Hotwire Reveals 78 Percent of Americans Who Plan to Travel for Thanksgiving Have Not Yet Booked

 Hotwire Reveals 78 Percent of Americans Who Plan to Travel for Thanksgiving
                             Have Not Yet Booked

While Percentage Dropped Slightly Compared to Last Year, Many Are Still
Waiting until the Last Minute to Book and Should Heed Expert Tips for Savings

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 7, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite Thanksgiving travel prices
that are rising with each passing day, Americans are still holding off on
booking their holiday travel. Hotwire.com®, a leading discount travel site,
today revealed that of those U.S. adults planning to travel for Turkey Day
this year, 78 percent had not yet booked their travel (e.g., airfare, car
rental, hotel) as of October 26. This according to a poll conducted online on
their behalf by Harris Interactive among over 2,000 adults ages 18 and older.
While the percentage is slightly lower than last year's number (82%), it
appears that many Americans are still waiting until the last minute despite
the rising cost of travel in 2012, and could endure expensive travel costs as
a result. The good news is that Hotwire® has last minute deals and expert
advice to help out procrastinating travelers.

"Thanksgiving airfare and hotel prices are up compared to last year, and
they're likely to increase even more as we get closer to the holiday," said
Clem Bason, president of the Hotwire Group. "Booking last minute travel can be
risky during these busy times, but it's not impossible to nab a deal.
Procrastinating travelers are just going to have to be a bit savvier and more
vigilant in order to score savings over the next few weeks."

Hotwire recommends using the following five tips to help last-minute bookers
save money this Thanksgiving:

1.Book your plane tickets ASAP. Airlines started hiking fares up just after
    Halloween, and with fewer flights and more people wanting to fly, planes
    are already crowded. So start your searches now, and if you see a good
    deal, book it.
2.Consider flying into an alternate airport that can offer cheaper fares.
    For example, consider Oakland in place of San Francisco, Ft. Lauderdale in
    place of Miami, or Baltimore in place of Washington, D.C. Low-cost
    carriers like JetBlue, Southwest, Allegiant and Virgin America have all
    been expanding routes this year, and many of these airlines call these
    smaller airports their home.
3.Avoid traveling on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after
    as these are the most expensive days by far. To save, either extend your
    trip, flying out early in the week and returning the week after
    Thanksgiving, or shorten it, flying out early on Thanksgiving Day and
    returning the Saturday after the holiday.
4.If you're renting a car, check the rates at an off-airport or smaller car
    rental agency. Agencies that operate off of airport property aren't
    subject to the same taxes and fees, while smaller agencies overall tend to
    be more flexible in their pricing and often offer significant discounts to
    compete with larger agencies. Sites like Hotwire.com and Carrentals.com
    work with these suppliers, as well as the large, national chains.
5.When booking hotels, your smartphone can be the best place to find a great
    deal. Many hotels offer increasingly bigger discounts to fill their empty
    rooms the closer you get to your stay. And with lots of empty rooms over
    Thanksgiving because travelers are staying with family, you can typically
    score the best savings by booking on the day of your arrival. Take
    advantage of these deep discounts by utilizing a fast and easy smartphone
    app like the Hotwire iPhone app.

*Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive via its QuickQuery omnibus product on behalf of Hotwire from
October 26 - 30, 2012 among 2,231 adults ages 18 and older and and the 2011
survey was conducted from October 28-November 1, 2011 among 2,429 U.S. adults
ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and
therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For
complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact
Monica Caires at Monica@atomicpr.com or (323) 648-5426.

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, Inc. obtains deep discounts from its travel suppliers to help
travelers book unsold airline seats, hotel rooms and rental cars. Hotwire.com
is anaward-winningwebsite and Hotwire, Inc. is an operating company of
Expedia, Inc. CST # 2029030-50. NST: 20003-0209. For more information, visit
http://www.hotwire.com. Hotwire.com operates sites in 8 countries worldwide:
www.hotwire.com, www.hotwire.com/uk, www.hotwire.com/ie, www.hotwire.com/au,
www.hotwire.com/nz, www.hotwire.com/se,
www.hotwire.com/noandwww.hotwire.com/dk.In addition to Hotwire, The Hotwire
Group of websites includes:www.hotwire.com andwww.carrentals.com.

Hotwire, Hotwire.com, the Hotwire logo and Hot Rate are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of Hotwire, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2012
Hotwire, Inc. All rights reserved. CST# 2053390-50.

Contact:
Monica Caires
Atomic PR
(323) 648-5426
monica@atomicpr.com

SOURCE Hotwire.com

Website: http://www.hotwire.com
 
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