Launched in 2000, Hotwire is an operating company of Expedia, Inc., and offers hotels, flights, car rental, cruises and packages worldwide.
Hotels and packages including hotels are available at either published rates, or utilising an 'opaque' system whereby price details, as well as star ratings and locations, are provided pre-reservation, but the name of the hotel is not revealed until the confirmation is received. In this way, Hotwire can assist hoteliers in efficiently filling unsold rooms. Likewise, packages including air travel and/or car rental may provide the price, location and time details, but not reveal the airline(s) and/or car rental company until confirmations are received.
These opaque 'Hot-Rates' can offer significant savings against the best published rates.