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Priceline.com's Express Deals(sm) Hotel Service Announces Its Ready. Set. Summer Sale!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Priceline.com's Express Deals(sm) Hotel Service Announces Its Ready. Set. Summer Sale!

11:00 EDT Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Save up to 50% on a hotel room without bidding

NORWALK, Conn., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Word is spreading about priceline.com's (Nasdaq: PCLN) popular Express Deals(sm) ? a different hotel booking option for guests who want that juicy priceline.com discount, but without the bidding.  Today, priceline.com announced its Ready. Set. Summer Sale!, where Express Deals hotels are available for up to half off normal published rates.  This limited-time sale applies to hotels in all star categories, even the most luxurious 4- and 5-star hotels, with no length of stay requirement.  The sale runs through June 3rd and all stays must be completed by June 23, 2013.

In addition to the savings, Express Deals customers can choose from hotel offers that include specific amenities like a pool, on-site gym, free breakfast, free Internet, even a particular bed type (like two doubles instead of one king).  Priceline.com's Express Deals typically save customers up to 45%.  During the sale period, customers who enter the coupon code READYSET5 when they book their Express Deals will receive an extra 5% savings on top of the pre-negotiated discount.  The extra savings coupon code applies to all destinations where hotels are participating and all star levels.  It also applies to all dates from now through June 23rd, including holidays.

Express Deals and the extra savings READYSET5 coupon code are being offered through priceline.com's website www.priceline.com and through the Priceline app for iOS and Android phones.  The app can be downloaded from free from the iTunes store http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/priceline-hotel-car-negotiator/id336381998?mt=8&uo=4 or Android market https://market.android.com/details?id=com.priceline.android.negotiator.

Express Deals is the speedy way to get a great deal from thousands of hotels around the globe without having to bid.  Customers view a page that includes amenities (pool, gym, on-site restaurant, available bed types), special freebies (free breakfast, free Internet, free parking, etc.), star level, neighborhood, guest satisfaction scores on a 1-10 scale, and a special sale price.  Many of the hotels are pet friendly.  After booking at the discounted price, the name of the specific hotel is revealed.  Express Deals is covered by priceline.com's Big Deal Guarantee. If a customer books an Express Deals hotel reservation and finds a better price any time up until the day before check-in, priceline.com will match that price and give the customer $25.*

Here are some examples of Express Deals that were shopped on May 1 for a June 14-17 long weekend.  Prices, amenities and availability can change at any time.

  • Miami.  4-star hotel in the Coral Gables/Coconut Grove area. $97 a night for 1 bed or $128 a night for 2 beds (savings of 45% or more).  Amenities include a pool, on-site restaurant and fitness center.  The hotel is pet friendly.
  • Orlando.  4-star hotel in the Sea World/International Drive/Convention Center area.  $73 a night for 1 or 2 beds (savings of 60% or more).  This hotel is a guest favorite, with a 9 out of 10 overall satisfaction score.
  • New York City.  5-star hotel in the Times Square Theater District area.  $362 a night (savings of 45% or more).  Amenities include free Internet, a pool, an on-site restaurant and fitness center.  The hotel is pet-friendly and it scores 9 out of 10 in overall guest satisfaction.
  • Orange County.  2.5-star hotel in the Laguna Beach area.  $145 a night (savings of 45% or more).  This hotel is a guest favorite and has an 8 out of 10 satisfaction score.

*Priceline's Big Deal Guarantee covers hotels of at least two stars or higher.  The $25 will be paid as a refund to the customer's credit card.  For full details and restrictions, visit http://travela.priceline.com/promo/big_deal_guarantee.html.

iPhone, iPod Touch and iTunes are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android is a registered trademark of Google, Inc.

About The Priceline GroupThe Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with over 295,000 participating hotels and accommodations worldwide. The Group is composed of four primary brands - Booking.com, priceline.com, Agoda.com and rentalcars.com - and several ancillary brands. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in over 190 countries and territories in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.

Booking.com is the number one online hotel reservation service in the world, offering over 275,000 hotels and accommodations (as of February 25, 2013), and is available in 41 languages. More recent counts are available on the Booking.com website. Priceline.com gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of priceline.com's famous Name Your Own Price® service, which can deliver the lowest prices available, or the recently added Express Deals, where travelers can take advantage of hotel discounts without bidding.

Agoda.com is an Asia-based online hotel reservation service that is available in 38 languages. Rentalcars.com is a multinational rental car service, offering its reservation services in over 6,000 locations. Customer support is provided in 40 languages.

 

SOURCE Priceline.com

For further information: Press Information: Brian Ek, (203) 299-8167, brian.ek@priceline.com, or Investor Relations, Matthew Tynan, (203) 299-8487, matt.tynan@priceline.com

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