Chicago Number One New Year’s Eve Destination for the Second Year in a Row

Orlando and Phoenix Rise to Second and Third Most Popular Spots to Ring in the New Year

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 27 /PRNewswire/ — What are travelers top picks for New Year’s Eve vacations? Chicago, Orlando and Phoenix are the three top places to begin 2006, according to discount travel site Hotwire.com. For the second consecutive year, Chicago topped the list as revelers braved the cold to ring in the New Year in the Windy City. And while traditional New Year’s Eve destination New York City remained seventh on the list for the second year, Orlando rose in popularity from fifth in 2004 to second in 2005.

“Chicago has become a perennial favorite destination for New Year’s Eve festivities, due to its consistently low prices on hotels and attractive entertainment,” said Barbara Messing, vice president of customer experience at Hotwire.com. “We’re also seeing increased interest in cities with more temperate climates, such as Orlando, Phoenix, Atlanta, Miami and San Diego, where you can escape the cold at a 4-star hotel for under $100 per night during the holiday weekend.”

Hotwire’s top ten hotel booking destinations for New Year’s Eve 2005 include:

1. Chicago, Illinois (first in 2004)
2. Orlando, Florida (fifth in 2004)
3. Phoenix, Arizona (thirteenth in 2004)
4. San Francisco, California (third in 2004)
5. Las Vegas, Nevada (tenth in 2004)
6. Atlanta, Georgia (ninth in 2004)
7. New York, New York (seventh in 2004)
8. Los Angeles, California (fourth in 2004)
9. Miami, Florida (twelfth in 2004)
10. San Diego, California (sixth in 2004)

Rooms are still available in all top booking cities via Hotwire.com, which saves customers up to 60 percent off published hotel rates. Below are examples of hotel rates recently booked on Hotwire for New Year’s Eve weekend (December 30 – January 2).

* 3.5-Star hotel, Las Vegas North Strip $45 / night
* 3.5 Star hotel, Atlanta Marietta – Vinings $52 / night
* 4-Star hotel, Chicago Magnificent Mile $54 / night
* 3.5-Star hotel, Orlando, Orlando International Airport $68 / night
* 4-Star hotel, Los Angeles International Airport $72 / night
* 3.5 Star hotel San Diego North – Poway – Rancho Bernardo $82 / night

Find a lower rate within 48 hours of booking, and Hotwire will refund double the difference. Hotwire offers deeply discounted rooms at more than 7,000 hotels in North America and Europe.

* All prices shown are actual bookings made on Hotwire in December 2005 for stays between December 30 and January 2, 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

Hotwire.com(R) is a leading discount travel site with low 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 an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) . CST: 2053390-40. For more information, visit www.hotwire.com.

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