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Hotwire Overview

San Francisco, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Public
Travel Agencies
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Launched in 2000 in San Francisco, Hotwire is one of the earliest innovators in the online travel arena. Just a few years later in 2003 we joined the Expedia Group family of brands that includes, HomeAway, Travelocity and more.

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Mission: Hotwire differentiates itself as a brand by offering a unique a core value proposition for customers and suppliers with our opaque pricing model. We offer great bargains on hotel room nights without sharing the specific name or location of the hotel until the booking is ... Read more

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Hotwire – Why Work For Us?

Launched in 2000 in San Francisco, Hotwire is one of the earliest innovators in the online travel arena.  Just a few years later in 2003 we joined the Expedia Group family of brands that includes, HomeAway, Travelocity and more.

Our roots are here in San Francisco, but we also have offices in Seattle along with an important and fast-growing product and technology presence in Gurgaon, India. Hotwire has the energy and pace of a startup, plus the stability and backing of the incredible Expedia family of companies. Hotwire’s culture centers around delivering value to customers and supply partners by being passionate about building great products with the latest and greatest technologies available.  We pride ourselves on our organizational transparency, a bias for action and a customer centric approach to everything we do. 

Hotwire differentiates itself as a brand within the travel marketplace by offering a unique a core value proposition for customers and suppliers with our opaque pricing model.  This concept revolves around offering great bargains on hotel room nights without sharing the specific name or location of the hotel until the booking is complete.  By giving this flexibility to our suppliers, we can offer great value to our customers.  Hotwire also offers a full retail suite of other travel products that can fulfill virtually any customer travel need. 

We’re currently making substantial investments in our technology platform and our brand marketing strategy to enable our next stage of high growth.  To make these endeavors possible, we’re on the hunt for people who are passionate about solving tough problems and are excited about the opportunity take on highly visible roles that will have an immediate impact on our business.   

If you thrive in environments that are dynamic, action oriented, data driven and relish in conquering diverse challenges every single day, joining Hotwire is likely to be the most rewarding opportunity of your career. So-- what are you waiting for?  Come join a household name brand that lives at the exciting intersection of technology and travel. 

At Hotwire, our core values can be summed up with our APART philosophy:

Accountability - if not us than who? 

Pride and focus for what makes us, us.   

Action oriented bias; don’t over complicate.

Resiliency; this won’t be easy but will be sweet.

Transparency, in every direction.

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 reimbursement, 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.


Hotwire Reviews

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    "Awesome Culture / Great People"

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    Current Employee - Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in San Francisco, CA
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    I have been working at Hotwire full-time (Less than a year)


    If you have worked places where you felt like a Badge or ID Number rather than a valued person, and really needing a place to plant your roots where you feel valued and the People are great...This is it. Everyone I have encountered here across multiple teams (mostly Engineering, Product and Recruiting/HR) has been great. No office politics that I have seen, no premadonnas -- just great, driven people always ready and willing to help no matter the situation.

    +++Perks & Benefits (company paid commuting $ , Gym memberships/Ski lift tickets , Tuition assistance, fully stocked kitchens etc)

    +++Opportunity to work on challenging projects not just internally but with other Expedia brands. We have programs that allow you to move around within Expedia Group to learn new skillsets/technologies. You are never pigeon-holed into one thing and encouraged to branch out.


    RSU packages could be higher (Expedia Stock)

    Advice to Management

    Continue with all the internal events that make our culture great (like the Boat trip to Angel Island recently) -- it really makes this place more like a family than a typical 9-5 job.

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Hotwire Photos

Hotwire photo of: Hotwire Day of Caring 2018
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Hotwire Interviews



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    Software Dev Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Hotwire (San Francisco, CA) in January 2016.


    5 rounds of onsite and 2 phone call interview, given white board for 3 rounds to explain logical questions. each round is nearly 45 mins. lunch is provided. Team is so polite and asked questions based on development. Director round is not technical but logical questions on environment and behavior are difficult.

    Interview Questions

    • Logical and programmatic questions on FE technologies   1 Answer
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Hotwire Awards & Accolades

  • 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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