EXPEDIA EXPRESS

August 1998

Vol. 1, Issue 3

The following is the monthly Microsoft
®
Expedia

™

newsletter highlighting the latest site information and trends in online travel.

REDMOND, Wash. – Aug. 10, 1998 – –

What’s New

Top Honors

  • FamilyPC magazine named Expedia.com as the “Best of the Web Travel Sites” in the July/August issue.

Hotel Directory to be Revamped

  • Starting this fall, the Expedia Hotel Directory will be revamped to include more properties and enhanced hotel listings, giving consumers a more comprehensive online guide to hotels. This revamp comes as a result of a partnership with Cahners Travel Group, the travel industry’s leading content provider.

Expedia.com Only a Click Away

For more information on the Associates Program, check out its new home at: http://expedia.com/daily/eap/info/ .


What’s Hot in Online Travel Trends

Service, Service, Service!

  • Expedia.com is committed to customer service as stated in our new customer bill of rights. http://expedia.MSN.com/daily/service/

  • If You Need Support, We’re Here 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 936-4500 or travel@expedia.com/.

  • Your Credit Card Is Safe and Secure , protection guaranteed no matter where you use your card after you make a purchase on Expedia. or your money back.

  • Your Privacy Is Protected and your information will not be sold.

  • Receiving Mail: It’s Your Choice and Expedia travel service will not send unsolicited e-mail.

  • When You Talk, We Listen and actually implement many of your suggestions.

  • You Can Count on Our Information because Expedia.com provides the most accurate, timely fare and reservation information, and updates fares and reservation rates as they change.

Helping Customers Make Better Travel Plans

  • Researching and generating new travel destinations is a popular use of online travel sites, and the award-winning editorial content and lively chats on Expedia keep travelers coming back for more. Scheduled highlights of the numerous chats and features include the following:

  • The Thing About . . . Toronto. Mike Steere shares his secret to opening your eyes and taste buds in Toronto and explores why this multiethnic metropolis is delectably different, and maybe better than any U.S. city. This feature begins Aug. 4.

  • Destination: San Juan Island, Wash. Byron Ricks gives an insider’s look at why this island, just a short hop from Seattle, is perfect for a weekend full of bicycling, B & Bs, British history and whale-watching. This feature begins Aug. 18.

  • America’s Best Zoos. Join zoo expert Allen W. Nyhuis for a chat about the animals, exhibits and rides at zoos around the country. Nyhuis is the author of “The Zoo Book: A Guide to America’s Best,” which gives detailed descriptions of the top 53 U.S. zoos. This feature occurs 7-8 p.m. PDT Aug. 18 at http://expedia.MSN.com/forums/family/ .

Full Circle

Suleymaniye Mosque, Turkey (Aug. 7) and Las Vegas (Aug. 31) are featured this month as 360-degree virtual tours in Full Circle at http://expedia.MSN.com/daily/fullcircle/ .

Top 10 Destinations Booked Online via Expedia.com

Where are travelers on the Net going? Following is the Expedia.com list of the hottest destinations from June 15 through July 15:

  1. San Francisco

  2. Los Angeles

  3. Chicago

  4. New York

  5. Atlanta

  6. Seattle

  7. Boston

  8. Orlando, Fla.

  9. Denver

  10. Las Vegas

What’s New

Top Honors

  • FamilyPC magazine named Expedia.com as the “Best of the Web Travel Sites” in the July/August issue.

Hotel Directory Revamped

  • Starting this fall, the Expedia Hotel Directory will be revamped to include more properties and enhanced hotel listings, giving consumers a more comprehensive online guide to hotels. This revamp comes as a result of a partnership with Cahners Travel Group.

Expedia.com Only a Click Away

Full Circle

Special Promotions

Back-to-School Blues

  • Starting Aug. 179, Expedia and MSN
    ™
    online service are fighting the back-to-school blues with a chance to win a family cruise aboard The Big Red Boat. For complete details, visit http://backtoschool.MSN.com/ .

Still Time to Win a Trip to Paris Aboard the Concorde

  • Register by Aug. 15 for is the last chance to register to win a trip to Paris on the Concorde courtesy of Expedia.com and Air France. The prize includes a seven-day stay in a luxury Paris hotel and all airport transfers to and from Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris. Visit Expedia.com for more details.

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For more information, press only:

Kathy Foresman, Edelman Public Relations, (312) 240-2762 kforesma@edelman.com

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the monthly Microsoft® Expedia™ travel service newsletter highlighting the latest site information and trends in online travel.