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Orbitz Worldwide Signs New Distribution Agreement With Avis Budget Group

Deal Enables Orbitz Worldwide to Distribute Hybrid Cars to Customers

CHICAGO, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: OWW), a leading global online travel company, today announced that it has reached an agreement with Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NYSE: CAR) to distribute Avis Rent A Car (http://www.avis.com) and Budget Rent A Car (http://www.budget.com) inventory through its Orbitz (http://www.orbitz.com) and CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com) consumer brands and corporate travel offering, Orbitz for Business (http://www.orbitzforbusiness.com).

"We're pleased to renew this alliance with two car rental brands that have a strong history with Orbitz Worldwide and its customers," said Sam Fulton, vice president and general manager, transportation, Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. "As Orbitz Worldwide works to offer more environmentally sound alternatives to our customers, we're pleased to immediately make available Avis Budget Group's fleet of gas/electric hybrid vehicles."

In April 2007, Orbitz launched http://eco.orbitz.com, a microsite that enables its customers to book more environmentally friendly travel. The company also formed a partnership with Carbonfund.org (http://www.carbonfund.org), enabling customers to offset their carbon dioxide footprint related to their travels. Now customers can easily rent a hybrid vehicle by visiting http://hybrids.orbitz.com or http://hybrids.cheaptickets.com.

The agreement provides Orbitz Worldwide customers with access to rental cars at Avis and Budget corporate-owned and select licensee locations in the U.S. and Canada. This access includes its full fleet of car rental choices, including the Avis Cool Car Collection, which features gas/electric hybrids; the compact Toyota Prius, the full-size Nissan Altima; and, available by year-end, the mini-SUV Ford Escape hybrid.

"Orbitz Worldwide is an important distributor for the Avis Budget Group, and we look forward to our continued relationship with their customers," said Kaye Ceille, senior vice president, global travel and partnerships, Avis Budget Group, Inc. "Additionally, we look forward to working with Orbitz Worldwide as we jointly develop special promotions to connect its customers with our car rental brands."

About Orbitz Worldwide

Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) is a leading global online travel company that uses innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to research, plan and book a broad range of travel products. Orbitz Worldwide owns and operates a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz (http://www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com), ebookers (http://www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (http://www.hotelclub.com), RatesToGo (http://www.ratestogo.com), the Away Network (http://www.away.com) and corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business (http://www.orbitzforbusiness.com). For more information, visit the Orbitz Worldwide Investor Relations website at http://www.orbitz-ir.com.

About Avis Budget Group, Inc.

Avis Budget Group is a leading provider of vehicle rental services, with operations in more than 70 countries. Through its Avis (http://www.avis.com) and Budget (http://www.budget.com) brands, the company is the leading general-use vehicle rental company in each of North America, Australia, New Zealand and certain other regions based on published airport statistics. Avis Budget Group is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J. and has more than 30,000 employees. For more information about Avis Budget Group, visit http://www.avisbudgetgroup.com.

SOURCE
Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.

CONTACT:
Brian Hoyt of Orbitz Worldwide, Inc., +1-312-894-6890, bhoyt@orbitz.com; or Toni Marshall of Avis Budget Group, Inc., +1-973-496-5167, toni.marshall@avisbudget.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.