Partnership Between Expedia and Groupon Launches High Quality, Curated
BELLEVUE, Wash., July 12, 2011 – Expedia Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), the world’s largest online travel company, and Groupon, the global pioneer in local e-commerce, announced today the first live deals on Groupon GetawaysÔ with Expedia (http://www.groupon.com/getaways.)
Groupon Getaways with Expedia handpicks desirable destinations and the most interesting things to do, offering them at unbeatable prices – typically around 50 percent off retail rates found at other online travel sites. The site will offer a mix of opportunities, from 4- and 5-star properties and activities at premiere locations to nearby weekend packages showcasing hidden gems in a subscriber’s backyard.
The offers available at launch will be followed by additional premium travel deals to be offered through Groupon Getaways with Expedia. The variety of deals offered this week to subscribers include:
- Las Vegas: $144 One-Night Weekend Stay at The Palms Casino Resort (http://www.palms.com) with Direct Access Pass, Gaming Credit and Breakfast Buffet for Two ($299 Value)
- Dallas: $139 One-Night Stay in Premier King Room at The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa (http://www.stoneleighhotel.com) with Lavish Breakfast for Two and 25% Discount at Spa (up to $269 Value)
- Bangkok: $2,086 Five-Night Stay for Six Guests in Three Bedroom Hangover Suite at The Tower Club at Lebua (http://www.lebua.com/en/tower-club/luxury-accommodation/hangover-suite-3-bedroom/) with Daily 60-Minute Aromatherapy Massage for Each Guest ($11,875 Value)
The deals follow the proven Groupon model, in which customers have a limited time to buy a discount voucher good for future travel. Once a customer purchases a voucher, there’s no pressure to book immediately as they can redeem anytime within the expiration period. This allows consumers to take a simple step toward a memorable vacation, building the trip around that deal when circumstances allow.
“Through this partnership, we’re aiming to give the world’s travelers a way to capitalize on travel dreams that might otherwise go unrealized,” said Scott Durchslag, President, Expedia Worldwide. “Travel can be really complex, and this service is simple. Sign up, and our Getaway deals will arrive in your in box. When you see one you like, buy it, then take the trip on your timeline.”
“This site combines Expedia’s relationships and Groupon’s expertise in delivering unbeatable value to curate unforgettable experiences,” said Aaron Cooper, Senior Vice President of New Business, Groupon. “Groupon Getaways celebrates the fun and adventure of travel. We’ll introduce subscribers to interesting places at prices they won’t expect.”
In the coming weeks, those signed up for Groupon Getaways with Expedia can expect to see deals delivered weekly to their inbox and available for purchase in limited quantities until they sell out. To sign up and receive weekly emails with the latest deals, visit www.groupon.com/getaways.
Expedia.com is the world’s leading online travel site, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. Expedia.com (http://www.expedia.com/, 1-800-EXPEDIA) aims to provide the latest technology and the widest selection of vacation packages, flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and in-destination activities, attractions, and services. With the Expedia Best Price Guarantee, Expedia.com customers can get the best rates available online for all types of travel.
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Groupon, launched in November 2008 in Chicago, features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, eat, see and buy in 43 countries around the world. Groupon uses collective buying power to offer huge discounts and provide a win-win for business and consumers, delivering more than 1,000 daily deals globally. To subscribe for the best deals in your city, visit http://www.groupon.com. To learn how to become a featured business, visit http://www.grouponworks.com.
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Julie Anne Mossler