If you purchase carbon offsets when you travel, that cost just went down by half


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Hotwire.com(R) has announced that starting today, when customers purchase offsets through a new program with TerraPass, they will only have to pay half of the cost that TerraPass normally charges, because Hotwire will pay the rest. By participating in this program, customers can partner with Hotwire to fund emission reductions in order to help balance the impact that travel has on the environment.

“As a discount, customer-oriented travel site, our goal is always to deliver the best possible deals for our customers,” said Clem Bason, president, Hotwire Group. “And when customers are looking to travel in a more eco-friendly way, it’s important for Hotwire to be there with a great value through this matching contribution.”

Once Hotwire customers make a hotel, car rental, or flight booking, they will be given the option to purchase a carbon offset through TerraPass. These offsets normally cost $12 for two weeks of a hotel stay, one week of driving, or one domestic flight, and $48 for an international flight, but Hotwire will pay for half of every purchase. So the final cost to the customer will only be $6 and $24, respectively. In turn, TerraPass uses the contributions to support clean energy and other projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This offer is the only one of its kind being offered by a travel company and further solidifies Hotwire’s commitment to provide great deals to its customers and to the environment.