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Global membership base more than five million

Auckland, 2 October, 2012: Welcome Rewards™, industry-leading loyalty programme from®, is celebrating its first anniversary in New Zealand, as the global membership base exceeds five million travellers since it launched in the US in 2008.

Rewarding New Zealand leisure and business travellers with one free* night’s accommodation for every ten nights stayed, the Welcome Rewards programme gives customers the chance to redeem their free night’s accommodation across more than 65,000 hotels globally, with no blackout periods imposed.

Katherine Birch, Director of Marketing, Australia and New Zealand, said: “New Zealanders love loyalty programmes and we are proud of Welcome Rewards as it is simple and easy-to-use as well as more generous than many existing hotel loyalty programmes.

To celebrate the anniversary, will be offering New Zealand travellers up to 40% off** selected hotel bookings made through

For more information and access to’s exclusive Welcome Rewards promotion, please visit

About the Welcome Rewards programme:
• Ten nights can be booked at once or separately and can be across multiple eligible hotels
• Hotels participating in the Welcome Rewards programme are clearly marked on
• The free* night can be redeemed at any time of the year – there are no blackout periods
• The free* night is valued at the average rate of the ten nights stayed – customers have the option to use the free night for a higher rate room by paying the difference
• Welcome Rewards credits never expire as long as there is activity on the account every 12 months.


Notes to Editor

*A free night does not include taxes and fees. Only properties marked with Welcome Rewards™ qualify.

**Savings are valid for bookings made until 31st October 2012 for travelling before 30th November 2012, unless otherwise specified.

Conditions apply, please see specific details for each hotel listed by clicking at the hotel of your interest. Search with your preferred dates for travel to see the discounted rates for your stay.

About is a leading online accommodation booking website with almost 155,000 properties worldwide, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, negotiating the best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. Regular customer e-newsletters provide exclusive offers and advance warning of up-coming sales. There are over 7 million guest reviews on the site from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking. Through its industry-leading loyalty program Welcome Rewards, customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 65,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, will refund the difference. Travellers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centres. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals. For the last eight years, has published an award-winning twice-yearly review of international hotel room price trends called the Hotel Price Index which is now produced in 31 individual country editions. Follow on Facebook at, on Twitter at and on YouTube at is part of Expedia Inc., the largest online travel company in the world with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world's best-known brands. and the logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of, LP, in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. © 2002-2012, LP. All rights reserved. CST # 2083949-50

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