Two years after the launch of an investigation into Expedia, Booking.com and Intercontinental Hotel group (IHG)’s non-competition agreements, the Office of Fair Trading (now CMA) decided to accept formal commitments by the three firms to open discounting from room-only accommodation. Under the agreement, which put an end to the investigation , Expedia, Booking.com and IHG allowed deeper discounting, but only to closed user or loyalty groups of previous customers, and only after they had made one full price room booking. Furthermore, the level of discounting cannot exceed the amount of commission paid to online travel agents. This past Tuesday (29 July), metasearch site Skyscanner appealed the decision, saying the commitments allowed ‘residual’ competition restrictions and introduced a new obstacle to the advertisement of available discounts. “With regards to the hotel closed user groups, we were one of six travel companies that had written collectively to the OFT (now CMA) in mid-March to raise serious concerns that their decision relating to online hotel room bookings would have an anti-competitive effect and will in fact result in a worse deal for consumers" the company said. Get the full story at Big Hospitality Read also "UK hotel pricing anti-trust probe was flawed, claims Skyscanner"