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Press release from PR Newswire Expands Its Successful welcomerewards Loyalty Program

Friday, October 28, 2011 Expands Its Successful welcomerewards Loyalty Program14:40 EDT Friday, October 28, 2011Now members in over 60 countries can earn two-day getaways in more than 65,000 hotelsDALLAS, Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- welcomerewards®, the® loyalty program that allows members to earn a free* hotel night after booking and staying ten nights, now has additional booking flexibility and is open to customers in all 60 countries where has global websites.welcomerewards members may now redeem two free room nights consecutively and have more than 65,000 properties to choose from, with no black-out dates. Members can be sure they're getting the most out of their reward by checking out 2.5 million hotel guest reviews to book the best hotel for their travel plans and interests.Additionally, has implemented a more flexible expiration policy. As long as members engage in qualifying activity on the account every 12 months, they will be eligible to continue earning free nights on that account. The loyalty credits will not expire and each qualifying purchase extends the credits for another 12 months."welcomerewards is a very simple to understand and easy to use loyalty program because members can stay at participating hotels including multiple major chains or bed and breakfasts and earn credits toward a free night," says Milton Lai, senior director of customer loyalty for "welcomerewards gives travelers freedom to choose the right hotel for their stay." is proud to provide worldwide guests with a flexible loyalty program that now allows members to earn more free weekends, or two consecutive nights, instead of just single free nights. Plus, has thousands of great hotel deals to get members their free nights faster. For more information on the welcomerewards program, visit or call 1-800-2-hotels. Additional news is available at our media room:*Guests are required to pay taxes and fees. Press contacts: Meghan Callaghan ? Ruder Finn for hotels.comPhone: (212) 715-1608Email: callaghanm@ruderfinn.comTaylor L. Cole, North AmericaPhone: (469) 335-8442Email: taycole@hotels.comAbout welcomerewards®An industry leading loyalty rewards program, welcomerewards members earn a credit for every night they spend in any hotel chain, boutique hotel or bed and breakfast booked on the site. Members earn a free night for every 10 credits. Credits can be redeemed at over 65,000 partner hotels, with no restrictions or blackout dates. Members can also redeem credits at independent hotels that do not have loyalty programs of their own. Members can accumulate credits faster with welcomerewards than any other hotel loyalty program since a stay at each property is credited the same despite its star rating, location, rate or lodging type.About® 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. is the smarter way to book travel by offering  welcomerewards®, an industry leading loyalty rewards program; the real opinions of other travelers captured in 2.5 million Guest Reviews and; a Price Match Guarantee, so that those booking with 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 is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE). Follow us on Facebook at and Twitter via or visit the Travel Smart Blog for consumer and business travel information. Detailed Hotel Price Index data is available at:,, A Smarter Way to Book?, welcomerewards, the welcomerewards logo and the logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of, LP. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. © 2011, LP. All rights reserved. CST # 2083949-50SOURCE