Orbitz.com and CheapTickets.com Affiliate Offerings to Help Drive
Alternative Sources of Revenue for Not-for-Profits as Direct Donations Decline
CHICAGO and WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orbitz Worldwide
(NYSE: OWW), a leading global online travel company, today announced that
United Way has become a member of its not-for-profit affiliate program.
As an Orbitz Worldwide affiliate, United Way enables its members and
supporters to book travel on www.liveunited.org and support the organization's
national mission, helping provide revenue to advance the common good in
communities across the United States.
"In these challenging economic times, people are gratified to be able to
support a good cause without having to spend extra to do so," said Steve
Barnhart, CEO and president, Orbitz Worldwide. "As we work together to
increase volunteer vacations across the country, our partnership with United
Way now gives consumers an opportunity to give back to their communities when
they book travel with Orbitz Worldwide through the United Way's website."
Both Orbitz.com and CheapTickets.com affiliate booking links will appear
throughout United Way websites at the national and local level. When customers
book travel on these affiliated websites, a portion of the profits of each
booking supports United Way's mission to improve lives by mobilizing the
caring power of communities.
"Even in a tough economy, we want everyone to see themselves as part of
the change needed in our communities," said Randy Punley, director of
corporate partnerships at United Way of America. "LIVE UNITED(TM) is our call
to action for all people to join this movement through giving, advocating and
volunteering. Through our partnership with Orbitz Worldwide, those who are
planning to travel have the opportunity to give simply by booking on our
A weakened economy has some trends reflecting an overall decline in
charitable spending. A recent survey conducted by Capital One found that 83
percent of respondents have become more concerned about finances, and the
survey says more than half say they're either unable to donate or have reduced
their donations to charities due to financial concerns.
Orbitz Worldwide-affiliated United Way websites give consumers an
automatic and simple means to support the charitable organization when booking
travel. Additionally, while traveling, they'll receive customer care and
support from either the Orbitz.com or CheapTickets.com customer service teams.
Those who book through Orbitz.com will also have access to OrbitzTLC
customer care and Orbitz Price Assurance. With Orbitz Price Assurance,
travelers can rest assured they're getting the best price for a flight,
because if anyone subsequently books the same itinerary on Orbitz.com for
less, they'll automatically receive a cash refund for the difference.
Other not-for-profits interested in becoming a member of Orbitz
Worldwide's affiliate program can send inquiries to email@example.com.
About Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) is a leading global online travel company
that uses innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to
research, plan and book a broad range of travel products. Orbitz Worldwide
owns and operates a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz
(http://www.orbitz.com/), CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com/),
ebookers (http://www.ebookers.com/), HotelClub (http://www.hotelclub.com/),
RatesToGo (http://www.ratestogo.com/), the Away Network
(http://www.away.com/), and corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business
(http://www.orbitzforbusiness.com/). For more information on how your company
can partner with Orbitz Worldwide, visit http://corp.orbitz.com/.
About United Way
United Way is a global network in 47 countries and territories, including
nearly 1,300 local organizations in the U.S. that advance the common good,
creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key
building blocks of education, income and health. The United Way movement
creates long lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of
problems that prevent progress in these areas. LIVE UNITED is a call to action
for everyone to become part of the change. For more information about United
Way, please visit: LIVEUNITED.org.
Brian Hoyt of Orbitz Worldwide, +1-202-336-5106,
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Del Galloway of United Way, +1-703-836-7112, ext. 807,