South African Airways Selects Expedia Affiliate Network to Power Hotel Offering

By Expedia Inc., PRNE
Thursday, May 5, 2011

Customers will be able to search and book hotels through SAA later this year

BELLEVUE, Washington, May 6, 2011 - Expedia(R) Affiliate Network (EAN), an Expedia, Inc. division dedicated
to private label partnerships, announced a partnership today with South
African Airways (SAA), the leading airline carrier in Africa serving 20
destinations across the continent. SAA, Africa's most awarded airline, chose
EAN for the breadth of inventory and great hotel rates offered at each of the
35 destinations that it serves.

"We are very pleased to be working with Expedia as our new hotel service
provider," said Marc Cavaliere, Vice President of Global Sales Development
for SAA. "We selected EAN because they allow us to offer our customers a
tremendously robust inventory of hotel properties worldwide at very
attractive rates."

"We're excited at the opportunity to work with SAA," said Sean McDonald,
Vice President of Sales for EAN EMEA. "Not only are we able to offer their
customers great rates at more than 135,000 properties worldwide, but in
partnering with SAA, we can provide complete travel solutions to their
patrons, simplifying the shopping and booking experience to one seamless
transaction for both air and hotel."

The new offering will be built using EAN's flexible hotel API and
leverage the Datalex Travel Distribution Platform to create a tailored,
easy-to-use solution for SAA customers. South African Airways customers will
be able to book hotels through the SAA website later this year.

About EAN

Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) is part of Expedia Inc., the leading
online travel company in the world. EAN works with more than 10,000 private
label partners globally, providing access to Expedia's highly competitive
travel products, including hotels, packages, car, flights, insurance and
destination services, and benefit from unrivaled supply quality. Additional
information about EAN can be found at

About South African Airways (SAA)

SAA is the leading carrier in Africa serving 20 destinations across the
continent, as well as major destinations within South Africa, from its hub in
Johannesburg. It is a member of the largest international airline network,
Star Alliance. SAA's international network creates links to all continents
from South Africa through 10 direct routes and 19 code shares. SAA accounts
for approximately 38 percent of all international arrivals to South Africa
and through its Star Alliance membership offers 19,700 daily flights serving
1077 airports in 157 countries.

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