From CD-ROM to dot-com, Expedia celebrates 15 years

Fifteen years ago, Expedia took flight under the wings of Microsoft as a maker of CD-ROM travel guides. Today, it is a giant of online travel, with more than 2,000 employees in Bellevue and a market value of $7.7 billion. Expedia celebrated 15 years in business last week with presentations by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and… Read More


Groupon Getaways launches travel deals with Expedia

Early last month, Expedia and Groupon announced plans to work on a new discount service for online travel. Well, Groupon Getaways — as the service is known — just went live with deals for the El Dorado Hotel and Spa in Santa Fe; the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City and other vacation… Read More


Off & Away unfurls daily deal service for hotel rooms

Off & Away has quietly rolled out a new private sale service that allows its users to sign up for daily deals on luxury hotel rooms, earning discounts of as much as 50 percent. The Seattle online travel startup kicked off the new offering on Tuesday, complementing the online hotel auction service that it unveiled… Read More


Get hired at this startup, and they’ll pay for your exotic travel each year

Some technology companies attract employees with catered lunches, on-site massages and stock options. But Buuteeq — a Seattle startup that just landed $3.5 million – has a secret recruiting weapon in its back pocket. It’s called Trotamundo. Join the upstart, and you’ll be encouraged to travel to beautiful hotels and lodges in China, Mexico and Chile… Read More


Room 77 checks in with $10.5M

We’ve seen a lot of activity in the online travel space recently, including new cash for Seattle startup Buuteeq and the launch of Adam Doppelt’s Dwellable. Now, Room 77 — a Sunnyvale, California startup whose investors have deep connections in the Seattle tech community — has raised an additional $10.5 million. Backers of the company… Read More


Expedia, Groupon plan to partner on travel deals

One of the veterans of online commerce, Bellevue-based travel giant Expedia, is announcing a partnership with daily deals site Groupon today to offer discounts on travel. The agreement is being announced today at the D9 conference, and Tricia Duryee of AllThingsD has the early scoop on the news. The companies say they will be able… Read More

Adam Doppelt

Hawaiian beach vacation from hell sparks Urbanspoon co-founder to start Dwellable

Adam Doppelt Urbanspoon helped transform the way people discover new restaurants. Now, Adam Doppelt, one of the co-founders of that Seattle entrepreneurial success story, is looking to tackle another consumer pain point: vacation rentals. Doppelt and Rob Currie just launched Dwellable, a new startup which faces big-time competition from some deep-pocketed rivals. The idea for the… Read More


Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff joins board of travel startup

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff has a lot on his plate these days, including positioning the Seattle online real estate company for an initial public offering. But the 35-year-old Internet executive still has time for his old cronies at Hotwire.com, the online travel service that he co-founded in 1999. Rascoff just joined the board of ezRez,… Read More


Expedia dials up virtual agent to assist with customer service

You may have already encountered Jenn, the friendly virtual travel agent who answers questions about everything from mileage plans to flight reservations on Alaska Airlines’ Web site. Now, that same technology — developed by a small startup in Spokane — will be coming to the pages of Expedia this fall. “The virtual agent will be… Read More


Expedia boosts stake in Chinese travel site eLong

Expedia is investing $41 million in eLong, the second biggest online travel company in China, as part of an effort for the Bellevue company to get a bigger foothold in the country. Expedia had already owned a portion of the 12-year-old company, and with the latest investment it now owns a 56 percent share. In… Read More


Profits fall at Expedia as online travel giant invests in technology

Amazon.com isn’t the only big tech company that’s decided to cut into profits in order to invest in technology.  Expedia, the giant Bellevue online travel agency, said today that its operating income slumped nine percent during the first quarter as it invested in “next generation technology” and international operations. Like Amazon.com, Expedia’s revenues continued to… Read More

Mark Britton

Avvo CEO Mark Britton named to the board of Orbitz

It’s been a little while since Avvo co-founder Mark Britton worked in the travel business. But he’ll be dusting off those old skills as the most recent board appointment at Orbitz, the giant publicly-traded online travel company. Britton, the former general counsel and executive vice president at Expedia, replaces outgoing board member Rick Fox. It may be… Read More


U.S. lets Google’s ITA deal fly, with some baggage

The U.S. Justice Department and Google have reached a deal clearing the way for the search giant’s $700 million acquisition of flight data company ITA Software — an acquisition that was opposed by Microsoft, Expedia and a number of others in the industry. It’s a tricky situation in part because Google’s rivals — including Microsoft… Read More

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Computer glitch causes huge delays for Alaska Airlines

There are some seriously unhappy travelers across the country today as a computer system at Alaska Airlines, used to prepare flight plans, failed. That’s causing many flights to be delayed or canceled, and the blood pressure to rise at airports in Seattle, San Francisco and other locations served by the airline. “I have spent as… Read More


TripAdvisor hacked: Member email list stolen

TripAdvisor, the online travel review site which is owned by Expedia, notified users today that a portion of its member email list had been stolen. The company didn’t say how many emails were affected, but noted in a message on its Web site that they are taking the incident “very seriously.” “We’ve identified the vulnerability,… Read More