Microsoft Offers Exclusive Low Prices On Vacation Packages Online

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 6, 1997 — Microsoft® Internet travel services today announced that now through Dec. 19, 1997, registered members of can take advantage of exclusive low pricing on vacation packages to popular destinations such as Orlando, Fla., Hawaii and Cancun, Mexico, courtesy of’s new relationship with the Online Vacation Mall. In addition, any member of Microsoft using Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 will have a chance to win a special Sun Escapes Sweepstakes offering 10 grand prize trips for two to Jamaica.

Travelers who want to escape the winter blues at a great low price can visit through Dec. 19 to purchase specially priced vacation packages to Las Vegas, Orlando, Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Kauai, Hawaii, Cancun, Jamaica and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Vacation packages include round-trip airfare and hotel rooms and often include rental car or other transportation options. Prices for a three-day getaway package to Cancun from New York City start as low as $402 per person, based on double occupancy. Five-night packages to Hawaii from San Francisco start at $444 per person, based on double occupancy. (Prices are subject to change; check for complete offer details and availability.)

The and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 Sun Escapes Sweepstakes runs through Dec. 19, 1997. Any registered member of who is currently using or downloads Internet Explorer 4.0 at can enter to win. Ten winners will receive a Funjet Vacations package for two, featuring round-trip airfare, transfers, and seven nights at one of seven all-inclusive, luxurious SuperClubs resorts in Jamaica. The resorts include Breezes Golf and Beach Resort Runaway Bay, Breezes Montego Bay, Boscobel Beach, Hedonism II, Grand Lido Negril, Grand Lido Braco and Grand Lido Sans Souci.

For more information, consumers can write to Microsoft Expedia Sun Escapes Sweepstakes, P.O. Box 5158, El Toro, CA 92630. All entries must be received by Dec. 19 at 11:59 p.m. The prize drawing will take place on Jan. 12, 1998.

Microsoft, launched in October 1996, is already one of the Web’s most successful electronic-commerce sites. regularly tops $2 million in weekly travel sales and is on track to become a $100 million travel service by the end of 1997.

The Microsoft online travel planning service ( is a member of the Microsoft Expedia
family of travel-related products and services. These include the Microsoft Expedia Streets 98, Streets Deluxe 98 and Trip Planner 98 CD-ROMs, available in stores and at , and the Mungo Park
online travel magazine, dedicated to the spirit of adventure in travel ( .

The Online Vacation Mall, a property of Mequon, Wisc.-based Mark Net World ( , is the leader in online sales of do-it-yourself vacation packages including airline tickets, hotel accommodations, car rentals and more. Consumers create and buy their own complete vacations to the most popular destinations and are rewarded with bulk package pricing directly from the most trusted brand names in the travel industry.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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