AGREEMENT BETWEEN CUSTOMER AND HOTWIRE, INC.
Our website ("Website") is provided solely to assist customers in gathering travel information, determining the availability of travel-related goods and services, making legitimate reservations or otherwise transacting business with travel suppliers, and for no other purposes. The terms "we," "us," "our" and "Hotwire" refer to Hotwire, Inc., a Delaware corporation, The term "you" refers to the customer visiting the Website and/or booking a reservation through us on this Website, or through our customer service agents.
USE OF THE WEBSITE
Hotwire is committed to customer satisfaction, so if you have a problem or dispute, we will try to resolve your concerns. But if we are unsuccessful, you may pursue claims as explained in this section.
Arbitrations will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) under its rules, including the AAA Consumer Rules. The AAA's rules are available at www.adr.org or by calling 1-800-778-7879. Payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA's rules, except as provided in this section. If your total Claims seek less than $10,000, we will reimburse you for filing fees you pay to the AAA and will pay arbitrators fees, unless the arbitrator determines your Claims are frivolous. You may choose to have an arbitration conducted by telephone, based on written submissions, or in person in the state where you live or at another mutually agreed location.
To begin an arbitration proceeding, you must send a letter requesting arbitration and describing your Claims to "Hotwire Legal: Arbitration Claim Manager," c/o Expedia, Inc., 333 108th Ave N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004. If we request arbitration against you, we will give you notice at the email address or street address you have provided. A party requesting arbitration must also provide a copy of the request to the AAA, at Case Filing Services, 1101 Laurel Oak Road, Suite 100, Voorhees, NJ 08043 or online at www.adr.org or at any AAA office.
Any and all proceedings to resolve Claims will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class, consolidated or representative action. If for any reason a Claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration we each waive any right to a jury trial. The Federal Arbitration Act and federal arbitration law apply to this agreement. An arbitration decision may be confirmed by any court with competent jurisdiction.
The content and information on this Website (including, but not limited to, price and availability of travel services), as well as the infrastructure used to provide such content and information, is proprietary to us or our suppliers and providers. While you may make limited copies of your travel itinerary (and related documents) for travel or service reservations booked through this Website, you agree not to otherwise modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell or re-sell any information, software, products, or services obtained from or through this Website. Additionally, you agree not to:
(i) use this Website or its contents for any commercial purpose;
(ii) make any speculative, false, or fraudulent reservation or any reservation in anticipation of demand;
(iii) access, monitor or copy any content or information of this Website using any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means or any manual process for any purpose without our express written permission;
(iv) violate the restrictions in any robot exclusion headers on this Website or bypass or circumvent other measures employed to prevent or limit access to this Website;
(v) take any action that imposes, or may impose, in our discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
(vi) deep-link to any portion of this Website (including, without limitation, the purchase path for any travel services) for any purpose without our express written permission; or
(vii) "frame", "mirror" or otherwise incorporate any part of this Website into any other website without our prior written authorization.
You may only use this Website to make legitimate requests to book the products or services offered (each, a "Request"), and shall not use this Website to make any speculative, false or fraudulent Requests, or any Requests in anticipation of demand.
It is a violation of law to place a Request in a false name or with an invalid credit card. Please be aware that even if you do not give us your real name, your Web browser transmits a unique Internet address to us that can be used by law enforcement officials to identify you. Fraudulent users will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
If your booking or account shows signs of fraud, abuse or suspicious activity, Hotwire may cancel any travel or service reservations associated with your name, email address or account, and close any associated Hotwire accounts. If you have conducted any fraudulent activity, Hotwire reserves the right to take any necessary legal action and you may be liable for monetary losses to Hotwire, including litigation costs and damages. To contest the cancellation of a booking or freezing or closure of an account, please contact Hotwire Customer Service.
SUPPLIER RULES AND RESTRICTIONS
Airfare is only guaranteed once the purchase has been completed and the tickets have been issued. Airlines and other travel suppliers may change their prices without notice.
We reserve the right to cancel your booking if full payment is not received in a timely fashion.
