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PRICELINE.COM : BedandBreakfast.com Inks Deal with Priceline.com to Add Bed-and-Breakfast Properties

02/08/2011 | 09:05am US/Eastern
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AUSTIN, Texas and NORWALK, Conn., Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN), the leading travel service for value-conscious leisure travelers, and BedandBreakfast.com®, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, today announced they have entered into an agreement to add and market the rooms of nearly 2,000 bookable bed-and-breakfast inns on priceline.com.

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Through the agreement, priceline.com customers are, for the first time, able to search and book from a wide variety of bed-and-breakfast rooms in more than 30 countries.

"BedandBreakfast.com's extensive network of bed-and-breakfast inns in the United States, Canada and Europe will enable priceline.com to offer our customers even more choice and value when it comes to making their vacation lodging reservations," says Tim Gordon, Senior Vice President of Priceline Hotels.

Throughout 2011, BedandBreakfast.com's properties will be integrated into the lodging options on priceline.com's retail site on which travelers can search and find published rates and availability, explore images and content, read customer reviews and make reservations for the listed bed-and-breakfast properties.

"Travelers expect to find the best inventory and prices at priceline.com, so adding B&Bs to the mix is a huge plus for priceline's customers who want a different, more authentic experience for their weekend getaways," says Martin Slagter, vice president of HomeAway®, Inc., which owns BedandBreakfast.com. "There's a bed and breakfast for every traveler - from charming historic inns in rural towns to modern romantic getaways with onsite restaurants to luxury inns that offer extra amenities without extra fees."

BedandBreakfast.com innkeepers will continue to manage their inventory through the BedandBreakfast.com Global Online Reservations Program, and their availability will automatically be added to priceline.com.

About BedandBreakfast.com

BedandBreakfast.com, based in Austin, Texas, is the largest and most comprehensive global bed-and-breakfast site, with more than 11,000 properties worldwide. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals. BedandBreakfast.com helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 150,000 consumer reviews. BedandBreakfast.com offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates.

About The Priceline Group of Companies:

The Priceline Group of Companies (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with approximately 61 million room nights booked in 2009. The Group is composed of four primary brands - Booking.com, priceline.com, Agoda.com and TravelJigsaw. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in 38 languages in 100 countries in Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Based in Amsterdam, Booking.com is a leading international online hotel reservation service operating in 92 countries in 38 languages. Booking.com offers its customers access to over 105,000 participating hotels worldwide.

In the U.S., priceline.com gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of priceline.com's famous Name Your Own Price® service, which can deliver the lowest prices available. Priceline.com also operates the following travel websites: Travelweb.com, Lowestfare.com, RentalCars.com and BreezeNet.com.

Singapore-based Agoda.com is an Asian online hotel reservation service that offers hotel rooms around the world and is available in 32 languages. With headquarters in Manchester, UK, TravelJigsaw is a multinational car hire service, offering its reservation services in more than 4,000 locations in 80 countries. Customer support is provided in 20 languages.

SOURCE BedandBreakfast.com

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