WestJet Chooses Expedia.ca Private Label Travel Booking Service to Enhance Product Offering on westjet.com

Expedia Service to Power Lodging and Car Rental Services on WestJet's website

Toronto, ON/Calgary, AB — October 17, 2002 - Expedia Canada Corp. today announced a strategic deal with WestJet to provide hotel and car rental booking capabilities to the airline's website. As a result of this deal, more than 40,000 International hotel properties and all major car rental companies will become available on westjet.com.

"WestJet's online guests will be able to enjoy one-stop travel shopping and have online access to extremely competitive rates for lodging and car rentals from Expedia®'s vast inventory," said Bill Lamberton, WestJet's VicePresident of Sales and Marketing. "This partnership also positions us to work with Expedia Canada Corp. to add other high demand travel products in the future."

Expedia Canada Corp., operator of Expedia.ca™, one of Canada's leading online travel services, also delivers private label travel booking services to select partners. The travel service provides integrated offerings of not only published inventory, but also includes negotiated inventory and rates with discounts of up to 50 percent at over 6,000 Canadian and international properties in more than 1,200 cities worldwide. Expedia Canada Corp. will also provide telephone and email-based customer support for the online lodging and car rental bookings of WestJet's online guests.

"Providing our services to a top carrier like WestJet allows us to continue the momentum we've established in the Canadian marketplace by supplying WestJet with a service that's proven very popular among Canadian travellers," said Stuart MacDonald, Managing Director of Expedia Canada Corp. "The Expedia online lodging and car rental offering is a great complement to the airline's already successful website, and we are looking forward to expanding this to include additional innovative travel products, such as dynamic packages, in the future."

About Expedia Canada Corp.

Expedia Canada Corp., a subsidiary of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE), operates one of Canada's leading full service online travel agencies, Expedia.ca. To help Canadians plan and purchase travel, Expedia.ca provides the best combination of scheduled and charter flights, car and hotel reservations, vacation packages, destination and mapping information. Expedia.ca supports all major airline, hotel and car rental loyalty programs, enabling customers to automatically receive points from virtually any chosen travel partner when reserving through Expedia.ca.
Expedia.ca customers are supported by an audited privacy policy, and customer support agents available 24 hours a day/seven days a week via a toll free number and email response.

About About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline serving 22 Canadian cities including Victoria, Comox, Vancouver, Abbotsford/Fraser Valley, Prince George, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Thompson, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, London, Ottawa, Hamilton, Toronto, and Moncton. WestJet currently operates a fleet of 33 Boeing 737 aircraft, featuring 10 state-of-the-art Next-Generation aircraft. WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol WJA.

 


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For more information, please contact:
Amy Gillespie, Edelman Public Relations, (416) 979-1120 ext. 312, amy.gillespie@edelman.com

WestJet
Siobhan Vinish (Pronounced Sha-von)
Director, Public Relations and Communications
Telephone: (403) 444-2615
Facsimile: (403) 444-2261
Email: svinish@westjet.com
Website: westjet.com

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