Orbitz Rewards Loyalty Program Books Its One Millionth Member

Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:00am EST

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 Orbitz celebrates by giving travelers "Bags of Swag" with over 100 travel prizes
valued at nearly $200,000

CHICAGO, November 19, 2013 - Orbitz.com today announced that one million members have joined Orbitz Rewards -the travel site's simple, fast, flexible and unique loyalty program officially launched in October that rewards travelers instantly for a variety of bookings and bonus promotions that quickly add up to meaningful hotel discounts.

Orbitz Rewards is free and easy to join with just one click to become a member. Join now and get Instant Vacation Gratification at www.orbitz.com/rewards.

"We are thrilled to have reached the milestone of having one million members join the Orbitz Rewards program," said Chris Orton, president of Orbitz.com. "We designed Orbitz Rewards to be transparent and easy to use, and we're delighted to see the strong consumer interest we've had in our free program since launch. Although it's still early days, the program is working as planned. We're seeing loyalty members booking more trips with us as well as more air customers now also booking hotels from us. The higher level of earn when booking a hotel through our mobile apps is also rewarding Orbitz Rewards members when they download and engage with our groundbreaking mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android."

The Orbitz Rewards program lets members earn up to 5 percent on transactions at Orbitz Rewards hotels (5 percent when booking through the Orbitz apps for iPhone, iPad and Android or 3 percent earn across all other booking channels) and 1 percent on standalone flights and vacation packages. Unlike other travel loyalty programs, customers earn immediately and can redeem instantly. For example, an Orbitz Rewards member can book a flight and have Orbucks in their account within milliseconds to instantly use on the booking of an Orbitz Rewards hotel for that same trip or a future stay. There are no complicated points to calculate - one Orbuck equals one U.S. dollar on Orbitz.com.

To celebrate reaching one million Orbitz Rewards members, Orbitz launched Bags of Swag - a fun and free game where travelers can play six different game experiences: Beach, Romantic Spa, Mystery Experience, City Escape, Adventure and The High Life. After playing a game experience, travelers can earn up to two entries into the sweepstakes for a chance to win over 100 travel escapes valued at nearly $200,000. Prizes range from winning free hotel stays to luxury vacations in South Africa, Vienna, Hawaii and Las Vegas, just to name a few. Play Bags of Swag now through December 15 and access complete game rules at www.orbitz.com/bagsofswag.

Everyone is invited to play Bags of Swag but it pays to be a member. Orbitz Rewards members get more chances to win bonus entries by sharing the game on Facebook and Twitter, downloading the Orbitz app or challenging friends to play against them to beat their high score. The first 2,000 Orbitz Rewards members to play the game will also receive an Orbucks bonus.  Additionally, non-members have the chance to receive bonus entries by sharing the game on Facebook and Twitter. On top of the six game experiences, Bags of Swag players have the opportunity to win a prize instantly by playing the Instant Win Game.  A random drawing will be held at the end of the game to determine the lucky winners.

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About Orbitz.com
Orbitz.com is a leading travel website that enables consumers to search for and book a broad range of hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and destination activities.  Since launching in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the world's largest online travel sites. Orbitz.com now offers the groundbreaking Orbitz Rewards loyalty program-the only program where customers can earn rewards immediately on flights, hotels and packages, and redeem instantly on tens of thousands of hotels worldwide.  Customers can earn up to 5% towards future hotel stays when booking hotels and 1% towards future hotel stays when booking either standalone flights or eligible vacation packages.   Orbitz.com is the #1 way to book travel on mobile devices, be it using our apps (get them at www.orbitz.com/mobile) or our smartphone-optimized website (m.orbitz.com), both of which are tailored for smartphones and tablets. The Orbitz app for iPhone is one of only 48 apps out of nearly 900,000 available apps chosen by Apple to be inducted into its App Store Hall of Fame.  Orbitz members get exclusive access to Insider Stealshotel deals, promotions and other saving opportunities. Follow Orbitz on Facebook, Twitter and through the Orbitz Travel Blog.  Orbitz.com is operated by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW).

About Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW) is a leading global online travel company using technology to transform the way consumers around the world plan and purchase travel.  Orbitz Worldwide operates the consumer travel planning sites Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), ebookers (www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com) and CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com).  Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Partner Network (www.orbitz.com/OPN) delivers private label travel technology solutions to a broad range of partners including some of the world`s largest airlines and travel agencies, and Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com) delivers managed travel solutions for companies of all sizes.  Orbitz Worldwide makes investor relations information available at investors.orbitz.com.

Media Contact: Marita Hudson Thomas, +1-312-260-8304, marita.thomas@orbitz.com





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