Priceline, Orbitz Slammed on Expedia Hotel, Fare Promotion

As the recession-pressured market for leisure travel shrinks, the competition for online travel customers is heating up.

Expedia (EXPE) today unveiled an aggressive new promotion, which it calls “Free Nights and No Fee Flights,” offering to pick up the tab for one night in a hotel for stays of three, four or five days at a group of more than 700 participating hotels, and also waiving booking fees for flights booked before the end of May. The hotel promotion currently is for bookings made by April 9 for travel through May 15; the company said additional deals will be posted for bookings beginning April 9 for travel through the end of May.

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