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Attention Last-Minute Travelers: August is on Sale, According to the Latest Orbitz Insider Index

CHICAGO, July 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With many kids heading back-to-school in August, the hectic summer crowds dissipate and travel prices drop – putting a last-minute vacation within reach, on the cheap. Orbitz.com has ranked the top 10 wallet-friendly destinations for late summer along with picks for the hottest beach, city and mountain destinations in the latest Insider Index. According to the Orbitz Summer Travel Calendar, the week of August 24 is the cheapest week of the summer to travel, offering average hotel prices of $171.1

“Although demand is up this summer, there are still deals to be had – if you know where to look," said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor at Orbitz.com. "The key lies in picking slower time periods in August to soak up the final weeks of summer and cash in on extra savings."

Las Vegas nabs the top spot in this year’s list as it continues to add jaw-dropping attractions like the 550-foot-tall High Roller Ferris wheel at LINQ Hotel & Casino’s outdoor promenade. Visitors can find rooms at LINQ under $50 per night in late August on Orbitz.com.2

Thanks to approachable exchange rates, Europe continues to be a top destination for Americans in 2015. Three international destinations make the top 10 for late summer: London, Paris and Dublin come in at number three, four and 10 respectively. A recent Orbitz.com survey found that more than half of travelers would head to Europe if the price is right3. Destinations like Dublin offer average hotel rates for less than $160 per night, and even Paris has average hotel rates under $200 per night making August a great time to take advantage of the strong U.S. dollar in Europe before summer’s end.

Top 10 Destinations for Late Summer Deals4

RankDestinationAverage Daily Hotel Rate
1Las Vegas, Nev.$119
2New York, N.Y.$262
3London, England$255
4Paris, France$194
5Chicago, Ill.$224
6Lake Buena Vista, Fla.$209
7Anaheim, Calif.$284
8Seattle, Wash.$273
9Orlando, Fla.$168
10Dublin, Ireland$158

Orbitz Picks for Late-Summer Hotel Rates under $150 per night5
Orbitz senior editors’ have rounded up the best destinations by mountain, beach and city to find hotel prices under $150 to suit any preference.

Mountain Destinations Average Daily Hotel Rate
Salt Lake City, Utah$140
Gatlinburg, Tenn.$99
Colorado Springs, Colo.$134
Beach DestinationsAverage Daily Hotel Rate
Miami, Fla.$135
Tampa, Fla.$117
Daytona Beach, Fla.$110
City DestinationsAverage Daily Hotel Rate
Las Vegas, Nev.$119
Arlington, Va.$138
San Antonio, Texas$141

Savvy Tips for Savings on Late Summer Travel

  • Package up savings: According to the joint Orbitz-University of Wisconsin U.S. Traveler Compass survey, more than one-third of all travelers will be booking both a flight and a hotel this summer – which, if booked together, could save up to $675.6
  • Get more with mobile: Download the Orbitz mobile app for app-only deals like $25 off your first booking of a two-night hotel reservation of $100 or more when you book by September 30, 2015, using promo code DOWNLOAD25.7
  • Lean on loyalty points: Take advantage of perks from being a member of a loyalty rewards program this summer. For example, Orbitz Rewards Platinum members now qualify for free TSA PreCheck. Visit www.orbitz.com/rewards/TSAprecheck for more information.

1 The busiest weeks for summer travel were ranked based on the number of air bookings (standalone air and air booked as part of a package) made on Orbitz.com for travel between June 1 – August 31, 2015. The least expensive weeks for summer travel were based on average daily hotel rate for travel between June 1 – August 31, 2015.
2 Rates at the LINQ hotel were available on Orbitz.com as of July 26, 2015. Prices may change.
3The Orbitz.com summer survey was fielded by Orbitz April 13 to 15, 2015 via Google Consumer Surveys. 780 adults aged 18 or older who had traveled within 12 months were surveyed.
4 The top summer travel destinations for summer are based on Orbitz.com hotel bookings for travel from June 1 – August 31, 2015 vs. the coinciding time period last year.
5The late summer hotel rates under $150 per night are based on the average daily hotel rate for Orbitz.com hotel bookings for travel from June 1 – August 31, 2015.
6Savings based on Flight + Hotel vacation package bookings of 5 or more nights with individual calculable components on www.orbitz.com from January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates, and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.
7 Book a qualifying hotel between January 1, 2014 12:01PM CDT and September 30, 2015 11:59PM CDT, for $100 or more and for 2 or more nights for travel between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015, via Orbitz app on a smart phone or tablet and instantly receive $25 off through the use of the promotion code. Limit one discount per hotel room and one promotion code per booking. Discount may not be used toward the booking of a vacation package. Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Promotion codes are non-transferable, not for resale, and cannot be combined with other offers. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. Orbitz reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. Most major chains are excluded. Offers valid at participating hotels only and are subject to availability. Offers vary by property. Minimum night stay may be required, and varies by property. Rules, restrictions, and blackout dates may apply. See property pages for further details.

About Orbitz.com
Orbitz.com is a 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 orbitz.com/mobile) or our smartphone-optimized website (m.orbitz.com), both of which are tailored for smartphones and tablets. The Orbitz app won the 2014 Appy Award for best travel app. 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 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 (orbitz.com), ebookers (ebookers.com), HotelClub (hotelclub.com) and CheapTickets (cheaptickets.com). Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Partner Network (orbitzpartnernetwork.com) delivers private label travel technology solutions to a broad range of partners including some of the world's largest airlines, bank loyalty programs and travel agencies, and Orbitz for Business (orbitzforbusiness.com) delivers managed travel solutions for companies of all sizes. Orbitz Worldwide makes investor relations information available at investors.orbitz.com.

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