New Priceline.com Data Shows Holiday Airfares Are Running 4% Higher Than Last Year

New Priceline.com Data Shows Holiday Airfares Are Running 4% Higher Than Last
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PR Newswire

NORWALK, Conn., Dec. 3, 2012

NORWALK, Conn., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- December holiday airfares are
continuing their creep upwards, according to priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN).
Based on the last two weeks of round-trip domestic ticket sales on
priceline.com, the national average holiday airfare is $469, or 4% more
expensive than airfares at this time last year. The current national average
airfare is also higher than it was a month ago, when travelers would have paid
an average of $444 for their holiday tickets. If purchased in early October,
the average holiday fare was $430.

"We are now bumping up against that 21-day advance purchase window for airline
tickets," said priceline.com's in-house Travel Ekspert Brian Ek. "Typically,
tickets are more expensive when the departure date is less than 21 days away,
and they keep moving upward as the departure date gets closer. For anyone who
still has to buy holiday air tickets, the message is simple – the clock is
ticking."

Every year, priceline.com publishes a continuously updating Best Days To Fly
calendar showing the days when travelers are most likely to find affordable
fares. The calendar can be found at
http://www.priceline.com/promo/deals/winter_holidays/deals.html.

According to Priceline, the lowest fares for the upcoming holidays will
probably be found for travel on December 17, 18, 25, 27 and 31.

Ek also had some additional tips to help find cheaper airfare and keep those
travel costs down after the airfare is booked.

  oPick times of the day that are normally less busy. Time of day is
    important. Travelers will find the most affordable seats departing early
    in the morning (5-7 a.m.) or late evening (after 8 p.m.). Mid-day (11
    a.m. – 4 p.m.) is a bit more expensive, but still reasonable. Most
    expensive are the peak business travel hours (8-10 a.m. and 5-7 p.m.).

  oTry priceline.com's Name Your Own Price® airline tickets service. You can
    save even more on your airline tickets by using priceline.com's Name Your
    Own Price® ticketing service. With Name Your Own Price® tickets,
    travelers must agree to begin their trips anytime between 6:00 a.m. and
    10:00 p.m. and there may be up to one connection each way. Visit
    http://www.priceline.com/flights/ and click on the link to use the
    service.

  oSend those presents on ahead. You see presents; the airlines see extra
    baggage and maybe some extra fees. Not to mention how unhappy the
    security screeners will be to see those wrapped boxes. Save yourself the
    hassle by mailing or shipping presents in advance (after you've wrapped
    them, of course).

  oWeigh and measure your baggage. Check your airline's maximum requirements
    for checked and carry-on bags to make sure you won't incur extra fees.
    Note: baggage fees are charged separately for your outbound and return
    flights. 

About The Priceline Group
The Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel
reservations, with over 270,000 participating hotels 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 180 countries 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 245,000 hotels (as of November 1, 2012), and is available in 41
languages. More recent hotel 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(SM), 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 car hire service, offering its
reservation services in over 6,000 locations. Customer support is provided in
40 languages.

SOURCE Priceline.com

Website: http://www.priceline.com
Contact: Media: Brian Ek, +1-203-299-8167, brian.ek@priceline.com, or Investor
Relations: Matthew Tynan, +1-203-299-8487, matthew.tynan@priceline.com
 
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