Expedia

  • Expedia Buys Orbitz For $1.6B In Cash To Square Up To Priceline

    Expedia Buys Orbitz For $1.6B In Cash To Square Up To Priceline

    After buying Travelocity earlier this month for $280 million, Expedia continues its online travel acquisition spree. Today, the company announced an agreement to acquire Orbitz for $1.6 billion — or $12 per share — in cash, a premium of 29 percent on Orbitz’s current share price. The deal speaks to ongoing consolidation in the market, but also Expedia’s bigger… Read More

  • Expedia Now Accepts Bitcoin For Your Crypto-Vacations

    Expedia Now Accepts Bitcoin For Your Crypto-Vacations

    Another day, another company accepting bitcoin in an attempt to cash in on the craze. This time it’s Expedia the travel booking site that’s accepting the virtual currency for hotel bookings. They’re working directly with Coinbase to accept and then convert the BTC into dollars as soon as they hit the travel agent’s coffers. Read More

  • Google Said To Take On Kayak, Skyscanner And Others With Its Own Airfare Comparison Tool

    Google Said To Take On Kayak, Skyscanner And Others With Its Own Airfare Comparison Tool

    Google is reportedly working on an airfare comparison site, according to Ryanair founder Michael O’Leary speaking to the Sunday Independent. O’Leary was much more candid about Google’s upcoming plans than the search giant itself is ever likely to be, describing Mountain View’s intent to build a price shopping engine for comparing airline ticket prices. This would be… Read More

  • Flight Search Startup And Disrupt Contender Superfly Adds Personalized Hotel Booking Service

    Flight Search Startup And Disrupt Contender Superfly Adds Personalized Hotel Booking Service

    Superfly, which helps travelers take advantage of frequent flier miles and airline rewards programs, is expanding its services to include a mobile app for finding and booking hotels. Superfly first launched at TechCrunch Disrupt SF in 2010 and uses big data to personalize flight results based on consumer travel records. In April, Superfly developed Superbox, which allows users to organize… Read More

  • Fotopedia Partners With Expedia, Introduces In-App Hotel Reservations

    Fotopedia Partners With Expedia, Introduces In-App Hotel Reservations

    Fotopedia‘s travel apps have been downloaded over 12 million times since the company’s launch in 2011. Since then, the team has experimented with a number of monetization strategies, including paid apps, sponsorships and – most recently – its own ad platform. Today, the company is launching a partnership with Expedia that will make it easy for Fotopedia users to make… Read More

  • Stephen Kaufer on TripAdvisor's IPO

    (Founder Stories) TripAdvisor’s Kaufer: Crucial Early Decisions Paved The Way For An IPO

    Earlier today, TripAdvisor added its name to the list of companies publicly trading on the NASDAQ. After doing so, TripAdvisor’s co-founder Stephen Kaufer stopped by TechCrunch for a Founder Stories interview with host, Chris Dixon. TripAdvisor offers user-generated reviews of everything from hotels to restaurants and claims “50 million monthly unique visitors and 20 million… Read More

  • Tencent And Expedia Invest $126 Million In Chinese Online Travel Marketplace eLong

    Chinese internet giant Tencent and U.S. travel bookings company Expedia have invested in Chinese travel site eLong, totaling $126 million. Tencent has acquired approximately 16% of the outstanding shares for a total purchase price of $84.4 million and becomes the second largest shareholder of eLong. Expedia has acquired approximately 8% of the outstanding shares for $41.2 million, holds 56% of… Read More

  • Expedia To Spin Off TripAdvisor As A Public Company In Q3 2011

    Travel search and booking giant Expedia, which is traded on the Nasdaq under ‘EXPE,’ is spinning off trip reviews site TripAdvisor as a public company. In a release, Expedia said that its Board of Directors has preliminarily approved the plan to separate Expedia into two publicly traded companies. Expedia/IAC must feel that spinning off TripAdvisor as a public company could be… Read More

  • American Airlines' Fares Return To Expedia And Hotwire

    Earlier in January, we heard that American Airlines’ fares and links were removed completely from travel bookings site Expedia, after the two companies failed to come to a distribution agreement. Today, American Airlines and Expedia have made peace, announcing a new ” memorandum of understanding” that will allow the companies to resume doing business together effective… Read More

  • TripAdvisor Buys Trip Planning Service EveryTrail To Expand Mobile Offering

    TripAdvisor, the Expedia-owned travel site, this morning announced it has boosted its mobile travel offering with the acquisition of EveryTrail. The latter, actually a service from GlobalMotion Media, is a GPS-enabled publishing platform that lets people create outdoor walking tours, hiking trails and city guides for mobile devices. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Read More

  • Expedia Acquires FlightTrack App Developer Mobiata

    Expedia has just announced that it has acquired developer Mobiata, the creator of popular mobile travel application FlightTrack. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mobiata creates a number of travel mobile applications including FlightTrack, TripDeck, HotelPal FlightBoard and FareCompare. FlightTrack is the developer’s most popular app and lets you check flight status, access… Read More