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Spring Break on a Budget: Orbitz Data Reveals Destinations With Biggest Hotel Price Drops

From Barbados to Banff, spring break hotels at half the cost of last year

CHICAGO, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Travelers looking for last-minute Spring Break deals this year won't have to look far. Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), the only online travel site to offer Price Assurance, reveals spring destination deals that fit every vacation style and budget, from just $48 a night.

"Travelers who are still looking to book an affordable Spring Break getaway in March or April won't be disappointed," says Jeanenne Tornatore, director of public relations for Orbitz.com. "With average daily hotel rates in some top destinations significantly lower than last year, combined with the many hotel value-add offers such as spa and shopping credits, this Spring Break is shaping up to be a great time for the budget traveler."

To help travelers plan an affordable Spring Break getaway, Orbitz profiles the destinations in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean that have the biggest year-over-year savings in average daily hotel rates during this popular travel period from March 1 - April 15. To provide insight for travelers on various budgets, Orbitz reveals destinations with the biggest savings for both 3 and 4 star hotels.

                 Spring Break Destinations with Biggest YOY Savings
                                    3-Star Hotels
                                    -------------
                                          ADR      ADR    YOY ADR %
       Ranking   Destination             2009*    2008**   Change

         1       Barbados                 $89     $325      -72%
         2       Banff, Canada            $56     $124      -55%
         3       Las Vegas, NV            $48     $104      -54%
         4       Puerto Rico             $106     $220      -52%
         5       Taos, NM                 $70     $142      -51%
         6       Dominican Republic      $151     $293      -48%
         7       Winter Park, CO          $84     $160      -48%
         8       Whistler, BC            $160     $248      -36%
         9       St. Lucia               $197     $301      -34%
        10       Turks & Caicos          $254     $386      -34%



*Based on Average Daily Hotel Rates (ADR) of 3-Star hotel bookings made on Orbitz.com by 2/23/09, for travel between 3/1/09 and 4/15/09.

** Based on Average Daily Hotel Rates (ADR) of 3-Star hotel bookings made on Orbitz.com by 2/23/08, for travel between 3/1/08 and 4/15/08.

                 Spring Break Destinations with Biggest YOY Savings
                                    4-Star Hotels
                                    -------------
                                         ADR      ADR     YOY ADR %
       Ranking  Destination              2009*    2008**   Change

         1       Puerto Rico             $130     $336      -61%
         2       Nassau, Bahamas         $121     $269      -55%
         3       Bermuda                 $137     $300      -54%
         4       Barbados                $328     $702      -53%
         5       St. Kitts               $148     $310      -52%
         6       Biloxi, MS               $91     $169      -46%
         7       Jamaica                 $137     $250      -45%
         8       Las Vegas, NV            $87     $152      -43%
         9       Jackson Hole, WY        $169     $279      -39%
        10       Crested Butte, CO       $250     $412      -39%



*Based on Average Daily Hotel Rates (ADR) of 4-Star hotel bookings made on Orbitz.com by 2/23/09, for travel between 3/1/09 and 4/15/09.

** Based on Average Daily Hotel Rates (ADR) of 4-Star hotel bookings made on Orbitz.com by 2/23/08, for travel between 3/1/08 and 4/15/08.

To make it easy for travelers to take advantage of the last-minute Spring Break deals, Orbitz has pulled together a roundup of some of its top promotions and sales currently running on www.orbitz.com:

Lake Tahoe Hotels/Vacations

With the new Orbitz Deal-O-Rama feature, travelers looking for the most updated last-minute deals need only to check this promotion out on the 1st and 15th of every month. Starting March 1, the Orbitz Deal-O-Rama will feature last-minute deals to Lake Tahoe.

  • Save 10 percent off Lake Tahoe stays with promo code DEALOHOTEL
  • Save $75 off 3+ night vacation packages to Lake Tahoe with promo code DEALOVACA
  • Book by March 31, 2009 for travel by December 31, 2009

Grand Bahama Island Vacations

With its impressive combination of ecological wonders and manmade attractions, the Bahamas generously offers something for everyone, including two or three vacations in one.

  • Save $200 off 4+ night vacation packages with promotion code 200GBI
  • Save $100 off 3+ night vacation packages with promotion code 100GBI
  • Book by April 6, 2009 for travel through December 15, 2009

Bermuda Vacations

Find amazing pink-sand beaches, deep turquoise waters and miles of green golf courses in Bermuda.

  • Book a 3+ night vacation package and save $300 with promotion code: 3BERMUDA300
  • Book a 4+ night vacation package and save $400 with promotion code: 4BERMUDA400
  • Valid for travel by April 19, 2009

Las Vegas Hotels

Luxor Hotel - Book a 2 night or more reservation at Luxor and receive a $25 Food & Beverage Credit. Valid for stay between 03/01/09 - 12/29/09. Minimum length of stay requirement - 2 days.

About Orbitz

Orbitz (www.orbitz.com) is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and purchase a broad array of travel products, including airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Since launching its website www.orbitz.com to the general public in June 2001, Orbitz has become one of the largest online travel sites in the world based on gross travel bookings. On Orbitz, consumers can search more than 75,000 suppliers worldwide including airlines, hotels and car rental companies. Orbitz is a brand that is owned by Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.

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SOURCE: Orbitz.com

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