What is Expedia?

Last updated: January 16, 2015 - 9:55am EST

Expedia is one of the largest travel booking websites on the Internet. Hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises, or even entire vacation packages -- Expedia has it all. Started in 2001 by Richard Barton and Lloyd Frink as a subsidiary of Microsoft, Expedia has grown into one of the most popular online travel agencies.

  • Flights -- Choose to fly one-way, round-trip, or to multiple destinations. Choose the specific airports that you want to fly to or from, the airlines that you want to fly with, and what class of seat you want.

  • Hotels -- Find hotels near where you're headed on your next trip. You can search them based on how popular they are, how highly they're rated, or what amenities they have. Or, if you have a specific hotel that you like, you can search for it by name.

  • Car Rentals -- Need some wheels at your next destination? Pick the rental company you want, the type of car you want, where you're going to pick your car up, and how long you'll need it.

  • Cruises -- Plan your dream nautical adventure. Pick your cruise line, where you want to leave from and go to, how long you want to be at sea, what type of cabin you want, and more.

  • Vacation Packages -- Don't want to book your travel accommodations separately? Pick whether you need a flight, hotel, and/or car rental, and let Expedia find packages that give you everything you need at once.

 Why Use Expedia?

  • Expedia saves you time -- Expedia has connections with many of the world's most popular airlines, hotel chains, rental car companies, and cruise lines. That means you don't have to go running around to all of these separate places to put the pieces of your trip together. With Expedia, you can set up all of your accommodations in one spot, right from the comfort of your own home!

  • Expedia saves you money -- Since Expedia is connected to so many companies that provide the same types of services, these companies will be competing for your business. That means you can sometimes score great discounts, especially when these services are under-booked!


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