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Business Traveler Safety: Orbitz for Business and Travelport Sign Agreement with International SOS

Agreement delivers the latest "value-added" service for Orbitz for Business and Travelport corporate travel customers

VANCOUVER, BC (May 3, 2005) - Orbitz for Business and Travelport, global leaders in corporate travel management and subsidiaries of Cendant Corporation's (NYSE: CD) Travel Distribution Services (TDS), today announced an agreement with top travel security services firm International SOS that increases corporations' ability to track and assist traveling employees. The announcement came as the Orbitz for Business and Travelport organization participated in the Association of Corporate Travel Executives' (ACTE) annual conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Effective this month, Orbitz for Business and Travelport now offer corporate customers International SOS' best-in-class security and traveler assistance at a discounted rate. Because these features are integrated into Orbitz for Business and Travelport, they not only deliver high quality traveler support, but also efficient corporate management of traveler security. The agreement also marks the latest example of Orbitz for Business and Travelport adding features that go beyond booking and agency functionality to increase their value to corporations.

Specifically, the agreement includes International SOS travel intelligence, International SOS online traveler locator services, automated tracking tools and notifications, and International SOS medical and security assistance services. Using these tools, travel managers, security managers and corporate travelers all benefit by receiving helpful information on destinations such as country guides, security briefs, medical and business information, cultural briefs, and automated travel advisories that include current event notifications. Travel and security managers also have access to traveler locator tools to find and communicate with travelers worldwide - especially in emergency situations.

"As companies increasingly do more business internationally, enhancing the safety of employees traveling globally is more important than ever," said Dean Sivley, chief product and marketing officer for Orbitz for Business and Travelport. "Through our agreement with International SOS we now offer clients an integrated, easy to use service that enhances traveler security while enabling companies to better manage their travelers and travel program. This is a concrete example of our mission to provide more value to corporate customers by offering services beyond booking air, car and hotel to deliver more complete, more efficient products."

"By working with Travelport and Orbitz for Business, which offer the backing and global reach of Cendant, our medical, security, and travel assistance services will reach a larger number of travel and security managers. This will empower more corporate travelers to be better prepared and more productive while traveling abroad," said Kevin Morris, vice president of marketing for International SOS.

About International SOS

International SOS (www.internationalsos.com) is the world's largest medical and security assistance company, as well as the leading provider of remote site medical services. It has a full time staff of 4,000 including 1,000 healthcare professionals operating in 28 Alarm Centers and 22 International Clinics around the world, with credentialed providers in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. SOS clients include the majority of Fortune 500 companies as well as leading insurance companies, credit card programs, specialty travel programs, universities, government agencies and NGO's. For more information, go to www.internationalsos.com.

International SOS Americas region is headquartered in Philadelphia, with offices in Toronto and Houston.

About Orbitz for Business

Orbitz for Business, the first full-service Internet travel management program, is a subsidiary of Cendant Corp. (NYSE: CD). Together with Travelport, it is part of Cendant's Travel Distribution Services' Corporate Travel Solutions. Serving more than 1,000 companies, Orbitz for Business offers companies of all sizes the same industry-leading functionality and ease-of-use provided by Orbitz.com, along with innovative functionality and service features ideal for companies seeking an easy-to-use, ready-to-go solution with a familiar user experience.

About Travelport

Travelport is a subsidiary of Cendant Corp. (NYSE: CD). Together with Orbitz for Business, it is part of Cendant's Travel Distribution Services' Corporate Travel Solutions. Serving more than 550 corporations worldwide, Travelport is a global full-service provider of strategic services ideal for companies seeking high flexibility and control over their travel programs and policies.

About Cendant Travel Distribution Services

Cendant Corporation's (NYSE: CD) Travel Distribution Services Division, is one of the world's largest and most geographically diverse collections of travel brands and distribution businesses. The division, employing nearly 9,000 people in approximately 120 countries, includes: a leading global distribution services (GDS) company (Galileo), serving more than 44,000 travel agencies and over 60,000 hotels; hotel distribution and services businesses (Neat Group®, THOR®, TRUST and WizCom®); leading online travel agencies (CheapTickets®, ebookers.com®, HotelClub.com, Lodging.com, Orbitz®, and RatesToGo.com); an airline market intelligence company (Shepherd Systems); an international travel technology and software company (Travelwire); a leading international provider of long-haul air travel and travel product consolidator (Travel 2®/Travel 4®); online global corporate travel management solutions (Orbitz for Business® and Travelport®); and a leading wholesaler and global online provider of hotels, destination services, travel packages and group tours (Gullivers Travel Associates, OctopusTravel.com® and Travel Bound, Inc.).

"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.