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Expedia Launches Its Biggest Warm Weather Promotion - Just in Time to Fulfill Americans' New Year's Travel Resolutions
Vacation Deals to Mexico, Hawaii, and the Caribbean Offer Great Value to Help Turn a Tropical Dream Vacation Into a Reality in 2005
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BELLEVUE, Wash.

Expedia(R), the world's leading online travel agency, has announced its biggest warm weather promotion of the year to some of the most popular vacation destinations in the world -- helping customers fulfill that New Year's resolution to relax and vacation more in 2005. With irresistible deals to sunny destinations like Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Florida, Expedia is making the resolution to "take a vacation," one that consumers can easily keep.

"Most people agree that vacations are a good idea, however, a recent survey we conducted with Harris Interactive showed that Americans were still scheduled to give back a total of about 415 million unused vacation days in 2004," said Kari Swartz, Expedia consumer travel expert. "The fact is that more than half of Americans say they come back from vacation feeling better about their jobs, happier, and more productive. So we wanted to launch a promotion that would convince people that their dreams of sipping pina coladas on a beach in January actually can be a reality."

Expedia's warm weather promotion (www.expedia.com/sun) is for travel through March 31, 2005, and, in some cases, as late as April 30. As further incentive, Expedia is also offering special perks like $100 resort credits at certain properties and up to 10 percent savings on select activities, including tours and excursions. And for those who may need additional inspiration to take their vacation this year, Expedia provides several reasons for travel in 2005, including:

  1. Satisfy a Caribbean Craving:  For those who have ever dreamed of travel
     to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Aruba, U.S. Virgin Islands, or
     the Dominican Republic, 2005 is the year to make it happen. Expedia is
     offering exceptional value at top resorts.
       -- Sample Vacation Packages:  From New York City, fly into Freeport,
          Grand Bahama and spend three nights at the 3-star Sheraton at Our
          Lucaya for $599, or head to Jamaica from New York City and spend
          four nights at Samsara Resort for $535.
  2. Cross the Border to Mexico for a Taste of Culture:  Mexico offers sunny
     beaches, warm water, and cultural flair, and Expedia is featuring deals
     to popular locations that include Los Cabos, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta,
     Cozumel, Riviera Maya, as well as Mazatlan, Manzanillo, Ixtapa, and
     Acapulco. In addition to great vacation packages, all featured hotels
     on Expedia's warm weather promotional page include a $100 resort
     credit.
       -- Sample Vacation Packages:  Fly into Los Cabos from Los Angeles and
          spend four nights at Hotel Finisterra for $537. If you prefer
          Cancun, fly from Los Angeles and spend four nights at the Hyatt
          Regency for $758.
  3. Create Your Ideal Hawaiian Island Adventure:  Whether you go every
     year, or this is your first trip to Hawaii, you'll find great deals to
     Oahu, Maui, Kauai, the Big Island, or Lanai and Molokai to make your
     tropical vacation dreams come true.
       -- Sample Vacation Packages:  Fly from Los Angeles to Oahu and spend
          four nights at the 3 1/2 -star Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel for $610.
          Or fly from Los Angeles and spend four nights on the Big Island at
          the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa for $772.
  4. Survive the Winter in a State of Sunshine:  Leave the winter weather
     behind and head to Florida, the Sunshine State, with special rates to
     Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa/Clearwater, Orlando, Naples and West Palm
     Beach.
       -- Sample Vacation Packages:  Fly from New York City and spend three
          nights in Fort Lauderdale at the 3-star Bonaventure Resort and Spa
          for $291. Vacation packages are also available in Tampa Bay. Fly
          from New York and spend three nights at Belleview Biltmore Resort
          and Spa for $378.

For a complete listing of vacation deals or more information on the deals listed above, travelers can visit www.expedia.com/sun.

About Expedia, Inc.

Expedia, Inc. is the world's leading online travel service and the fourth largest travel agency in the United States. Expedia's award-winning Expert Searching and Pricing (ESP) technology delivers the most comprehensive flight options available online. ESP also allows customers to dynamically build complete trips that combine flights, Expedia(R) Special Rate hotels and other lodging, ground transportation, and destination services and activities. Expedia's quality and leadership have been recognized in awards such as PC Magazine's "Editors' Choice" and Forbes "Favorite General Travel Site." Expedia, Inc. is an operating company of IAC/InterActiveCorp . CST: 2029030-40

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