The Expedia and business model

What is’s business model? How does Expedia make money? How does make money? What about online travel agencies (OTAs) in general? We dive in and try to answer those questions and look at the most common business models for OTAs.

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2:40 – Merchant Model
4:12 – Agency Model
5:10 – Advertising & Other Revenue
6:04 – Comparison between Expedia and

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EXPLORE INFORMED is a travel show where we dig into the details of travel, investigate an interesting topic, or attempt to answer a common question — all with the goal of hopefully learning something new so that next time we go exploring, we go better informed.

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