Yuupon Launch Ups the Ante on Group Deal and Flash Deal Travel Sites with Unprecedented Booking Freedom, Options and Prices

Flash Deal Game Gets More Fair for Consumers at New Site

Mar 28, 2011, 08:30 ET from Yuupon

NEW YORK, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Yuupon.com represents the utopia of group deal and flash deal sites, opening up the market by price range, quantity, date flexibility and refundability. Unlike most existing deal sites, Yuupon puts sanity back into the craze allowing travelers in all price ranges to seal the deal now and choose dates later without the pressure of non-transferable and non-refundable trips. 

Founder Mary Song realized that many people did not want to play a losing game.  Out with rules and restrictions, Yuupon lets the customer get a great deal on a trip they would love to take.  "The pressure to buy fast, buy in groups and commit to dates wears thin with Yuupon's target audience who wants less pressure with better benefits. We've figured out how to let a large number of consumers snag the deals stress free that other sites make them work for," said Song. The new site officially launches Tuesday, March 29th. For a sneak peak, go to www.yuupon.com/launchdeals.

Lifting encumbering restrictions, to secure deals of 45% - 90% off with flexible dates, Yuupon requires only an email address – no minimum number of people needed, no required invitation and uniquely offers fully transferable vacations with full cash refunds.* Each week, Yuupon (loosely meaning "best vacation friend" in Japanese) will showcase between 8 and 20 deals, ranging from mid-range properties not typically offered on existing flash travel sites to high end escapes. Travelers have 7 days to purchase their selected deals and can leave their travel dates uncommitted until a later time. Once accommodations are selected and paid for, travelers receive a PDF voucher via email and then can book their desired trip dates directly through the hotel's special phone line for Yuupon customers.  Launch week specials include discounts of 50% and higher with a variety of accommodations around the U.S. and internationally.

During the launch period, Yuupon is turning over $1 million in marketing budget and dispersing it in random amounts (increments from $10 to $1,000) to each opened account  in the form of vacation dollars called "Getaway Gold".  For additional ways to earn Getaway Gold ($ credits for vacations), consumers should enlist as a fan or follower on (Facebook/ Twitter).

About Yuupon

Get more Zen about travel deals with less pressure from the flexible flash sale travel site, Yuupon.  Taken from the Japanese words (yuu and pon), Yuupon's founders aimed for a feeling of freedom with the name and its travel deals.   Sign up for Yuupon's weekly discounted accommodations and get refundable vouchers for flexible travel dates and snag the deals without the requirement of group minimums, harried schedule matching and travel companion scheduling. 

Founder Mary Song, a travel industry and online guru, conceived of Yuupon in 2008 when visiting a deal a day website to purchase specialty t-shirts for her son.  Song developed and launched travel-based websites including Rent101.com, which was acquired by Austin Ventures in 2005 and became HomeAway.com. She also founded BestTravelDeals.net and published Beach Houses Magazine (print and online).

 * Yuupon offers a full cash refund within 8 days of purchase, or credit toward a future trip for cancellations made after 8 days, before the expiration date listed on the voucher.

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