Do you want to save money on hotel rooms?
In this article, you’ll learn about 11 websites that can help you get cheaper hotel rooms with the best deals currently available online.
To remain as natural as possible, and to show the various relationships between these related websites, the description for each website was taken from Wikipedia on November 4, 2016.
You can visit each website to learn more about the services it provides.
Travelocity is an online travel agency and was founded and owned by Sabre Corporation. It is now wholly owned by Expedia. Travelocity is based in Dallas, Texas, in the United States. lastminute.com in Europe was a sister site of Travelocity, sold to Swiss-based Bravofly Rumbo in December 2014.
In recent years, businesses and sites once owned and operated by Travelocity, including Travelocity Business, Zuji and IgoUgo, were sold or shut down as Travelocity focused on its core consumer travel business.
Expedia.com is a travel website owned by Expedia Inc. The website can be used to book airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and various attractions and services via the internet or telephone agents.
The site uses multiple global distribution systems like Amadeus or the Sabre reservation systems for flights and for hotels, Worldspan and Pegasus, along with its own hotel reservation system for contracted, bulk-rate reservations.
Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. is a subsidiary of Expedia that operates a web site used to research, plan and book travel. It is headquartered in the Citigroup Center, Chicago, Illinois.
Previously a separate company, it was purchased by Expedia in a $1.3 billion deal that was announced in February 2015 and closed in September 2015.
Kayak.com, sometimes styled as KAYAK, is a fare aggregator and travel metasearch engine operated by the The Priceline Group. Its products are available in 18 languages. The company also runs travel search engines checkfelix and swoodoo. Formerly a separate company, the KAYAK Software Corporation was acquired by The Priceline Group on May 21, 2013.
trivago GmbH, often referred to as trivago, is a German multinational technology company specialized in internet-related services and products in the fields of hotels, lodging and metasearch. trivago was the first search engine of its kind in Germanyand is known to be one of the most successful startups in Germany. Ten years in, it is still one of the fastest growing companies in Germany, with profitability doubling since 2008.
In 2012, Expedia bought 61% of trivago for 477 million euro. According to the media, trivago had one of the biggest exits in German startup history.
BookIt.com is a privately held online travel agency headquartered in Panama City Beach, Florida.
The company originally launched as ReservationSystem.com, and in addition to its primary website, operates several affiliate travel websites including SpringBreakRooms.com.
BookIt.com enables users to plan and book travel products including hotel, cruise, airline, activities, car, and vacation packages. It operates in more than 100 destinations worldwide and maintains offices throughout the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Hotels.com is a website for booking hotel rooms online and by telephone. The company has 85 websites in 34 languages, and lists over 325,000 hotels in approximately 19,000 locations. Its inventory includes hotels and B&Bs, and some condos and other types of commercial lodging.
Hotels.com was established in 1991 as the Hotel Reservations Network (HRN). In 2001 it became part of Expedia Inc. and in 2002 changed its name to Hotels.com. Hotels.com is operated by Hotels.com LP, a limited partnership located in Dallas, Texas, in the United States.
Booking.com is an online accommodation booking website started as a small start-up in Enschede in 1996, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands and since 2005 owned and operated by United States-based Priceline. Its operations centre is located in Amsterdam.
Booking.com has over 1,000,000 properties globally under contract, and it deals with more than 900,000 room nights reservations each day. In 2013, it accounted for more than two thirds of Priceline’s revenue. Booking.com is available in more than 41 languages.
Hotwire is a discount travel website that offers low prices on airfare, hotel, rental cars, and vacation packages by selling off unsold travel inventory at discounted prices.
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Hotwire, Inc. is an operating company of Expedia, Inc.
Priceline.com is an American company and a commercial website that claims to help users obtain discount rates for travel-related purchases such as airline tickets and hotel stays. The company is not a direct supplier of these services; instead it facilitates the provision of travel services by its suppliers to its customers.
It is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, United States. Priceline.com is wholly owned by The Priceline Group.
Groupon is an American worldwide e-commerce marketplace connecting millions of subscribers with local merchants by offering activities, travel, goods and services in more than 28 countries.
Based in Chicago, Groupon was launched in November 2008, and the first market for Groupon was Chicago, followed soon thereafter by Boston, New York City and Toronto.
A final observation
If you take a look at these websites, you’ll see that many of them are owned by Expedia. And two of them are owned by Priceline.
So when you are looking at “competing” hotels deals websites online, there might not actually be as much competition there as you might think.
After all, it might be the same company owning multiple websites.