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Last-Minute Holiday Travel Bookers Find It Easier at Hotwire.com
Nov 15, 2007 (12:11 PM EST)


SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Just decided you want to go home for the holidays or use up those extra vacation days on a quick winter getaway? It's not too late to find a great deal on airfare. Discount travel authority Hotwire.com(TM) now makes it even easier for flexible and price conscious travelers to find its lowest priced fare available, thanks to its new Airfare Savings Hub.

The Hotwire(R) Airfare Savings Hub takes the leg work out of the hunt for airfare deals by proactively asking valuable questions for those travelers willing to be flexible with their plans to help them save even more money.

Travelers can simply visit http://www.hotwire.com and enter their preferred airports and travel dates. If available, alternate recommendations will automatically appear alongside Hotwire's lowest available price for their exact flight request, showing how to save even more money by traveling to alternate airports or on alternate dates.

Hotwire vice president and travel expert Barbara Messing advises last-minute bookers to use the Airfare Savings Hub and take advantage of any flexibility they have this holiday season. "With Christmas Eve on a Monday this year, more people will be flying out the weekend prior. Lower demand on Christmas Eve and even Christmas Day itself could yield great deals while still allowing last minute travelers to make it home in time for holiday celebrations."

Travel Deals Abound During Holiday "Shoulder Season"

The Holiday "Shoulder Season", which falls between the Thanksgiving and Christmas travel peaks, provides a chance to not only get away, but also score a travel bargain. Those travelers looking for a last-minute, pre-holiday getaway can take advantage of fewer crowds and lower prices as airlines, hotels and car rental companies try to fill up their excess inventory.

The period from November 27 through December 15 is a great time to find a travel deal. Says Messing, "The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are the perfect time to escape chilly winter weather and land bargains in hotspots such as Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean."

Travel companies use Hotwire to fill empty airline seats as well as unsold hotel rooms and rental cars. This means up to 60 percent off published hotel rates and up to 45 percent off last-minute airfares.

Below are examples of rates on hotel stays recently booked on Hotwire.com for stays between November 27 and December 15.*

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About Hotwire.com

Hotwire.com(TM) is a leading discount travel site with low rates on airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Launched in 2000, Hotwire(R) negotiates deep discounts from its travel suppliers to help travelers book unsold airline seats, hotel rooms and rental cars. J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Independent Travel Web Site Satisfaction Study(SM) recognized Hotwire for ranking "Highest in Customer Satisfaction For Independent Travel Web Sites." Hotwire is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. http://www.hotwire.com/ . CST: 2053390-40. NST: 20003-0209. For more information, visit .

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Sanders Hotwire.com jsanders@hotwire.com 415.343.8407

CONTACT: Jennifer Sanders of Hotwire.com, +1-415-343-8407, jsanders@hotwire.com

Web site: http://www.hotwire.com/