DealAngel finds hotel steals, protects you from rip-off rates

When was the last time you were 100 percent confident that the price you paid for a hotel stay was a steal? Just-launched hotel search-engine and aggregator DealAngel eliminates the guesswork with an at-a-glance look at the quality of the deal you’re getting.

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Kayak answers the age old question, when are holiday airfares cheapest?

Travel search site processed a whopping 443 million searches in the first half of 2011. There is an information gold mine buried in those hotel and flight queries, as well as answers to some of our most pressing travel questions: Is it too late to get an affordable plane ticket for the holidays? Are you paying more than average for airfare? What days of the week are cheapest to fly?

Can Groupon take to the skies with its first airline deal?

From laser waxing to fusion barbecue, it seems there’s nothing Groupon can’t — or won’t — sell. But the email discount offers service could be on to a lucrative new market with its latest discount.

Adioso opens travel search for the adventurous

There are a heap of travel sites on the Web, but most look to serve to the fixed-date traveller: those with a date and destination in mind. Adioso, funded by the prominent Y Combinator startup incubator, launched a third version of its product Wednesday as a way for open-ended, adventurous travelers to seek out their next destination before they pack their backpacks, dawn their cap and shades, and head out for their next escapade.

Google in talks to buy travel tools behind Bing, Orbitz

Google execs are considering spending $1 billion to buy ITA Software, according to a report from Bloomberg, in order to compete with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and other online travel services. The online travel sector brought in $88.4 billion in 2009.