CHICAGO, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Orbitz.com's projected 2012 mobile sales place it as the highest ranked full-service travel company in mobile commerce, according to the newly released Internet Retailer Mobile 400. The Internet Retailer Mobile 400 is an annual guide that lists the mobile commerce sales of the largest retail companies in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.
Orbitz ranks number four overall in terms of projected 2012 mobile sales (behind Amazon, Apple and Marriott and ahead of Walmart) according to the list, but is number one among full-service online travel companies outpacing all other mobile travel sites in a very competitive marketplace with an expected 2012 mobile gross bookings total to exceed $700 million in U.S. sales (see Internet Retailer's cover story on the Mobile 400 list).
Orbitz climbed eight spots from last year's Mobile 400 list thanks to its suite of easy-to-use mobile products and apps. Over the last year, it has debuted a popular new mobile website and major updates to apps for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android that simplified the search and booking process and added major speed improvements, powerful sort and filtering capabilities and new mapping tools that highlight exclusive, mobile-only hotel discounts in over 240 markets worldwide. The Orbitz mobile apps also offer in-app, one-click access to "hotels near me tonight" based on a user's location.
"Our focus on giving customers the fastest mobile booking tools for flights, hotels and car rentals in combination with exclusive, mobile-only hotel deals of up to 50% off has been met with overwhelming response from consumers," said Chris Orton, president of Orbitz.com. "Smaller mobile devices really lend themselves to one-stop shopping sites that quickly deliver results and Orbitz is clearly getting the consumer vote through actual sales figures. In fact, Orbitz.com is now generating over 20% of total online hotel sales through mobile devices."
At debut in June 2012, the Orbitz Flights, Hotels and Cars app for iPhone was Editors' Choice in the App Store and updates since then have maintained a 4.5 out of 5-star rating from consumers. Some of the latest accolades from Orbitz mobile customers:
- "Easy, Fast, Great. I found myself on the runway stuck in bad weather and was going to miss my connecting flight. I used the app to find the next flight and gate to save precious seconds when I arrived. Love it!"
- "Love Orbitz!!! Great deals, you guys rock."
- "This one is the best I have used. Great deals pop up easily. I found a cool cheap motel on the beach in Pacific Beach, CA that none of the other apps came up with. It is really good at finding specific locations. LOVE IT!"
- "Great! Has everything I need. Love 'my trips' feature."
- "Perfect. Too Easy. Booked a flight in less than 3 minutes."
The Orbitz Flights, Hotels and Cars app for iPhone is available for free from the App Store on iPhone or iPod touch or at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/orbitz-flights-hotels-cars/id403546234.
Information on the full suite of Orbitz mobile travel planning products – including recently updated apps for iPad and Android – can be found at http://www.orbitz.com/mobile.
Orbitz.com is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and book an array of travel products and services, including flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages. Since launching its website in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the largest online travel sites in the world and has led the industry with innovations including the Orbitz Matrix Display and Orbitz Price Assurance. The Matrix Display revolutionized the way the travel industry displayed fares and makes it quick and easy for consumers to compare flights, rental cars and vacation packages. The Price Assurance program gives travelers confidence that they have the lowest Orbitz price on their flight or hotel. With Price Assurance, if another Orbitz customer books the same flight or prepaid hotel for less, we'll send you a check for the difference -- automatically. Orbitz.com also offers "Insider Steals" a weekly, members-only flash sale that provides exclusive deals of 50% or more off of handpicked hotels in top destinations around the world. On Orbitz.com consumers can search a broad range of suppliers worldwide. Orbitz.com is owned by Orbitz Worldwide. Stay connected to Orbitz.com with sale alerts, exclusive promotions and engaging conversations by following Orbitz on Facebook, Twitter and the Orbitz Travel Blog.
About Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide is a leading global online travel company that uses innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to research, plan and book a broad range of travel products. Orbitz Worldwide owns a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz, CheapTickets, ebookers, HotelClub, RatesToGo and the Away Network. Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Worldwide Distribution delivers private label travel solutions to a broad range of partners including many of the world's largest airlines, and Orbitz for Business delivers managed corporate travel solutions for corporations. Orbitz Worldwide uses its Investor Relations website to make information available to its investors and the public at http://investors.orbitz.com. You can sign up to receive email alerts whenever the company posts new information to the website.