Take Your Friends on a Trip to Acapulco!

Take Your Friends on a Trip to Acapulco!

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 5, 1998 — Microsoft Corp., Hyatt Regency Acapulco and Continental Airlines Inc. today announced that one lucky visitor to the Microsoft® Expedia
.com travel service will win a fantasy week in Acapulco, Mexico, with seven of their best friends in the “Take Your Friends to Acapulco Sweepstakes.”

“Travelers who visit Expedia.com are looking for comprehensive, low-cost travel options and information about exciting vacation destinations,” said Josh Herst, group product manager, Microsoft Expedia.com. “Now, through the ‘Take Your Friends to Acapulco Sweepstakes,’ we’ve added another reason for people to visit Expedia.com – the opportunity to take their friends and family on a vacation to one of the world’s most renowned tropical getaways.”

The sweepstakes winner and seven friends will receive round-trip airfare courtesy of Continental Airlines. Upon arrival in Acapulco, they’ll be whisked away to the outstanding ocean-view accommodations of the Hyatt Regency Acapulco, for a total of seven consecutive nights. Hyatt will also send the group to an evening performance at “La Quebrada,” where professional divers make the heart-stopping plunge 130 feet from jagged cliffs into the shallow waters of Acapulco Bay.

“Our relationship with Microsoft on the ‘Take Your Friends to Acapulco Sweepstakes’ is an example of the exciting travel ideas available on Expedia.com,” said John Wallis, vice president of marketing, Hyatt International Corp. “Hyatt customers who use Expedia.com to make their travel arrangements will find the Expedia.com Web site full of imaginative vacation destinations and packages, plus a host of Hyatt locations to meet their needs.”

The “Take Your Friends to Acapulco Sweepstakes” began Feb. 4, 1998, and ends Feb. 27, 1998. It is open to residents of the United States and Canada 21 years of age or older, excluding residents of Puerto Rico and Quebec. The prize drawing will take place on or around March 15, 1998. For complete rules, see (http://expedia.com/) .

Microsoft Expedia.com is a free online travel planning service (connect-time charges may apply) available on the World Wide Web at (http://expedia.com/) and on The Microsoft Network. Consumers can purchase airline tickets and reserve hotel rooms and rental cars. Airline tickets can be purchased online with a credit card and will be delivered by first-class or express mail. Expedia.com also supports electronic ticketing, or “ticketless travel.” After receiving their tickets, customers who require last-minute assistance can call the toll-free Expedia.com customer support number 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Microsoft Expedia.com online travel planning service is part of the Microsoft Expedia family of travel and mapping products and services. These include Microsoft Expedia Streets 98, Streets Deluxe 98 and Trip Planner 98 CD-ROMs http://www.microsoft.com/expedia/ .

There are 179 Hyatt Hotels and Resorts around the world. Hyatt International, through its subsidiaries, operates 55 hotels and 17 resorts in 34 countries, with an additional 34 hotels under development. Hyatt Hotels Corp., a separate company, operates 107 hotels and resorts in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Continental is the fifth largest airline in the United States, offering more than 2,000

departures daily to 125 domestic and 67 international destinations. Continental has entered into a strategic global alliance with Northwest Airlines that will result in interconnection of the two airlines’ route systems, code-sharing arrangements, frequent-flyer reciprocity, cooperation between Continental and Northwest’s transatlantic partner KLM, and other cooperative activities. Recently, Continental became the only airline in history to earn the Frequent Flyer magazine/J.D. Power and Associates award two years in a row for best customer satisfaction on long-haul flights.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) 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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