Expedia was named “Editors` Choice” by PC Magazine in a head-to-head review of online hotel booking sites. Expedia took top honors for its “know-before-you-go” features, including virtual property tours and area-specific maps.
In the October 15 issue, PC Magazine
tested the hotel offerings of six travel sites and chose Expedia
as the site that stands out among its peers.
PC Magazine considered criteria such as search functionality, available hotels, room prices, and ease-of-use. The review specifically praised Expedia.com for the number of hotels represented (Expedia works with 45,000 hotels, of which more than 6,000 are Expedia Special Rate hotels), as well as the ability for travelers to combine a hotel booking with add-on destination services and activities—such as tickets to theme parks and sightseeing tours.
According to the review: “In terms of search features, the number of hotels represented, and extras, Expedia.com rules. ... We especially like the idea that you can buy tickets to events—often at bargain rates—while booking a room.” (PC Magazine, October 15, 2002).
“Receiving recognition as Editors` Choice from PC Magazine, which is widely respected for its reviews, affirms Expedia`s leadership position in providing customers with the information and tools they need to easily find the ideal hotel room,” said Erik Blachford
, president of Expedia, North America. “Our know-before-you-go features enable travelers to get acquainted with the look and feel of a hotel, which they would never be able to do by just seeing a brochure.”
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