Travel to Europe Before Year-End for Great Hotel Deals

Hotwire.com Offers Weekly Giveaway for Trips to Paris and London During October, Adds Hotel Properties in Five Top European Destinations

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ — Fall is one of the least expensive times of the year to travel across the Atlantic, and discount travel site Hotwire.com(R) is helping travelers get the best hotel deals with its newest European offerings.

— Through November 2, 2005, Hotwire will give away a trip for two to
London or Paris each week. Travelers who search for European hotels
on Hotwire.com will be entered into a sweepstakes by merely
requesting a quote for a European hotel. The winners will be chosen
each week, and will receive a grand prize, five-night vacation
(hotel and air) for two people. No booking is required to enter.
— Hotwire also recently added discounted hotel rates in Munich, Milan,
Florence, Venice, and Naples to the growing list of popular European
destinations where travelers can find great deals on lodging.

“Now is a great time to see Europe. Sandwiched before and after the Thanksgiving and Christmas periods, October through early December offers significant savings on lodging and airfare, and you can still take advantage of great weather, particularly in Southern Europe,” said Barbara Messing, Vice President of Customer Experience at Hotwire.com. “The cost of transatlantic flights drops substantially after September, particularly when flying into major hub cities like London, Paris, and Rome. Plus we’re seeing rates for 4-star hotels for around $100 per night.”

Below are examples of discount European hotel rooms recently offered on Hotwire.com for travel in late fall:

— $76 / night 4-star hotel, Barcelona — Barcelona West
— $80 / night 3.5-star hotel, London — The City / Financial
District
— $97 / night 3.5-star hotel, Rome — Rome Central
— $102 / night 3-star hotel, Paris — Eiffel Tower /Cambronne
— $131 / night 4.5-star hotel, Munich — City Center

Hotwire also offers travelers the convenience of booking vacation packages in U.S. dollars that include both 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 paid up-front – saving customers time and money.

Below are examples of European vacation packages offered on Hotwire.com for travel in late fall. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy:

— $713 Hesperia Sant Just Hotel (4-star) Barcelona — 7 nights
hotel and flight from Chicago
— $815 Crowne Plaza Amsterdam Schiphol (3.5-star) — 6 nights hotel
and flight from Denver
— $907 Kensington Close Hotel (3-star) London — 7 nights hotel and
flight from Seattle
— $1031 Les Jardins Du Marais (4-star) Paris — 7 nights hotel and
flight from Sioux Falls
— $1032 InterContinental De La Ville Roma (5-star) Rome — 8 nights
hotel and flight from San Francisco

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. Find a lower rate on the same hotel within 48 hours of booking, and Hotwire will refund double the difference.

All prices shown are based on hotel rates and vacation packages offered on Hotwire.com in the past 30 days for travel in October, November and December 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 http://www.hotwire.com/pop-up/double-the-difference-terms-popup.jsp .

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 http://www.hotwire.com/ .

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