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					11 September 2001

               SEARCH TECHNOLOGY, the UK‟s leading full service online travel company,
announced today that it has partnered with Ask Jeeves (, 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

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For further information:

Expedia Press Office
Ben Philipson
The RED Consultancy
T: 020 7465 7700

Ask Jeeves Press Office
Julia Clarke / Ayesha Bharmal
T: 020 7287 2087

For online press information on

Expedia, Inc. operates 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 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 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. 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. is entirely free to anyone and does not require

Ask Jeeves 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.

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