Orbitz to Offer Customized Search Options


has announced that it is the first online travel site to offer
consumers customized vacation packages and charter vacations in one convenient
place, in a single search.
Orbitz customers are now just a click away from current pricing and
availability on packages to leading vacation destinations such as Acapulco,
Cayman Islands and St. Lucia.  To simplify for consumers, Orbitz provides the
ability to search, customize and book thousands of desirable vacations,
drawing from one of the largest inventories of wholesale package travel.
“Industry experts project that online booking of vacation packages will
double by next year,” said Steve Hafner

, Orbitz Executive Vice President.
“With Orbitz` customized vacation packages, consumers now get a truly
personalized shopping experience for picking their ideal destination, desired
flight times, preferred travel dates and that perfect hotel and car.”
To create their own customized vacation packages, consumers should click
on the “Packages” tab on Orbitz.com, enter desired travel dates and other
preferences, and in one simple step are presented with current pricing on all
available vacation packages that match their interests.  With one more click,
users can select to view additional flight options or room categories to
tailor a package further to match their schedule or budget.
Orbitz took the guessing out of booking vacation packages by providing
consumers with the following helpful features:

- Consumers who prefer to build their own dream vacations now have the
    tools to customize to their specific interests with Orbitz vacation
    packages.  At the same time, consumers who prefer to shop from
    attractive pre-packaged vacations can select from Orbitz` growing
    inventory of charter vacations.

- Customers can search for that perfect vacation in four ways: search by
    “destination” to visit favorite vacation locations like Bermuda and
    Turks and Caicos; search by “hotel” for packages at a favorite resort;
    search by “activity” for packages that offer scuba diving, parasailing
    or a favorite vacation pastime; and search by “charter” to view only
    charter vacations available from their departure city.

- The one-stop shopping on Orbitz, with the helpful “trip compare”
    feature, allows consumers to review and evaluate customized vacation
    packages and pre-packaged charters in a simple side-by-side format.


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