A new feature is reportedly coming to Amazon: hotel booking.
The online retailer, hardware maker, publisher and video distributor is adding a service called Amazon Travel to its litany of businesses, according to a report from travel industry news site Skift.
Amazon Travel will feature a curated selection of hotels within a few hours’ drive from New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. The hotels will load their room types, availability and pricing information onto Amazon and pay the company a 15% commission, Skift reports. Hoteliers would receive their payments for the room from Amazon, and could negotiate a lower commission.
One advantage for Amazon is that it could combine information about a traveler’s hotel plans with other product offerings, depending on the trip.
Skift reports that the service will likely go live January 1.