Introduces Deeply Discounted Hotels in Europe, Helping Americans Stretch Dollar Abroad

Hotwire Hotels Save Travelers Up to 60 Percent off Hotel Rooms

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ One of the best-known secrets among travel industry insiders is that travel to Europe hits rock-bottom prices at the beginning of the year. Discount travel site just made European travel even more appealing, by unveiling deeply discounted hotel rooms in some of Europe’s most popular destinations, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Paris and Rome.

Whether touring Vatican City or wandering the banks of the Thames or Seine, budget travelers can rest in a comfortable bed, assured that they’re getting a great value on their hotel room. Hotwire’s discount hotels offer travelers savings of up to 60 percent off hotel rooms (including rates on other leading travel Web sites and hotels’ own Web sites). This is good news for Americans looking for new and creative ways to stretch their dollar while still experiencing the best that Europe has to offer.

“Americans shouldn’t shy away from European travel just because of currency exchanges. There are many great values in Europe during the off-peak season from now through mid-March,” said Amy Bohutinsky, Hotwire’s consumer travel expert. “In fact, we’re seeing hotel rates in many European markets for less than $100 on 2, 3 and even 4-star properties.”

When booking their trip, travelers can search many different neighborhoods and star ratings at once on Hotwire, allowing vacationers to choose and compare among Hotwire’s deeply discounted rates. Hotwire plans to expand its discount hotel offering to include additional European markets later in 2005.
Below are examples of discount hotel rooms recently booked on Hotwire:

— $40 / night 3-Star hotel, London, Heathrow International Airport
— $67 / night 3-Star hotel, Rome, Rome Central
— $85 / night 4-Star hotel, Barcelona, Barcelona East — Sant Marti
— $99 / night 4-Star hotel, London, Regents Park — Baker Street
— $129 / night 4-Star hotel, Amsterdam, City Centre
— $145 / night 4-Star hotel, Paris, St. Germain — Latin Quarter
— Montparnasse
— $154 / night 4-Star hotel, Paris, Champs Elysses — Trocadero

Hotwire’s hotel rates are so low, they’re backed by the industry’s most aggressive guarantee. Find a lower rate within 48 hours of booking, and Hotwire will refund double the difference. For more information, visit

All prices shown are actual bookings made on Hotwire between January 1 – January 18, 2005, for stays between January 19 and March 15, 2005. Hotel rates shown do not include taxes and fees. All bookings are nonchangeable and nonrefundable. Because prices change all the time, Hotwire customers are encouraged to check rates for themselves.

About Hotwire is a leading discount travel site with consistently lower prices on airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Launched in 2000, Hotwire negotiates deep discounts from its travel suppliers to help distribute their excess inventory. Hotwire is a wholly owned business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) . For more information, visit

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