Providing enhanced flexibility and value for travelers, Orbitz announced that it will no longer charge change and cancellation fees on hotel bookings made anywhere in the world. Travel plans often change. By removing our change and cancellation fees, Orbitz is making it easier for customers to adjust their schedules accordingly.

We are totally obsessed with ensuring is the best place to book a hotel on the Web," said Barney Harford, President and CEO, Orbitz Worldwide. "Earlier this year we led the industry with the launch of Total Price hotel search results and Hotel Price Assurance delivering meaningful value and transparency. Now by eliminating change and cancellation fees on all hotel bookings we're giving customers yet another reason to book their hotel with"

In April 2009, Orbitz introduced Total Price hotel search results making it radically easier and more transparent for consumers to search for hotels and know the total cost of lodging up front. Orbitz is the only major online travel company to show Total Price per night, including taxes and fees, upfront on the initial search results page. Competitors only show base rate, requiring customers to select a hotel and visit multiple pages in the search process before finding out the total cost of a hotel room with all fees.

One month later, Orbitz launched Hotel Price Assurance, promising customers the best Orbitz rate for their hotel. Here's how it works: you book any pre-paid hotel on Orbitz, another Orbitz customer subsequently books the same hotel stay at a lower rate, and Orbitz automatically sends you a check for the difference.

The launch of Total Price hotel search results, Hotel Price Assurance and the elimination of our hotel change and cancellation fees clearly establishes Orbitz as the only source of flexibility, value and transparency when booking hotels on the Web.