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hotels.com Adds New iPad App to its Mobile Portfolio

Thursday, September 29, 2011

hotels.com Adds New iPad App to its Mobile Portfolio12:05 EDT Thursday, September 29, 2011Travelers can now book through the web, phone, Facebook "HotelsWithMe" and iPhone /iPad applicationsDALLAS, Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- hotels.com®, the world's leading hotel booking website, has launched a new iPad application available for free download. Available in more than 30 languages, the app allows users to search and book at almost 140,000 hotels around the world. Users can choose from 20,000 last minute hotel deals, browse more than 2.5 million guest reviews and find last-minute accommodations.(Photo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110929/DA77626) The booking flow is intuitive and has also been built to allow the keyboard to remain at the bottom of the screen throughout the process for ease of use. Users can flick through hotels, photos and reviews with one swipe, explore the interactive skyline with landmarks from around the world, make use of the powerful sort and filter tools and also save and manage their favourite hotels.Scott Booker, SVP eCommerce for Hotels.com, said: "I am really proud and excited by this new development and am sure our customers will really enjoy using it. We have developed a truly innovative search experience which takes advantage of all the great usability functionality that Apple offers and have combined that with our expertise to enable users to find the right hotel quickly and easily.""We launched our two mobile apps in April and well over 1.5 million have already been downloaded. We expect this new app to produce a big boost to those numbers."Users can book as a guest or create a hotels.com account which can then be synchronized between the iPad, smart phone and desktop. Even without internet connection, all past and future bookings can be accessed. The app supports welcomerewards®, the hotels.com loyalty program that offers one free night for every 10 nights booked, so users never run the risk of missing out on their awards. The iPad application is one of six different ways consumers can book through hotels.com: through the web on hotels.com; via the phone; on the hotels.com Facebook app, "HotelsWithMe," and in either of the two mobile booking apps available on iPhone and Android. For more information, or to download the hotels.com iPad app, visit http://www.hotels.com/deals/mobile_app/. Other news is available at our media room: http://press.hotels.com/en-us/.Press contacts: Megan Tyrie ? Ruder Finn for hotels.comPhone: (212) 593-5815Email: tyriem@ruderfinn.comTaylor L. Cole, APRhotels.com North AmericaPhone: (469) 335-8442Email: taycole@hotels.comAbout hotels.comHotels.com® is a leading provider of lodging worldwide, offering almost 140,000 properties in over 60 countries from national chain hotels and all-inclusive resorts to local favorites and bed & breakfasts. Hotels.com is the smarter way to book travel by offering  welcomerewards®, an industry leading loyalty rewards program; the real opinions of other travelers captured in over two million Guest Reviews and; a Price Match Guarantee, so that those booking with hotels.com can be assured they are getting the best deal, either online or by speaking directly to a travel expert at 1-800-2-HOTELS 24 hours a day. For more information, please visit hotels.com. Hotels.com is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE). Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hotelsdotcom and Twitter via www.twitter.com/hotelsdotcom or visit the hotels.com Travel Smart Blog for consumer and business travel information. Get clayed at http://www.clayyourself.com. Detailed Hotel Price Index data is available at: http://www.hotel-price-index.com, hotels.com, A Smarter Way to Book?.Hotels.com, WelcomeRewards and the hotels.com logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of hotels.com, LP. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. © 2011 hotels.com, LP. All rights reserved. CST # 2083949-50SOURCE hotels.com