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March 03, 2008 08:30 ET

Expedia Begins Offering WestJet Flights to U.S. Travellers

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced the expansion of its partnership with Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), the world's leading online travel company. Now, all of WestJet's published fares, schedules and inventory are available to leisure and unmanaged business travellers through Expedia® in the U.S. The agreement builds on WestJet's current relationship with Expedia, under which WestJet flights have been available to Canadian travellers on Expedia.ca.

WestJet President and CEO Sean Durfy anticipates that the addition of Expedia.com to the airline's distribution strategy will have a positive impact on WestJet's growth in the U.S. market.

"WestJet's business stands to benefit as we continue to build our network and capacity in Canada and the U.S. Expedia's unmatched customer volume, along with the brand and marketing support they provide their partners will help us to grow our network to over 60 destinations in Canada and the U.S. through 2013," said Sean Durfy. "Once we gained full functionality on Expedia.ca, our sales increased significantly demonstrating the power and reach of the Expedia brand. We're excited to extend our WestJet guest experience to the millions of travellers who visit Expedia.com each month."

Paul Brown, President, Expedia North America and Expedia, Inc. Partner Services Group said, "Travellers book on Expedia because they know we are committed to offering them an unmatched selection of travel options at the guaranteed best price, and WestJet is a great fit with that approach. We're pleased that WestJet will now have access to our highly valuable and incremental travel shoppers on Expedia.com."

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's leading high-value, low-cost airline offering scheduled service throughout its 45-city North American and Caribbean network. Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2005, 2006 and 2007, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 73 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu on the majority of its fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

About Expedia, Inc.

Expedia, Inc. is the world's leading online travel company, empowering business and leisure travellers with the tools and information they need to easily research, plan, book and experience travel. Expedia, Inc. also provides wholesale travel to offline retail travel agents and in-destination concierge service and activity desks for travellers. The Expedia, Inc. portfolio of brands includes: Expedia.com®, hotels.com®, Hotwire®, Expedia® Corporate Travel, TripAdvisor®, Expedia Local Expert™, Classic Vacations® and eLong™. Expedia, Inc.'s companies operate more than 50 global points of sale with sites in North America, South America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Expedia, Inc. is a component of the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit http://www.expediainc.com/ (NASDAQ: EXPE).

About Expedia® Partner Services Group

Expedia® Partner Services Group offers its supplier partners choice, seamless coordination and complete access to our vast traveller base. The formation of the Partner Services Group is a testament of Expedia's commitment to continually refine the way we conduct business by seeking our suppliers' input and customizing our services to meet their needs.

Expedia and Expedia.com are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Classic Vacations is either a trademark or registered trademark of Classic Vacations, LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. hotels.com is either a trademark or registered trademark of hotels.com, L.P., a subsidiary of hotels.com in the U.S. and/or other countries. Hotwire is either a trademark or registered trademark of Hotwire, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. TripAdvisor is either a trademark or registered trademark of TripAdvisor, LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners.

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