A Vacation for Labor Day May Keep the Doctor Away; Hotels.com Suggests Taking Time Off Can Be Good for Your Health

DALLAS, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is the only national holiday dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is synonymous with the definition “to work hard” and Americans often see this holiday as their chance to reward themselves for their work efforts throughout the year. That’s why Hotels.com is encouraging Americans to plan that last minute vacation and take advantage of the great hotels and great deals available through http://www.hotels.com/ .

According to MedicineNet.com, vacationing may also be good for your health. The penchant for working long hours and not taking the allotted annual vacation days can lead to factors detrimental to one’s well-being. And it’s not so much what you do on your vacation but what you don’t do.

Hotels.com, the hotel experts, provide the following five tips to help your vacation be a healthy and relaxing break from both the physical and mental taxation of long hours of work.

1) Leave work at home. Resist the urge to take your laptop, PDA or even
cell phone.
2) Book online. The Internet has made it possible to find great deals
and packages that include room, meals and activities so you don’t
have to stress about depleting your pocketbook.
3) Travel off-peak. While the Labor Day holiday is the perfect time to
reward yourself for working hard, take advantage of destinations that
are off-season in order to get the best deals.
4) Look for promotional offers. Hotels.com TripBucks(TM) are destination
specific coupons customers receive when they book their hotel thru
http://www.hotels.com/ . TripBucks provide discounts to area
restaurants, attractions, and shopping.
5) Family Fun. Traveling with family doesn’t have to be stressful.
According to the National PTA, play is one of the most powerful
vehicles for developing a child’s social, emotional and intellectual
abilities.

“Not only does booking online take the stress out of planning your vacation by helping you find great last-minute deals but you can also find rewards such as Hotels.com TripBucks(TM) which help you stretch your dollar by offering discounts at area restaurants and attractions,” said Carl Minto-Sparks, senior vice president of marketing and retail operations at Hotels.com. “Hotels.com has also extended its Gas Rebate on stays through September 15th so you can be reimbursed up to $30 for a tank of gas by mail-in rebate.”

According to Hotels.com, the Top Ten U.S. Labor Day Destinations are:
1) New York
2) Los Angeles
3) San Francisco
4) Washington
5) Chicago
6) Dallas/Fort Worth
7) Atlanta
8) Boston
9) Philadelphia
10) Phoenix

A sample of Hotels.com rates and specials for Labor Day weekend and beyond include*:

– The Argent Hotel in San Francisco from $159. Save 20% off entire stay
– Boston Hyatt Harborside from $189 (book by August 31st, rates as low
as $169)
– Book a minimum of two nights at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix and
receive a $50 daily resort credit to be used towards food, beverage or
spa treatments.
– “Book Now and Save” at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida. Book
from August 12 until September 12, 2005 for travel November 1st
through December 24th, 2005 and you’ll receive 15% off a two-night
stay or 20% off three or more nights.
– Nine Zero hotel in Boston — book a room by August 28 and receive room
rates as low as $175 per night. This hotel was recently named “one of
the 15 best hotels in the U.S. by Conde Nast Reader’s Choice poll.

* See http://www.hotels.com/ for details. Rates are subject to change and
availability

* Ranking of destinations based on actual Hotels.com customer shopping
preferences.

About Hotels.com

Hotels.com is a leading provider of lodging worldwide, offering reservation services through its own websites (including http://www.hotels.com/ and others), its interactive affiliate network (http://www.ian.com/ ), and its toll-free call centers (1-800-2-HOTELS). Hotels.com gives travelers one of the widest selections of lodging accommodations from traditional hotels to vacation rentals at more than 20,000 properties in more than 400 cities in North America, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. The company is a one-stop shopping source for hotel pricing, amenities and availability, and also specializes in providing travelers with accommodations during sold-out periods. See website for details and restrictions. Hotels.com is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) . CST: 2059975-40

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