How to Book a Cruise on Expedia

Feel like sailing the ocean blue on your next getaway? Expedia can help you get seaworthy quickly.

  • You can pick your cruise based on whether you want a no-expenses-spared getaway, a relaxing stroll down a river, or just something that a lot of other people have enjoyed.
  • You can choose where your cruise leaves from and where it goes. You’ll find popular destinations like Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Alaska here.
  • You can choose when your cruise leaves, and how long it will last.
  • You can choose which cruise line you want to sail with. Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Disney Cruises… most of the major cruise lines are on board with Expedia!
  • You can pick what type of cabin you want, if you want to watch the ocean pass by as you sail, or don’t mind having to get out and about to enjoy the view.

To use the Expedia website to book a cruise:

  1. Go to www.expedia.com in your web browser and click Cruises in the menu across the top.
  2. The window on the left side of the screen will help you get set up. First, click one of the buttons near the top to select what type of cruise you want to search for. Then, click each of the drop-down menus below that and select your destination, departure month, cruise line, cruise length, departure port, and any applicable discounts.
    You can also click the check boxes at the bottom if any apply to you; they may end up getting you additional discounts, but you may need to provide some sort of proof. When you have entered all of your information, click Search to continue.
  3. When you get to the search results menu, you can click the drop-down menu in the top-right corner to sort your results by:- How popular the cruise is
    – How expensive the cruise is
    – When the cruise departs
    – How long the cruise is (in days)
    – Cruise Line (alphabetical order)You can also click the drop-down menus on the left side of the screen to see options for filtering your search results by:

    – Where the cruise is going
    – What month the cruise departs
    – Cruise line
    – How long the cruise is (in days)
    – Where the cruise departs from
    – A specific cruise ship
    – Where else the cruise is stopping

  4. Click the buttons or check boxes in the windows that pop up to make your choices, and then click Update Results to see what cruises match your new criteria.You can also click Clear Selections to remove all of your filters.
  5. When you see a cruise that you like, click on its title description. This will open up additional information about the dates it departs, where it stops, room rates, etc.Click on Select Date beside the date you want to leave on the cruise to start the booking process.
  6. The first thing you will need to do to book your cruise is decide what type of cabin you want. Click the two buttons at the top of the main window to switch between Oceanview and Balcony cabins.  (There may be other options, depending on the cruise line.)  Scroll down to see information about the cabins being offered, including their features and available rates. When you see a good rate for a cabin that you like, click Select Cabin Type beside it.
  7. You will now have to tell Expedia how many people will be staying in each cabin. Click the drop-down boxes labelled “Ages 21 and Up” and “Ages 0-20” and select how many adults and children, respectively, will be going on the cruise together. Then click See Cabins.
  8. Now, you will have to select the specific cabin that you want. The picture on the right side of the screen shows the layout of the ship and where each specific cabin on that deck is located.In the left side of the screen, click Select Cabin beside the cabin number that you want. If it says “Guaranteed Cabin”, you are guaranteed a cabin of this type, but the specific number will be assigned to you when you check into the ship.
  9. Now, you will have to enter some general booking and billing information. We’ll split it into two parts for you; let’s start with the general information. Click in each of the boxes shown and type in or select your title, first name, last name, country of residence, date of birth (month, day, and year), gender, email address, and phone number. Also select when you plan to eat dinner and how many other people you want at your table.
  10. Now, let’s move on to your billing information. Click in the boxes shown and type in your debit/credit card number, type, expiration date, ID number (click the blue “?” for help finding it), and your name as it appears on your card. Then, type in or select your country of residence, street address, city, region, and mailing code.
  11. When you’re all done, it might not be a bad idea to read some of the legal stuff by clicking the links in blue in the screenshot below, in order to double-check what you’re getting into.When you’re really ready, click Complete Booking.

Congratulations on booking a cruise through Expedia! Bon voyage!

What are Expedia Cruise Ship Centers?

Expedia Cruise Ship Centers is a branch company of Expedia that specializes in putting together cruise packages for you. It’s good if you want a much more detailed breakdown of everything you’re getting when you book a cruise, but other than that, the booking process is pretty much the same as it is on Expedia’s main website.

You can check it out by typing www.cruiseshipcenters.com into your web browser (or just clicking the blue link we’ve given you here).


