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Gen Ys whinge to win an upgrade

On May 10, 2010 at 02:09 AM
Gen Ys whinge to win an upgrade

One in four Gen Y Aussies complain in order to score an upgrade on a flight or hotel room

New research from, operated by Expedia, Inc., the world’s largest online travel company, has found that Generation Y Aussies are most likely to complain in order to land themselves a free upgrade on a flight or in a hotel.

The survey*, conducted among 1,000 Australians, revealed that almost a quarter (24 per cent) of Australians aged between 18-24 were willing to complain about nearby guests/passengers, the food, or quality of service to score a flight or hotel upgrade, well above the national average of 16 per cent.

As part of their bag of freewheeling tricks, four per cent of Gen Ys also admit to posing as business travellers to secure a free upgrade. Read more

Europe comes out tops as best value Aussie Dollar holiday hotspot

On April 30, 2010 at 03:32 AM
Europe comes out tops as best value Aussie Dollar holiday hotspot

Latest Expedia Foreign Exchange Index reveals the top ten destinations where the Australian Dollar goes furthest

As the Australian Dollar soars to record highs against some of the world’s major currencies, leading Australian travel website (owned by Expedia, the world’s largest online travel company), in conjunction with foreign exchange specialist HiFX, has released its latest Expedia® Foreign Exchange Index, revealing the top ten destinations around the world where Australian travellers will get the best value for their money. The verdict is clear: with eight out of the ten currencies being from Europe, Europe is currently the undisputed Aussie Dollar holiday hotspot! Read more

Generation gap narrows for Baby Boomer and Gen Y globetrotters

On November 25, 2009 at 01:00 PM survey reveals that Baby Boomers make up for lost time as the travel bug bites with age

While one in five Baby Boomers have never left Australian shores, astoundingly one in ten Gen Yers have already travelled overseas more than 10 times in their short lives, according to new research* from™, operated by Expedia Inc., the world’s leading online travel company.

The research, which examined the travel trends of the two generations, found that almost a third of Generation Y Aussies (i.e. those aged between 18 and 29) travelled overseas before the age of ten, compared to only 6% of their Baby Boomer parents (i.e. those aged between 50 and 64) at the same age. Read more

Choose your seat wisely – romance is in the air

On September 08, 2009 at 02:00 PM
  • One in ten Aussie men admit to having had a mid-air romance
  • New technology on helps air travellers ‘get more comfortable’

One in ten Australian men admit to having had a relationship or romance with someone they sat next to on a flight, making them more than twice as likely of finding a relationship at high altitude than women, according to a poll conducted by, operated by Expedia®, the world’s leading online travel company. Read more

Australians make it to the Top 10 in Best Tourist stakes

On July 09, 2009 at 02:00 PM

Australian tourists rank 6th among 27 nations in second annual global

Expedia Best Tourist Survey

The second annual global Best Tourist Survey, conducted by leading online travel company Expedia®, has ranked Australians in sixth place overall among the 27 nationalities surveyed. This is up one spot on last year’s ranking.

Around 4,500 hoteliers across the globe provided their opinions on the best travellers overall, as well as on specific categories including behaviour, spending habits, fashion sense and willingness to try and speak the local language. Read more