Orbitz Worldwide win competitive bid to power travel portals and integrate booking tools, service and content on MSN.uk
UK – 2nd July, 2008 - MSN.uk, a unit of Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), announced today that ebookers.com, a leading pan-European online flights booking and hotel reservation agency, and its affiliated brand, Orbitz.com in the US, have signed a multi-year deal to serve as the online travel agency for MSN’s travel portals in the United Kingdom (http://travel.uk.msn.com) and United States (http://travel.msn.com) respectively.
ebookers.com and Orbitz.com will power all of MSN Travel’s offerings including air, hotel, holidays, cruise and car rental bookings.
Following the 1st July launch, MSN Travel customers in the UK will benefit from
ebookers.com’s Price Guarantee, which refunds the difference if the customer finds a better price. MSN customers in the United Kingdom will also benefit from a fantastic range of worldwide hotels with up to 60% off.
In the US MSN Travel customers will benefit from ’Orbitz.com’s unique new “Price AssuranceSM” service, which refunds the difference in airfare for travellers in the event another Orbitz customer books the same flight itinerary for a lower price. MSN customers in the United States will also benefit from OrbitzTLC, an innovative service that proactively alerts customers with information about their trip via email, phone or text message.
Microsoft also plans to integrate content from its newly-acquired Farecast.com portal within the site as well.
“Our partnership with MSN will provide additional visibility and traffic to both Orbitz.com and ebookers.com, strengthening growth in both the United States and the UK,” said Steve Barnhart, CEO and president of Orbitz Worldwide, “As one of the largest Internet destinations in the world, MSN represents another significant win for growing our co-branded distribution.”
Orbitz Worldwide’s co-branded and private label business powers travel bookings for a number of airline, hotel and general interest websites.
“Orbitz provides an excellent online experience for its customers and has unique customer-focused services,” stated John Russel senior channel manager of MSN Travel at Microsoft Corp. ” Microsoft is committed to delivering innovative features that help our MSN Travel customers make smarter decisions, and the integration of Orbitz’s technology is another step toward fulfilling that commitment.”
For more information on Orbitz Worldwide’s private label capabilities, email us at OrbitzPrivateLabelServices@orbitz.com.
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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/.
ebookers.com, one of Europe’s largest online travel agents, prides itself on making booking decisions easier and providing honest and impartial advice to travellers. It has origins going back 20 years and close relationships with leading travel suppliers of hotels and airlines. It offers a wide selection of choice from over 80,000 suppliers around the globe, plus a number of car rental companies throughout Europe. ebookers.com sells a full range of travel products online and over the telephone through 24/7 call centres and through some retail outlets.
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