SideStep Sweepstakes Sends Savvy Travelers on ‘Out Of This World’ Extravaganza with Actor Patrick Stewart

Unforgettable Five-Day Adventure Awards Winners With Opportunity to Meet Famed Actor, Wine and Dine in London

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 26 /PRNewswire/ — SideStep, Inc. (, the traveler’s search engine, today announced the launch of its new “Out of This World” sweepstakes, a promotion that reinforces SideStep’s position as the leading innovator in online travel. Participants in the sweepstakes will have the opportunity to win a Grand Prize five-day vacation for two to England. The Grand Prize winner and a guest would enjoy ultra-modern travel arrangements and hobnob at a chic London restaurant with uber hip celebrity Patrick Stewart.

Stewart won international fame for his portrayal of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the hit television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Stewart reprised this role in the films Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis. He has also starred as Professor Charles Xavier in the futuristic X-Men and X-2.

“SideStep represents the future of online travel,” said Stewart. “This company created and leads the travel search category, and I’m thrilled to see them take off. For consumers exploring the universe of travel bargains, there is simply no better source than SideStep for flight, hotel, rental car and vacation values.”

What A Suite Deal

En route to the U.K., the Grand Prize winner and guest would entertain themselves with new Sony PSPs — the latest in handheld entertainment devices. In London, the pair would stay at St. Martin’s Lane, a sophisticated urban resort, meet Stewart for drinks at the avante garde Asia de Cuba, and dine on SideStep’s tab at the cosmopolitan Nobu, one of the city’s most popular restaurants. The Grand Prize winner would also receive $15,000 in cash — plenty of fuel to finance a spending spree in London’s shopping district.

Winners Galore

SideStep has also partnered with TravelPro and Kodak to expand the roster of potential winners. SideStep will award luggage from TravelPro — inventors of the Original Rollaboard — to multiple entrants. An additional one thousand sweepstakes participants will receive free 8×10 prints from Kodak EasyShare Gallery.

Stellar Deals

Just as sweepstakes winners would enjoy an “out of this world” experience courtesy of SideStep, so, too, do the more than 4.7 million travelers who discover travel deals through SideStep every month. With more than 585 airlines, 80,000 hotels and 30,000 rental car outlets to choose from around the world, no other site has the ability to offer such a comprehensive selection of choices.

“SideStep’s search engine-based model is fundamentally different than that of ‘first generation’ sites like Priceline and Expedia,” said Russ Lemelin, SideStep’s interim CEO. “By searching more than 100 different Web sites, we can help consumers to discover a broader range of compelling options than they’ll find anywhere else. Millions of travelers have already discovered the power of SideStep, and this year, so will millions more. We’re excited to see the travel search model rocket to success and to celebrate its rise with Patrick and our sweepstakes winners.”

SideStep helps consumers to find outstanding travel values through and the SideStep(TM) toolbar, as well as through TravelFinds Specials(SM) and TravelFinds Spotlight(SM), the company’s popular email newsletters.

Ready for LiftoffTo enter SideStep’s “Out of This World” Sweepstakes and for Official Rules, eligibility requirements and complete terms and conditions, visit There is no purchase necessary. The sweepstakes is open to residents of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia) ages 18 and over and ends October 24th, 2005.

About SideStep

SideStep — the traveler’s search engine — brings compelling offers from numerous travel providers to more than 4.7 million consumers each month. The company has forged alliances with leading travel marketers such as JetBlue Airways, Continental Airlines, Hyatt Corporation, Best Western, National Leisure Group and Thrifty Car Rental. SideStep has been named one of TIME Magazine’s “50 Coolest Web Sites” and declared “Best of the Web” by Forbes. The company is privately held and has raised more than $17M in funding from Trident Capital and individual investors. For more information, visit

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