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Think a Summer Vacation is Unaffordable This Year? Think Again; Expedia Announces Half Off Hotel Sale

2008-08-04 08:00:00

Think a Summer Vacation is Unaffordable This Year? Think Again; Expedia Announces Half Off Hotel Sale

           More than 400 Hotel Deals in Last Days of Summer Sale

    BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 4 /EMWNews/ -- Proving it is

possible to take a summer vacation this year without breaking the bank,

Expedia(R) today announced its largest ever hotel promotion, with discounts

of up to 50 percent. As part of the last days of summer "Half Off Hotel

Sale," more than 125 participating hotels are offering 50 percent off stays

of four nights or more. Additionally, hundreds of other hotels and

all-inclusive resorts are offering at least 30 percent off in popular

vacation destinations all over the U.S., including Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe,

Chicago, Orlando, Hawaii and San Francisco, as well as properties in

Mexico, Canada, South America and the Caribbean.

    "The biggest mistake travelers can make this year is assuming they

can't afford a vacation," said Sean Kell, SVP and general manager of

Expedia. "Vacation values are out there to be found, and we've done the

homework for our customers. Between the deepest hotel discounts in our

history, and our hugely successful Free Gas promotion, travelers don't have

to look beyond Expedia to find a valuable vacation within reach."

    Just a few examples of the deals found only in Expedia's Half Off Hotel

Sale include:

    -- Stratosphere Tower Casino & Resort Hotel, Las Vegas, as low as

$41/night for stays of 3+ days

    -- Blue Heron Beach Resort, condo-style hotel near the Orlando theme

parks, air/hotel package from Chicago as little as $655/person

    -- GR Solaris Cancun & Spa, 4-star, all-inclusive resort in Cancun,

Mexico, save 50 percent off 4+ night stay, from $683/person

    -- FDR Pebbles, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 4-night air/hotel package from

New York from $780

    -- Kaanapali Beach Club Resort, book a beachfront suite on Maui from

$318/night for 3+ nights

    Kell offers another tip for would-be vacationers: "Buy air and hotel at

the same time. There are often incredible savings -- in the hundreds of

dollars -- to be realized just from smart shopping."

    An additional incentive for travelers planning time in the car, Expedia

has also expanded its Free Gas promotion. Anyone who books four or more

hotel nights on Expedia will receive a free $75 Gas Money Prepaid

MasterCard redeemable at virtually all gas stations. Travelers who book

three hotel nights will receive a complimentary $50 card, and those who

book two nights will receive a $25 card.

    The Half Off Hotel Sale applies to hotel stays booked now through

September 2, with travel until September 30. For more information about the

sale, or to browse participating hotels, visit

    About Expedia

    Expedia (R) is the world's leading online travel provider, helping

millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. Expedia

( aims to provide personalized service, the latest

technology and the widest selection of vacation packages, flights, hotels,

rental cars, cruises and in-destination activities, attractions, and

services. With the Expedia(R) Best Price Guarantee, Expedia promises to

offer to its customers the best rates available online for all types of

travel, making it the most comprehensive customer guarantee in online

travel. Expedia is dedicated to positively impacting global tourism by

providing travelers environmentally conscious travel options. Expedia is a

founding member of the World Heritage Alliance - a joint initiative with

the United Nations Foundation to promote sustainable tourism. Expedia is an

operating company of Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE).

    Expedia and the Airplane logo are either registered trademarks or

trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos

or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their

respective owners. For complete Free Gas promotion terms and conditions


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