MSN Expedia and MaxMiles Join Forces to Save Travelers Time
Free Offer Helps Travelers Maximize Benefits of Frequent-Travel Programs
REDMOND, Wash. - March 22, 1999 - Today’s typical traveler is enrolled in more than seven frequent-travel programs. To help these busy travelers save time and maximize their travel benefits, the MSN™ Expedia™ travel service (http://expedia.msn.com/) is announcing an agreement with MaxMiles Inc. to offer a free one-year subscription to MileageMinerÔ , an online service that conveniently consolidates and manages consumers’ frequent-travel programs in one online location (connect-time charges may apply).
In comparison to mailed statements that are often six to eight weeks out of date, MileageMiner is a personalized online service that tracks and updates frequent-travel accounts on a daily basis. As an exclusive benefit to users of Expedia, the annual $30 MileageMiner fee will be waived for the first year. Subscribers to the MileageMiner service will receive e-mail summary reports highlighting up-to-date account balances, expiration summaries, lists of account transactions in the past 90 days, alerts of potential missing miles and notices of special mileage offers.
"This offer with MaxMiles is a natural extension of the Expedia commitment to help travelers save time and money online," said Mark Jamison, president and founder of MaxMiles Inc. "Expedia is the leader in offering online travel functionality for its users, so inclusion of our sophisticated new MileageMiner Internet technology is a natural fit for both of our organizations."
To take advantage of this exclusive offer,* customers need to visit the Expedia Web site (http://expedia.msn.com/), connect to MileageMiner and supply their frequent travel membership numbers. The MileageMiner service then gathers a traveler’s frequency account information to provide an online consolidated statement customized for the traveler’s preferences.
About MSN Expedia Travel
MSN Expedia (http://expedia.msn.com/) is the place to go on the Web to easily plan travel, purchase tickets, and make hotel and car reservations. Part of the MSN network of Internet services, MSN Expedia also offers in-depth destination content and travel news as well as mapping services. MSN Expedia offers exceptional customer service with more than 200 travel agents available via a toll-free number to travelers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer questions and provide assistance while they are en route. Since its inception in October 1996, MSN Expedia has become the Web’s leading online travel agency, with weekly travel sales exceeding $11 million. In addition, MSN Expedia is ranked as one of the top 50 Web sites according to Media Metrix.
MSN Expedia (U.S. and Canadian versions only) offers a credit card guarantee to protect credit cards used on the Internet from fraud. With this service, after an initial purchase on Expedia, customers’ credit cards are protected from fraud liability — up to $50 (U.S.) — on any purchases made in the subsequent 12 months on or off the Internet. Since the program’s introduction in June 1998, Microsoft is proud to state that, because of the top-level site security, the service remains unused.
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