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What is Expedia?

Expedia is a global online travel website. Travelers looking to go on vacation can book accommodation services, as well as other factors related to their travel: flights, rent a car, and even cruises. Expedia offers bundle and save packages in which travelers can book flights, hotels and cars simultaneously, with an option to choose between all or just two. In addition, Expedia provides daily travel deals and a rewards program. Guests can read reviews of hotels written by previous travelers who have booked through Expedia. Likewise, they can rate the accommodation out of 5 after their stay.

Expedia also works as a travel guide, offering “things to do”. Travelers simply enter the location and their desired dates, and within seconds, they are offered a variety of activities: from the best bars and restaurants to museums, shows, festivals, walking tours, cooking classes, etc. Holidaymakers can book their desired activity directly on Expedia, and have a free cancellation policy. With the Expedia mobile app, holidaymakers can browse and book on the go.
For travelers who wish to book their entire vacation at once (flights, transportation, accommodation and activities,) Expedia acts as an online vacation package.

What Companies does Expedia own

Expedia is one of the world’s leading travel companies that services numerous companies across the globe. Expedia owns the following companies: HomeAway, VRBO, Trivago, Ebookers, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Wotif, CarRentals.com, CheapTickets and Orbitz.com. Expedia operates in different markets through various sites.

The affiliate network program enables users to maximize site traffic and therefore earn additional revenue. When homeowners list a property on Expedia, the listing can automatically be posted throughout other travel agencies owned by Expedia.

Expedia Vacation Rentals


Expedia has a whole section dedicated exclusively to vacation rentals. For travelers seeking an alternative to a hotel, Expedia offers visitors the opportunity to stay in a house, apartment and villa. In order to list a vacation rental on Expedia, on the homepage locate “add your property” and fill in basic personal information (name, phone number, email.) Expedia asks for the location, property name, how many properties, rooms, preferred currency – all details related to the property. Expedia then sends a confirmation email and further instructions before having the listing live. Once all ready, it is advertised on the site for travelers to browse and book.
Having a vacation rental listed on Expedia enables the vacation rental to market to an international audience, allows the property to have greater exposure and maximizes potential revenue for homeowners.

Expedia Partner Central

Expedia Partner Central is where vacation rental owners can manage their own global travel marketplace. For property owners, Partner Central is a way of accessing all the tools and information needed to manage the business: listings, rates, availability, and reservations. Through the Expedia owner login, owners can appeal to guests and grow bookings. Moreover, the tools available on Partner Central help increase guest satisfaction and engagement, optimize visibility and attract more travelers to listings.

A big advantage of becoming an Expedia Partner and listing a vacation rental on their site is that localized sites are available in 70 countries worldwide and attract around 75 million monthly visitors. The directory of more than 590,000 properties globally makes it an important channel for vacation rental owners to be part of. As well as this, Expedia Partner Central is available in 31 different languages and can be easily changed on the site by navigating to the top right-hand corner and selecting the preferred language from the list.

On the discover section of the Partner Central website, there are many articles and other information on how to get the most out of the partnership. It includes anything from new amenities, features, advice on creating the best listings, photography do’s and don’ts, and guest experience ideas.

Expedia fees

There are no reservation fees for guests booking a vacation rental on Expedia. Hosts advertising pay commission on a per-booking basis, which can range between 15% and 20%, depending on the property location. The amount is invoiced and paid monthly. There are no sign-up fees and no subscription fees.