Expedia has been investing aggressively for some years now to cut its costs and improve marketing by migrating to cloud computing and data systems.

It announced plans to hike booking in 2018 by leveraging its data-driven approach to marketing optimisation, while continuing to aggressively drive its global expansion plans.

However, with so much else going on, it had in the end to trim its budget for cloud spending and the bill undershoots original projections by tens of millions of dollars.