Meanwhile, Expedia was attached to the merchant model that worked well in the U.S. but they were too slow in recognizing differences in European markets. In the online travel business, the revenue margin or revenue as a percentage of gross bookings for hotel rooms is higher using the merchant model as opposed to the agency model. Expedia Group has a large percentage of low commission airline flights in their agency revenue bucket such that it is not an apples-to-apples comparison with Booking Holdings where the substantial majority of their agency revenue comes from hotel rooms. Get the full story at Seeking Alpha Read also " The oral history of travel’s greatest acquisition"