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Orbitz.com Launches the Orbitz Rewards Visa(R) Card

TRAVELERS: Take the Orbitz Rewards Challenge using the Orbitz Rewards Calculator, 2 minutes could save you $423*

CHICAGO, April 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The best travel rewards program just got better. Orbitz.com and Alliance Data Retail Services today introduced the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card, offering travel lovers big rewards when booking flights, hotels and vacation packages and making everyday purchases like gas and groceries. Every time travelers swipe the new Orbitz Rewards Visa Card, they will rack up big rewards and get closer to their next incredible getaway with no annual fee, no foreign transaction fees and no blackout dates on redemption.

Apply now for the new Orbitz Rewards Visa Card with just one click and view full terms and conditions at: www.orbitz.com/visacard.

The Orbitz Rewards Visa Card allows cardholders to earn 5 percent in Orbucks – the currency of Orbitz Rewards – when purchasing flights, hotels and vacation packages on Orbitz.com. This is in addition to Orbucks earned through the Orbitz Rewards loyalty program. All other purchases on the card earn 2 percent in Orbucks. Cardholders receive a $50 activation statement credit after spending $200 on the card within 90 days. Cardholders also become Star-level members of Orbitz Rewards, giving them benefits including hotel upgrades, complimentary hotel amenities and a priority customer service number.

Other benefits of the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card include:

  • Security and protection with zero fraud liability
  • Lost luggage reimbursement
  • Travel accident insurance
  • Auto rental collision damage waiver
  • Hotel burglary coverage
  • Emergency card replacement

Orbucks can be redeemed when booking Orbitz Rewards hotels around the world. The best part? There are no complicated points to calculate – one Orbuck equals one U.S. dollar – and there are no blackout dates, no unrealistic redemption hurdles and no restrictions on combining rewards with other offers. Orbucks earned through the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card do not expire as long as cardholders use the card at least once every 12 months. Travelers still earn airline frequent flyer miles when using the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card.

No other online travel site rewards like the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card. Take the Orbitz Rewards Challenge using the Orbitz Rewards Calculator to see how well the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card stacks up against other offerings.

"The Orbitz Rewards Visa Card is the next phase of the Orbitz Rewards program. The card offers enhanced rewards and travel benefits to our customers, from the once a year leisure traveler all the way to the road warrior. We worked really hard with our credit card partner Alliance Data to make the Orbitz Rewards Visa a top-of-wallet card with the best offering in the travel rewards space," said Chris Orton, COO and president of Orbitz.com. "According to data from PhoCusWright and Alliance Data, the average consumer spends $2,780 on travel and $10,000 on non-travel credit card purchases each year. That consumer would earn $423 in Orbucks if they used the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card and booked their travel through the Orbitz.com mobile app, and that translates into 2 or 3 free hotel room nights. We want travelers to take the Orbitz Rewards Challenge using the Orbitz Rewards Calculator because we're really confident that the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card is the best there is."

Orbitz.com has entered into a multi-year agreement with Alliance Data Retail Services to provide credit and marketing services for the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card, and will take advantage of their acquisition tools to drive cardholder engagement and acquisition. Orbitz.com will also have access to Alliance Data's digital and mobile capabilities.

"Orbitz is undoubtedly a leader in the online travel agency category and a trusted brand for travelers. We're excited to partner with a like-minded company that understands the value of and invests in building long-term loyalty and deep relationships with its customers," said Melisa Miller, president of Alliance Data Retail Services. "We look forward to collaborating closely with Orbitz to offer a creative, multi-channel approach to acquiring new cardholders and to deliver customized marketing strategies that increase usage of the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card. This new partnership also reinforces our foothold in the travel and hospitality category – a key growth initiative for Alliance Data Retail Services."

For more information about the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card visit www.orbitz.com/visacard.

*According to data from PhoCusWright and Alliance Data, the average consumer spends $2,780 on travel and $10,000 on non-travel credit card purchases each year. That consumer would earn $423 in Orbucks if they used the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card and booked their travel through the Orbitz.com mobile app. Orbucks can be redeemed to save money when booking Orbitz Rewards hotels around the world.

About Orbitz.com

Orbitz.com is a leading travel website that enables consumers to search for and book a broad range of hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and destination activities. Since launching in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the world's largest online travel sites. Orbitz.com now offers the groundbreaking Orbitz Rewards loyalty program—the only program where customers can earn rewards immediately on flights, hotels and packages, and redeem instantly on tens of thousands of hotels worldwide. Use the Orbitz Rewards Visa® Card to earn even more rewards. Orbitz.com is the #1 way to book travel on mobile devices, be it using our apps (get them at www.orbitz.com/mobile) or our smartphone-optimized website (m.orbitz.com), both of which are tailored for smartphones and tablets. The Orbitz app for iPhone is one of only 48 apps out of nearly 900,000 available apps chosen by Apple to be inducted into its App Store Hall of Fame. Orbitz members get exclusive access to Insider Steals hotel deals, promotions and other saving opportunities. Follow Orbitz on Facebook, Twitter and through the Orbitz Travel Blog. Orbitz.com is operated by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW).

About Orbitz Worldwide

Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW) is a leading global online travel company using technology to transform the way consumers around the world plan and purchase travel. Orbitz Worldwide operates the consumer travel planning sites Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), ebookers (www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com) and CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com). Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Partner Network (www.orbitz.com/OPN) delivers private label travel technology solutions to a broad range of partners including some of the world`s largest airlines and travel agencies, and Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com) delivers managed travel solutions for companies of all sizes. Orbitz Worldwide makes investor relations information available at investors.orbitz.com.

About Alliance Data Retail Services

Alliance Data Retail Services is one of the nation's leading providers of branded credit card programs, with more than 130 marketing-driven private label, co-brand and commercial programs in partnership with many of North America's best-known brands. The business delivers upon its Know more. Sell more.® commitment by leveraging customer insight to drive sales for its client partners. Leveraging deep-rooted marketing expertise, transaction-based customer data, and advanced analytics, Alliance Data Retail Services creates turnkey, multichannel credit programs designed to help its clients develop stronger, more profitable customer relationships. Alliance Data Retail Services is part of the Alliance Data family of companies. To learn more about Alliance Data Retail Services, visit www.alliancedataretail.com.

CONTACT: Media Contact: Marita Hudson Thomas Marita.thomas@orbitz.com +1-312-260-8304Source:Orbitz Worldwide