2014

Want the Best Seat on the Plane? Expedia.com Makes it Happen New exclusive partnership with SeatGuru provides Expedia.com customers with user generated seat reviews for most flights

BELLEVUE, Wash., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Expedia.com(R) customers can now select the best airline seats, based on user generated reviews from real flyers, thanks to a new exclusive partnership with TripAdvisor's SeatGuru(R), the Web's most comprehensive source for airline information. The partnership, announced today, integrates SeatGuru flyer reviews of airplane seats into the seat maps for most flights sold on Expedia.com. This development marks the first time user-generated airline content is available on an online travel booking site. The availability of SeatGuru's reviews allows Expedia.com customers to travel more comfortably by helping them select better airplane seats, such as those with additional legroom, and avoid bad seats, such as those with limited recline.

"Integrating SeatGuru content enhances our travelers' booking and traveling experience and is a terrific example of our commitment to putting the traveler first," said Tim MacDonald, general manager of Expedia.com. "Expedia.com is the only place to buy airline tickets where customers can be assured they're getting the best seat on their flights. Combined with our unmatched selection, flexibility and value, this move underscores why Expedia.com is the best place to book travel."

SeatGuru-enhanced seat maps are available for many flights sold on Expedia.com, dividing flyer comments into three categories: "Good Review," "Poor Review" and "Mixed Review." Examples of actual seat reviews on Expedia.com include:

  • Good Review: "Seat 7D has extra legroom because the bulkhead does not extend all the way to aisle."
  • Poor Review: "Seats 19 H and J have reduced legroom and limited recline. . .All H seats have limited underseat leg and storage room due to the presence of an entertainment equipment box."
  • Mixed Review: "Seats 20 A and B have a little extra room, but the proximity of the galley can be bothersome."

This is the second significant integration of user-generated content from the TripAdvisor(R) Media Network on Expedia.com this summer. On July 9, Expedia.com launched its Drive Getaway tool (www.expedia.com/drivegetaway), which incorporates TripAdvisor destination content. These collaborations represent strategic efforts within the brand portfolio of Expedia, Inc. - parent company to Expedia(R) and TripAdvisor - to leverage the best of its marketplace for the benefit of travelers.

For more information about SeatGuru-enhanced seat maps, search for flights on www.expedia.com.

About SeatGuru

SeatGuru (www.seatguru.com) is the web's most comprehensive resource for airline information, featuring 25,000+ flyer reviews on airline seats, services, and amenities, and helpful information and links about baggage and TSA regulations. SeatGuru offers more than 650 airline seat maps covering 90+ airlines to help travelers find the best seats. SeatGuru is part of the TripAdvisor Media Network.

About TripAdvisor Media Network

TripAdvisor(R) Media Network, operated by TripAdvisor, LLC, attracts more than 33 million monthly visitors* across 14 popular travel brands: TripAdvisor(R), www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.frequentflier.com, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.travel-library.com, www.travelpod.com and www.virtualtourist.com. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 25 million monthly visitors*, 10 million registered members and 23 million reviews and opinions. Featuring real advice from real travelers, TripAdvisor-branded sites cover more than one million destinations, hotels, restaurants and attractions and operate in the U.S. (http://www.tripadvisor.com), the U.K. (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk), Ireland (http://www.tripadvisor.ie), France (http://www.tripadvisor.fr), Germany (http://www.tripadvisor.de), Italy (http://www.tripadvisor.it), Spain (http://www.tripadvisor.es), India (http://www.tripadvisor.in), Japan (http://www.tripadvisor.jp), Portugal and Brazil (http://www.tripadvisor.com.br), Sweden (http://www.tripadvisor.se), and The Netherlands (http://nl.tripadvisor.com). TripAdvisor also operates in China under the brand daodao.com (http://www.daodao.com). TripAdvisor(R) Media Network provides travel suppliers with graphical advertising opportunities and a cost-per-click marketing platform. Collectively, the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Network have won hundreds of awards and accolades from press and industry worldwide. TripAdvisor and the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Network are operating companies of Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE).

About Expedia.com

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 personalized service, 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 promises to offer to its customers the best rates available online for all types of travel. Expedia.com is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).

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