That’s a mere 11 years after being founded by Microsoft in 1996 – nice to know we are important. It’s a classic case of the big boys discounting our small market, and allowing the likes of House of Travel and th airlines to take the market.
Anyway – is it worthwhile using Expedia.co.nz?
Well – for internal flights it looks like Expedia does better than the airline sites:
That’s $178 from the airline combo, and $145.91 from Expedia. Impressive. Very impressive – are Expedia operating on loss-leader margins?
But what about House of Travel (I hear you ask). It’s not a site I use, so I ran the same test.
On the one hand I got a cheapest fare of $157. (Less than Q+AirNZ, more than the $145 of Expedia).
On the other, actually choosing the same flights though gave me the same price as the airlines.
and on the other other hand – hitting Continue killed the process. (each time)
So – back to Expedia. As we could guess, the site is still very much skewed to the US traveller:
She’s not from here
Those aren’t our top hotel destinations
We don’t care about Honolulu (not at $2227)
Those aren’t our top rental car destinations.
So Expedia seems to lump us with Hawaii in some sort of ‘US South Pacific’, but hopefully the site will be tweaked as use becomes clear.
Overall – I fully expected the site to be totally US centric, and it is, but I certainly did not expect the cheaper fares that we see here. It’s a very interesting entrant to NZ market.