTC)Ashleess

References

Wikipedia isn't a web directory, so your proposal to include that mess of external links won't fly. And it isn't a product brochure, so it isn't really appropriate to include the Features section unless it can be restated in prose in a non-promotional way; otherwise people would be better off finding that in other places you control. Otherwise the changes look OK. ~Anachronist (talk) 02:48, 25 February 2017 (UTC)
As Anachronist said, not a directory, not a brochure, but Awards content (except CNET) and Momondo Group announcement were added to the article. JB525 (talk) 13:12, 1 March 2017 (UTC)

Thank you Anachronist and JB525 so much for your review and guidance. We are reworking the edits to resubmit shortly for your and the editors’ consideration. - Ashleess (talk) 20:43, 1 March 2017 (UTC)

Revised proposal[edit]

Hi Anachronist and JB525 -

Per your review and guidance, please see below for updated proposed edits. We appreciate your time and patience as we make edits to the KAYAK page.

Intro - includes links to KAYAK.com/about as the source.

Kayak.com, sometimes styled as KAYAK, is a travel search engine and offers travelers information on flights, hotels, rental cars, vacation rentals, cruises to help them plan a trip. The company is owned by The Priceline Group. (https://www.kayak.com/about)

The website and mobile app is available in over 40 international sites and 20 languages. It processes 1.5 billion flight, hotel, vacation rental, rental car and cruise rate searches per year. (https://www.kayak.com/about)

Features - The external links will be used as references, not hyperlinks.

Thanks Ashleess

Hi Ashleess, and thank you for your suggestions. I'm going to decline this edit request, for a couple of reasons:
  • The "1.5 billion" stat needs to be verified by an outside source. Website traffic statistics can be very different depending on the methodology used, and if Wikipedia were to just take each website's own word for it, the encyclopedia would be comparing apples with oranges. I'd like to hear from an independent source for this figure.
  • You haven't quite addressed Anachronist's concern. "Prose" means "paragraphs," and Wikipedia generally prefers paragraphs that summarize what a website does rather than listing each separate component. Your draft promotes every single one of KAYAK's features, but it could be communicated to readers in a summary without listing the business name of each features, along the lines of "KAYAK has features that allow users to search for destinations within their budget, get alerts on actual and predicted price changes, and has compatibility via Facebook and Alexa, etc." And please do properly format the external links as references. It saves a lot of time for edit request reviewers and would help your request get a faster response.
Hope this helps. Altamel (talk) 17:57, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

Page Updates for Consideration[edit]

Hi, I work for KAYAK and would like to propose the following changes to our Wikipedia page to provide a more accurate and updated description based on your feedback. Please see our suggestions below and let us know if you prefer us to make these updates directly.

Intro we've recently added three new brands (momondo, Cheapflights and Mundi) to our portfolio and would ask that they be reflected in the intro.  Comment:This information has been added to The Priceline Group article.

Features KAYAK has features that allow users to search for destinations within their budget[1], get alerts on actual and predicted price changes[2], plan group trips using Facebook Messenger [3]and book hotel rooms using Alexa. [4]  Comment: I added some details about supported native apps to the infobox; however, the rest falls under WP:ADVERT.

International Expansion In April 2011, KAYAK acquired Checkfelix, a travel search engine in Austria.[5] Done The content was already present in the article; however, I made some minor changes.

IPO and Acquisition In February 2017, Priceline announced [6] a definitive agreement to acquire the momondo Group. On July 17, 2017, EU antitrust regulators approved the acquisition. [7] The Momondo Group, which operates Momondo and Cheapflights, will roll under The Priceline Group's leading travel meta brand, KAYAK. In August 2017, KAYAK acquired the assets, including the domain and user information and the mobile apps, of the Brazilian metasearch company Mundi. [8]  Comment: This information has been added to The Priceline Group article.

Kinserra (talk) 17:21, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

Hi Kinserra Sorry for the delay in the requested edit process currently. I would be happy to review this edit for you. I will notify you when the review has finished (which will be later today). Cheers, Daylen (talk) 18:39, 14 August 2017 (UTC)
This edit review has now been completed. If you have any questions, please leave them on my talk page. Have a nice day! Daylen (talk) 20:14, 14 August 2017 (UTC)

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