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Orbitz Launches Orbitz for Agents, a Program That Pays Travel Agents Commissions for Hotel and Customized Travel Package Bookings
The first 500 travel agents who sign up and make their first booking on www.orbitzforagents.com by March 31, 2010 will earn higher commissions on hotel and travel packages through March 31, 2011
CHICAGO, Feb 17, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), a leading online travel website, today announced the launch of a groundbreaking program that offers travel agents the opportunity to earn commissions on hotel reservations and customized travel package bookings made on behalf of their customers using the Orbitz for Agents website.

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The Orbitz for Agents program is easy to sign up for and gives travel agents a broad range of hotel options around the world, including promotional rates on thousands of properties. The Orbitz for Agents program also allows travel agents to create customized travel packages (e.g. flight+hotel, flight+hotel+car, hotel+car) that can bring customers significant additional savings. By pricing the airline ticket and hotel room as a package, Orbitz for Agents is able to give customers access to highly discounted rates on airline tickets, hotel rooms and car rentals that airlines, hotels and car rental companies would not allow us to offer for booking separately.

"Orbitz for Agents is an easy to use solution for travel agents to book hotels and customized travel packages while earning extremely competitive commissions," said Ronnie Gurion, President, Orbitz Worldwide Distribution. "Orbitz for Agents also gives travel agents the ability to set and charge service fees on a transaction by transaction basis."

Standard commission rates include 10% for hotel reservations and 4% for travel package bookings.(1) The first 500 travel agents to sign up and make their first booking on www.orbitzforagents.com by March 15, 2010 will earn higher commissions on hotel and travel packages through March 31, 2011. Promotional terms include 12% for hotel reservations and 5% for travel package bookings.

About Orbitz.com

Orbitz.com (www.orbitz.com) is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and book a broad array of travel products, including airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Since launching its Web site to the general public in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the largest online travel sites in the world and has led the industry with innovations including Flight Price Assurance, Hotel Price Assurance and Total Price hotel search results. On Orbitz.com consumers can search more than 80,000 suppliers worldwide including airlines, hotels and car rental companies. Orbitz.com is owned by Orbitz Worldwide.

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About Orbitz Worldwide

Orbitz Worldwide 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 a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com), ebookers (www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com), RatesToGo (www.ratestogo.com), the Away Network (www.away.com), and corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com). For more information on how your company can partner with Orbitz Worldwide, visit http://corp.orbitz.com.

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(1) Commission percentages are based on gross booking amounts excluding taxes and fees. All travel package bookings must include a hotel component. Additional terms are available on www.orbitzforagents.com.

SOURCE Orbitz Worldwide

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