Orbitz Worldwide to power travel portal and integrate booking tools, service
and content on MSN Travel
CHICAGO, July 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orbitz.com
(http://www.orbitz.com), the flagship brand of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) in
the United States, and its affiliated online travel brand ebookers.com
(http://www.ebookers.co.uk) in the United Kingdom, announced today that they
have signed a multi-year deal with Microsoft to serve as the online travel
agency for MSN.com's travel portal in the United States
(http://travel.msn.com) and United Kingdom (http://travel.uk.msn.com),
Orbitz.com and ebookers.com will power all of MSN Travel's offerings,
including air, hotel, vacation package, cruise and car rental bookings.
Following the July 1st launch, MSN Travel customers in the United States
will benefit from Orbitz.com's unique new Price Assurance(SM) service, which
refunds the difference in airfare for travelers in the event another Orbitz
customer books the same flight itinerary for a lower price. MSN customers in
the United States will also benefit from OrbitzTLC, an innovative service that
proactively alerts customers with information about their trip via email,
phone or text message.
MSN Travel customers in the UK will benefit from ebookers.com's Price
Guarantee, which refunds the difference if the customer finds a better price.
MSN users in the United Kingdom will also benefit from a fantastic range of
worldwide hotels with up to 60% off.
Microsoft also plans to integrate more content from its newly-acquired
Live Search Farecast travel search engine within the MSN Travel site as well.
Our partnership with MSN will provide additional visibility and traffic
to both Orbitz.com and ebookers.com, strengthening growth in both the United
States and the United Kingdom, said Steve Barnhart, CEO and president of
Orbitz Worldwide. As one of the largest Internet destinations in the world,
MSN represents another significant win for growing our co-branded
Orbitz Worldwide's co-branded and private label business powers travel
bookings for a number of airline, hotel and general interest websites.
Orbitz provides an excellent online experience for its customers and has
unique customer-focused services, stated John Russell, senior channel manager
of MSN Travel at Microsoft Corp. Microsoft is committed to delivering
innovative features that help our MSN Travel customers make smarter decisions,
and the integration of Orbitz's technology is another step toward fulfilling
For more information on Orbitz Worldwide's co-branded capabilities, email
us at OrbitzPrivateLabelServices@orbitz.com.
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 on how your company can partner with Orbitz Worldwide,
Chicago, Brian Hoyt, +1-312-752-5436, email@example.com, or
Investors, Frank Petito, +1-312-894-4830, firstname.lastname@example.org, both of
Orbitz Worldwide; or London, Alexandra Marsh, or Laurence De Bievre, both of
Ebookers, +44 (0) 207 479 5656, email@example.com, both for Orbitz Worldwide