Spring Vacation Bargains Abound for the Last-Minute Traveler

Spring Vacation Bargains Abound for the Last-Minute Traveler

REDMOND, Wash., March 23, 1998 — People who think it’s too late to take a spring trip will find bargains for last-minute vacations on Expedia
.com, a leading online travel service.

“With Expedia.com, planning a spring vacation has never been easier,” said Joshua Herst, group product manager, Microsoft® Expedia.com. “Travelers will find hundreds of specially priced, affordable vacation options to fun spring-break destinations that are simple to plan by visiting our online travel site.”

The Expedia.com travel service, the place to go on the Internet to plan and purchase travel packages, offers spring travelers exciting and relaxing trip options by land and by sea. Following are just a few of the last-minute specials available through Expedia.com:

  • Find a hot deal to hot destinations. A few days in the sun at favorite sunny destinations, such as Hawaii, Fort Lauderdale, Mexico, Phoenix and Jamaica, are still available at spectacular savings through the Expedia Travel Network (http://expedia.com/etn/) . For example, SuperClubs Breezes Montego Bay offers a terrific land-only rate of $150 per person per day* (five-night minimum stay required), including double-occupancy hotel room, food, drinks and water sports. To qualify for this fabulous rate, guests must purchases their vacation before April 30, 1998, for departure on or before April 30.

  • Spring for a ski trip. Skiers who know the thrills of hitting the slopes in T-shirts and shorts will find plenty of spring skiing vacation bargains on Ski Travel Online in key destinations, such as Sun Valley, Idaho; Park City, Utah; and Colorado Rocky Mountain resorts. Ski Travel Online offers a three-nights package at Lake Tahoe’s Harvey Resort Hotel & Casino for $281 per person*, based on double occupancy and valid through March 31, 1998. The package includes lift tickets for three days and a variety of amenities, including casino, continental breakfast, hot tub and health club.

  • Do Disney at a discount. Parents who have promised the kids a Disney trip “someday” can take the family to Disneyland, where it all started, and the kids can fly free! Special savings on air travel, hotel accommodations and Disneyland passes can help turn a someday promise into a spring-break vacation. The Online Vacation Mall has all the details.

  • Hit the links. For the avid golfer whose clubs have been in storage all winter, Golf Travel Online offers getaways to get back in the swing of things in Daytona Beach, Fla.; Lake Havasu, Ariz.; and Lake San Marcos, Calif. For $79 a night per person* (double occupancy), a round of golf per day with a cart and dinner at the Nautical Inn Resort in Lake Havasu is sure to refresh any golfer. This offers is valid through
    April 30, 1998.

  • Browse the Cruise Outlet for special discounts. Cruise for less by taking advantage of special rates offered through the Cruise Outlet. Whether travelers go as a twosome or take the children along, the Cruise Outlet offers discounted rates on trips to sun spots such as the Caribbean, Mexico and Bermuda. Last Minute specials are updated weekly and allow travelers to take a fun and relaxing last-minute break.

  • Put together your own package and save. Make your spring-break visit to friends and family even more affordable by taking advantage of special deals now available at Expedia.com. Use the Expedia Travel Agent’s Flight Wizard to get your best air travel price. The Hotel Wizard locates the hotel option that meets your needs and the most current pricing packages. Sign up for car rental specials offered by Alamo, National or Hertz and make the trip even more affordable.

When travelers tap into Expedia.com for the latest vacation deals, travel and accommodation prices, they’ll find a spring-break trip is not only available, it’s affordable. Expedia.com links travelers directly to a range of travel services, including Amtrak, Cruise Outlet, the Online Vacation Mall, Golf Travel Online, SuperClubs Resorts, TravelSmith, Renaissance Cruises, Delta Vacations and Sandals Resorts.

Microsoft Expedia is a free online travel 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 securely 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 (http://expedia.com/) is part of the Microsoft Expedia family of travel and mapping products and services. These include the Microsoft Expedia Streets 98, Streets Deluxe 98 and Trip Planner 98 CD-ROMs http://www.microsoft.com/expedia/ and the Expedia Travel Network, a one-stop travel shopping mall offering vacation packages, cruises, resorts and travel merchandise from leading suppliers.

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.

* Rates and terms are subject to availability and may change without notice. Certain restrictions apply. See Expedia.com for complete offer details.

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