Hotels.com Founder Begin New Online Venture

Bob Diener and David Litman, founders of Hotels.com, have started a new site— getaroom.com. Touting exclusive money-saving, non-published rates, the site claims travelers get the benefits of opaque pricing without being kept in the dark about where they will be sleeping. The site's unpublished rates program allows customers to know the property in advance and permits travelers to cancel.

The company provides travelers three ways to save money:

*    Everyday Savings— Discounts up to 50 percent off regular rates.
*    Special Non-published Rates— Registered clients booking accommodations via the getaroom.com Dallas-based call center 800-HOTELS-8 (800-468-3578) can receive additional savings at select hotels with getaroom.com's special non-published rates. Offered at most properties, the discounts are an additional 10 percent to 50 percent in savings.
*    Deals of the Day— Select properties are featured daily in the Deals of the Day program enabling travelers to save an additional 15 percent to 40 percent off their accommodations compared to internet rates offered by other websites.

The site provides complete descriptions, maps and photos of the hotels plus travelers can view a side-by-side comparison of properties to help them select the hotel that best meets their travel criteria. As an added service for a streamlined booking experience, getaroom.com offers savings and booking capabilities for airfare and popular attractions in cities worldwide.

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