The Best Deals Don’t Come to Those Who Wait; Book Summer Travel Early

Industry Insiders Expect Record Demand This Summer and Fewer Last-Minute Travel Deals

SAN FRANCISCO, May 5 /PRNewswire/ — If you see a low price on summer travel, don’t hesitate. Discount travel site Hotwire.com advises travelers to book summer air travel early for the best prices and availability.

“Record load factors mean planes are filling up early around peak travel dates, particularly for trips in June and July,” said Amy Bohutinsky, Hotwire’s consumer travel expert. “Travelers should book early — and even better, travel early — for the best deals.”

Hotwire advises travelers to take their summer trip in May or early June for the best pricing. Travelers should also avoid flying around holidays like Memorial Day, July 4 or Labor Day for better fares.

Hotwire is offering substantial savings on early season airfare and lodging in top destinations ranging from London and Amsterdam to Bermuda and the Bahamas. European travel is an exceptional value in May and early June, as hotel rates are often substantially lower than peak summer dates. In fact, 3 and 3.5-star hotel rooms can be found in London and Paris for under $100 per night.

Below are examples of discount hotel rooms booked on Hotwire in the last 7 days for stays during May and early June:

— $45 / night 3.5-star hotel, London, England – London Heathrow
International Airport
— $61 / night 3-star hotel, Nassau, Bahamas – Nassau and Paradise Island
— $80 / night 4-star hotel, Miami, Florida – Downtown Miami
— $92 / night 4-star hotel, Los Angeles, California – Downtown
Los Angeles
— $95 / night 4.5-star hotel, Orlando, Florida, Universal Orlando and
Sea World Area
— $96 / night 3-Star hotel, Paris, France – Bastille-Barcy

Below are examples of roundtrip airfares booked in the last 10 days on Hotwire for travel in May and early June:

— $207 Dallas – Newark
— $218 Chicago – New York
— $366 San Francisco – Toronto
— $376 Boston – Bermuda
— $518 Boston – Amsterdam
— $531 Detroit – London
— $689 Denver – Frankfurt

If you plan to fly during the summer, below are three additional money-saving travel tips on how to find the lowest prices available:

1. Plan Ahead. For the best prices and availability, in general it’s
beneficial to book airfares at least 21 days in advance.
2. Fly Mid-Week. Fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday instead of a Friday or
Saturday. During mid-week periods when there are fewer passengers on
flights, airlines tend to offer lower prices.
3. Avoid the Holidays. Prices typically rise around holiday weekends such
as Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. However, by traveling
the weekend immediately before or after the weekend, you can often
find lower prices. For example, instead of traveling Memorial Day,
consider the weekend of May 21-22 or June 4-5.

Travelers can also rest assured that they are paying the lowest available prices for hotels on Hotwire. Backed by its Lowest Price Guarantee, Hotwire offers savings of up to 60 percent off published hotel rates, including 3- and 4-star hotels in popular destinations. Find a lower rate on the same hotel within 48 hours of booking, and Hotwire will refund double the difference.

All hotel prices and airfares shown are in USD for actual bookings made on Hotwire between April 25 – May 3, 2005, for stays in May and June, 2005. Airfares include all applicable tax recovery charges and fees, hotel rates do not. Airfares may have required advance booking and/or Saturday night stay. All bookings are non-changeable and nonrefundable. Because prices change all the time, Hotwire customers are encouraged to check rates for themselves. For complete details regarding Hotwire’s Lowest Price Guarantee, visit www.hotwire.com.

About Hotwire

Hotwire.com 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 www.hotwire.com.

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