Expedia.com to Power Travel Bookings for Sam’s Club
Travel and Retail Industry Powerhouses Join Forces to Deliver Expedia’s Industry-Leading Online Travel Booking Tools, Global Selection and Travel Deals to More Than 47 Million Sam’s Club Members
BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Expedia.com® (NASDAQ: EXPE), the world’s leading online travel company, and Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), the largest retailer in the world, today announced a partnership under which Expedia.com will serve as the exclusive travel partner to power travel bookings for Sam’s Club. Beginning today, more than 47 million Sam’s Club Members can access the Expedia-powered booking tools, travel content, and unmatched selection of vacation packages, flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and in-destination activities, attractions and services.
“At Sam’s Club, our sole purpose is to provide our Members the best product and service at the best price. This partnership with Expedia allows us to achieve that objective and to also provide our Members the best selection and world class customer service for travel and entertainment booking,” said Philip Malcolm, Vice President of Membership Card and Services Strategy, Sam’s Club. “This is a winning solution for all parties and most importantly, Sam’s Club Members, as it grants them access to virtually unlimited travel possibilities. Sam’s Club wins by deepening our ability to meet our Members needs, and Expedia benefits by expanding its customer base.”
Expedia® is powering Sam’s Club Travel through Worldwide Travel Exchange (WWTE), which provides travel booking solutions for companies looking to enhance their own travel offering with industry leading cross-sell and dynamic packaging solutions, and access to highly competitive travel products and services. Expedia currently powers the online travel bookings for some of the world’s best known brands, the Web’s most high traffic sites, and leading airlines and hotels worldwide.
“This partnership extends our award-winning technology, breadth of selection, and top-notch customer service to empower Sam’s Club Members to book the trip that’s right for them,” said Tony Gonchar, Vice President, Distribution Marketing, Expedia, Inc. “This partnership builds out the geographic and demographic base of travelers Expedia serves, and delivers additional high value business to our supply partners.”
To book travel, Sam’s Club Members can now go to the Sam’s Club website (http://travel.samsclub.com/ ), or contact a Sam’s Club travel specialist at 1.800.955.7267.
About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. is the world’s leading online travel company, empowering business and leisure travelers with the tools and information they need to easily research, plan, book, and experience travel. Expedia, Inc. also provides wholesale travel to offline retail travel agents. Expedia, Inc.’s portfolio of brands includes: Expedia.com®, hotels.com®, Hotwire®, Expedia® Corporate Travel, TripAdvisor® and Classic Vacations®. Expedia, Inc.’s companies also operate internationally with sites in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, Japan and China, through its investment in eLong™. For more information, visit http://www.expediainc.com/ .
NOTE: Expedia, Expedia.com are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Classic Vacations is either a trademark or registered trademark of Classic Vacations, LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. hotels.com is either a trademark or registered trademark of hotels.com, L.P., a subsidiary of hotels.com in the U.S. and/or other countries. Hotwire is either a trademark or registered trademark of Hotwire, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. TripAdvisor is either a trademark or registered trademark of TripAdvisor, LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners.
About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and ranks as one of the nation’s largest warehouse clubs with more than 47 million U.S. Members. The first Sam’s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Oklahoma in 1983. Sam’s Club offers exceptional values on merchandise and services for business owners and consumers. Online merchandise and club information is available at samsclub.com .
NOTE: Expedia, Expedia.com, Enjoy Your Trip, and the Airplane logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners.
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