CHICAGO - September 2, 2004 - Orbitz (Nasdaq: ORBZ) has been named the "Best Website for Booking Travel" as part of Travel Savvy magazine's "Best of" Awards. Orbitz topped the nominations as best in class for online travel when readers of the Generation X-geared travel magazine responded to open-ended ballots requesting their favorite travel web site, airline, hotel and city destination.
Readers praise Orbitz for its "friendly" and "easy-to-read" site design that helps customers "feel in control while searching for steeply discounted fares." Travel Savvy readers also chose Orbitz as tops for its customer friendly features, highlighting how Orbitz is the "only site with a Customer Care team that monitors nationwide travel conditions for its customers."
"We are delighted that the readers of Travel Savvy singled out Orbitz as their preferred place to find great deals and book travel," said John Samuel, executive vice president of Consumer Travel at Orbitz. "Travel Savvy's core audience of young professionals will continue to be some of Orbitz's most important customers, playing a key role in influencing travel trends and purchase decisions."
Travel Savvy's "Best of" Awards are featured in the September/October issue currently on newsstands. Travel Savvy is a travel lifestyle magazine that covers international and domestic destinations, fashion, design, unique accommodations, food, travel news and celebrity travel trends.
Orbitz is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and purchase a broad array of travel products, including airline tickets, lodging, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Since launching its website to the general public in June 2001, Orbitz has become the third largest online travel site based on gross travel bookings. On www.orbitz.com, consumers can search more than 455 airlines, as well as rates at tens of thousands of lodging properties worldwide and at 22 car rental companies. Orbitz, Inc. became a publicly traded company on Dec. 17, 2003, when its shares were listed on the Nasdaq National Market under the ticker symbol ORBZ. For more information on the company, visit www.orbitz.com.
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