Expedia: Last-Minute Mobile Hotel Bookings Spike on New Year's

Expedia: Last-Minute Mobile Hotel Bookings Spike on New Year's Eve 
Study of Last-Minute Mobile Booking Behavior Reveals That "Revelry"
and "Romance" Are Most Cited Causes 
BELLEVUE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/20/12 --  Having witnessed a spike
in last-minute mobile hotel bookings during different national
holidays, Expedia.com(R), the world's leading online travel agency,
today released the results of a study of such behavior. Conducted
online by Harris Interactive among 2,893 online U.S. adults, the
study examined consumer willingness to use a mobile device to book a
hotel room within 24 hours, and the various reasons for doing so.  
An analysis of Expedia booking patterns shows that the week leading
up to New Year's Eve tends to see a surge in hotel rooms booked via
mobile at the last minute. Such bookings are up to 50% higher than
similar bookings in November and the first half of December. Many
last-minute holiday bookings, in fact, are made late at night, after
the New Year has been rung in. According to the Harris Study, among
adults with a history of booking a last-minute room on New Year's
Eve, the most commonly cited reason (selected by 50% of these
respondents) was necessity; they had consumed one or two drinks too
many and elected to spend the night in a hotel. The second-most cited
reason (selected by 35% of these respondents) was personal; they had
found love (or believed they had), and chose to explore those
emotions immediately, in a nearby hotel room.  
The third most-cited reason (27% of these respondents) was pure
whimsy -- they felt they owed it to themselves to start the year in a
comfortable hotel bed, perhaps with a free continental breakfast.
Unnamed "Other" reasons were cited by 22% of these respondents, and a
full 3% of these consumers gave no reason whatsoever for booking a
last-minute room on New Year's Eve via mobile. They just went ahead
and did it. 
NOTE: Consumers who indicated they'd ever booked a last minute room
on New Year's Eve were not required to choose a single reason for
booking a New Year's Eve hotel room at the last minute via mobile.
They could choose one or more of the reasons. Thus, the percentage of
responses to this question exceeds 100%. 
To celebrate revelry, romance and all reasons for booking a
last-minute hotel via mobile, Expedia will award an extra 1,000
points to Expedia Rewards members who book a hotel room through
Expedia on December 31, up to 11:00pm via a mobile device. Membership
is free. Expedia customers can join Expedia Rewards by visiting
http://www.expedia.com/rewards. In addition, Expedia is offering a
coupon for customers who book their New Year's Eve hotel on the
Expedia mobile app.  
According to the survey, 13% of American consumers have booked a
last-minute hotel room using a travel app or a travel website via a
mobile device, defined here as a phone or a tablet. That percentage
should rise; 37% of those who have never done this expressed they
would be willing to consider doing so in the future. Among those who
have already done so, 46% booked a three-star hotel on their most
recent booking. 39% booked a four-star hotel. 6% booked a five-star
hotel, while 7% booked a 2-star hotel and 2% settled for one star.  
Expedia regularly sees mobile last-minute booking spikes during the
holidays. In the first quarter of 2012, the busiest mobile booking
period was around Valentine's Day weekend. The next-busiest booking
period was around St. Patrick's Day, while the weekend following New
Year's Eve was the third-busiest. These patterns suggest that romance
and revelry are among the prime causes of mobile hotel bookings, no
matter the time of year. And when the two factors combine, mobile
bookings surge. 
Expedia offers hotel booking via its apps for the iPhone, iPad,
Android phones and Windows 8 tablets. 
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive on behalf of Expedia from December 11-13, 2012, among
2,893 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a
probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling
error can be calculated.  
About Expedia
 Expedia.com is the world's leading online travel site,
helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel.
Expedia.com (http://www.expedia.com/, 1-800-EXPEDIA) aims to provide
the latest technology and the widest selection of vacation packages,
flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and in-destination activities,
attractions, services and travel apps. With the Expedia Best Price
Guarantee, Expedia.com customers can get the best rates available
online for all types of travel. Whether you want to relax in Myrtle
Beach, ski in Whistler or swim in Bora Bora,
 we know every trip and
every traveler is unique and we want to help you Find Yours(TM). 
Expedia, Expedia.com, Airplane logo and Vacation Deprivation are
trademarks or registered trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S.
and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names
mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners.
Copyright 2011 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved. CST: 2029030-50  
Source: Expedia, Inc.
 Web site: http://www.expedia.com/  
About Harris Interactive 
 Harris Interactive is one of the world's
leading market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and
business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable
foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll(R) and for pioneering
innovative research methodologies, Harris offers proprietary
solutions in the areas of market and customer insight, corporate
brand and reputation strategy, and marketing, advertising, public
relations and communications research. Harris possesses expertise in
a wide range of industries including health care, technology, public
affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance,
media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Additionally,
Harris has a portfolio of multi-client offerings that complement our
custom solutions while maximizing our client's research investment.
Serving clients in more than 196 countries and territories through
our North American and European offices, Harris specializes in
delivering research solutions that help us -- and our clients -- stay
ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit
www.harrisinteractive.com. 
Full Methodology
 This survey was conducted online within the United
States between December 11-13, 2012 among 2,893 adults (aged 18 and
over) by Harris Interactive on behalf of Expedia via its Quick Query
omnibus product. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education,
region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring
them into line with their actual proportions in the population. This
data were weighted to reflect the composition of the adult online
population. 
All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability
sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most
often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error,
coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated
with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting
and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words
"margin of error" as they are misleading. All that can be calculated
are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities
for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These
are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this
ideal. 
Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have
agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have
been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population.
Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the
Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error
can be calculated. 
For more information, please contact:
Sarah Gavin
Expedia.com
(425) 679-8917
skeeling@expedia.com 
Devon Nagle
HL Group 
(646) 460-8911
dnagle@hlgrp.com 
 
 
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