Recently acquired by The Priceline Group in 2013, it works as an independent subsidiary of the group.
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It has presence in over thirty countries and eighteen languages and it has its headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, United States. It helps the consumers to find hotels, flights, vacation packages and rental cars, and is a leading travel website across the world with a high brand recall and strong presence.
Founded in 2004 by Steve Hafnar and Paul M. English, it was originally incorporated as Travel Search Company Inc. In 2011, the name was changed to Kayak Software Corporation. To expand its operations internationally, it acquired two companies, one was Swoodoo, a leading travel website based out Germany and the second was checkfelix of JaBo Software, based out of Austria.
In 2010, it listed itself on NASDAQ and went public to raise 50 million. Its share price opened up at $26 per share which was higher than expected and closed at $33.18 showcasing a successful IPO. Its mobile app Kayak also have received various awards for “Best Apps for Business Travelers” as well as “the Best Apps and Websites for Travelers”. In 2009, Time magazine named Kayak as one the best 50 websites and has received many accolades. Though its core business is metasearch booking, it has also started taking direct bookings through other travel websites such Travelocity and orbitz.com.