Kayak.com is a travel search engine website based in the
United States. Founded in 2004, it information from over 100 other travel sites and helps users book flights, hotels, cruises, and rental cars. Kayak combines results from online travel agencies, consolidators such as Orbitzand Airfare.com, and other sources such as large hotel chains.
Kayak doesn't sell directly to the consumer; rather, it aggregates results from other sites then redirects the visitor to one of these sites for reservation. Thus, Kayak.com makes money from
pay per clickadvertising, when the consumer clicks-through to one of the compared websites (For example, when the consumer is redirected to the Orbitzwebsite).
The company was established in January 2004 by the ex-founders of
Orbitz, Travelocity, and Expedia. It is headquartered in Norwalk, CTand has an R&D center in Concord, MA. Kayak.com has raised $30 million to date, and its investors include Sequoia Capital(led by Michael Moritz) [cite web|url=http://www.sequoiacap.com/company/kayakcom/|title=Sequoia Capital provides funding for Kayak.com] , America Online, General Catalyst Partners, and Accel Partners. It was named one of TIME Magazine's "50 coolest websites" of 2006 [ [http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1222598,00.html Travel and Real Estate - TIME] ] .
In late 2007 Kayak bought
SideStep, another travel search site.
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