Going to Europe? Book Now, Travel Early for Better Deals

April and May Offer Lower Prices on Travel Before the Peak Summer Season

SAN FRANCISCO, April 13 /PRNewswire/ — Americans heading across the Atlantic will find some of the better values of the year during April and May, according to discount travel site Hotwire.com. Traveling during the April and May ‘shoulder season’ enables Americans to get the most for their dollar abroad, as hotel and airfare rates are typically lower during these off-peak months just before the summer peak season.

“April and May offer all the benefits of summer travel to Europe

– beautiful scenery, warmer weather — without peak season prices or crowds. Right now, we’re seeing airfare at rates significantly below summer prices and rates at 3-and 4-star hotels in Paris and London for less than $100,” said Amy Bohutinsky, Hotwire’s consumer travel expert. “In fact, a 3.5-star hotel in London’s Bloomsbury neighborhood that Hotwire offered for $99 was 40 percent more on Travelocity for the exact same hotel and dates — $176.”

“For a five-night stay, the savings over other travel sites quickly add up — $385 in this example alone,” added Bohutinsky. “The other benefit of using Hotwire to book European travel is that travelers are able to conveniently pre-pay in U.S. dollars to avoid any uncertainty associated with currency conversion.”

Travelers can also rest assured that they are paying the lowest available prices for hotels on Hotwire year round. Backed by its Lowest Price Guarantee, Hotwire offers savings of up to 60 percent off published hotel rates, including 3- and 4-star hotels in popular European cities, such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Paris and Rome, with more destinations coming soon. Find a lower rate on the same hotel within 48 hours of booking, and Hotwire will refund double the difference.

Below are examples of discount European hotel rooms recently booked on Hotwire for spring stays:

— $40 / night 3-Star hotel, London — London Heathrow International
— $75 / night 3-Star hotel, Paris — Opera Quarter — Louvre
— $99 / night 4-Star hotel, London — Bloomsbury — Marble Arch
— $151 / night 4-Star hotel, Paris — Champs Elysees — Trocadero
— $157 / night 4-Star hotel, Amsterdam — City Centre
— $173 / night 4.5-Star hotel, Barcelona — Ciutat Villa — Barri Gotic

Hotwire also offers travelers the convenience of booking vacation packages in U.S. dollars that are inclusive of airline tickets and hotel rooms. Packages are a great way to customize and bundle air and hotel, or air, hotel and rental car into one low price — saving customers time and money.

Below are examples of Hotwire European vacation packages booked in the last three weeks for trips during April and May. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy:

— $952 Melia White House (4-star) London — 7 nights hotel and flight
from Los Angeles
— $1,097 Barcelo Hotel Sants (4-star) Barcelona — 9 nights hotel and
flight from Boston
— $1,110 The Park Hotel Amsterdam (3.5-star) Amsterdam — 7 nights hotel
and flight from St. Louis
— $1,239 InterContinental De La Ville Rome (4.5-star) Rome — 5 nights
hotel and flight from New York

Planning to explore the sights outside the city? Hotwire now offers great rates on rental cars in Europe. Below are recent rates searched on Hotwire for April, May and June (please note all cars are manual transmission):

— Paris — economy car $17.95 / day
— Amsterdam — economy car $18.95 / day
— Barcelona — compact car $31.95 / day
— London — mid-size car $34.95 / day

Competitive rates cited for hotel rooms on Travelocity and Hotwire were searched simultaneously for the exact same hotel room and dates of travel. All prices shown are based on hotel rates for one room offered on Hotwire and listed travel sites on April 8, 2005 for travel May 3-10, 2005. Hotel rates shown for all sites do not include taxes and fees. Hotwire has an opaque business model in which the exact name and address of the hotel is not disclosed until after payment. Hotwire bookings are subject to certain restrictions.

All hotel and package prices shown are actual bookings made on Hotwire between March 23 — April 4, 2005, for stays in April and May, 2005. Hotel rates shown do not include taxes and fees. Vacation packages are per-person with double occupancy and roundtrip air. Packages shown include all taxes and fees. Car rental rates shown do not include taxes and fees. All bookings are non-changeable and nonrefundable. Because prices change all the time, Hotwire customers are encouraged to check rates for themselves. For complete details regarding Hotwire’s Lowest Price Guarantee, visit www.hotwire.com.

About Hotwire

Hotwire.com 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 www.hotwire.com.

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