Expedia Bargain Fares Offers Substantial Savings on Flights from 20 Airlines; New Service Perfect for Price-Sensitive and Flexible Travelers

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Expedia, Inc.

    BELLEVUE, Wash., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Spring is here and the
 temperature is rising, thanks to the hot new Bargain Fares from Expedia.com(R)
 (Nasdaq:   EXPE).  As part of a broad set of flight booking options, Expedia
 (www.expedia.com) is offering special negotiated rates with 20 airlines,
 serving both domestic and international destinations.
     Perfect for travelers who are price-sensitive and have flexible schedules,
 Expedia Bargain Fares show customers the final price up front, without forcing
 them to guess or bid on a flight.  Consumers are able to view the fares as
 often or as frequently as they wish and, like all Expedia services, are not
 required to register in order to shop.  After purchasing the ticket, full
 details, including the airline and flight times, are disclosed in the
 traveler's confirmation page.
     "What sets Expedia apart is our complete suite of services and our ability
 to offer the right trip to any type of traveler, from the most time-sensitive
 to the most price-sensitive," said Dhiren Fonseca, vice president of sales for
 Expedia, Inc.  "Expedia Bargain Fares are a key part of that
 suite -- delivering great deals to very price-focused travelers, and
 integrating them alongside the search results."
     Using the recently introduced Expert Searching and Pricing (ESP) platform,
 Expedia Bargain Fares are integrated into the primary search results,
 providing consumers with even more choice and control within their flight
 selection.  Now, in addition to being able to sort an average of 400 flight
 combinations by time, price, duration and airline, travelers can also view the
 special deals available with Expedia Bargain Fares.  Travelers view the prices
 as they would any other flight, and can rest assured that flights they obtain
 will only depart between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.  All purchases are non-cancelable
 and non-refundable.
     Expedia Bargain Fares joins Expedia Packages and Expedia Special Rates as
 another example of how Expedia.com continues to provide customers with savings
 in their travel planning.  For example, with Expedia Special Rates for
 lodging, cost conscious customers can obtain savings of up to 70 percent off
 published rates.  Expedia Packages enables customers to custom build their own
 vacation package and obtain great deals by combining air and hotel bookings.
 These services illustrate the tremendous savings and flexibility that
 Expedia.com provides to travelers through its comprehensive booking options.
 
     About Expedia, Inc.
     Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq:   EXPE) operates Expedia.com, a leading online travel
 service in the United States with localized versions in Canada, Germany and
 the United Kingdom.  To help customers travel right, Expedia.com provides the
 best combination of air, car and hotel booking, vacation package and cruise
 offers, destination information and mapping.  Industry experts agree.
 Expedia's quality and leadership was recognized through several awards,
 including both PC Magazine's "Readers' Choice" and "Editors' Choice" Awards,
 Yahoo! Internet Life's "Best Overall Travel Site," Smart Business' MVP Award,
 Gomez Advisors' "Number One Travel Site for Fall 2000" and PC World's "2000
 World Class Award for Best Travel Site."
     Expedia.com customers are supported by a credit card guarantee (U.S. site
 only), an industry-leading privacy policy, and live agents via e-mail and an
 800-number available 24 hours a day/seven days a week.  Expedia.com is also
 available under Travel on the MSN(R) network of Internet services.
 
     Expedia, Expedia.com, and the airplane logo are either registered
 trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the United States, Canada and/or
 other countries.  Microsoft and MSN are either registered trademarks or
 trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other
 countries.  Other products and company names mentioned herein may be
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Expedia, Inc.
    BELLEVUE, Wash., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Spring is here and the
 temperature is rising, thanks to the hot new Bargain Fares from Expedia.com(R)
 (Nasdaq:   EXPE).  As part of a broad set of flight booking options, Expedia
 (www.expedia.com) is offering special negotiated rates with 20 airlines,
 serving both domestic and international destinations.
     Perfect for travelers who are price-sensitive and have flexible schedules,
 Expedia Bargain Fares show customers the final price up front, without forcing
 them to guess or bid on a flight.  Consumers are able to view the fares as
 often or as frequently as they wish and, like all Expedia services, are not
 required to register in order to shop.  After purchasing the ticket, full
 details, including the airline and flight times, are disclosed in the
 traveler's confirmation page.
     "What sets Expedia apart is our complete suite of services and our ability
 to offer the right trip to any type of traveler, from the most time-sensitive
 to the most price-sensitive," said Dhiren Fonseca, vice president of sales for
 Expedia, Inc.  "Expedia Bargain Fares are a key part of that
 suite -- delivering great deals to very price-focused travelers, and
 integrating them alongside the search results."
     Using the recently introduced Expert Searching and Pricing (ESP) platform,
 Expedia Bargain Fares are integrated into the primary search results,
 providing consumers with even more choice and control within their flight
 selection.  Now, in addition to being able to sort an average of 400 flight
 combinations by time, price, duration and airline, travelers can also view the
 special deals available with Expedia Bargain Fares.  Travelers view the prices
 as they would any other flight, and can rest assured that flights they obtain
 will only depart between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.  All purchases are non-cancelable
 and non-refundable.
     Expedia Bargain Fares joins Expedia Packages and Expedia Special Rates as
 another example of how Expedia.com continues to provide customers with savings
 in their travel planning.  For example, with Expedia Special Rates for
 lodging, cost conscious customers can obtain savings of up to 70 percent off
 published rates.  Expedia Packages enables customers to custom build their own
 vacation package and obtain great deals by combining air and hotel bookings.
 These services illustrate the tremendous savings and flexibility that
 Expedia.com provides to travelers through its comprehensive booking options.
 
     About Expedia, Inc.
     Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq:   EXPE) operates Expedia.com, a leading online travel
 service in the United States with localized versions in Canada, Germany and
 the United Kingdom.  To help customers travel right, Expedia.com provides the
 best combination of air, car and hotel booking, vacation package and cruise
 offers, destination information and mapping.  Industry experts agree.
 Expedia's quality and leadership was recognized through several awards,
 including both PC Magazine's "Readers' Choice" and "Editors' Choice" Awards,
 Yahoo! Internet Life's "Best Overall Travel Site," Smart Business' MVP Award,
 Gomez Advisors' "Number One Travel Site for Fall 2000" and PC World's "2000
 World Class Award for Best Travel Site."
     Expedia.com customers are supported by a credit card guarantee (U.S. site
 only), an industry-leading privacy policy, and live agents via e-mail and an
 800-number available 24 hours a day/seven days a week.  Expedia.com is also
 available under Travel on the MSN(R) network of Internet services.
 
     Expedia, Expedia.com, and the airplane logo are either registered
 trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the United States, Canada and/or
 other countries.  Microsoft and MSN are either registered trademarks or
 trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other
 countries.  Other products and company names mentioned herein may be
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Expedia, Inc.