Insider Shopping Guides together with Special Air and Hotel Packages now on Orbitz.com
Chicago, October 25, 2004 - Orbitz, the site with more low fares, more hotels and more cars, today announced "Shop, Orbitz & Go!," a special promotion designed to make planning that next big shopping trip easier and more convenient than ever.
Through a partnership with the award-winning shopping magazine Lucky, the "Shop, Orbitz & Go!" program blends Lucky magazine's shopping expertise and Orbitz's travel expertise to give consumers the inside scoop on where to get the best prices and selection on travel and merchandise in eight popular shopping destinations - Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Seattle.
"Shop, Orbitz & Go!" can be accessed through www.orbitz.com/shop and includes:
"Our 'Shop, Orbitz & Go!' promotion gives people who are passionate about shopping an easy way to blend it with their love of travel," said John Samuel, Orbitz executive vice president for Consumer Travel. "Just as Orbitz makes it easy to find great deals on travel, we're making it easy for shoppers to find the best places to shop and eat, as well as enjoy an insider's tour of the local's favorite neighborhoods."
- Great travel deals to each of the eight cities featured in the promotion, including specially negotiated air and hotel packages, such as roundtrip airfare from Chicago to Miami and a two-night stay at the hip, four-star Lily Leon Hotel for only $288 per person.
- The best shopping resources from the experts at Lucky who scoured each city looking for the best finds in fashion, beauty, lifestyle, gift and specialty items - from the most popular department store to the hippest out-of-the-way boutique. Also included are walking tour suggestions - not the usual suspects like Rodeo Drive in LA or Miracle Mile in Chicago - but quaint areas like Montana Avenue located in a chic Santa Monica neighborhood or Southport in Chicago filled with charming, low-key shops. And when you need a break from all that shopping? Visit one of the restaurants the editors at Lucky recommend.
- Printable guides to take with you and remind you of just what shops and restaurants you don't want to miss.
- Search to win a shopping spree and more. "Shop, Orbitz & Go!" includes a game where users can instantly win one of 16 weekend shopping trips to any one of the featured cities or a year's subscription to Lucky. Just for playing, users are entered to win the grand prize, a week-long shopping trip to a destination of the winner's choice.
And there are plenty of serious shoppers out there. According to a recent Orbitz survey, almost three-quarters of leisure travelers (73%) ranked shopping as important, or more important, than nightlife when planning a vacation. More than half (51%) have done their holiday shopping while traveling and 49% admitted to purposefully leaving room in their suitcase to bring back purchases made while on the road.
"Each issue of Lucky celebrates great shopping across the country and around the world," says Allyson Waterman, special projects editor of Lucky magazine. "We had a great time working with Orbitz to come up with the best places to shop, and we think consumers will enjoy checking out some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path shops, as well as rediscovering their favorites."
The "Shop, Orbitz & Go!" promotion can be accessed at www.orbitz.com/shop now through December 18, 2004.
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.
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About Lucky Magazine
Lucky, the award-winning magazine about shopping, provides women with the best to buy in fashion, beauty, home, and more. Launched by Condé Nast in 2000, Lucky now publishes 14 regional editions and continues to attract new readers, reaching over 4 million women* monthly. For the latest news from Lucky, log on to www.luckymag.com. * Source: MRI, Fall 2003 (Base: Women)