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HotelClub Gives Virgin Blue Customers One-Stop Shopping for Air, Hotels

SYDNEY, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- HotelClub (, a leading hotel and global accommodation website and brand of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), today announced an exclusive agreement with Virgin Blue Airlines to provide integrated hotel accommodation offerings to all Virgin Blue Guests.


The integration of HotelClub's online booking engine gives customers booking on the Virgin Blue Airlines' websites a simple and seamless way to book hotel accommodations. The agreement gives Virgin Blue Guests access to HotelClub's expansive inventory of more than 48,000 accommodation options in 126 countries.

"At a time when travellers everywhere are becoming more cost conscious, we're pleased to offer significant savings, as well as a quick and easy hotel booking experience to Virgin Blue Guests," said Chloe Lim, managing director, HotelClub. "Especially now, it's important for travel suppliers to work together to make it easier and more affordable for consumers to travel, and this is a partnership that we believe will do just that."

Visitors to the Virgin Blue websites will also have access to a variety of HotelClub benefits including:

    --  The ability to compare and book accommodation in 14 different
    --  View customer reviews and ratings for every hotel in the HotelClub
    --  A wide selection of last-minute hotel booking options
    --  The ability to book up to 12 months prior to travel dates

Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, "We are pleased to be joining with HotelClub to further strengthen Virgin Blue's worldwide accommodation offerings."

Virgin Blue Airlines, including Polynesian Blue, Pacific Blue, currently flies to 39 destinations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, with recently launched routes including Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Bali and the Solomon Islands. The airline will launch its V Australia subsidiary flying from Australia to the USA in early 2009*.

All Virgin Blue customers including Velocity members will have access to Virgin Blue's new range of hotels and accommodation.

* Subject to regulatory approvals.

For further information -Jenny Muir, Primary Communication - Tel - +61 2 9212 3888 mobile + 61 415 401 200 Email; or Brian Hoyt, Orbitz Worldwide - Tel - (202) 336-5106, e-mail

About HotelClub

HotelClub is a global accommodation specialist operating the following websites: - bookings up to 12 months in advance and - bookings up to 28 days in advance. HotelClub offers users the choice of more than 48,000 hotels in over 126 countries worldwide. HotelClub is available in fourteen languages - Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Thai. HotelClub is truly global offering its customers access through country specific websites. HotelClub is part of Orbitz Worldwide.

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 (, CheapTickets (, ebookers (, HotelClub (, RatesToGo (, the Away Network (, and corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business ( For more information on how your company can partner with Orbitz Worldwide, visit

About Virgin Blue Group

Multi award winning airline Virgin Blue ( and international carriers Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue currently operate a fleet of 78 modern Boeing 737 and Embraer E-Jet aircraft flying to 27 Australian and 12 international destinations including New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Bali and the Solomon Islands. Virgin Blue was the first airline in the world to launch a Government-certified carbon offset program, where Guests can offset the carbon emissions from their flights. Virgin Blue Group has also announced plans to launch Australia's newest international airline, V Australia, set to commence flights between Australia and the USA from 2009, subject to regulatory approvals.

Orbitz Worldwide

Jenny Muir, Primary Communication, +61 2 9212 3888, cell, 61 415 401 200;
or Brian Hoyt of Orbitz Worldwide, +1-202-336-5106,

"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.