EXPEDIA EXPRESS

This is the monthly newsletter for the MSN

Expedia

travel service, highlighting the latest site information and trends in online travel. Expedia includes many third-party offers; some restrictions may apply. For more information on these offers, please go to

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What’s New

Save 50 Percent on a Future Stay at Starwood Hotels & Resorts –
http://www.expedia.MSN.com/promos/starwood/

  • Now through June 25, travelers who book a hotel room at any participating Starwood hotel or resort through MSN Expedia will get 50 percent off up to five consecutive nights on a future stay. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. properties include Sheraton, Westin, Four Points, St. Regis/Luxury Collection, Caesars and W hotels.

New Business Travel Section – http://www.expedia.MSN.com/daily/corporate/

  • MSN Expedia continues to diversify its offerings to meet consumer demand with the introduction of the new Business Travel section. Within this new section, MSN Expedia provides resources designed specifically for business travelers, such as an airport survival guide, a free 12-month frequent traveler tracking service (connect-time charges may apply) and special deals chosen for their value to business travelers.

Insider’s Advice

  • Travel wisely with children. Family travel author Mary Bundren lends her expertise on developing creative activities and games to keep both kids and parents happy during trips. June 8, 7-8 p.m. PDT

  • Take Fido or Fluffy along.

    While taking a pet on vacation can present a challenge, our forum experts will review the most animal-friendly hotels, resorts and destinations. June 15, 7-8 p.m. PDT

  • River rafting rapture. Learn white-water rafting tips from Russell Walters, general manager of Outdoor River Adventure Specialists, as he reveals his favorite destinations and equipment. June 2, 7-8 p.m. PDT

  • The mummies of Egypt.

    Plan a trip to the Great Pyramids after this chat on the legendary Egyptian mummies. June 9, 8-9 p.m. PDT

  • Destination jackpot. Join this chat and learn more about various gaming destinations ranging from legendary Las Vegas to Native American casinos. June 2, 7-8 p.m. PDT

  • Disney Cruise Line chat.

    Get late-breaking news on the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Wonder, from Disney’s Amy Foley. June 10, 6-7 p.m. PDT

  • Favorite ports.

    Discuss your favorite ports with our cruise experts and learn what they look for when booking a cruise. June 15, 8-9 p.m. PDT

  • Roaming around the Jungfrau.

    Discover why the mountainous Jungfrau region in Switzerland ranks among the world’s most picturesque travel destinations. June 17, 8-9 p.m. PDT


360-Degree Tour of London –
http://expedia.MSN.com/daily/360/london/

  • London’s panoramic River Thames is the setting for this 360-degree tour with views of Thames tour boats, the Tower of London, the south bank skyline and the Tower Bridge.

“Best Places” http://expedia.msn.com/daily/guides/guideindex.asp

  • Discover how the sandy shores of Maine are an ideal getaway over a long weekend. Click on the
    “Plan this trip”
    link to book the trip, learn about activities and link to local tourism Web sites.

  • Families looking for an interactive adventure need only read the article on the interactive displays and activities in one of this summer’s hottest destinations: Orlando, Fla. Click on the
    “Plan this trip”
    link to book the trip, learn about activities and link to local tourism Web sites.

Top 10 Destinations Booked Online With MSN Expedia

Where are travelers on the Internet going? Following is a list of the hottest destinations booked on MSN Expedia from April 15 through May 15, 1999:

  1. Washington, D.C.

  2. New York

  3. San Francisco

  4. Chicago

  5. Los Angeles

  6. Orlando

  7. Atlanta

  8. Boston

  9. Las Vegas

  10. Seattle


About MSN Expedia Travel

MSN Expedia ( http://expedia.com/ ) is the place to go on the Web to easily plan travel, purchase tickets, and make hotel and car reservations. MSN Expedia also offers in-depth destination content and travel news as well as mapping, address-finding and direction services. MSN Expedia is also one of the Web’s most successful e-commerce sites, with weekly travel sales currently exceeding $16 million.

A credit card guarantee is offered on MSN Expedia (U.S. and Canadian versions only) to protect credit cards used on the Internet from fraud. With this service, after an initial purchase on Expedia, customers’ credit cards are protected from fraud liability – up to $50 (U.S.) – on any purchases made in the subsequent 12 months on or off the Internet. Since the program’s introduction in June 1998, Microsoft is proud to state that, because of the top-level site security, the service remains unused. MSN Expedia also offers exceptional customer service with more than 200 travel agents available via a toll-free number to answer questions and provide assistance to travelers while they are en route 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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