7/2/2008

Orbitz travel sites replace Expedia at MSN

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 12:18 am

Orbitz Worldwide Inc said on Tuesday its Orbitz.com and ebookers.com websites have replaced Expedia Inc as the travel agencies for Microsoft Corp’s Internet arm MSN.com in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The change, which Orbitz said could bring about 3.5 million visitors per month to Orbitz via MSN Travel, represents a blow to Expedia, which began life in 1995 as a Microsoft company.

A Microsoft spokesman said the company decided to switch to Orbitz because it preferred the travel site’s features and customer service.

“Our customers are looking for innovative and differentiating experiences in travel,” the spokesman said.

Orbitz did not provide data on how many visitors could be drawn to its ebookers European affiliate through the deal, which took effect Tuesday

 

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