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Vacation Time to Spare? Get Away During the 'Shoulder Season' When the Price Is Right
Discount Travel Site Hotwire.com™ Reports Low Rates on Resort Travel From November 28 - December 20
PRNewswire
SAN FRANCISCO

Travelers with visions of sandy beaches instead of sugar plums can delight in pre-holiday "shoulder season" deals on resort vacations now through December 20. According to the discount travel experts at Hotwire.com, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas offer the best prices of the season on trips to warm-weather beach destinations like Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean.

For many resort destinations, the December holidays mark the beginning of winter vacation season and peak demand. However, during the weeks prior many airlines and resort hotels have excess inventory and use Hotwire® to fill unsold rooms and seats. For travelers, this means significant savings on four-star hotels -- up to 60 percent off published rates. This is good news for consumers looking for a last-minute, pre-holiday getaway, or those with vacation time to spare before the year ends.

"Resorts are emptier this time of year," said Barbara Messing, vice president and travel expert at Hotwire.com. "You can find fewer crowds and lower prices on beach vacations by traveling in early December when airlines and hoteliers offer discounts to fill empty seats and rooms."

Below are examples of rates on hotel stays recently booked on Hotwire.com for stays between November 28 and December 20*:

  -- $92 / night       4-star hotel, Miami - Downtown Miami
  -- $92 / night       4-star hotel, Mexico - Cancun
  -- $94 / night       4-star hotel, Mexico - Acapulco
  -- $104 / night      4-star hotel, Orlando - Universal Orlando and
                       SeaWorld area
  -- $123 / night      4-star hotel, Jamaica - Montego Bay
  -- $131 / night      4-star hotel, Bahamas - Grand Bahama Island

Added Messing: "For the lucky few who still have vacation time left, get away now while prices are low. We're seeing four-star resorts in Mexico for less than $100 per night."

The discount travel experts at Hotwire recommend booking travel now to land the best deals for shoulder season travel. For more information, visit www.hotwire.com.

*Hotel rates shown are based on actual bookings made on Hotwire.com between October 1 and November 13, 2006, for travel November 28 - December 20, 2006. Hotel rates shown do not include applicable tax recovery charges and fees. However, total cost, including all applicable tax recovery charges and fees, is shown before bookings are made on Hotwire.com. Hotel savings are based on hotels' pre-tax published rates. All bookings are non-changeable and nonrefundable. Rates subject to availability. Because rates change all the time, Hotwire customers are encouraged to check rates for themselves.

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. (NASDAQ: EXPE). CST: 2053390-40. NST: 20003-0209. For more information, visit http://www.hotwire.com/ .

NOTE: Hotwire and Hotwire.com are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotwire, Inc., in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners.

Contact: Emily Collins of Fleishman-Hillard, +1-415-318-4106, or collinse@fleishman.com, for Hotwire

SOURCE: Hotwire.com

CONTACT: Emily Collins of Fleishman-Hillard, +1-415-318-4106, or
collinse@fleishman.com, for Hotwire

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