This is believed to be the first time that Booking.com has offered standalone flight bookings other than through sister company Kayak.
The difference is now that when travelers using Booking.com sites and mobile apps in Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands select the flight booking tab they are redirected to Gotogate, where they can book flights from 650 airlines to destinations around the world.
Although it isn’t yet visible to all Booking.com users in Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands, Booking.com is now taking flight reservations in partnership with eTraveli on the Booking.com site without getting redirected to eTraveli’s Gotogate website. The confirmation emails come from Booking.com although eTraveli maintains the airline relationships.
Previously — and still on Booking.com’s websites other than in these seven European countries — consumers select the flight tab, navigate to Kayak, which in term hands them off to an airline or online travel agency site to complete their bookings.
The Booking.com flight partnership, which is not exclusive, is with eTraveli, a flight-oriented online travel agency based in Sweden. Gotogate is an eTraveli brand.
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