Expedia’s recent launch of its hotel Accelerator program, which enables properties to bid to move higher in search results on Expedia hotel pages based on paying higher-than normal commissions, is the latest example over the past few years of big business model changes Expedia made to parallel initiatives that Booking.com pioneered years earlier. Competitors routinely copy features or products that have worked for their rivals but these changes that Expedia has made in recent years are major alterations. Booking.com’s Preferred Property Program has been around for more than a decade. It enables hotels to move up the sort order when they pay extra commission and, as with the Expedia Accelerator program, meet certain performance requirements. Unlike Expedia, Booking.com identifies participating properties with a Preferred Hotel Partner logo. Get the full story at Skift