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Hotwire is a discount travel website that offers low prices on airfare, hotel, rental car, and vacation packages by selling off unsold travel inventory at discounted prices.Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Hotwire, Inc. is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. Expedia also operates Hotels.com, ClassicVacations.com, and TripAdvisor.com.
Hotwire was launched in 2000 by Eric Grosse, Karl Peterson, Gregg Brockway, and Spencer Rascoff and by six major airlines: American, Northwest, Continental, America West (now US Airways), and United. They were funded by a leading private equity firm, Texas Pacific Group (TPG) with an initial $75 million investment. Prior to its formal launch, it was codenamed Purple Demon.
In September 2003, IAC/InterActiveCorp announced its acquisition of Hotwire.com for $663 million dollars. (Expedia spun off from IAC in 2005.) Hotwire's co-partners under IAC included Citysearch, Evite , HSN, Ticketmaster, LendingTree, RealEstate.com, Entertainment.com, and Match.com.
In 2007, J.D. Power and Associates Independent Travel Web Site Satisfaction StudySM recognized Hotwire for ranking "Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Independent Travel Web Sites" for the second year in a row.