MSN Drops Expedia, Replaces with Orbitz

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Ooh, this one must have hurt. Orbitz Worldwide said on Tuesday its Orbitz.com and ebookers.com websites have replaced Expedia as the travel agencies for Microsoft Corp’s Internet arm MSN.com in the United States and the United Kingdom, Reuters reports. That’s despite the fact that Microsoft started Expedia back in 1995.

The report said that Orbitz expects the change to bring an additional 3.5 million unique visitors per month via MSN’s Travel portal. A Microsoft spokesman said the “company decided to switch to Orbitz because it preferred the travel site’s features and customer service. ‘Our customers are looking for innovative and differentiating experiences in travel,'” the spokesman said in the article.