November 27, 2005 |
EARLY this month, some astute travelers noticed that Expedia was selling hotel rooms at two Hiltons in Japan for the fire-sale price of less than $4 per night. What began as a simple error in the conversion of yen into U.S. dollars quickly snowballed into a public relations nightmare for Expedia. "There was a technical problem," said Linda Bain, vice president of communication for Hilton International.
August 23, 2001 |
USA Networks Inc. is giving Expedia Inc. a two-year option to buy National Leisure Group Inc., another Internet travel company, for the same price USA Networks is paying, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. USA Networks agreed last month to buy a controlling interest in Expedia, which also gets the option to buy a one-third interest in USA Networks' travel channel and the right to advertise on the media company's channels for five years, Expedia said in the filing.
December 30, 2001
Internet travel seller Expedia was fined $40,000 earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Transportation for failing to include fuel surcharges, generally about $20 on a one-way ticket, in some air fare listings. The consent order was one of seven DOT enforcement actions this year against airlines, Internet companies and other travel sellers for failing to include the surcharge, which major airlines began adding nearly two years ago.
June 8, 2011 |
High gas prices are starting to slide , but that doesn't mean I would turn down a gas card that comes with my room. Many hotels have made such offers this summer, and now the Expedia travel website has jumped in with gas cards up to $50 for purchases made with MasterCards. The deal: The Gas Money Bonus rewards those who complete their Expedia travel purchase for selected hotels and packages by using MasterCard. You get a $25 gas card for a two-night hotel stay or air-hotel package and a $50 gas card for three or more nights.
February 7, 2011 |
The recently sparked feud between American Airlines and the travel websites Orbitz and Expedia has business travel managers worried that the dispute may end up making plane tickets cost more money. It all started last year when American Airlines yanked its ticket sales from Orbitz to save on the commissions and fees it pays to sell tickets through travel websites. Expedia jumped into the fray by withholding American Airlines ticket information from its site. At the heart of the quarrel is a complicated revenue-sharing arrangement between the airline, the travel website and the global distribution systems that dole out ticket information.
September 24, 2002 |
Heidi Galli, who is in charge of arranging travel plans for employees at a small software development firm, can't recount the last time she booked an unrestricted, full-price airline ticket. That's because she never has. Galli, director of administration for SmartEquip Inc., a 2-year-old firm in Norwalk, Conn., that develops software for equipment rental companies and distributors, seeks only discounted Web fares to book company travel.
July 17, 2001 |
USA Networks Inc. agreed Monday to acquire 75% of Expedia Inc., the Internet travel services company controlled by Microsoft Corp., for about $1.4 billion in stock. The deal pushes USA, which is controlled by media mogul Barry Diller, one step closer to its goal of becoming the leading Internet commerce company. The Expedia acquisition would vault USA over Priceline.com Inc. to become the second-largest Internet retailer after Amazon.com Inc.
September 3, 2003 |
InterActiveCorp on Tuesday ended an agreement between its Hotels.com unit, which sells discounted rooms on the Internet, and Sabre Holdings Corp.'s Travelocity.com, and is shifting the business to its own Expedia Inc. travel site. InterActiveCorp, which is owned by Barry Diller, stopped offering hotel rooms on Travelocity.com because it said the site breached an agreement that gave Hotels.com the exclusive right to be featured.
September 17, 2006 |
IN the United States, air travel generates as much as 10% of transportation-based emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas responsible for global warming, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting. A typical flight from Los Angeles to New York, for example, generates 1 ton of carbon dioxide per passenger.
February 8, 2006 |
A decade ago, Richard Barton launched Expedia.com and helped transform the travel industry by handing consumers the same tools to book reservations that travel agents had long controlled. Now, Barton is applying the same approach to real estate -- and is banking on equally dramatic results. Today, he will unveil a beta-test version of Zillow.