Expedia's Winter Sale Helps Travelers Beat the Cold Weather Blues

City Hotels from $45 per Night and Flight + Four Nights in Sunny Destinations from $278 Bring Vacation Values Even Closer in 2009

BELLEVUE, Wash., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Expedia, the world's leading online travel company, today launched a sale to help travelers get the most value for their vacation dollars. As the temperatures drop this winter, so are the prices for an early year getaway as part of Expedia's Winter Sale (http://www.expedia.com/wintersale08), which features hotel discounts of up to 50 percent on select hotels in dozens of destinations around the world.

For travelers who simply want to escape the cold weather, the Winter Sale features a page dedicated to warm weather deals (http://www.expedia.com/sunnydeals) in destinations such as Mexico and Hawaii. Or, for the urban traveler, the Winter Sale also includes a page devoted to city escapes (http://www.expedia.com/citydeals) in destinations like New York and Las Vegas. The Winter Sale's warm weather deals apply to select flight and hotel packages with stays of four nights or longer, and must be booked before February 11, 2009. The Winter Sale's city escapes apply to select hotel stays of four nights or longer, and like the packages, must be booked before February 11, 2009. All Winter Sale travel must be completed by March 30, 2009(1).

"Almost everyone would agree that there's no better way to recharge and refresh than by taking a vacation," said Sean Kell, general manager of Expedia.com. "But regardless of whether you're traveling for vacation or for business, there are many deals out there right now that fit almost any style and budget. By working with our network of travel partners, our Winter Sale makes traveling easier and more economical."

According to the latest Expedia Travel Trendwatch, the "dead weeks" in early January are an ideal time to travel, as demand decreases and airports, hotels and attractions are less crowded. Following are a few examples of the select deals included in Expedia's Winter Sale that will help travelers take advantage of the lighter crowds at now-or-never prices:

    Luxury for (MUCH) Less:

    -- The St. Regis in San Francisco, CA from $272 per night
    -- JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa in Oahu, HI from $299 per night

    Beach Blanket Bargains:
    -- Flight + four nights at Playa Los Arcos in Puerto Vallarta from $497
       per person
    -- Flight + four nights at Gran Melia in Cancun from $666 per person

    Bright Lights, Big City Deals:
    -- Flight + four nights at Stratosphere Tower Casino & Resort in Las Vegas
       from $297 per person
    -- Flight + four nights at W in New York from $544 per person

For more information about Expedia's Winter Sale and for full details, please visit http://www.expedia.com/wintersale08. To learn more about the latest travel industry trends and tips in the Expedia Travel Trendwatch, visit http://www.expedia.com/tips.

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