Travel Agents Can Now Save on Booking Costs, Get Unbiased Flight Information, and Earn Commissions Through Orbitz
Chicago, IL - August 2, 2004 - Orbitz, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORBZ) today announced it has opened its Premier Affiliate Program to travel agents. Orbitz' Affiliate Program gives travel agents a low-cost alternative to access the most travel options and unbiased matrix displays, while enabling them to earn commissions every time they purchase travel.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's deregulation of Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) on July 31 created the opportunity for Orbitz to expand this program.
"For smaller, primarily home-based travel agents, participating in a traditional GDS is just too expensive. Travel agents tell us they need a low-cost booking tool that gives them fast access to a comprehensive selection of travel options," said Mike Stein, vice president of e-marketing at Orbitz. "With GDS deregulation completed, Orbitz has an opportunity to provide travel agents with a booking tool they can count on to be unbiased."
Travel agents can sign up for Orbitz' Premier Affiliate Program on Orbitz.com. To learn more about the program and enroll, simply click on the link "Become an Affiliate" at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions.
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 over 65,000 lodging properties and at 23 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.