Travel Weekly's Tech E-letter: Dec. 31, 2003

EXPEDIA AND US AIRWAYS ended their disagreement--the airline's inventory again is available through Expedia.com and Expedia Corporate Travel. US Airways pulled its inventory from Expedia earlier this month, after the online agency increased its consumer booking fee for US Airways tickets from $5 to $8.99. Apparently, Expedia was playing hardball in negotiations because the airline wouldn't sign a new contract that increased Expedia's commissions. With the agreement, the terms of which were not disclosed, the fee for US Airways tickets reverted to $5.

PRICELINE.COM will reunite Star Trek actors Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner in a TV commercial tentatively scheduled to begin the week of Jan. 19, according to the New York Times. Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on Star Trek, has been Priceline's pitchman since the late 1990s. Priceline isn't revealing any details about the commercial. Perhaps Nimoy, who played the brainy, emotionless Mr. Spock in the 1960s sci-fi series, will say that that it is "highly illogical" to book anywhere except Priceline.

TRAVELZOO, the online publisher of travel sales and specials, was approved to list its common stock on the Nasdaq SmallCap Market. Travelzoo's first trading day on the Nasdaq was Tuesday. Travelzoo trades under the symbol TZOO. Travelzoo's trading symbol on the OTC Bulletin Board was TVZO.

THE VIRTUAL BELLHOP [www.virtualbellhop.com], a Boca Raton, Fla.-based company that transports passengers' luggage from their home or office to the airport, said it now picks up luggage and delivers it directly to cruise ships, as well.

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