Sep 30, 2009

Hotwire Partners with TripIt

Popular Online Itinerary Platform to Reach Millions of New Travelers

SAN FRANCISCO, September 30, 2009 -- Hotwire, a leading travel discount site, and TripIt, the trip management company, today announced a partnership to help travelers more easily organize and share their travel plans online. After booking travel on Hotwire.com, travelers will be able to click a new "Add To TripIt" button and automatically have their travel plans added to a free TripIt itinerary.

TripIt itineraries are easy to customize with other travel plans, as well as weather, maps, directions, activities, events, reservations, notes and photos. They can be accessed online, from mobile phones, personal calendars and social networking sites. Travelers can also easily share and collaborate on TripIt itineraries with their family, friends and fellow travelers.

"TripIt is an award-winning service that’s already integrated with the Web 2.0, mobile and social networking services that our customers are using," said Ravi Chandrasekaran, VP Product at Hotwire. "The free TripIt itinerary service helps Hotwire customers have the best possible trips."

"Hotwire is helping us introduce TripIt to millions of new travelers," said Scott Hintz, co-founder and vice president of business development for TripIt. "They join a growing number of leading companies leveraging TripIt's open itinerary platform, including BCD Travel, LinkedIn, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Live, Plaxo and Virgin America."

Hotwire will also be offering the new TripIt Pro premium service to frequent travelers. TripIt Pro automatically monitors TripIt itineraries, provides mobile alerts, alternate flight options, frequent traveler program tracking and automated trip sharing.

About Hotwire

Hotwire.com is a leading discount travel site with low rates on airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Launched in 2000, Hotwire negotiates deep discounts from its travel suppliers to help travelers book unsold airline seats, hotel rooms and rental cars. J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Independent Travel Web Site Satisfaction Study(SM) recognized Hotwire for ranking "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Independent Travel Web Sites, Three Years in a Row." Hotwire is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. CST: 2053390-40. NST: 20003-0209. For more information, visit www.hotwire.com.
About TripIt

TripIt, the trip management company, helps people organize and share their travel plans no matter where they book. Travelers simply forward their travel confirmation emails from over 500 sites to plans@tripit.com. TripIt automatically creates a master itinerary that combines all their travel plans plus weather, maps, restaurants and more. With TripIt it's easy to share and collaborate on trips with friends and colleagues in social networks. TripIt itineraries can be accessed via online, mobile device, iPhone app, personal calendars and social networking sites. TripIt is an open itinerary platform that works across hundreds of travel sites and with a growing ecosystem of travel and mobile partners. The new TripIt Pro premium service for frequent travelers automatically monitors travel itineraries, providing mobile alerts, alternate flight options, frequent traveler point tracking and automated trip sharing. More at www.tripit.com.