Expedia.com launched on October 22, 1996 as a division of Microsoft. In 1999, Bill Gates spun off the property to become a public company. Rich Barton became Expedia's CEO.

In July 2001, USA Networks, Inc. bought Expedia from Microsoft.

In December 2010, listings for AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle Airlines, were deleted from Expedia's site. The decision resulted from a dispute over the degree of access to the site's customers.AMR reversed its decision in April 2011, allowing tickets to once again be sold through the aggregate site.

In June 2014, Expedia started accepting bitcoins.

In September 2014, Expedia Inc. partnered with Citigroup and created the Expedia+ card whose members can earn bonus points and earn benefits and priority customer service through the website.

In 2015, the company announced it would be moving its headquarters to Seattle.The relocation to Seattle is currently scheduled for 2019.

Expedia Group was the top grossing company in the travel industry in the year 2016.

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