Type of site
|Available in||18 languages|
|Founded||January 14, 2004|
|Headquarters||Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.|
Paul M. English
|Key people||Steve Hafner (CEO)|
Giorgos Zacharia (President)
Ko Baryiames (CTO)
Amy Wei (CCO)
Peer Bueller (CFO)
Tore Pein Jensen (CMO)
|Revenue||US$292.7 million (2012)|
|Launched||February 7, 2005(Public)|
|Native client(s) on||iOS, Android, watchOS, Amazon Alexa, Facebook Messenger|
Kayak.com, sometimes styled as KAYAK, is a travel agency and metasearch engine owned and operated by Booking Holdings. The company also runs travel search engines checkfelix, Mundi, Hotels Combined, and swoodoo.
Kayak's website and mobile apps are currently available in over 18 languages and more than 30 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, India, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Australia, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Belgium, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Singapore.
Kayak was founded in January 2004 by Steve Hafner and Paul M. English. Before Kayak, Steve Hafner, Kayak's current CEO, helped found Orbitz in November 1999 and led its business development, advertising sales, marketing, and product marketing activities.
The company was originally named Travel Search Company, Inc. and the name was changed to Kayak Software Corporation in August 2004.
The website launched in February 2005.
In December 2007, Kayak raised $196 million in a new round of financing from a group of investors including General Catalyst, Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, and Oak Investment Partners. Using that funding, Kayak acquired SideStep, another online travel agency.
In January 2011, Kayak shut down SideStep and redirected SideStep traffic to Kayak.com.
In August 2017, the company acquired Mundi.
In July 2018, Kayak assumed leadership of Hotels Combined, which was acquired by parent Booking Holdings.
In September 2018, the company launched a feature to help travelers determine if their luggage fits in the overhead bin of planes.
Kayak won the following Webby Awards:
In December 2011 Kayak announced that it would not renew a contract to advertise on the TLC reality television show All-American Muslim. The decision followed a campaign by the Florida Family Association, a one-man fundamentalist organization focused on "defending American values". In a statement posted to the Kayak website, Kayak chief marketing officer Robert Birge wrote that TLC "was not upfront with us about the nature of the show".