Some hotel suppliers may require you to present a credit card or cash deposit upon check-in to cover additional expenses incurred during your stay. Such deposit is unrelated to any payment received by Hotwire for your hotel booking. Hotwire is not liable for any costs incurred due to relocation. You acknowledge that some third-party providers offering certain services and/or activities may require you to sign their liability waiver prior to participating in the service and/or activity they offer. You understand that any violation of any such supplier's rules and restrictions may result in cancellation of your reservation(s), in your being denied access to the applicable travel product or services, in your forfeiting any monies paid for such reservation(s), and/or in our debiting your account for any costs we incur as a result of such violation.
REVIEWS, COMMENTS, PHOTOS AND OTHER SUBMISSIONS
Please note that we assume no responsibility for reviewing unsolicited ideas for our business (like product or advertising ideas), and will not incur any liability as a result of any similarities between those ideas and materials that may appear in future Hotwire programs.
You are fully responsible for the content of your Submissions (specifically including, but not limited to, reviews posted to this Website). You are prohibited from posting or transmitting to or from this Website: (i) any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, or other material or content that would violate rights of publicity and/or privacy or that would violate any law; (ii) any commercial material or content (including, but not limited to, solicitation of funds, advertising, or marketing of any good or services); and (iii) any material or content that infringes, misappropriates or violates any copyright, trademark, patent right or other proprietary right of any third party. You shall be solely liable for any damages resulting from any violation of the foregoing restrictions, or any other harm resulting from your posting of content to this Site. You acknowledge that Hotwire may exercise its rights (e.g. use, publish, delete) to any content you submit without notice to you. If you submit more than one review for the same hotel, only your most recent submission is eligible for use.
From time to time we may offer customers incentives to leave hotel reviews (e.g. discount coupon/entry into prize draws etc.) As it is important to us that hotel reviews are impartial and honest, these incentives will be available to customers regardless of whether the hotel review is positive or negative.
All photos submitted are subject to our Photo Submission Guidelines stated below. Hotwire claims no ownership, affiliation with, or endorsement of any photos that are submitted by end users through our sites.
PHOTO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Any photos you submit must be:
PREPAID HOTEL RESERVATIONS
You acknowledge that the Hotwire Companies pre-negotiate certain room rates with hotel suppliers to facilitate the booking of reservations. You also acknowledge that the Hotwire Companies provide you services to facilitate such booking of reservations for a consideration (the "facilitation fee"). The room rate displayed on the Website is a combination of the pre-negotiated room rate for rooms reserved on your behalf by the Hotwire Companies and the facilitation fee retained by the Hotwire Companies for their services. You authorize the Hotwire Companies to book reservations for the total reservation price, which includes the room rate displayed on the Website, plus tax recovery charges, service fees, and where applicable, taxes on the Hotwire Companies' services. You agree that your credit card will be charged by the Hotwire Companies for the total reservation price. Upon submitting your reservation request you authorize the Hotwire Companies, including Travelscape, LLC, to facilitate hotel reservations on your behalf, including making payment arrangements with hotel suppliers.
You acknowledge that except as provided below with respect to tax obligations on the amounts we retain for our services, the Hotwire Companies do not collect taxes for remittance to applicable taxing authorities. The tax recovery charges on prepaid hotel transactions are a recovery of the estimated taxes (e.g. sales and use, occupancy, room tax, excise tax, value added tax, etc) that the Hotwire Companies pay to the hotel supplier for taxes due on the hotel's rental rate for the room. The hotel suppliers invoice the Hotwire Companies for certain charges, including tax amounts. The hotel suppliers are responsible for remitting applicable taxes to the applicable taxing jurisdictions. None of the Hotwire Companies act as co-vendors with the supplier with whom we book or reserve our customer's travel arrangements. Taxability and the appropriate tax rate vary greatly by location. The actual tax amounts paid by the Hotwire Companies to the hotel suppliers may vary from the tax recovery charge amounts, depending upon the rates, taxability, etc. in effect at the time of the actual use of the hotel by our customers. We retain service fees as additional compensation in servicing your travel reservation. Service fees retained by the Hotwire Companies for their services vary based on the amount and type of hotel reservation.
