Hotwire.com Helps Fans Score Great Travel Deals to College Hoops Tournament Cities

Basketball enthusiasts: book now to enjoy top hotels for under $100 per night

SAN FRANCISCO, March 8 /PRNewswire/ — Discount travel site Hotwire is making it affordable for basketball fans to visit cities hosting the college basketball playoff games. Sports enthusiasts should book as soon as possible for significant savings on top-notch hotels and rental cars, according to the experts at Hotwire(R).

This year, dedicated fans can save on travel to tournament host cities such as Minneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta and Oakland by booking on Hotwire. Top hotel brands use Hotwire to fill unsold rooms, which means deep discounts for travelers: up to 60 percent off published hotel rates. With these savings, sports buffs can rest easy at quality hotels for less than $100 per night after cheering on their teams.

“The annual college basketball tournament games are a mecca for basketball fans,” said Barbara Messing, consumer travel expert at Hotwire. “With great rental car deals and hotels less than $100 per night, fans can fulfill their hoop dreams to go to live tournament games and have extra money to spend on team jerseys and body paint.”

Below are examples of hotel rates in tournament cities booked on Hotwire for stays during the first two weekends of the tournament (March 16 – 19 and March 23 – 25, 2006):

— $54/night 4-star hotel, Dallas — North Dallas-Galleria
— $61/night 3.5-star hotel, Minneapolis — Downtown
— $62/night 3.5-star hotel, Oakland — Walnut Creek-Concord-Lafayette
— $68/night 4-star hotel, Atlanta — Marietta-Vinings
— $88/night 4-star hotel, Washington, D.C. — Dupont Circle-Embassy Row

Hoping to connect with other fans while exploring the city? Hotwire car rentals offer unlimited mileage, giving travelers the freedom to roam without worrying about additional costs. Below are examples of car rental deals searched in the last 14 days on Hotwire for March rentals:

— $14.95/day Atlanta — mid-size
— $14.95/day Philadelphia — mid-size
— $15.95/day Dallas — compact
— $15.95/day San Francisco — mid-size
— $16.95/day San Diego — full-size
— $17.95/day Minneapolis — compact

Whether travelers are planning a trip to cheer on the home team, a local getaway, or a warm-weather vacation, Hotwire offers travel deals significantly below published prices. Through partnerships with leading travel companies, Hotwire can provide low prices that can’t be found anywhere else.

Hotwire’s hotel rates are backed by one of the industry’s most aggressive guarantees. If travelers find a cheaper rate within 48 hours of booking, Hotwire will refund double the difference. Hotwire offers deeply discounted rooms at hotels in cities throughout North America and Europe. For more information on the guarantee, visit www.hotwire.com.

*Rental car rates shown are from searches conducted between February 14 – 28, 2006 for travel March 16 – 25, 2006, and do not include applicable tax recovery charges and fees. Hotel rates shown are for actual bookings made on Hotwire between February 20 – 27, 2006 for stays during the period March 16 – 25, 2006 and do not include applicable tax recovery charges and fees. However, total cost, including all applicable tax recovery charges and fees, is shown before bookings are made on Hotwire.com. Hotel savings are based on hotels’ pre-tax published rates. All bookings are non-changeable and nonrefundable. Rates subject to availability. Because rates change all the time, Hotwire customers are encouraged to check rates for themselves.

About Hotwire

Hotwire.com is a leading discount travel site with low rates on airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Launched in 2000, Hotwire negotiates deep discounts from its travel suppliers to help travelers book unsold airline seats, hotel rooms and rental cars. Hotwire is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. CST: 2053390-40. For more information, visit http://www.hotwire.com/.

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