Expedia was launched by Microsoft in 2001 and spun off as a multibillion-dollar company. Expedia is one of the world's largest booking services and has many subsidiaries that help customers set up travel plans. In addition, Expedia was one of the first travel sites to accept Bitcoin, helping international travelers pay more easily with different types of currencies.
Based out of San Francisco, Airbnb burst onto the scene in 2008. It was founded as an accommodations site which allows travelers to book unique temporary visits all across the world. The Airbnb community made it possible for travelers to book apartments, homes, villas, and even castles in over 191 countries at a reasonable rate. Over 60 million people have booked their travel accommodations using Airbnb to date and they have over 2 million listings worldwide. It is important to note, however, that the only travel booking that can really take place on the Airbnb platform are lodging reservations.
Founded in 1997, Priceline is a travel site that helps consumers find and book flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises, and vacation packages. The company has several other brands and subsidiaries under its umbrella in order to help customers receive the best deals on travel accommodations.
Google Flights is a functionality that is built into one of the world's best search engines: Google. Google purchased ITA software that allowed it to build an algorithm for flight searches and compete with other flight booking sites.
TripAdvisor is a search engine for travel accommodations, including flights, hotels, and cruises. The company pulls information from several other sites, including Expedia and Travelocity. Occasionally, information is pulled directly from travel service provider websites. TripAdvisor is unique because its website was one of the first travel search engines to feature user-generated content.
Founded in 2001, Orbitz is a travel service that helps customers search, book, and manage their travel accommodations. The company has partnerships with many different airfare and travel providers and owns many of its own brands, which helps to increase the number of affordable fare options available to customers.
Founded in 1996, Travelocity is one of the most well-known online travel sites. The company, which falls under Expedia's umbrella of brands, allows consumers to book flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises, and vacation packages using its platform.
Founded in 1900, AAA originally started with California-based car enthusiasts providing one simple service. Today, AAA is made up of 54 million members spread throughout the United States and Canada. AAA Travel makes it possible for customers to book hotels, cars, flights and cruises. It also provides special hotel offers such as Disney hotel and ticket packages. With the help of its travel blog, customers can find inspiration for their next European vacation, ideas on how to travel smarter in San Francisco or cruise tips for traveling with families. Customers can choose from nearly 200 detailed maps and TourBooks which include the U.S., Canada and Europe. AAA Travel generated $3.8 billion in sales during the year 2013 and also made the top 10 booking companies listed by sales according to Skift.
Kayak, which is a subsidiary of The Priceline Group, began offering travel search engine services in 2004. The company offers global search services for a wide variety of travel options, including flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises, and vacation packages.
Founded in 2005, CheapOAir is a travel booking site that has a unique search engine that allows users to search over 450 airlines simultaneously to find the best possible price. CheapOAir has been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and Travel and Leisure, among other magazines, newspapers, and websites.