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Hotwire Unveils New Product: Travel Ticker

Travel Ticker delivers handpicked, insider deals for short-term travel to motivated travelers

Jun 28, 2006

June 28, 2006 - Discount travel site Hotwire.com today launched a new product that keeps hard-to-find travel deals from top travel brands ticking - right to your inbox. Travel Ticker' notifies motivated, price-aware consumers of carefully selected, insider deals for upcoming travel from a trusted source: Hotwire(R).

Every two weeks, Travel Ticker newsletters highlight relevant deals handpicked by Hotwire's team of discount travel experts. Hotwire's deep relationships with respected travel providers mean that consumers have access to exclusive deals from top brands such as Omni Hotels, The Aladdin Resort and Casino Las Vegas and Frontier Airlines. Because these outstanding deals are available for approaching travel dates and selection is limited, consumers are encouraged to respond right away. All purchases are made directly with the travel provider.

Hotwire developed Travel Ticker based on tremendous response and interest from consumers in the last-minute travel category, and supplier interest in driving direct bookings. Recently, Hotwire research indicated that three out of four Hotwire customers are likely to consider taking a trip they weren't already planning if they saw a great deal.

"We're excited to give travelers another way to find terrific values on upcoming travel, that is a complementary offering to Hotwire.com. Travel Ticker enables consumers to easily access hard-to-find deals via our newsletter and Web site. We've already received positive feedback from travelers on the Travel Ticker consumer experience," said Barbara McCollister, Director of Sales for Travel Ticker at Hotwire.

Travel Ticker deals may include hotel rooms, airfares, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. In the bi-weekly Travel Ticker newsletter and on http://www.hotwire.com/travelticker/, consumers can browse brand names, travel dates, hotel property information, amenities and more. Below are examples of deals featured on the inaugural edition of Travel Ticker:

Las Vegas Strip: Stay at the 4-star Luxor Resort and Casino in a Pyramid Deluxe room for $69 per night (Sunday through Thursday). Price includes $60+ in spa, dining, and casino credits.

Los Cabos: Vacation package includes five nights stay at the 4-star, all-inclusive InterContinental Presidente Los Cabos beachfront resort. $599 per person includes airfare from Los Angeles or San Diego (other cities available) from CheapCaribbean.com.

Vancouver: Stay at the 5-diamond Pan Pacific Vancouver, a spectacular harborfront hotel in downtown Vancouver for $159 per night (60 percent off published rates).

San Diego: Stay at the 4-star Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa for $179 per night. Price includes upgrade to a Veranda room with patio or balcony and $20 credit towards dining or spa service.

Travel Ticker deepens Hotwire's strong relationships with consumers and travel providers by providing even greater value. Consumers have a new resource for great deals on trips. And, travel providers have an efficient tool to market their offerings to highly-motivated travel buyers, stimulate demand and drive direct bookings.

Added McCollister: "Travel Ticker enables our partners to optimize deal performance by working with our editorial team to market their offerings. We know where the best deals are, and how to get them to interested consumers. This equals a business opportunity for travel providers and helps our customers get the best deals."

For more information, visit http://www.hotwire.com/travelticker/ to view current deals and subscribe to the Travel Ticker newsletter.

About Hotwire.com
Hotwire.com is a leading discount travel site with low rates on airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Launched in 2000, Hotwire negotiates deep discounts from its travel suppliers to help travelers book unsold airline seats, hotel rooms and rental cars. Hotwire is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. CST: 2053390-40. NST: 20003-0209. For more information, visit http://www.hotwire.com/.

Note: Hotwire, Travel Ticker and the Hotwire logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotwire, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. ©2000-2006. Hotwire, Inc. All rights reserved