How to Book Vacations on Expedia

Looking to book a complete getaway from the daily grind? Expedia.com lets you book all of your travel accommodations at once! Expedia considers a “Vacation Package” to be two or more of any of these services booked together: flight, hotel, or rental car. Cruises are a bit of a different animal; see our tutorial on how to book Expedia cruises for more information.

Even though you’re booking more than one travel service at once, you can still micro-manage each of them. That means:

  • For flights, you can pick where you want to depart and arrive, what airline you want to use, what class of seat you want, what date and time you want your flights to be at, and so on.
  • For hotels, you can select the general location that you want to be in, the type of lodging it is, and what features it has. You can also sort by star rating, guest rating, price, and so on.
  • For car rentals, you can select the time, date, and location that you want to pick up and drop off your car. You can also pick what class of car you want and what rental car company you want to get it from.

How to book a vacation package through Expedia

  1. Go to www.expedia.com in your web browser and click Bundle Deals in the menu across the top.Expedia Bundle Deals menu
  2. You’ll set things up using the window on the left side of the screen. First, click one of the buttons near the top to select which accommodations you’ll need to book for your trip. Then, click in the boxes below that and type in your departure point and date, followed by your arrival point and return date. Then, click the drop-down menus below that to select the number of hotel rooms you need, as well as the number of people of each age group that will be staying in each room. Click Search when you’re ready to move on.
  3. If Expedia can’t find certain departure points or destinations (or there is more than one place with the same name), it will make suggestions for you on this page. You can click an option to select it, or accept Expedia’s suggestion, and then click Search.Filter through Expedia suggestions
  4. Expedia will come up with a whole bunch of custom travel packages that you can choose from. This page has a lot of information on it, so refer to the numbered captions below the screenshot to understand what everything does.

    1. Hotel Amenities – You can click here to narrow your search by specifying features that you want your hotel to have.

    2. Hotel Area – Click this drop-down menu to select a specific area of your destination that you want your hotel to be in. Then click Go to filter your search.

    3. Package Sort – Click the buttons here to sort your vacation packages based on:

    – Expedia’s value-versus-quality recommendations
    – The total price of the package
    – How much money you’re saving off the regular price
    – Hotel names, in alphabetical order
    – What city the hotel is in
    – The star rating of the hotel

    4. Change Flight – If you want to look for a flight that better meets your needs or budget, click here.

    5. Change Car – If you want to look for a rental car that better meets your needs or budget, click here.

    6. Select and Continue – Click here once you see a package you like and have made any changes to it that you want.

  5. Once you select a package, you’ll review the details. First is your flight(s). If you want to look for a flight that better meets your needs or budget, Choose a Different Flight for this Package.Review details of your package
  6. Next is your hotel. Some hotels may have different rates for different classes of rooms; click the button beside the one you want. You can also click Choose a Different Hotel for this Package if what you have doesn’t meet your needs or budget. See our Expedia Hotels tutorial for more information on choosing hotels.Choose different options for your package
  7. Last is your rental car. You can click the buttons highlighted here to decide whether or not you want a rental car after all. You can also click Need a Different Car? to select a different class of car, or click Choose a Different Car Class or Vendor for this Package if you want to change not only your class of car, but also the company lending it to you.Choose your rental car
  8. If you’ve made any changes, click Reprice at the bottom of the screen to get a new total cost for your trip. You might also want to click Review Full Rules and Restrictions just so you’re prepared for anything. When you’re ready, click Continue.Review the terms and restrictions of your package
  9. You can now add local attractions to your package. Click the check box labelled “Add Item” to add an attraction to your package. If there is a drop-down menu immediately beside this box, click it and select the date that you want to participate in this attraction. Then click the drop-down menus to the far right to select how many people of each age group will be participating in this attraction.If you’ve made any changes, click Reprice at the bottom of the screen to get a new total cost for your trip. When you’re ready, click Continue Booking this Trip.Add local attractions
  10. You will now have to enter your traveler information. Click in the boxes shown in the screenshot below and type in or select your first name, middle name, last name, email address, phone country code, and phone number. You can click Add an Alternate Number if you wish to add another contact number. Finish by selection your gender and the month, day, and year of your birth.
  11. If you’d like, you can use the second half of the window to enter special flight requests or emergency contact information. When you’re done, click Continue Checkout.Continue Checkout button
  12. You can now enter your travel preferences, or change them if you’ve already made them. If you’re okay with what you have, just make sure to click the drop-down menus marked with an asterisk (*) and select the name of the primary traveler or travelers (presumably, you and perhaps your spouse or adult children).Enter travel preferences
  13. When you’re done, click Continue Booking at the bottom of the screen.Continue Booking button
  14. There are two other main things you need to do to finish booking your trip. The first is decide if you want extra travel insurance — in case you need to cancel your trip or have some other mishap — or car insurance from Expedia. Click the button beside the plan(s) that you want, or click the buttons beside “No, I don’t need travel protection” and/or “No, I don’t need car rental insurance” if you want to rely on your regular insurance to cover things.Optional insurance screen
  15. The other thing you need to do is fill in your billing information, starting with your credit card information. Click in the boxes marked with an asterisk (*) and type in or select your credit card number, type, expiration date (month and year), ID number (click What’s This? for help finding it), and your first and last name as they appear on your card.