You may cancel or change your prepaid hotel reservation (except for Hot Rate reservations, which are non-changeable and non-cancellable), but you will be charged the cancellation or change fee indicated in the rules and restrictions for the hotel reservation. If you do not cancel or change your reservation before the cancellation policy period applicable to the hotel you reserved, which varies by hotel (usually 24 to 72 hours) prior to your date of arrival, you will be subject to a charge equal to applicable nightly rates, tax recovery charges and service fees. In the event you do not show for the first night of the reservation and plan to check-in for subsequent nights in your reservation, you must confirm the reservation changes with us no later than the date of the first night of the reservation to prevent cancellation of your reservation.
Sales, use, and/or local hotel occupancy taxes are imposed on the amounts that we charge for our services (facilitation and/or service fee) in certain jurisdictions. For hotel stays in New York State, but outside of New York City, for example, tax recovery charges, as described above, are collected to cover the taxes due on the rent received by the hotel for the room and there is no local hotel occupancy tax due on our services. The actual tax amounts on our services may vary depending on the rates in effect at the time of your hotel stay.
You are responsible for ensuring that you meet foreign entry requirements and that your travel documents, such as passports and visas (transit, business, tourist, and otherwise), are in order and any other foreign entry requirements are met. Hotwire has no special knowledge regarding foreign entry requirements or travel documents. We urge customers to review travel prohibitions, warnings, announcements, and advisories issued by the relevant governments prior to booking travel to international destinations.
Passport and Visa: You must consult the relevant Embassy or Consulate for this information. Requirements may change and you should check for up-to-date information before booking and departure. We accept no liability if you are refused entry onto a flight or into any country due to your failure to carry the correct and adequate passport, visa, or other travel documents required by any airline, authority, or country, including countries you may just be transiting through. This includes all stops made by the aircraft, even if you do not leave the aircraft or airport.
Health: Recommended inoculations for travel may change and you should consult your doctor for current recommendations before you depart. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet all health entry requirements, obtain the recommended inoculations, take all recommended medication, and follow all medical advice in relation to your trip.
Disinsection: Although not common, most countries reserve the right to disinsect aircraft if there is a perceived threat to public health, agriculture or environment. The World Health Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization have approved the following disinsection procedures: (1) spray the aircraft cabin with an aerosolized insecticide while passengers are on board or (2) treat the aircraft’s interior surfaces with a residual insecticide while passengers are not on board. For more information, see: http://ostpxweb.dot.gov/policy/safetyenergyenv/disinsection.htm.
BY OFFERING RESERVATIONS FOR TRAVEL PRODUCTS TO PARTICULAR INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS, HOTWIRE DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT TRAVEL TO SUCH POINTS IS ADVISABLE OR WITHOUT RISK, AND IS NOT LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OR LOSSES THAT MAY RESULT FROM TRAVEL TO SUCH DESTINATIONS.
Unless a Provider has agreed otherwise, all products, services, advice, merchandise and information available through this Website are provided on an "as is," "as available" basis without warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, other than those imposed by law, including but not limited to, warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability, satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose. Without limiting the above, no warranty or guarantee is made (i) regarding the acceptance of any Request; (ii) that a User will receive the lowest available price for goods and/or services available through this Website; (iii) regarding the availability of products and/or services through this Website or, where applicable, at any participating retailer or retailer location; (iv) that use of this Website and all software, products or services associated with this Website will be error-free; (v) regarding the results that may be obtained from the use of this Website; (vi) regarding the completeness, accuracy, reliability or quality of any information, Content, data, service, advice or merchandise provided or available through this Website; or, (vii) regarding the performance or non-performance of this Website including, but not limited to, any performance or non-performance in connection with or as a consequence of the passage of time. You expressly agree that the use of this Website is at your sole risk.
The Information, Software, Products and Services published on this Website may include inaccuracies or errors, including pricing errors. In particular, the Hotwire Companies and Hotwire Affiliates do not guarantee the accuracy of, and disclaim all liability for any errors or other inaccuracies relating to the information and description of the hotel, air, cruise, car and other travel products and services displayed on this Website (including, without limitation, the pricing, photographs, list of hotel amenities, general product descriptions, etc.). In addition, Hotwire expressly reserves the right to correct any pricing errors on our Website and/or pending reservations made under an incorrect price. In such event, if available, we will offer you the opportunity to keep your pending reservation at the correct price or we will cancel your reservation without penalty.
