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Orbitz.com Becomes First Major Online Travel Company to Offer Dedicated Vacation Rental Inventory

Orbitz Customers Can Now Instantly Book More than 30,000 Private Homes, Villas and Condos Across North America, Central America and the Caribbean

CHICAGO, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orbitz.com (http://www.orbitz.com/), a pioneer in online travel, today announced it is the first major online travel company to offer a dedicated vacation rental site (http://vacationrentals.orbitz.com). Through a partnership with Zonder, a leading vacation rental provider, Orbitz is giving its customers access to the largest portfolio of vacation homes that can be booked instantly online through a major online travel company.

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Created to give customers a user-friendly, one-stop experience for finding the best lodging options, Orbitz' vacation rental (http://vacationrentals.orbitz.com/) properties include unique offerings of private homes, condo rentals (http://vacationrentals.orbitz.com/), cabin rentals (http://vacationrentals.orbitz.com/) and villas for a variety of budgets and vacation experiences. With Zonder's platform, Orbitz travelers view real-time availability and receive immediate booking confirmations.

"Orbitz continues to demonstrate leadership and innovation as the first major online travel company to give our customers dedicated access to this growing segment of the travel industry," said Steve Barnhart, Chief Executive Officer and President of Orbitz Worldwide. "In today's challenging economy, travelers can benefit from the price savings and the extra space and amenities that come with alternative lodging options. With the addition of vacation rental inventory, Orbitz customers have another option when planning a vacation (http://www.orbitz.com/App/PrepareVacationsHome) that suits their needs and budget."

Orbitz vacation rentals give customers the tools to easily find and book vacation rentals online. Travelers can easily browse top destinations or a search for a specific destination and find a vacation rental that meets their needs by refining their search with a number of options, including:

    -- Price
    -- Number of travelers
    -- Distance to destination
    -- Amenities (hot tub, pool, pet friendly, internet access, etc.)
    -- Property Type (house, condo, cabin, etc.)
    -- Location Type (ocean view, beach front, ski-in/ski-out, etc.)
    -- Household Comforts (BBQ, blender, dishwasher, microwave, etc.)
    -- Outdoor Recreation (surfing, skiing, fishing etc.)
    -- Services (in-unit laundry, grocery store, etc.)

Orbitz vacation rentals (http://vacationrentals.orbitz.com/) offer benefits for travelers looking for options not traditionally available at hotels (http://www.orbitz.com/App/ViewHotelSearch), such as full kitchens to save on food costs from dining out, private laundry units, a private pool or hot tub, additional space for groups and families and the privacy of their own home or unit.

Weekly rates for a vacation rental (http://vacationrentals.orbitz.com/) on Orbitz.com range from $107/night for a 2-person condo in Lake Tahoe, CA to $138/night for a 6-person private home in Orlando, FL. Examples of vacation rentals and pricing available on Orbitz include:

    -- 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath Ski-in/Ski-Out Vacation Home in Vail, CO, 7 Nights
       (mid Sept), from $260 a night
    -- 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Beach Vacation Rental in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 7
       Nights (mid Sept), from $102 a night
    -- 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Vacation Condo in Orlando, FL 7 Nights (mid Sept),
       from $118 a night

Orbitz has partnered with Salt Lake City-based Zonder to bring this portfolio of vacation rentals to its customers. Zonder provides rich, accurate content about each property, a photo slideshow, a detailed description of the property and amenities, and a proprietary search technology that gives customers a faster, easier way to find and book the perfect vacation rental property. Zonder is a trusted intermediary between the property manager and the renter, facilitating all rental payments directly, so travelers no longer have to take the personal risk of sending their payment and personal information directly to an unknown party.

"This deal is a very big milestone for the vacation rental industry which has seen tremendous growth in popularity," said Bob Barnes, CEO of Zonder. "We are happy Orbitz has selected Zonder as their partner to bring vacation rentals to travelers everywhere."

To book a vacation rental on Orbitz.com, visit http://www.vacationrentals.orbitz.com.

About Orbitz

Orbitz (http://www.orbitz.com) is a leading online travel (http://www.orbitz.com/) company that enables travelers to search for and purchase a broad array of travel products, including airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises (http://cruises.orbitz.com/) and vacation packages. Since launching its website http://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 80,000 suppliers worldwide including airlines (http://www.orbitz.com/), hotels (http://www.orbitz.com/App/ViewHotelSearch), vacation rentals (http://vacationrentals.orbitz.com/) and car rental (http://www.orbitz.com/App/DisplayCarSearch) companies. Orbitz is a brand that is owned and operated by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW).

About Zonder

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Zonder (http://www.zonder.com) was the first vacation home rental distributor to offer accurate, real-time availability and online bookings. In addition to marketing the largest portfolio of vacation homes that can be booked instantly online, Zonder bookings are backed up by the Zonder Guarantee. Only Zonder gives consumers and partners the necessary tools to efficiently search through tens of thousands of vacation home rentals and narrow their results using a variety of filtering criteria. In addition, Zonder offers partners a powerful, flexible technology platform that makes it simple to add vacation rentals to their product offerings. Founded by search industry veterans, it is the technology behind Zonder that enables its powerful search, filtering and real-time booking capabilities.

SOURCE
Orbitz.com

CONTACT:
Abigail Hunt of Orbitz, +1-312-894-4734, abigail.hunt@orbitz.com; or Ellen Healy of Brodeur, +1-617-587-2844, ehealy@brodeur.com, for Orbitz

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Orbitz Worldwide Inc.'s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.