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Hotwire Overview

San Francisco, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Public
Travel & Tourism
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Hello. We’re Hotwire and we’re a company of travelers. We love providing great deals to enable fellow travelers to take slightly adventurous trips at the drop of a hat.

We launched in 2000 with an innovative proposition: our Hot ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Which emoji are you most likely to use when you travel? Hotwire looked at the most popular by state!

    The Most Popular Travel Emojis in Every State

    In a new study, Hotwire has identified the most tweeted travel and leisure emojis in every state - and there's an entertaining infographic to go along with it. By looking at what people are tweeting, Hotwire hoped to understand what kinds of things they were happy about.

  • Our President Henrik Kjellberg shares his secrets to work/life balance with Fast Company:

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Hotwire – Why Work For Us?

Hotwire is a small brand that’s known for thinking outside the box; we have a scrappy work ethic and a get-it-done attitude. Hotwire has always been ahead of the times. When we started out in 2000, we were immediately recognized as different. We were the first in the travel industry to operate with an opaque model and our site was the most technically advanced. So we have lots of freedom to try new things, build new tools. We’re also focused on technological advances that most meaningful in an increasingly mobile digital world and helping travelers get exactly where they want to be. We have the responsibility to innovate, be leading-edge, early to create and integrate new technology. We’re nimble, agile, always thinking on our toes. Our roots are in San Francisco, the #1 or #2 ranked tourist destination in the US for the last decade and the center of the technology universe. Our sister office is in Seattle, the 9th highest ranked US tourist destination and also a hub of innovation.

We’re also truly a collection of travel geeks. We love to go places, we love to explore. We love to learn. We love finding out about places and we like to share that. That’s why we all work here—to share travel information with other enthusiastic travelers.

And finally, we have lots of fun along the way. It took just took two employees challenging each other to kick off our epic annual bowling competition. Check us out!  

There are numerous benefits of working at Hotwire:

  • The energy of a startup, with the funding of an industry leader
  • Knowing the names of your fellow employees
  • The ability to enjoy more of your own life-enriching travel stories

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.


Hotwire Reviews

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Hotwire President Neha Parikh
Neha Parikh
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    "Things are changing"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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


    Unique company in the exciting travel sector, start-up like with a great location in San Francisco. Some of the recent reviews look like they were written by a few disgruntled people, but that does not represent Hotwire! I have been here 3 years and am starting to see real change in the last few months.

    I don’t see politics in my group- everyone is focused on getting the job done. Honestly Hotwire is one of the best places I have ever worked, for me personally. I have learned a lot and my co-workers are great. Leadership is changing for the better from what I have seen.


    There has been a lot of change and lack of focus which has made it hard for the business to do well and for employees to know what to focus on. Most people don’t know the company strategy but that is being worked on.

    Advice to Management

    Set a clear strategy and don’t change course every 4 months
    Weed out all of the negative people who are toxic to Hotwire!!! Please!!!
    Keep communicating with us

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Hotwire Interviews



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    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Hotwire in March 2016.


    They has 2 round of interviews, one with recruiter and one with director but then there was no communication for weeks. I get that they are looking for best match for the role but they should have minimum professional courtesy to inform the candidate that are moving with other candidates.

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Hotwire Awards & Accolades

  • Magellan Awards - Best Mobile App (Silver), Travel Weekly, 2014
  • Magellan Awards: Online Travel Services - Overall - Trip Planning - (Gold), Travel Weekly, 2013
  • Best Travel Mobile Application, MobileWebAward, 2013
  • General Website Category - Travel -(Gold), W3 Awards, 2013
  • Mobile App (Silver), W3 Awards, 2013
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