Expedia's Cookie Policy

'People-Shaped Travel' is our motto so we work hard to listen to our customers and deliver a smart and engaging website that reflects your needs. One of the ways in which we do this is through the use of cookies.

Not sure what cookies are or what they do? Pay close attention; this page will tell you everything you need to know about cookies, as well as teach you how to manage them on your computer. Let's start with the most frequently asked question…


  1. What is a cookie?
  2. Why does Expedia use cookies?
  3. What cookies does Expedia use?
  4. How can you manage cookies?
  5. Online Behavioral Advertising Cookies
  6. How to contact us

1. What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit most websites. They help you get the best possible experience when you return to the same website.

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2. Why does Expedia use cookies?

Cookies allow us to improve the Expedia website's content, functionality and speed; while their tracking ability also helps us to understand your likes and dislikes, which means we can respond quickly and adapt the site accordingly. We also use cookies to help make the adverts we display on our website more relevant to your interests.

At Expedia, we use cookies because it's important to us that the time you spend on our website, is as useful, relevant and intuitive as possible.

In fact without cookie placement, a website cannot remember your preferences or registration details for your next visit. For example, by allowing us to place cookies in your web browser, you don't have to remember your username each time you sign in – a cookie helps us to remember that information for you.

Cookies also allow us to highlight what destinations that visitors like you are also interested in. Once we know that, we can show you who's booking what and where – what's hot and what's not in terms of deals and destinations. You never know when you might need some inspiration...

Here's an explanation of the cookies we use on Expedia.ie along with information about what they do.

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3. What cookies does Expedia use?

First and third-party cookies

There are many different types of cookies. Those set by Expedia are 'first-party cookies'. Those set by our partners, vendors and suppliers are 'third-party cookies'.
Third-party cookies enable visitors to our website to see and interact with content such as videos and advertising provided to us by that third party. Third party cookies do not recognise you personally , but do recognise your computer when you visit our website and sometimes the websites of other companies. The same cookies can also help us gather information on how our website is being used ('website analytics'). More on that a little later.

Session and persistent cookies

As with most websites, we also use 'session cookies', which exist only for the length of time that you visit our site and are deleted once you close your browser. We also use 'permanent cookies', also known as 'persistent cookies', which remain stored on your browser ready for use the next time you visit our website.

Essential cookies

These cookies help you move around our website and use all of its essential features. Without these cookies, our website would not work properly and you wouldn’t be able to use its core features. Essential cookies are required to help you access secure areas (such as your customer account pages) and to use essential features like our shopping basket. These cookies are essential because you can’t access these core services without them.

Performance and functionality cookies

These cookies ensure the display of handy features such as maps and videos. They also save your settings on our website, such as your previous booking or search information. We love them because they help to enhance the performance and functionality of our website, and we want the time you spend on our site to be both useful and engaging.

Analytics and customisation cookies

We use analytics and customisation cookies to gather information on how the website is being used by our visitors and to discover how popular our marketing campaigns are. We also use the data we get to help customise the website for you and make the content you see as relevant as possible.

Advertising cookies

Advertising cookies are used to ensure that we only show you the adverts and messages we think you will be interested in. This can be based on your interests, or what adverts you’ve seen before. Cleverly, they also help us to restrict the number of times you see the same advert, and to ensure the advert is properly displayed.

Social networking cookies

As the name suggests, social networking cookies allow our website visitors to share our content through third-party social networking websites. These type of cookies are usually set by the social networking provider.

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4. How can you manage cookies?

We hope you're now feeling confident about what cookies can do, and how we use them at Expedia to improve your website experience, but we know that you may want to manage your cookies from time to time so here are some tips!

You can set or amend your web browser controls to accept or refuse cookies whenever you like, but please remember if you do choose to reject cookies, your access to some of the functionality and areas of our website may be restricted. www.allaboutcookies.org provides good simple instructions on how to manage cookies on different types of web browsers.


Opt in to Our Cookie Policy

By opting in to our cookie policy, you allow us to:

  • show you relevant content, ads and emails that we think you’ll want to see
  • collect data so we can improve your site experience
  • share information about your use of the site with third-party advertising and analytics partners
  • enable you to earn and redeem Expedia Rewards points
  • show you bundled savings

Many advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of targeted advertising. If you'd like to find out more information on how to manage and/or opt out of advertising cookies visit the Digital Advertising Alliance website or the Your Online Choices website

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5. Online Behavioral Advertising Cookies

Expedia adheres to the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (“EDAA”) Principles. For more information about the EDAA, you can visit the EDAA website. If you wish to make a query or complaint about our use of online behavioural advertising cookies, please use the details listed in the “How to contact us” section below.

For more information on what information is collected and how it is used, please see the Privacy Policy.

Expedia does not process sensitive personal data for the online behavioural advertising purposes. We do not target anyone under the age of 16 on our website in general, nor for online behavioural advertising purposes.

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6. How to contact us

If you have any questions regarding Expedia's use of cookies or other technologies, send us an email using our customer service and feedback form, and we'll do all we can to answer your questions.

Now you know almost everything there is to know about cookies...job done.

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