10/10/10: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows Auctions Off Ten Signature Bungalows for Charity Beginning Sunday, October 10, 2010

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Proceeds of Signature Bungalow Auction to Benefit Local Santa Monica Charity Serving Homeless

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Chrysalis will receive a generous donation to assist the homeless and low-income individuals in Santa Monica, while Off & Away bidders will get the chance to enjoy the ultimate Santa Monica Bungalow experience at a great price

Kicking off at 10 am PDT on Sunday, October 10 and continuing for ten days, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows will launch its 10/10/10 Auction, offering travelers the opportunity to stay in a Signature Bungalow at a discounted rate. One two-night stay in a Signature Bungalow, regularly valued at $549 per night, will be auctioned off each day at 10 am for ten consecutive days on luxury-hotel travel site Off & Away (http://www.offandaway.com). Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows will donate all profits from the auctions to Chrysalis, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals in Santa Monica and throughout Los Angeles County.

The auction is open to any resident in the U.S. and Canada over the age of 18 with a debit/credit card or Paypal account, and who registers at http://www.offandaway.com. Each auction starts at $0.00 with no reserve price. There will be one winner for each auction. Bids often happen in rapid-fire succession, each bid boosting the price of the featured suite by ten cents and during the auction’s final two minutes, adding 20 seconds to the clock, giving all bidders a chance to counter the most recent bid. Auctions are exciting, with minimal risk to bidders, as those who do not win can apply their used bid credits to the purchase of another room at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, or at any of over 100,000 “Book Now” hotels on the Off & Away site, with rates and room options similar to those found on Expedia and Orbitz.

In addition to donating proceeds from the ten Signature Bungalow auctions, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows will also make a block of rooms available to non-winning bidders to raise additional money for Chrysalis. Participants will receive an e-mail from Off & Away after the auction’s conclusion providing details on how to apply their used bid credits, plus a 10 percent bonus from Off & Away, to book these special rooms. Customers will have up to 30 days to book one of these rooms and as many as 330 days to actually use the accommodations.

According to Wolfgang Jonas, General Manager at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, “This event is part of our continuing effort to support our local Santa Monica community. Chrysalis will receive a generous donation to assist the homeless and low-income individuals in Santa Monica, while Off & Away bidders will get the chance to enjoy the ultimate Santa Monica Bungalow experience at a great price.”

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows’ Signature Bungalows are quintessential to Southern California, set in the lush Miramar Gardens and the only hotel with Bungalows by the beach in Los Angeles. The luxuriously-appointed suite is complete with upgraded amenities, a personal guest entrance and a private setting on the hotel grounds.

About Chrysalis
Chrysalis (http://www.changelives.org/) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. Since its start in 1984, Chrysalis has helped over 35,000 individuals change their lives through jobs. The organization’s three service centers are located where homelessness and pockets of poverty are most pervasive: on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, in Santa Monica and in the Pacoima area of the San Fernando Valley.

About Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
At Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (http://www.fairmont.com/santamonica), 300 elegant guest rooms and suites offer a unique experience. The ten-story Ocean Tower reveals spectacular views of the Pacific and Santa Monica Beach, while the six-story historical Palisades wing has traditional guest rooms. Nestled among tropical flowers, palm trees and tranquil waterfalls, the 32 luxurious secluded garden bungalows feature exquisite rooms with French doors that open onto private patios. All Santa Monica accommodations have also been designed to have the lowest impact on the environment and have received the Green Hotel Certification.

About Off & Away
Off & Away is a new travel site that launched at TechCrunch Disrupt in May, offering exceptional travel experiences to its customers in new, fun and unique ways. The company believes that people deserve to experience more when they travel and when they shop for travel. Off & Away works with its premiere hotel partners to provide these experiences. Off & Away was founded by former Amazon.com and travel industry executives, and is backed by Madrona Venture Group, the venture capital firm behind Amazon.com, Farecast.com (now Bing Travel) and VacationSpot (now a part of Expedia). For more information and to see how Off & Away is changing how people shop for travel, visit http://www.offandaway.com or http://blog.offandaway.com. You can also follow the company on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OffAndAway, or Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/offnaway.

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