Hotwire Reveals Best Holiday Deal Destinations in a Special Edition of the Travel Savings Indicator

  Hotwire Reveals Best Holiday Deal Destinations in a Special Edition of the
                           Travel Savings Indicator

Travelers can Take Advantage of Deep Savings Anywhere from Warm Weather
Escapes like Florida and Southern California to Winter Wonderlands like
Chicago and Denver

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 18, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/®, a leading discount
travel site, today released the December 2012 Hotwire® special holiday edition
of the Travel Savings Indicator, which features the top five cities in North
America where hotel, air and car rental rates have dropped the most as
compared to the holiday season last year. With overall average hotel prices up
7 percent and air prices up nearly 2 percent over Christmas (travel December
22-26), those looking for a great deal this season can use Hotwire's extensive
pricing research to find the best destinations for maximizing their travel

"Rising holiday travel costs are putting Americans in a real bind this season,
but savvy travelers can still score some great deals to many popular
destinations," said Clem Bason, president of the Hotwire Group. "In fact, with
folks traveling back to hometowns during this time of year, several larger
cities and warmer leisure destinations are seeing a drop in prices in order to
attract vacationers. That means those looking for a last-minute getaway
instead of a traditional holiday at home can take advantage of the savings and
enjoy festive attractions at some prime locales."

Hotel Price Drops
Our nation's capital tops the list of hotel price drops during the holidays
with an 11 percent drop. During the holidays, Washington, DC turns into a
winter wonderland of lights, Christmas trees – including the national tree –
and even ICE!, an interactive world of colorful ice sculptures at the Gaylord
National Convention Center.

If you're feeling lucky and hoping to come out of the holiday with a little
more money in your pocket, Las Vegas, our number two destination, might be the
city for you. Convention business is slow during December, resulting in a 10
percent drop on already great hotel rates. But Vegas isn't just for gamblers;
the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Garden hosts their annual holiday
exhibit through early January and their famous dancing fountains perform to
classic holiday songs like "Carol of the Bells".

In Denver, our number three city with a six percent drop, folks can enjoy a
variety of holiday activities that are sure to put you in a cheerful mood,
such as the Denver Zoo's "Zoo Lights" or the Blossoms of Light at the Botanic
Garden, plus performing arts favorites like "The Nutcracker" and "A Christmas
Carol". Or visitors can use Denver as a home base to access world-class ski
resorts like Vail and Breckenridge.

Houston and Chicago round out this list with five and four percent drops,
respectively. Visitors to Houston can enjoy a variety of theatrical
performances from the Houston Ballet, Alley Theater and Stages Repertory
Theater, or head less than an hour away to Galveston to visit the well-known
Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens. And though it may be off-season in
Chicago, the Windy City has a lot of holiday activities to offer—from a
Christmas tree exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry to ice skating on
The Magnificent Mile.

When compared to this time last year, the top five hotel price reductions for
December 2012 include:

Rank Hotel Market   Price Drops Average Hotwire Hotel Price
1    Washington, DC - 11%       $65
2    Las Vegas, NV  - 10%       $68
3    Denver, CO    - 6%        $75
4    Houston, TX    - 5%        $58
5    Chicago, IL    - 4%        $62

Air Price Drops
Airfares this Christmas are up around 2 percent overall, but travelers can
still score deals to destinations like Memphis (15 percent), Oklahoma City (13
percent) and Orange County (12 percent). Each of these cities hosts a myriad
of holiday festivities including parades, lights displays, holiday villages
and ice skating rinks in their respective downtown neighborhoods. Meanwhile,
folks visiting Austin, in fourth with an 11 percent drop, can get their
last-minute holiday shopping done at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, or enjoy
a holiday movie in the park at the Alamo Drafthouse. Visitors to Tampa,
rounding out the list in fifth with a 10 percent drop, can go on some wild
rides with a festive atmosphere at Busch Gardens, which has extended holiday
hours and special programming, or check out a holiday show at the David A.
Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

When compared to this time last year, the top five airfare price reductions
for December 2012 include:

Rank Air Market        Price Drops Average Hotwire Airfare
1    Memphis, TN       - 15%       $324
2    Oklahoma City, OK - 13%       $337
3    Orange County, CA - 12%       $330
4    Austin, TX        - 11%       $327
5    Tampa, FL         - 10%       $345

Car Price Drops
Airfare isn't the only deal in Tampa; it also tops the car rental list with a
steep 29 percent drop. Meanwhile, Newark follows in second with a 21 percent
drop, so if you're thinking of renting a car in the NY Metro Area for the
holidays, the savings could be worth it to use this great alternate
destination to access New York City. Memphis comes in third with a 17 percent
drop, followed by another Floridian entry, Miami Beach, in fourth with a 15
percent discount. Milwaukee, a great destination for a white Christmas in the
city's Historic Third Ward, rounds out the list in fifth with an 11 percent

When compared to this time last year, the top five car rental price reductions
for December 2012 include:

Rank Car Rental Market Price Drops Average Hotwire Car Rental Price
1     Tampa, FL         - 29%       $39
2     Newark, NJ        - 21%       $51
3     Memphis, TN       - 17%       $23
4     Miami Beach, FL   - 15%       $39
5     Milwaukee, WI     - 11%       $28

For over 12 years, Hotwire has worked with hotels, airlines and car rental
companies to fill unsold inventory. As a result, Hotwire offers travelers
amazing deals, every day of the year, across a variety of markets. Through
Hotwire's deep understanding of the industry and unique relationships,
consumers have been able to save millions of dollars on all their travel

About the Hotwire Travel Savings Indicator
Results are calculated by looking at Hotwire booking data for select regions
during the time period of December 22 - 26, and comparing prices during that
period against Hotwire prices in the same period last year. Prices are
compared within the same categories (e.g., star rating, class of car) for
consistency, and the percent change in price for each region is generated as
an overall average of the changes in those categories. The hotel prices in the
charts above are examples for a particular Hot Rate® deal within that market.
The airfare and car rental prices are average prices based on bookings across
all car and seat classes. Actual prices may be higher or lower than the
examples that are provided.

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