Save Some Green While Celebrating the Red, White and Blue on July 4 Offers Great Travel Deals to U.S. Cities With Popular Independence Day Celebrations

SAN FRANCISCO, June 7 /PRNewswire/ — Celebrating the red, white and blue this Fourth of July doesn’t have to drain the green out of your wallet. Discount travel site reports that you can find bargains on travel to many major cities that boast Independence Day celebrations and fireworks — if you know where to look.

“One of the best kept secrets of summer travel is that hotels in many big cities offer discounts during summer compared to other months,” said Hotwire’s consumer travel expert Amy Bohutinsky. “Take advantage of these deals in cities like Philadelphia, Nashville and San Diego over July 4 weekend and you can also experience first-class celebrations and fireworks.”

Summer 2005 is expected to be one of the busiest for travel in recent years with strong demand and rising prices — especially around holidays like Independence Day. However, patriotic travelers can find affordable deals on airfare and hotels in major cities like Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco, which offer breathtaking July 4 firework displays.

Hotwire’s discount hotel rates save travelers up to 60 percent off hotel rates. With Hotwire’s Lowest Price Guarantee, travelers are guaranteed prices lower than any other Web site – including the hotels themselves. Below are examples of Hotwire discount hotel rooms booked in the last 14 days for stays during Independence Day weekend:

— $52/night 3.5-star hotel, Houston – Houston Galleria
— $68/night 4-star hotel, Philadelphia – Historic District – Waterfront
— $69/night 4-star hotel, Chicago – Northbrook
— $77/night 4-star hotel, Nashville – Downtown Nashville – Vanderbilt
University – Metrocenter
— $84/night 4-star hotel, San Diego – Downtown – Harbor Island
— $88/night 4-star hotel, San Francisco – Embarcadero Area
— $146/night 4-star hotel, New York – Midtown Central

Below are examples of Hotwire vacation packages booked in the last 14 days for trips during July 4 weekend:

— $273 Sir Francis Drake – A Kimpton Hotel (3.5-star) San Francisco -
2 nights hotel and flight from Portland
— $279 Club Quarters Philadelphia (3.5-star) Philadelphia – 3 nights
hotel and flight from Fort Lauderdale
— $305 Wyndham Emerald Plaza Hotel (4-star) San Diego – 3 nights hotel
and flight from Phoenix
— $346 Millennium Knickerbocker (4-star) Chicago – 4 nights hotel and
flight from Denver
— $646 Grand Hyatt New York (4-star) New York – 4 nights hotel and
flight from Evansville

Feeling patriotic? What U.S. president would you most like to sit next to on an airplane? According to a Hotwire survey of more than 2,500 adults, more Americans prefer to share leg room with President Bill Clinton as their travel companion. Current Commander-In-Chief George W. Bush received 18 percent of votes. What other presidents would Americans most like to share their peanuts and armrests with?

1. Bill Clinton (27 percent)
2. John F. Kennedy (19 percent)
3. George W. Bush (18 percent)
4. Ronald Reagan (17 percent)
5. Jimmy Carter (10 percent)
6. Franklin D. Roosevelt (8 percent)
7. Richard Nixon (1 percent)

All hotel and package prices shown are actual bookings made on Hotwire between May 15 – June 1 2005, for stays between June 30, 2005 – July 5, 2005. Package rates shown include applicable tax recovery charges and fees, while hotel rates shown do not. Vacation packages are per-person with double occupancy and roundtrip air. All bookings are non-changeable and nonrefundable. Because prices change all the time, Hotwire customers are encouraged to check rates for themselves. See for Lowest Price Guarantee terms and conditions.

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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