"Total Pricing" Matrix
Travelers Save Time and Money When Booking Hotels and Cars on Orbitz.com
Chicago, May 26, 2004 -- Just in time for summer vacation planning, Orbitz, the site that makes it easy to find great travel deals, today announced an enhanced vacation package offering that allows travelers the convenience and savings of booking hotels and cars together.
Orbitz has created its trademark Matrix Display for Hotel + Car purchases to offer travelers the first-ever ability to compare multiple hotel and car options on a single screen with "total pricing" - all taxes are factored into the quoted price. Prior to this feature, travelers who shopped full-service Internet agencies for hotel plus car packages would not see a total price including rental car and hotel taxes.
"Nowhere else on the web can travelers see so many hotel and car options at one glance, and quickly select the hotel, car and price to create a package that best meets their needs," said John Samuel, executive vice president of Consumer Travel at Orbitz. "By providing total pricing on hotel plus car packages, Orbitz customers can avoid the surprise of owing more for taxes on the car, a cost that can nearly double the rental price in some markets."
Available from Orbitz' homepage, users can search live inventory of up to three car companies and 20 hotel options with one click to easily compare and customize up to 60 different hotel plus car packages on a single screen. Travelers can also tailor their package search to include car type (economy, mid-size, etc.) and a city's specific neighborhood location for the hotel.
Orbitz' users can build custom hotel plus car packages at thousands of hotels and leading car rental companies nationwide. Here are some examples of savings available on Orbitz:
- Las Vegas: Save 39% on a four-night stay for two at a 5-star world-class resort with car rental. For a package price of $941, travelers can enjoy savings of $600 by booking the hotel and car together.
- Boston: Save 26% on a weekend getaway for two in downtown Boston, including a 4-star hotel and car rental. For a package price of $421, travelers can save $150 versus booking a comparable hotel and car separately.
- Orlando: Save 23% on a 7-day Orlando vacation for two, including hotel and car rental. With a package price of $609, vacationers can save $184 when they book their hotel and car together.
Orbitz, Inc. became a publicly traded company on Dec. 17, 2003, when its shares were listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol ORBZ. 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 in June 2001, Orbitz has become the third largest online travel site based on gross travel bookings. On Orbitz, consumers can search more than 455 airlines, as well as rates at over 65,000 lodging properties and at 23 car rental companies. For more information, visit www.orbitz.com.