Orbitz is Not Just For Vacations

17th Nov 2003

PRNewswire CHICAGO Nov. 17 :

Orbitz, a leading online travel site, today announced that booking a
flight-plus-hotel package is more convenient than ever with the addition
of even more lodging deals and new destinations to its breakthrough
packaging Matrix, which is now accessible right from the Orbitz.com
“Whether they`re traveling for leisure or business, and whether they`re
headed to Cancun or Detroit, Oahu or Nashville, consumers can often save
more than 15 percent when they book a flight and hotel together on
Orbitz,” said John Samuel, executive vice president of Consumer Travel at
Orbitz. “Whatever kind of trip they`re taking, users can now search for
the best flight-plus- hotel deals right from our homepage. And when they
book a package on Orbitz, they`ll get the same helpful Care Alerts that
provide up-to-the-minute flight information to more than 1 million
customers every month.”
The first tool to let users compare multiple flight-and-hotel combinations
at a glance, Orbitz packaging Matrix displays up to six airline and 20
hotel options on a single screen for a fast and easy online shopping
Customers who book customized “dynamic” packages on Orbitz can choose from
major resorts in top sun destinations like Hawaii, Mexico and the
Caribbean, as well as the most popular brand name and independent hotels
in major cities across the U.S.

And to take the hassle out of travel, they`ll now receive Care Alerts to
the electronic or wireless device of their choice (mobile phone, pager,
PDA or email). Orbitz is the only online travel site to provide customized
travel alerts about delays, weather, and gate changes to customers who
book packages.

Following are a few examples available today on Orbitz:—Save almost 40
percent on a seven-night stay at a 4-star hotel in New York City,
including roundtrip air travel on major airline departing from Chicago.
Package price of $1,818 saves users $1,213 versus booking comparable air
and hotel separately.—Save 15 percent on a seven-night stay in one of
the most popular hotels in Cancun, Mexico including roundtrip air travel
on a major airline departing from New York. Package price of $1,586 saves
travelers $277 versus booking comparable air and hotel separately.—Save
22 percent on a four-night stay at a popular five-star resort in Las
Vegas, including roundtrip air travel on a major airline departing from
San Francisco. Package price of $1,412 saves users $400 versus booking
comparable air and hotel separately.
“Consumers are increasingly buying packages to take advantage of the
convenience and savings compared to booking flights and hotels separately.
Our new dynamic packaging features will help to keep Orbitz ahead of that
trend,” Samuel said.

About Orbitz:


Orbitz is a leading online travel company offering consumers the widest
selection of low airfares, as well as deals on lodging, car rentals,
cruises and vacation packages. Orbitz makes finding low fares and great
deals easier through a state-of the-art flight search engine that scans
more than 455 airlines and the Orbitz Matrix Display that provides an
unbiased and comprehensive listing of airfares and other rates. Orbitz
also offers the largest collection of discounted web-only airfares and
low-priced hotel web rates. For more information, visit
http://www.orbitz.com/ .




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