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Orbitz Joins Illinois Lt. Governor in Collecting Care Packages for Troops in Honor of Veterans Day

Donations Collected at Chicagoland LaSalle Bank Locations Donors Offered the Opportunity to Win Free Roundtrip Airfare from Orbitz

CHICAGO, IL (November 4, 2004) -- In an effort to support American forces stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, Orbitz has enlisted the help of Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn and LaSalle Bank to collect items for care packages that will be shipped to the brave men and women serving overseas. Chicagoans contributing to the care packages will have the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win one of 25 free roundtrip flights from Orbitz.

"This effort originated as an internal program at Orbitz when we began collecting items for our employees who had family members serving in the military overseas," said Jeffrey Katz, president and CEO of Orbitz. "The response was so positive that we decided to turn it into a citywide program in time for Veterans Day. And, as a leader in online travel, we thought that offering the opportunity for free trips would be a great incentive to get people engaged."

Donations will be accepted at any of the more than 125 LaSalle Bank locations throughout Chicagoland from November 8 through 20 (for branch locations, visit www.lasallebank.com).

From there, the Illinois branch of "Operation Support Our Troops," a military-assistance organization run by military families operating under guidelines issued by the Pentagon, will collect, package and ship the care packages. Items requested from the soldiers include:

-Canned Fruit/Fruit Cups
-Jerky/Beef Sticks
-Cheese & Crackers
-Granola Bars
-Cereal/Instant Oatmeal
-Hard Candy and Chewing Gum
-Deodorant
-Soap
-Baby Wipes -Personal Notes with of Appreciation for the Soldiers
(Please include a self-addressed envelope so they may respond to you)
-Pre-sweetened Drink Mixes
-Trail Mix and Salty Snacks
-DVDs/CDs
-Disposable Cameras
-Canned Tuna and Meat
-Shaving Cream
-Toothpaste
-Hand Sanitizer
-Socks

"'Operation Support Our Troops' has undertaken meaningful work on behalf of those serving in the Middle East and we're proud to assist with this collection of care packages," said Norman R. Bobins, president and chief executive officer of LaSalle Bank Corporation.

After making a donation, consumers will be given information about how to register online to win one of 25 free roundtrip airline tickets from Orbitz. Registration will be available from Monday, November 8 through Monday, November 22.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for all of us to let the men and women overseas know that the City of Chicago supports what they're doing, appreciates their brave efforts and wishes them a safe return home," added Lt. Governor Pat Quinn. "I applaud the efforts of Orbitz and LaSalle Bank and look forward to watching our community lend assistance to this very noble cause."

For those wishing to make monetary donations, they can do so by visiting the website for Operation Support Our Troops Illinois, www.osotil.org. The website contains comprehensive information on the organization's mission of supplementing the basic provisions provided to American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the volunteer opportunities available throughout the state.

"We are grateful to companies like LaSalle Bank and Orbitz who take such an active role in showing support for our deployed servicemen and women," added Support Our Troops Illinois cofounder Joanne Bradna. "Along with the assistance of the Lt. Governor's office and the generosity of the people of Illinois we are able to truly make an impact on the morale of our soldiers."

About Orbitz

Orbitz is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and purchase a broad array of travel products, including airline tickets, lodging, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Since launching its website to the general public in June 2001, Orbitz has become the third largest online travel site based on gross travel bookings. On www.orbitz.com, consumers can search more than 455 airlines, as well as rates at tens of thousands of lodging properties worldwide and at 22 car rental companies. For more information on the company, visit www.orbitz.com.

Statements in this press release regarding Orbitz that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements and are subject to risks, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause such statements to differ materially from actual future events or results. Any such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The following factors, among others, could cause Orbitz' actual results to differ materially from those described in a forward-looking statement: Orbitz' ability to retain and attract customers on a cost-effective basis; increasing competition from existing or new competitors; relationships with Orbitz' controlling stockholders and with other travel suppliers; limitations that could affect the expansion of our Supplier Link business; risks relating to our ability to expand our business generally; specific risks that could affect our ability to achieve growth plans for portions of our business, such as hotels; rapid technological change affecting our industry; technical and operational issues, such as journey control restrictions, that result from changes in travel suppliers' distribution methodologies that could affect our results; risks associated with litigation or government regulation; declines, disruptions or events affecting the travel industry; potential fluctuations in our quarterly and annual results. This list is intended to identify only certain of the principal factors that could cause actual results to differ. Readers are referred to the reports and documents filed from time to time by Orbitz with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of these and other important risk factors. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of this press release. Orbitz undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.

About LaSalle Bank

LaSalle Bank is headquartered in Chicago and has $62.8 billion in assets and $36.4 billion in deposits. One of the largest banks in the Midwest and second largest in Chicago, LaSalle Bank serves individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies and institutions with streamlined solutions to meet the scope of customers' financial needs. LaSalle has more than 140 retail locations and 500 ATMs throughout Chicago and the neighboring suburbs. Online banking is offered through lasallebank.com.

About Operation Support Our Troops (OSOT)

Operation Support Our Troops is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting deployed service members by sending goods and letters to boost their morale and supplement their basic needs. Founded in 2002 by a military mom, the Illinois branch of OSOT has sent more than 5,000 care packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Learn more about Operation Support Our Troops at www.osotil.org.

Contact:
Terri Shank, Orbitz
312.894.4915
tshank@orbitz.com

Russin Royal, Burson-Marsteller
312.596.3640
russin_royal@chi.bm.com

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Orbitz Worldwide Inc.'s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.