Kayak.com Launches Most Advanced Rental Car Search on the Web

Fastest Growing Travel Site Expands Inventory with New Partners and Increases Traffic With New Affiliate Agreements

NORWALK, Conn., July 25 /PRNewswire/ — Kayak.com, a leading travel search engine, today launched functionality that searches rental cars the same way it scours the Web for flights and hotels, marking the first time consumers can shop across leading rental car sites in just one click.

Unlike other travel sites that require consumers to click back and forth between multiple pages to find the best deal, Kayak.com’s integrated search enables the consumer to cross shop for rental cars on one page. The site’s signature filters allow consumers to manipulate search results by filtering preferences for price, car class, brand, options and more.

Only on Kayak.com can a rental car shopper:

— Compare cars and prices directly from Advantage, Avis, Budget, Dollar,
Hertz and Thrifty in one click. Choose one brand, all brands or
cherry pick favorites. Minimum prices appear to the right of each
check box.
— Access special web-only and loyalty program deals available
exclusively through rental car brand websites.
— Filter search results by dragging the innovative price slider to
instantly purge more expensive options.
— Limit results to airport only or search airport and city locations
together. View a map of each location directly from the results page.
— Search by one, multiple or all car categories (compact, convertible,
SUV, minivan, etc.). Minimum prices for each car class appear to the
right of the check box.
— Search by options including A/C, automatic transmission, navigation
and unlimited miles.
— Click on column headers to instantly sort results by price, agency or
class/car.
— Smart-buttons remember past searches and preferred car type.

Kayak.com will continue to add rental car brands and agency sites.

“Kayak.com’s rental car search product brings simplicity and choice to what had previously been a frustrating and time-consuming shopping experience,” said Steve Hafner, CEO and co-founder of Kayak.com. “As with our hotel and air product, Kayak.com’s ground-breaking technology saves consumers time by offering a more comprehensive results page and powerful filtering tools enabling easy comparison. And, unlike our competitors, we don’t care where you purchase so our search results are not influenced by relationships or advertising dollars.”

New Distribution Partners

Kayak.com continues to add partners to its growing affiliate program. In June, Kayak.com signed distribution agreements with Houston Chronicle and Info.com to provide their users with access to Kayak.com’s innovative travel search technology. These sites join Kayak.com’s additional affiliate partners AOL Pinpoint Travel, About.com, USA Today, Smarter Travel and Lonely Planet.

New Travel Partners

Consumers visiting Kayak.com can now access information from a growing roster of travel websites, saving time and providing options and information they might not have seen otherwise. Kayak.com is announcing new relationships with the following hotels, online travel agencies and consolidators: 1800CheapSeats, Airfare.com, Alliance Reservations Network, America’s Vacation Center, Cendant Hotels, Choice Hotels, CruiseDirect.com, Cruises.com, HotelClub, Hotwire.com, InterContinental Hotels Group, Kimpton Hotels, Leading Hotels of the World, Le Meridian, Overstock Cruise, PlacesToStay.com, SmartTravelDeals, Sol Melia Hotels, Tourico Holidays, Vacation Outlet, Venere.com and the Venetian Hotel.

About Kayak.com

Created by co-founders of Orbitz, Travelocity and Expedia, Kayak.com is a comparison-shopping website that helps consumers make informed decisions in their travel planning. The site, which launched February 7, 2005, offers a comprehensive search engine that scours over 100 online travel sites, providing prices and itineraries for more than 551 airlines, 91,000 hotels and all leading rental car companies. Kayak.com displays more choices of available itinerary/price combinations than any other travel site, and is the first to integrate user-created reviews and ratings and other relevant travel information with real-time prices and availability. Kayak.com’s investors include Sequoia Capital, America Online, Inc. and General Catalyst Partners. For more information, please visit http://www.kayak.com/ .

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