Expedia has the highest customer satisfaction rating among online travel providers according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index E-Commerce Report. Expedia also recorded the greatest score increase in the online travel category.

Expedia differentiated itself from the online travel pack by increasing its score 3.9 percent over last year for a score of 79, while the other major online travel agencies dropped 1.3 percent each.

"Travelers are demanding more and more from online travel providers as adoption continues to grow," says Steven McArthur, president, North America Leisure Travel Group, Expedia.com. "We are proud to be the best-in-class online travel company in an age when the customer knows best."

Each year, ACSI releases a report on online customer satisfaction, segmenting e-commerce into four subcategories: e-retail, online auction, e-brokerage, and online travel companies. The report is compiled from online interviews conducted in the fourth quarter of 2005. While the 2004 ACSI scores showed that online travel companies were not significantly differentiating themselves, consumers began to distinguish their higher satisfaction with Expedia in 2005. After years of parity in the online travel industry, Expedia has positioned itself as the cream of the crop.

"Some companies have really figured out how to take customer satisfaction to the next level, and the stakes just keep getting higher," said online customer satisfaction expert Larry Freed, president and CEO of ForeSee Results. "While all of the e-travel companies tout their guarantees and their focus on customer service, Expedia seems to be best living up to its promise in customers' eyes."

"At Expedia, we strive to give customers what they want, when where and how they want it," says Angie Blackburn, SVP of Operations, Expedia.com. "In an industry where differentiation is a key to winning a travelers' loyalty, we are thrilled to be recognized for our efforts in customer satisfaction."