Expedia said it is increasing the maximum cost for hotel rooms in California and Arizona, as well as California and Utah, as it works to reduce the number of cancellations for its popular popular Super 8 hotel.
The company said that starting today, all Super 8 rooms in Arizona and California will be $1,000 to $2,000 per night, up from $600 to $700.
Expedia also said that in Arizona, all rooms will be discounted from $4,800 to $3,500.
California has a long history of the company making significant hotel changes, as its Super 8 hotels were the first to offer lower rates in 2015.
But Expedia has faced criticism for the changes, including criticism from the National Association of Realtors, which called the increase “inappropriate” and “unsafe.”
In a blog post on Wednesday, Expedia wrote that the changes are part of the larger plan to reduce room costs.
“The price cuts are a direct response to the increasing number of hotel cancellations,” the blog post said.
“We are investing to help customers stay and stay affordable, which means we are lowering the price of our Super 8® hotels to better align with the industry.”
In 2016, the company added to its hotel pool to offer $200 to $300 in free hotel rooms to help people who have lost their jobs and are unable to work, or to help pay the bills of those who are unable or unwilling to work.
But the company has not announced any plans to offer the program to people with permanent job losses.
The California Hotel Association has said that some of the increased costs could hurt consumers.
“For hotel rooms and other rooms in hotels, the increase in price does not offset the cost of the benefits of staying in the state, including the ability to get a job, to access health care and more,” said Sherry Reif, the association’s chief economist.