    Next, you will need to fill in your billing address. Start by clicking one of the buttons below that heading to indicate if your billing address is inside the US or not. Then click in the boxes below the buttons and type in or select your street address, city, region, mailing code, country (if outside the US) phone country code, and phone number.

  16. When you’re done, you might want to read the rules and regulations of Expedia, just so that you’re prepared for anything. Then click Complete This Booking. You will receive a confirmation email from Expedia.Enter email address to receive confirmation of booking

Congratulations on booking a complete vacation package from Expedia! Enjoy your getaway!


Expedia Car Rentals

Need a set of wheels to get around when you reach your next travel destination? With Expedia you can:

  • Pick the locations (near) where you’ll be picking up or dropping off your rental car.
  • Choose how long you’re going to be using your rental car, including the time and date that you’ll be picking it up and dropping it off.
  • Choose what class of car you want, as well as the rental car company that you want it from. You can compare prices this way, too.

How to Rent a Car on Expedia

  1. Go to www.expedia.com in your web browser (if you haven’t already) and click on Cars in the menu across the top.
  2. You’ll use the window on the left side of the screen to set things up. First, click one of the buttons near the top to select what services you want to book together. Then, click in each of the boxes below that and type in or select your pick-up point, date, and time. Do the same for the drop-off point, date, and time in the boxes below that.

    You can also click the drop-down menu labeled “Car Type” if you’re looking for a specific type of car, such as a convertible or sport utility vehicle. If you have a preference of which company you rent your car from, you can indicate that in the drop-down menu marked “Rental Car Company.” The last drop-down menu allows you to select a discount to apply to your rental, if one is available. When you’ve filled out the form, click Search.
  3. In the next screen, you will see a chart with the different classes of cars and different rental car companies available. You can click the Prev or Next buttons in the top-right corner to see more options for companies, if there are any.  Click the option in the grid that you like to continue.
  4. There are two other main things you need to do to book your car rental. The first is deciding whether or not you want additional collision coverage. You can get additional coverage from Expedia, or you can get it straight from the rental car company, or just rely on your own auto insurance.  Click the respective buttons beside “Yes, add this plan” or “No, decline insurance” to make your choice.
  5. The second thing to do is enter your contact information so that Expedia or the rental car company can confirm your booking, and get in touch with you if need be.  Click on the box labelled “Driver Name” and type in your first and last name. Then click on the box labelled “Email Address” and type in the email address that you want Expedia to send your booking confirmation to.Finally, in the box labelled “Phone Number”, click the flag to select your country from the drop-down menu, (so Expedia and the rental car company knows the country code to use if they need to phone you), then click the box beside the flag and type in your phone number.
  6. When you’re done, it might not be a bad idea to read some of the legal stuff by clicking the links in blue in the screenshot below, in order to double-check what you’re getting into. When you’re really ready, click Complete Booking.

Congratulations on booking a rental car through Expedia! Now you’ll be ready to get around town in style when you reach your next trip destination!


How to Change or Cancel Your Expedia Flight

Has there been an emergency or other change of plans, and now you can't make a flight that you booked on Expedia? Need to cancel that flight, or at least reschedule it? Cancelling and changing flights can be a tricky process whether you booked travel on Expedia.com, or one of its popular competitors. But don't worry, read on to find out how to do it.

