SOURCE: Spire

Spire

June 22, 2011 09:00 ET

Next Generation Private Sale Travel Site First to Meet Consumer Needs With Guaranteed Deals and Easy Refunds

Spire Launches With Members-Only Rates on Select Four- and Five-Star Hotels Worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 22, 2011) - Spire, a new members-only travel site that offers unbeatable, limited-time deals on luxury hotels worldwide, launches today with an expertly selected lineup of four-and five-star hotel deals that are at least 30% off the lowest offer found anywhere else. Along with these private sales, Spire also introduces a number of firsts such as its Best Deal Guarantee that make the company the most consumer-friendly flash-sale travel site yet.

Directly addressing the most common complaints that travelers have about flash sales, Spire launches with the only Best Deal Guarantee in flash-sale travel. The guarantee not only promises the lowest price, but it also backs Spire's pledge to deliver at least 30% off the lowest comparable offer found anywhere else. Spire is also the only site of its kind to allow easy cancellations, giving refunds for up to 72-hours after a trip is booked, minus a $29 fee.

Alan Josephs, CEO of Spire, says these consumer-friendly firsts pave the way for the next generation of limited-time private sale sites and put Spire at the forefront of the flash-sale travel category.

"Consumers want to know that they're getting the very best deal before they book, and they need more flexibility in instances where spontaneity may have gotten the best of them," Josephs said. "Our Best Deal Guarantee and simple cancellation policy give travelers what they need to be more confident in their purchase," he said.

"If a traveler finds an offer that does not meet our best deal standards, Spire will give them $100 in credit to be used on a future booking, plus we will refund the difference if they happen to find a lower price elsewhere," Josephs explains Spire's one-of-a-kind Best Deal Guarantee.

Other consumer-friendly benefits include Spire Perks, which are valuable extras, such as room upgrades and spa credits, paired with almost every deal. Spire also makes checking airfare simple by including Kayak search functionality and offers the help and expert advice of U.S.- and U.K.-based luxury travel specialists by phone at no charge.

Spire's Hotel Deals

Despite these slow economic times, a recent poll of 2,215 luxury travelers conducted by Spire revealed that 74% have splurged on their hotel budget in 2011. When asked how they decide where to go on vacation, nearly one-quarterwaits until a great deal pops up in a destination they would enjoy.

This shows that consumers seek both luxury and affordability, which Josephs confirms: "Many travelers are still splurging on their hotel budgets, but they are also looking for a deal. Spire works closely with its hotel partners to deliver the deals they need at the luxury hotels they desire."

Spire's in-house destination experts evaluate each hotel and resort individually on requirements such as amenities, services, reputation, recommendations, customer reviews, site visits and much more. Only available to registered members, Spire's private sales last up to 14 days, giving travelers more flexibility and planning power than other flash-sale travel sites.

Here's a sampling of deals found on Spire now:

  • A Historic Hotels of America boutique property in New York City for $299 per night (was $449)
  • An all-inclusive, eco-friendly resort in Antigua for $275 per night (was $396)
  • A Condé Nast Hot List pick and authentic palace in Morocco for $140 per night (was $279)
  • A Condé Nast Traveler Gold List resort in Riviera Maya for $94 per night (was $140)

To join Spire's private community and get access to members-only hotel deals, go to spire.com and sign-up for free or go to facebook.com/spiretravel and sign-up through our sweepstakes for a chance to win a 4-night stay at Cavallo Point -- The Lodge at the Golden Gate and $2,500 in Spire credit.

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