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New Hotwire.com Airfare Savings Hub Proactively Finds Significant Savings on Airfare

Recommendations Make Saving Money Even Easier for Price-Conscious Travelers

PRNewswire
SAN FRANCISCO
Oct 9, 2007

Today, Hotwire.com™ unveiled a new Airfare Savings Hub, making it even easier for flexible and price- conscious travelers to save money. Now when consumers search for airfare at Hotwire.com, they will receive recommendations on how to save even more in a sleek redesigned interface. These recommendations will appear along with the lowest available price for their exact flight request.

The Hotwire® Airfare Savings Hub takes the leg work out of the hunt for the lowest price by proactively asking valuable and insightful questions for those travelers willing to be flexible with their plans to save even more money. According to Hotwire vice president and travel expert, Barbara Messing, "The Airfare Savings Hub combines our in-depth industry knowledge with an innovative user interface to deliver the best deals to our customers. We are excited to provide this new powerful tool to our customers as we seek to consistently provide the lowest prices on travel."

Hotwire's new Airfare Savings Hub points travelers towards the most deeply discounted inventory just in time to find great deals on last-minute vacations and holiday airfares. In fact, Hotwire customers have already seen savings of 25% with deals recommended by the Airfare Savings Hub. Simple trade-offs can maximize vacation dollars. For instance:

  -- Hotwire proactively suggests nearby alternate airports for both
     departure and arrivals if cheaper tickets are available. Even savvy
     travelers might not know about some under-the-radar airports. For
     instance, the airfare savings hub has found savings for travelers
     flying into Allentown instead of Philadelphia and Carlsbad instead of
     San Diego.
  -- Hotwire suggests that travelers adjust their travel by one or two days
     if savings are available.
  -- Finally, for very flexible travelers, Hotwire's Flexible Date Search
     will find the lowest fare for a specific destination within a 30 day
     period.


According to Messing, "Our Airfare Savings Hub can save travelers serious dollars on airfare. As people start to plan their holiday travel, they can now rely on Hotwire to provide accurate and complete recommendations, saving time and money."

The sample deals below show how Hotwire can provide alternate cost-saving recommendations:

  Customer Search: San Francisco (SFO) to Kona, HI (KOA) Oct 23th to
    Oct 30th
  Hotwire Recommendation: Savings up to $119
    -- Exact search result -- $524
    -- Alternate airport: Oakland instead of San Francisco -- $405


  Customer Search: New York (LGA) to Miami (MIA), Nov 2nd to Nov 4th
  Hotwire Recommendation: Savings up to $61
    -- Exact search result -- $220
    -- Alternate airports: (JFK to Ft. Lauderdale) -- $159
    -- Alternate dates: Nov 3rd to Nov 5th -- $159


Hotwire helps trusted travel brands sell airplane seats, hotel rooms, and rental cars that would otherwise remain unsold. So customers can get them at deeply discounted rates. At Hotwire, consumers can enjoy savings of up to 50% off of last-minute flights.

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. J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Independent Travel Web Site Satisfaction Study(SM) recognized Hotwire for ranking "Highest in Customer Satisfaction For Independent Travel Web Sites." Hotwire is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE). CST: 2053390-40. NST: 20003-0209. For more information, visit http://www.hotwire.com/.

© 2007 Hotwire, Inc. All rights reserved. Hotwire and Hotwire.com are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotwire, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

  MEDIA CONTACT:
  Channing Barringer
  Fleishman-Hillard for Hotwire
  Channing.barringer@fleishman.com
  415.318.4239

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CONTACT: Channing Barringer of Fleishman-Hillard, +1-415-318-4239,
Channing.barringer@fleishman.com, for Hotwire

Web site: http://www.hotwire.com/