To cancel a flight on Expedia

There are two main ways to cancel a flight with Expedia. The first is by logging into your Expedia account and selecting your itinerary. Then click Cancel Flight.

The other way is by calling Expedia customer support at 1-866-310-5768 (inside the U.S.) or 1-404-728-8787 (international).

A couple of notes about cancelling your flight on Expedia:

  • If you booked it within the last 24 hours, you may be able to get a full refund.
  • Some flights cannot be refunded, as per the rules and regulations of Expedia or the airline.
  • Certain non-refundable flights may still be refunded with credit for the same airline.
  • Certain airlines must be contacted directly in order to cancel a flight.

See our Expedia Cancellation Policy tutorial for more information.

To change a flight on Expedia

If you need to change a flight after you've already booked it with Expedia, you'll have to call their customer support team at 1-866-310-5768 (inside the U.S.) or 1-404-728-8787 (international).

A couple of things to note about changing your flight with Expedia:

  • Your new flight must be for the same (primary) passenger(s) and on the same airline.
  • If your new flight costs more than your old one, you will have to pay the difference.
  • You may also have to pay a rebooking fee, as per the airline's rules and regulations.
  • Certain airlines must be contacted directly in order to change a flight. 

Be sure to check out our tutorial on how to contact Expedia Customer Service tutorial for more information.


How to Book Hotels on Expedia

Need a home away from home on your next trip? Expedia allows you to:

  • Pick a hotel near where you want to stay, be that a city, an airport, or a famous landmark.
  • Pick what kind of lodgings you want, from a standard hotel to a bed & breakfast to even a private rental property.
  • Pick what amenities you want at your hotel, including complimentary breakfast, free wi-fi, an exercise room, a swimming pool, and more.
  • Sort what hotels you see based on their star ratings, guest ratings, prices, distances from where you want to go, and more.

How to Book a Hotel Room with Expedia

  1. Go to www.expedia.com and click Hotels in the menu across the top.Expedia Hotels menu
  2. You’ll use the window on the left side of the screen to set things up. First, click one of the buttons near the top to indicate which accommodations you’ll be booking together. Then, click in each of the boxes below that and type in or select your destination, check-in date, check-out date, number of rooms needed, and number of people in certain age groups staying in each room. Click Search when you’re done.
  3. Once you reach the results page, you can click on the headings across the top to sort your results by:- Distance from your targeted area
    – Price
    – Hotel name (alphabetical order)
    – Guest ratings
    – Star ratings
    – Best deals
    – Most popular

    You can also click the buttons and check boxes along the left side to filter your results by:

    – Star rating
    – Price
    – Type of hotel (hotel, bed & breakfast, guest house, private home, etc.)
    – Services within the hotel (free wi-fi, swimming pool, complimentary breakfast, etc.)

    Or you can click the highlighted box that says “Hotel Name” and type in a specific hotel that you’re looking for, then click Go to search for it.

    Once you find a hotel that you like, click on its name.

    Expedia Hotel search

  4. Scroll down to the “Book Your Room” window on the next page to see what rooms are available. Click Book next to the room you want to begin the booking process.Expedia Book a room button
  5. There are three main things that you need to do on the next screen. The first is to enter your contact details in case Expedia or the hotel itself needs to get in touch with you.Click the box labelled “Contact Name” and type in your first and last name.In the box labelled “Phone Number,” click the flag to select your country from the drop-down menu (so Expedia or the hotel knows what country code to apply when they call you). Then click in the box beside the flag and type in your phone number.Enter contact details form
  6. The next thing you need to do is enter your billing information. (For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll assume that you’ll be paying with a credit card).  Click in each of the boxes shown in the screenshot below and type in or select your debit/credit card number, your card type, your card’s expiration date (month and year), your card’s ID number (click the blue “?” if you need help finding it), your name as it appears on your card, and your mailing code for billing purposes.
  7. The final thing to do is tell Expedia where you want the booking confirmation sent. Click in the box labelled “Email Address” and type in the email address that you want your booking confirmation sent . You can also click the check box here if you don’t want Expedia sending you additional offers.Enter email address to receive a confirmation from Expedia
  8. One last bit of business: click the check box in the screen below to say that you accept all of the legal stuff that applies to what you’re doing.  (NOTE: you may want to click on the links here and save or print what you find, in case you want to read and study it first or at some other point).Now click Complete Booking to receive your confirmation email.

