Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Orbitz Odd Man Out As Other Big Travel Companies Kiss and Make Up

It was announced yesterday that American Airlines and Expedia had come to an agreement. Once  again, travelers will be able to purchase tickets on that carrier via the Expedia website. Both players are even making vague noises about special discounts for AA being posted at Expedia, thanks to a change in the way these deals are delivered technologically.

This leaves Orbitz in the dust. Not only is it still not carrying American Airlines seats, but last week it apparently broke with the largest car rental concern in the world, Enterprise (which also controls Alamo), meaning Orbitz customers will have less choice for both airfares and car rentals.

'Tis a shame. Orbitz had (to my mind at least) the most user-friendly interface of the "Big Three" and had been a good site in the past for deals.


  1. I'm glad to see Expedia now has American Airlines on it's website. When I was searching for tickets to Disney recently, I was frustrated by Expedia's smaller pool of airlines; one airline may not seem like a big deal, but when they could be offering flights at up to $100 off other flights (can you believe flying has gotten so expensive!), it can be a real lifesaver.

  2. Megan: In the future, you may want to search Momondo, Kayak.com or DoHop.com instead. These three sites only search travel info, so they tend to have broader searches than Expedia

    1. It sounds like tyhe end of orbitz, how sad for all their costumers.