NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 18, 2005–Site59, the leader in
last-minute weekend travel, introduces the Meet Me In…(SM) travel
coordinator, an innovative, patent-pending online tool that enables
family and friends to effortlessly connect by traveling from two
departure cities to a common destination with a convenient,
deeply-discounted travel package.
Posed with the present-day challenges of coordinating complex
travel itineraries — a time-consuming mishmash of back-and-forth
communications and open browser windows — Site59 identified a
tremendous opportunity to eliminate cumbersome schedule coordination
by allowing up to four people from two different cities to select
itineraries that maximize their time together.
“Coordinating flight times for two different departure cities in
today’s online environment is very time-consuming because traditional
travel websites are not built for this kind of itinerary,” said Jeff
Varhol, General Manager of Site59, a Travelocity company. “The Meet Me
In… travel coordination tool has been an enormous strategic and
technical undertaking and has required a collective team effort across
Sabre Holdings. It’s a rare opportunity to be able to deliver a travel
service that doesn’t currently exist — and the team has done just
that,” Varhol continued.
The technological highlights of the Meet Me In… travel
-- A new search tool that gives customers the choice of either a traditional one departure city search or a search that simultaneously queries for round-trip flight, hotel, and rental car availability from two departure cities -- complete with package pricing upfront -- A complex algorithm which sorts through thousands of possible flight combinations to present the 6 best itineraries, based on price, travel time, coordinated arrival and departure times, and most importantly, time together -- A "time together" calculation (i.e...3 days, 7 hours, 42 minutes) is shown for all 6 itineraries -- A flexible side-by-side flight comparison, which can be independently sorted based on the following priorities: price, airline, departure time, arrival time, and travel time -- A suggested price breakdown for each traveler, including taxes and fees, based on the origination cities
“Site59 was a pioneer in dynamic packaging, we launched the
industry’s leading comparison search results, and now the Meet Me
In… tool is yet another innovation designed to spur incremental
leisure travel, the cornerstone of the Site59 business model,” added
The Meet Me In… tool will be featured exclusively on Site59.com
through the end of 2005, before being rolled out on Travelocity.com
(within the Last Minute Packages area of the site).
Providing unrivaled choice and flexibility for spontaneous
travelers who know when and where they want to go-and for those who
need some inspiration — Site59 offers affordable, impulsive,
irresistible Last-Minute Getaways from 14 days up to three hours
before departure to 165 destinations in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean,
Europe and Latin America from more than 150 North American cities.
With real-time inventory from over 4,000 suppliers worldwide,
Site59 Last-Minute Getaways combine Flight + Hotel (with optional
car), Flight + Car, and Hotel + Car, and also include optional travel
extras and editor-recommended destination highlights so that travelers
can make the most of their weekend getaway.
With Meet Me In… on Site59.com, saving time, saving money and
spending time together just got a whole lot easier. Visit
www.site59.com/MeetMeIn for more details.
Named for the 59th, or last, minute, Site59(R) is a recognized
leader in technology and creative content for last-minute online
travel and is owned by Travelocity(R), a Sabre Holdings (NYSE:TSG)
company. Beyond accolades and best of web awards from Forbes, CNN, The
Wall St. Journal, The NBC Today Show, Readers Digest, PC Magazine, USA
Today, The Washington Post, and many more, Site59 is credited with
developing the industry’s premier real-time packaging technology.
Site59 has a patent-pending system that automates and assembles
inventory in real-time from over 4000 industry suppliers — including
major airlines, hotel companies, car rental companies, and hundreds of
specialty providers worldwide. Additional information and offerings
can be viewed at www.Site59.com.
CONTACT: PJ Inc. Pamela Johnston, 212-629-8445 Pamela@pjinc.net SOURCE: Site59