    Expedia Complete Booking button

Congratulations on booking a hotel with Expedia, and sweet dreams!


How to Book Flights on Expedia

Looking to fly the friendly skies on your next out-of-town trip? Expedia lets you:

  • Pick whether you want to fly one-way, round-trip, or to multiple destinations.
  • Pick the airports that you want to fly to or from. For example, if you want to fly to New York City, you might want to land at John F. Kennedy Airport, or you may want to land at LaGuardia Airport, depending on which is closer to your exact destination.
  • Pick what airline you want to fly with. Air Canada, Westjet, American Airlines, United Airlines… Expedia carries listings for most commercial airliners.
  • Compare flights based on time, price, and more.

How to Book a Flight on Expedia

  1. Go to www.expedia.com in your web browser and click Flights in the menu across the top.Expedia Flights menu
  2. You’ll use the window on the left side of the screen to set things up.  Click one of the buttons near the top to select what services you want to book. Then click the buttons below it to select your type of flight. From there, click in the boxes below and type in / select your departure point, date, and time, followed by your arrival point, return date, and return time. You must also click the drop-down menus below these boxes and indicate how many people of particular age groups are going on this flight.

    If you click Show Additional Options, you can choose to search for nonstop-only flights or those where you will be eligible for a refund. You can also select a preferred airline or seating arrangement. When you’ve entered all of your information, click Search to look for a flight.
  3. Now you can look for your desired departing flight. You can click the categories across the top to filter your results by:- Departure time
    – Arrival time
    – Flight Duration
    – PriceYou can also click the check boxes to the left to filter your results by:

    – Nonstop vs. stopping flights
    – Airline
    – Departure Time

    In our example here, we’ve applied a filter so that we only see flights that go to LaGuardia Airport in New York, USA from Lester B. Pearson Airport in Toronto, Canada. We’ve also sorted them by departure time.

    Note that the prices listed here are what you will pay for your flight if you select the least expensive return flight; some return flights may cost a little bit more.

    Also note that prices may vary based on what version of Expedia’s website you’re using. In this example, we’re using Expedia.ca (the Canadian version), so prices are in Canadian dollars.

    Click Select when you find a flight that you like.

    Select a flight on Expedia.com

  4. Next, you’ll look for a return flight. You can sort and filter your results the same way you did while searching for an initial flight. Click Select next to a flight that works for you.Select a return flight
  5. You’ll now see a summary of your booking so far, as well as options to add other services. Scroll to the bottom and click Continue Booking if you’re fine with what you have so far.Expedia Continue Booking button
  6. You’ll now have to input your traveler information. All fields marked with an asterisk (*) need to be filled in, including your first and last name, phone number, country which issued your passport, gender, and date of birth (month, day, year). Be sure to enter your information exactly as it is on your passport or driver’s license (whichever you’ll be presenting to the airline when you check in at the airport).

    You can click on any of the additional options here if, for example, you want a specific seat on the plane or need special help for getting on and off the aircraft. When you’ve entered all of your information, click Continue Booking.

  7. There are three things you need to do on the next screen. The first thing is decide if you want a travel protection plan. We’ll assume that you don’t, since travel insurance does basically the same things. Click the button beside “No, I don’t need travel protection.”Option to add travel insurance
  8. Next, you’ll need to put in your billing information. First is your payment information, so click in each of the boxes and type in or select your credit card number, its expiration date (month and year), ID number (click What’s This? for help finding it), and your name as it appears on the card.
    Next, under “Billing Address,” click in each of the boxes and type in or select your country of residence, street address, city, region, and mailing code.
  9. Finally, you’ll have to tell Expedia where to send your booking confirmation. Click the box beside “Email Address” and type in the email address that you want Expedia to use to contact you with.You can also click the check box here to remove the check if you don’t want Expedia to send you extra offers.Enter email address to receive a confirmation
  10. The last window here contains terms, conditions, and other information that you’ll want to review before your trip. Click Print or Save in the top-right corner if you want to do that later.  Otherwise, click Complete Booking to receive a confirmation email.Expedia complete booking button

Congratulations on booking your flight using Expedia! If you need a hotel to go with your flight booking, check out our tutorial on how to book hotels on Expedia.