By Rebecca Ruiz, Senior editor, msnbc.com
Die-hard deal finders should ready their bank accounts: The discount service Groupon has partnered with Expedia to offer big bargains to travelers, according to an announcement Wednesday.
The partnership will combine Groupon’s model of offering significant discounts for a limited time with Expedia’s inventory of 135,000 hotels worldwide. Available in the U.S. and Canada at first, the venture will be called Groupon Getaways and will offer vouchers worth 50 percent off hotel retail rates. The redemption period will be flexible, according to Groupon and Expedia. There are also plans to offer specials for package deals, airline tickets, car rentals, cruises and destination activities around the world.
Groupon competitor, LivingSocial, created a similar service last November. LivingSocial Escapes offers discounted travel packages and excursions to nearby destinations that don’t require flying.
Groupon Getaways will launch in late June.