Hipmunk Launches Direct Hotel Bookings on Web and Mobile Through Partnership with Expedia Affiliate Network

SAN FRANCISCO – May 9, 2013 –  Hipmunk, one of the leading travel sites, today announced users of the site and mobile applications will now be able to book hotels directly with Hipmunk through a partnership with Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN).

“This marks a significant moment for our business,” said Adam Goldstein, Hipmunk CEO. “We’ve heard from many of our users that they would prefer to book with us, and now we’re providing them with that solution and a better purchase experience.”

Sean McDonald, Senior Vice President Sales for EAN said, “We welcome the opportunity to work with Hipmunk. They are an exciting, innovative new technology company and we look forward to achieving great things through this partnership.”

Direct booking allows Hipmunk users to purchase hotels in fewer clicks and without navigating to another site.Utilizing EAN’s inventory of over 91,000 hotels worldwide, users of Hipmunk's hotel search will now see a "Book on Hipmunk" button on certain hotels. On mobile, users must sign into their Hipmunk account in order to book, and a user can save their billing information in a secure account to avoid entering information with each unique purchase.

As of today, direct booking will roll out to all web and desktop users and as an update to the iOS and Android mobile applications.

 

About Hipmunk

Hipmunk is the fastest, easiest way to search for flights and hotels. The site and mobile apps save you time by comparing top travel sites so you don’t have to. The unique display makes it easy to visually compare results to choose what’s best for you. Hipmunk offers the most comprehensive travel search, bringing in more travel options from commercial flights to trains to charter flights and more accommodations from large hotels to home and apartment rentals through Airbnb and HomeAway.

About Expedia Affiliate Network

Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) is a division within the Expedia, Inc. group, the world’s leading online travel company. EAN creates the tools and technology that help millions of travellers find the perfect hotels for their next trips. EAN works with over 10,000 partners in 33 countries to turn their web traffic into hotel bookings and happy customers. For more information on EAN visit www.ean.com.