Hotel ratings displayed on this Website are intended as only general guidelines, and the Hotwire Companies and Hotwire Affiliates do not guarantee the accuracy of the ratings. The Hotwire Companies, the Hotwire Affiliates and their respective suppliers make no guarantees about the availability of specific products and services. The Hotwire Companies, the Hotwire Affiliates and their respective suppliers may make improvements and/or changes on the Website at any time.
The Hotwire Companies, the Hotwire Affiliates and their respective suppliers make no representations about the suitability of the information, software, products and services contained on this Website for any purpose, and the inclusion or offering of any products or services on this Website does not constitute any endorsement or recommendation of such products or services by the Hotwire Companies or the Hotwire Affiliates. All such information, software products, and services are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. The Hotwire Companies, the Hotwire Affiliates and their respective suppliers disclaim all warranties and conditions that this Website, its servers or any email sent from the Hotwire Companies, the Hotwire Affiliates and/or their respective suppliers are free of viruses or other harmful components. The Hotwire Company, the Hotwire Affiliates and their respective suppliers hereby disclaim all warranties and conditions with regard to this information, software, products and services, including all implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular response, title and non-infringement.
The carriers, hotels and other suppliers providing travel or other services on this Website are independent contractors and not agents or employees of the Hotwire Companies or the Hotwire Affiliates. The Hotwire Companies and the Hotwire Affiliates are not liable for the acts, errors, omissions, representations, warranties, breaches or negligence of any such suppliers or for any personal injuries, death, property damage, or other damages or expenses resulting therefrom. The Hotwire Companies and the Hotwire Affiliates have no liability and will make no refund in the event of any delay, cancellation, overbooking, strike, force majeure or other causes beyond their direct control, and they have no responsibility for any additional expenses, omissions, delays, re-routing or acts of any government or authority.
In no event shall not the Hotwire Companies, the Hotwire Affiliates and/or their respective suppliers be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of, or in any way connected with, your access to, display of or use of this Website or with the delay or inability to access, display or use this Website (including, but not limited to, availableyour reliance upon opinions appearing on this Website; any computer viruses, information, software, linked sites, products and services obtaining through this Website; or otherwise arising out of the access to, display of or use of this Website) whether based on a theory of negligence, contract, tort, strict liability, consumer protection statutes, or otherwise, and even if the Hotwire Companies, the Hotwire Affiliates and/or their respective suppliers have been advised of the possibility of such damages.
If, despite the limitation above, the Hotwire Companies and the Hotwire Affiliates or their respective Providers are found liable for any loss or damage which arises out of or in any way connected with any of the occurrences described above, then the Hotwire Companies, the Hotwire Affiliates, or their respective Providers liabilities will in no event exceed, in the aggregate, the greater of (a) the fee or charge you paid to Hotwire in connection with such transaction(s) on this Website, or (b) One-Hundred Dollars (US$100.00) or the equivalent in local currency.
Some states-to the extent their law might be deemed to apply, notwithstanding the selection of Delaware law as described (below)-do not allow the limitation of liability, so the foregoing limitations might not apply to you.
You agree to defend and indemnify the Hotwire Companies, the Hotwire Affiliates, and/or their respective suppliers and any of their officers, directors, employees and agents from and against any claims, causes of action, demands, recoveries, losses, damages, fines, penalties or other costs or expenses of any kind or nature including but not limited to reasonable legal and accounting fees, brought by third parties as a result of:
LINKS TO THIRD PARTY WEBSITES
This Website may contain hyperlinks to websites operated by parties other than Hotwire. Such hyperlinks are provided for your reference only. We do not control such websites and are not responsible for their contents or the privacy or other practices of such websites. Further, it is up to you to take precautions to ensure that whatever links you select or software you download (whether from this Website or other websites) is free of such items as viruses, worms, trojan horses, defects and other items of a destructive nature. Our inclusion of hyperlinks to such websites does not imply any endorsement of the material on such websites or any association with their operators.
TERMINATION OF USAGE
User access to all or part of this Website may be terminated or suspended at any time, without notice and for any reason.
SOFTWARE AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE
Please note that all Software, including, without limitation, all HTML code and Active X controls contained on this Website, is owned by the Hotwire Companies, Hotwire Affiliates, and/or our respective suppliers, and is protected by copyright laws and international treaty provisions. Any reproduction or redistribution of the Software is expressly prohibited, and may result in severe civil and criminal penalties. Violators will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible.
WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, COPYING OR REPRODUCTION OF THE SOFTWARE TO ANY OTHER SERVER OR LOCATION FOR FURTHER REPRODUCTION OR REDISTRIBUTION IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED. THE SOFTWARE IS WARRANTED, IF AT ALL, ONLY ACCORDING TO THE TERMS OF THE LICENSE AGREEMENT.
All Booking Requests must be submitted with a major credit card unless otherwise expressly stated. The total price will be billed in the currency indicated on the booking screen.
BANK AND CREDIT CARD FEES
Some banks and credit card companies impose fees for international transactions. If you are making a booking from outside of the United States on a US credit card, your bank may convert the payment amount to your local currency and charge you a conversion fee. This means the amount listed on your credit or bank card statement may be in your local currency and therefore a different figure than the figure shown on the billing summary page for a reservation booked on the Website. In addition, a foreign transaction fee may be assessed if the bank that issued your credit card is located outside of the United States. Booking international travel may be considered to be an international transaction by the bank or card company, since Hotwire may pass on your payment to an international travel supplier. The currency exchange rate and foreign transaction fee is determined solely by your bank on the day that they process the transaction. If you have any questions about these fees or the exchange rate applied to your booking, please contact your bank.
COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK NOTICES
All contents of this Website are: © 2014 Hotwire, Inc. All rights reserved. Hotwire is not responsible for content on websites operated by parties other than Hotwire, Inc., Hotwire, Hotwire.com, and the Hotwire.com logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotwire, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos and product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
If you are aware of an infringement of our brand, please let us know by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We only address messages concerning brand infringement at this email address.
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") and other applicable law, Hotwire has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at Hotwire Inc.’s sole discretion, subscribers or account holders who are deemed to be repeat infringers. Hotwire may also at its sole discretion limit access to the Website and/or terminate the accounts of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement. If you believe that an account holder or subscriber is a repeat infringer, please provide information sufficient for us to verify that the account holder or subscriber is a repeat infringer when filing your notice.
NOTICE OF INFRINGING MATERIAL
If material you have posted has been taken down, you may file a counter-notification by fax or regular mail that sets forth the items specified below. You may want to seek legal counsel prior to doing so. Please include the following details:
Sign the paper. Send the written communication to the following address:
Attn: IP/Trademark Legal Dept., DMCA Complaints
333 108th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
OR you may fax it to: (425) 679-7251, Attn: IP/Trademark Legal Dept., DMCA Complaints
For any additional questions regarding the DMCA process for Hotwire, please contact us at 425-679-3751.
One or more patents owned by the Hotwire Companies may apply to this Website and to the features and services accessible via the Website. Portions of this Website operate under license of one or more patents. Other patents pending.
You agree that no joint venture, partnership, or employment relationship exists between you and the Hotwire Companies as a result of this Agreement or use of this Website.
Our performance of this Agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this Agreement limits our right to comply with law enforcement or other governmental or legal requests or requirements relating to your use of this Website or information provided to or gathered by us with respect to such use.
If any part of this Agreement is found to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions will not in any way be affected or impaired. Our failure or delay in enforcing any provision of this Agreement at any time does not waive our right to enforce the same or any other provision(s) hereof in the future.
Fictitious names of companies, products, people, characters, and/or data mentioned on this Website are not intended to represent any real individual, company, product, or event.
Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.
None of the Hotwire Companies or the Hotwire Affiliates is responsible for any errors or delays in responding to a Request caused by an incorrect email address provided by you or other technical problems beyond their control.
Hotwire, Inc., a Delaware corporation, is located at 655 Montgomery Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94111. More information about Hotwire may be found at http://www.hotwire.com/about-hotwire/index.jsp
Seller of Travel: Hotwire is a registered seller of travel in each of the states listed below:
California registration number: 2053390-50
Florida registration number: ST35196
Iowa registration number: 861
Nevada registration number: 20030209
Washington registration number: 602-218-781
Registration as a seller of travel in California does not constitute the state's approval.
New York Tax Registration: Hotwire's New York sales tax vendor registration number is 742938016 and its New York City hotel occupancy tax registration number is 0033922.
Attn: Customer Service
655 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
©2014 Hotwire, Inc. All rights reserved.