11 September 2001 ASK JEEVES UK TO BENEFIT FROM EXPEDIA SEARCH TECHNOLOGY Expedia.co.uk, the UK‟s leading full service online travel company, announced today that it has partnered with Ask Jeeves (ask.co.uk), the UK‟s most popular search engine*, to provide comprehensive travel search results. The collaboration is thought to be the first of its kind with a travel agent providing search results for a search engine. Every time a user asks Jeeves a travel-related question, amongst the relevant answers delivered will be a set of „metasearch‟ results from Expedia. By selecting one of these, the user will be taken directly to the appropriate page on Expedia‟s site without having to ask the question again, thus speeding up their search for flight, hotel and car hire information. As well as a comprehensive flight booking service of over 450 airlines, including up to 700,000 discounted fares at any one time, and a database of over 70,000 hotels and lodgings throughout the world, Expedia also offers world guides, comprehensive maps, currency converters and airport guides to aid the consumer providing everything for travel. Mike Potts, product manager stated: “This is an important strategic agreement for us, especially as we are the first online travel company to strike such a deal. We believe that Ask Jeeves users will reap the benefits of our fully comprehensive travel offering and excellent customer support service.” Adrian Blair, business development manager at Ask Jeeves UK, said: “We are all about helping people find what they are looking for on the web quickly and easily. By including Expedia as a metasearch partner, we can add real value for our users by taking all the effort out of their search for travel information.” * Source : Jupiter MMXI July 2001 - Ends - For further information: Expedia Press Office Ben Philipson The RED Consultancy T: 020 7465 7700 Email: email@example.com Ask Jeeves Press Office Julia Clarke / Ayesha Bharmal T: 020 7287 2087 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com For online press information on Expedia.co.uk: http://expedia.co.uk/daily/press/ Expedia, Inc. operates Expedia.co.uk in the UK and has localised versions for travellers in Canada, Germany, and the US. Expedia, Inc is listed on the NASDAQ stock market. Expedia and Expedia.co.uk are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners Expedia.co.uk is the best way to plan and book your travel online, giving you the choice and control to easily plan travel, buy air tickets, make hotel and car reservations and book last minute package deals by giving you access to exactly the same information as a High Street travel agent. Expedia.co.uk offers millions of published and discounted fares on over 450 airlines, a directory of nearly 68,000 accommodation properties world-wide and 4 million rooms, car hire from the top rental companies and a choice of package holidays. The site also includes in depth destination guides and maps, a comprehensive travel information service, and links to relevant Web sites. Expedia.co.uk is entirely free to anyone and does not require registration. Ask Jeeves UK (www.ask.co.uk) is a humanised question answering service for web surfers to find what they are looking for online. Hosted by Jeeves, the Internet butler, it allows users to type in a question using plain English to receive back in a friendly, human way the relevant answers and suggestions for where they can find information on the Internet. Launched in the UK in February 2000, Ask Jeeves is the 6th most popular web property in the UK with 3.7 million unique users (according to MMXI Europe figures for July 2001). Ask Jeeves is a joint venture between Ask Jeeves International Inc, Carlton Communications and Granada Plc.