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  • Hotwire update
    25 days ago

    The team scores again! We’re excited to announce Hotwire won EyeForTravel’s 2015 Travel Award for “Best Mobile Travel User Experience!” Over 15,000 people in the travel industry voted to select eight finalists; Hotwire was selected in the Mobile UX category. During the award ceremony, our very own VP of Product, Eachan Fletcher, delivered a five minute pitch detailing why our app should win. We were judged on categories including technology, usability, graphic design, strategy, challenges and results. Congrats to the entire Hotwire team on this terrific win!

  • Hotwire update
    30+ days ago

    This weekend the Hotwire and Expedia Affiliate Network teams participated in the University of Washington’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Conference. WiSE supports over 1,500 women studying engineering and computer science at UW. In the past three years, 23% of the UW engineering and computer science grads were women – compared to the 18.5% nationally. Special thanks to Hotwire’s Serena Chan and Aarthi Ramachandran as well as Chandrika Duggirala from Expedia Affiliate Network for participating in this great event.


Hotwire – Why Work For Us?

People choose to visit because they’re looking to relax and celebrate life. Incidentally, that’s the same reason people come to work here. We direct our customers to the best deals and help travel providers fill airline seats, hotel rooms and rental cars that would otherwise go unsold. So we’re involved in a fulfilling, win-win business because we know that we’re helping those who value money, just like us. To be a part of, you need to love the thrill of finding that perfect deal.

Yes, we dress casual but our culture goes beyond just the dress code. Our work is based on collaboration so we need to trust each other and enjoy one another’s company. Whether it’s at a holiday party, or over an in-office ping-pong game, we never stop learning about each other. We’re smart enough to know that a quick laugh mid-meeting can go a long way later. We save our customers’ money and our employees too with comprehensive benefits, paid vacations, fitness subsidies and in the truest spirit of Hotwire, discounted travel opportunities


Our mission

To deliver superior value to our travel consumers and partners and foster a fulfilling, collegial work environment for all of our employees.

Who we are

  • We are travel value retailers. We offer a powerful combination of quality travel products and services at low prices.
  • We are focused. Everything we do every day is for the single purpose of exceeding the expectations of our Travelers and Travel Partners.
  • We are efficient and productive. We do more with less. Period.

What we value

  • Each other. It’s a privilege to work with a group of such good, smart people.
  • Enthusiasm. We are dedicated to our work, our travels, and pretty much everything else we do.
  • Results. We take action. We get things done.
  • Collaboration. Individuals don’t make great companies. Teams do.
  • Fun. Without it, the rest doesn’t matter all that much.

Corporate Citizenship Program

At Hotwire, our success is fueled by a shared belief that every individual can make an impact, bringing our talents together to accomplish amazing things. Whether it’s serving communities around the world as part of our Global Day of Caring, giving in-kind consulting advice to help a charitable organization thrive, or providing grants to philanthropic initiatives worldwide, we believe in people helping people to make a difference.


Giving @ Work

Our commitment to giving back in our communities is a direct reflection of the interests and passions of our more than 14,000 employees worldwide. Read our virtual Giving Report to learn more about our giving efforts.

Our Giving Philosophy

  • Corporate Charitable Partners
    As a global company we are committed to supporting the life-changing work of organizations around the world like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Free the Children through direct grants, in-kind donations, and giving campaigns.
  • Matching Gift Program
    Employee donations to eligible non-profit organizations are matched 1:1 up to $4,000 USD each year. In addition, employees that volunteer their time can have $15 USD per hour donated to a non-profit organization (up to $1,000 USD of their matching gifts benefit).
  • Employee Volunteerism
    Our employees are passionate volunteers, giving their time and talents to organizations that reflect their interests, as well as community needs. In addition, our annual Global Day of Caring event held in September provides an opportunity for employees worldwide to put work aside for a day, gathering with colleagues to make a tangible impact for local charities.
  • Community Grants
    Throughout the year, we provide special financial grants to a variety of charitable organizations to help deliver programs in the local communities where we have employees.

At Hotwire. we believe in a work well, live well approach and offer benefits to meet your professional, personal, and family needs. Below are samples of some of the benefits offered to our U.S. employees.

  • Check-Up Time:  comprehensive medical, dental, vision, prescriptions, flexible spending accounts, onsite flu shots, life and AD&D plus disability insurance, and more.
  • Down Time:  paid vacation at 3 weeks your first year (going up to 5 weeks based on tenure), company holidays, and sick leave.
  • Travel Time:  reimbursements for leisure travel each year ($250-$750 USD, depending on tenure).
  • Wellness time:  annual fitness reimbursementonsite health clinic in the Bellevue HQ, biometric screenings, lifestyle management coaching program, Expert Medial Opinion service (free second opinion on a medical treatment / diagnosis), online health and wellness tools and trackers, and much more.
  • Investment Time:  401(k) savings plan with company match, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, plus retirement education.
  • Other Perks:  tuition reimbursement, transportation benefits, pet insurance, matching charitable gift program, adoption assistance, employee assistance program, group legal program, new parent benefits, employee rewards and recognition, retail discounts, employee referral bonus program, company events / activities, and no stuffy dress codes.


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    I have been working at Hotwire full-time (more than 3 years)

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    1. Fun place to work
    2. Work-life balance
    3. Great team


    Faced few challenges in the past, but working hard to turn around

Hotwire Interviews

Updated Feb 25, 2015

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    Online Marketing Specialist Interview

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    I applied online – interviewed at Hotwire.


    Overall the interview process was very positive and quick. I was in consist contact with the recruiter and they were able to answer all my questions. I was interviewed by two Senior Managers, Senior Analyst and a Senior Manager for AP. Most of the questions were straight forward and were your basic interview questions. Everyone was really welcoming and friendly, which made the experience a lot of fun and not as stressful.

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Hotwire Awards & Accolades

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Silver for General Website (Travel Category), W3 Awards, 2011
Leading Provider of Outstanding Ground Transportation Deals, Travelzoo Awards, 2011
Best Mobile Web Site, Eye for Travel Awards, 2012
Magellan Award (Online Travel Services – Trip Planning), Travel Weekly, 2012
Best Travel Mobile Website, Web Marketing Association, 2012
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Additional Info

Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Operated By Expedia
Founded 2000
Type Company - Public
Industry Travel & Tourism
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year is a leading discount travel site with low rates on airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars and vacation packages. Launched in 2000, Hotwire, Inc. obtains deep discounts from its travel suppliers to help travelers book unsold airline seats, hotel rooms and rental cars. is an award winning website and Hotwire, Inc. is an operating company within Expedia, Inc. For more information, visit operates sites in 12 countries worldwide.

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