Hotwire.com(R)’s Rental Car Rates Sizzle With Late Summer Savings

Book Now for Great August and September Deals on Road Travel

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Haven’t taken a vacation yet? You can still hit the road without taking a big hit to your wallet with discount travel site, Hotwire.com’s hot late summer car rental deals.

“Rental car rates are exceptionally low right now, and Hotwire has great deals in top markets across the country,” said Scott Hintz, senior vice president of product at Hotwire. “We anticipate these prices to continue to be strong throughout August and September, as rental car companies ‘defleet’ post Labor Day and demand decreases after the busy summer season.”

Hot Rates(R) for late summer getaways

With deep discounts on rental cars, price-conscious travelers can hit the roadways and highways, soaking up the late summer sun before Labor Day. With Hotwire, customers always know the total price of car rentals up front, before hitting the road, since reservations are prepaid — with all tax recovery charges and fees included. Hotwire car rentals also offer unlimited mileage, giving road travelers the freedom to roam without worrying about additional costs.

To save even more money amid rising gas prices, travelers should plan to shop around and consider filling up the tank themselves, away from the airport. And, travelers should always find out in advance if their personal car insurance or credit card covers rental car insurance to save money and avoid purchasing unnecessary supplemental insurance.

Take an Indian summer road trip

Can’t fit in a long weekend before the summer is out? You can still find a deal on rental car prices after Labor Day, as September is traditionally one of the cheapest months of the year for car rentals. Prices drop when car rental companies ‘defleet,’ or sell-off excess inventory, after bolstering their fleets for peak summer months.

Below are examples of rental cars searched in the past seven days on Hotwire for August and September rentals:

— Tampa — Compact $17.95 / day
— Honolulu — Compact car $17.95 / day
— Maui — Mid-size car $17.95 / day
— Los Angeles — Full-size car $17.95 / day
— Las Vegas — Full-size car $19.95 / day
— Denver — Full-size car $21.95 / day
— Chicago — Economy car $21.95 / day

Rental car rates shown are for searches on August 10 – 11, 2005 for pick-ups through September 12, 2005. Rental car rates shown above do not include tax recovery charges and fees. However, total cost, including all tax recovery charges and fees, is shown before bookings are made on Hotwire.com.

All bookings are non-changeable 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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