Unlike Booking.com, Expedia won't be taking a cut of hotel fees

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Expedia Group will not follow Booking.com's lead in charging a commission on hotels' mandatory consumer fees. 

In an emailed statement, an Expedia Group spokesperson said, "Expedia Group has no plans to change its approach to mandatory hotel fees. We remain focused on delivering value to our hotel partners and expanding our relationships."

The spokesperson went on to add, however, that the company did have "concerns about whether those fees are in the best interest of travelers" and that Expedia Group is open to changing how hotels with fees appear in search results. 

"Our goal is to ensure that among otherwise equal hotels, those not charging mandatory fees have higher visibility to travelers on our sites, thereby empowering travelers to compare their travel options easily and intuitively," said Expedia Group.

Booking.com said it would begin taking a cut of hotel fees with its customers in mind.

"The best customer experience is when people know the entire cost up front," Booking Holdings senior vice president and head of global communications Leslie Cafferty told Travel Weekly in June. "Hopefully, this will help continue to push the entire industry toward more transparency."

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