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Have All the New Year's Fun on Half the Budget!

CheapTickets.com offers advice on how to travel to big-city celebrations without the big-city price tags

CHICAGO, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Ringing in the New Year on a budget? Don't let the high price of New Year's Eve hotel accommodations keep you from celebrating with big-city style. CheapTickets.com, a leading online travel company that knows "the less you pay, the better it feels®," today announced the top five New Year's Eve cities and also unveiled nearby destination alternatives that give travelers access to the big-city countdowns without the big-city price tags.

"A recent CheapTickets/SmartMoney survey told us that two-thirds of travelers will chose a destination first, then search for ways to make their plans and accommodations fit into their ever-tightening travel budgets," said Marita Hudson Thomas, a Cheaponomist(SM) from CheapTickets.com. "A great way to do that is by considering hotel accommodations in the suburbs just outside of the city you're looking to visit. For New Year's Eve, travelers will see incredible savings and still have easy access to the spectacular big-city celebrations."

For example, staying at Off-Strip hotels in Las Vegas -- this year's top travel destination for New Year's -- saves travelers an average of 11 percent on hotel, while the difference between New York City and nearby Newark, NJ is an impressive 68 percent and only a quick train ride. CheapTickets' list of top destinations for New Year's Eve and suggested alternative locations is based on advance hotel bookings and includes:

                        Top New Year's Eve Destinations & Alternatives(1)

    New
    Year's                   Average
    Eve                      Daily       Alternate                  Average
    Ranking Destination      Rate (ADR)  Destination      ADR       Savings

    1       Las Vegas        $ 154.50    Off Strip       $ 137.42  11 percent
            - The Strip

    2       New York City    $ 256.53    Newark, NJ      $ 80.95   68 percent

    3       Orlando, FL      $ 93.43     Kissimmee       $ 75.32   19 percent

    4       Cancun, Mexico   $ 289.74    Cozumel         $ 165.71  43 percent

    5       Miami Beach      $ 197.22    Ft. Lauderdale  $ 91.81   53 percent



    CheapTicket's Top Picks & New Year's Advice:

LAS VEGAS STRIP/OFF-STRIP -- It's easy to see why Las Vegas is the nation's No. 1 destination for New Year's Eve with its world-class celebrations and ultimate parties. But, not to worry, staying at hotels off- the-Strip means an 11 percent hotel savings, not missing out on all the action of New Year's fun. Travelers will still have convenient access to partake in the New Year's fireworks and live music on the Strip and at the Fremont Experience. Whether you're ready to let loose and party or looking for a classic New Year's celebration, Las Vegas has it.

NEW YORK CITY/NEWARK -- The Times Square ball drop is the most iconic New Year's celebration of all, and this year it's easier than ever to afford a trip to the big-city by staying in one of the many nearby New York City suburbs. If you book your New Year's Eve hotel in Newark, NJ a quick train ride will drop you in the center of all the action, and you will have one more reason to celebrate - 68 percent average savings!

MIAMI/FT. LAUDERDALE -- Think you can't afford to party in Miami this New Year's? Think again. Miami's New Year's Eve celebration is better than ever with Bayfront Park's free fireworks show, the annual Big Orange Festival -- which drops a 35-foot orange ball to a laser show and fireworks -- and plenty of watering holes and parties in between. But, for a cheaper alternative to staying in Miami and South Beach, consider staying just 30 minutes away in Ft. Lauderdale, where you can catch public transportation into the city and enjoy an average savings of 53 percent on your New Year's Eve hotel accommodations!

To view more information on top New Year's Eve destinations and how to save on your trip, visit http://cheaponomy.cheaptickets.com, or logon to http://www.cheaptickets.com for New Year's Eve travel deals.

(1) Top New Year's Eve Destinations Methodology

Average savings were calculated on November 26, 2008 by taking the average price for all hotel bookings in the listed destination purchased on CheapTickets.com for arrivals December 27-31, 2008 and comparing them with the average price for all hotel bookings in the listed alternative destination purchased on CheapTickets.com for travel over the same time period.

About CheapTickets

CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com) is a leading seller of discounted leisure travel products online through its Web site, http://www.cheaptickets.com. CheapTickets provides consumers access to its collection of airfares on hundreds of airlines. In addition to airline tickets, CheapTickets' family of discounted travel products also includes hotels, cruises, rental cars, vacation packages, condo rentals and Last Minute Travel. Founded in 1986, CheapTickets is a brand that is owned and operated by Orbitz Worldwide .

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