SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Oct 31, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) — In the midst of reduced airline routes and elevated fuel
prices, travelers are perhaps more in need than ever of a trusted
guide to help spare their wallets and guide them through the busiest
travel period of the year. Travelocity is determined to make heading
home for the holidays a little easier with the company’s fifth
consecutive Thanksgiving Task Force as well as a number of tools and
services to make booking the trip simple and affordable.
On the Wednesday prior to and Sunday following Thanksgiving,
on-the-scene spotters will be stationed at 25 of the nation’s top
airports to monitor airport conditions, including security lines,
check-in wait times, travel delays and parking. Travelocity’s monitors
will report these nationwide findings every hour on the hour with
updates posted exclusively on www.travelocity.com.
“With expectations for a record holiday travel season, many of the
airlines in precarious financial situations and winter weather on the
horizon, it’s understandable that travelers may have concerns this
year,” said Amy Ziff, editor-at-large for Travelocity. “To help
alleviate any traveler anxiety, Travelocity will once again provide
hourly updates that include any information that might impact travel
plans this holiday season, allowing consumers to plan, book and get to
and from the airport with ease.”
On Wednesday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 27, the two busiest travel
days of the year, Travelocity monitors will be at the following
airports from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time:
----------- ----------- ------------ ----------- ------------ Atlanta Baltimore Boston (BOS) Charlotte, Chicago (ATL) (BWI) NC (CLT) Midway (MDW) ----------- ----------- ------------ ----------- ------------ Chicago Cincinnati Dallas/Ft. Denver Detroit O'Hare (CVG) Worth (DFW) (DEN) (DTW) (ORD) ----------- ----------- ------------ ----------- ------------ Ft. Houston Las Vegas Los Angeles Minneapolis Lauderdale (IAH) (LAS) (LAX) (MSP) (FLL) ----------- ----------- ------------ ----------- ------------ New York New York Newark (EWR) Orlando Philadelphia Kennedy La Guardia (MCO) (PHL) (JFK) (LGA) ----------- ----------- ------------ ----------- ------------ Phoenix San Salt Lake Seattle Washington (PHX) Francisco City (SLC) (SEA) Dulles (SFO) (IAD) ----------- ----------- ------------ ----------- ------------
Beginning Friday, Nov. 11, travelers can find timely holiday
travel tips from Amy Ziff at www.travelocity.com/holidaytips, as well
as facts on some of the nation’s top airports; updates on air traffic
delays from Rally Caparas, Travelocity Business(SM) air traffic
expert; and travel deals for this holiday season. In addition to
helping travelers once on the road, Travelocity helps them get to
their destination with a number of time- and money-saving booking
options and tools:
— Flexible Date Option: Travelocity finds low fares and date
options available from the departing / visiting cities and
includes them in an interactive calendar. Then, consumers can
choose preferred travel dates and times, based on availability
for that fare.
— TotalTrip: Travelocity’s TotalTrip(SM) technology allows
consumers to save more for gifts by booking airfare and hotels
together, giving them access to special rates not available
when booking components separately.
— FareWatcher(SM) E-mail: For travelers who don’t have time to
monitor airfares every hour of every day to get the best deal,
this free, personalized subscription service tracks round-trip
airfares for up to five city pairs selected by the traveler
and automatically sends notification of airfare markdowns.
— TotalPrice(SM) for Cars: Don’t blow the holiday budget by
getting caught off-guard by unexpected taxes and fees.
Travelocity’s TotalPrice for Cars combines pricing and
shopping capabilities, offering the full price before
purchase. Travelocity guarantees that the final price
displayed to the customer is within one percent of the final
— Guaranteed Low Priced Hotel Rates: Through its GoodBuy Hotel
Program, Travelocity features discounted hotel rates at more
than 20,000 hotels in more than 200 destinations worldwide.
— 24-Hour Live Customer Service: Specially trained online travel
professionals are available 24/7, 365 days a year to assist
travelers, whether with booking their trips or helping with
problems while on the road.
— My Messaging: My Messaging provides current information on
flight status, trip itineraries with airline departure and
arrival, gate information, and baggage claim information. This
service allows travelers to be contacted anytime, anywhere
through wireless text messaging, wireless email, fax, or phone
— Traveler and AAA Reviews: More than 50,000 member-created
hotel and cruise Traveler Reviews display both positive and
negative feedback that expires after 12 months, so all reviews
posted are current. In addition, Travelocity is the only major
online travel site to offer AAA diamond ratings.
Travelocity’s goal is to make travelers’ lives less stressful by
simplifying the booking process through the development of industry
leading tools while keeping them informed of any obstacles that might
come their way while on the road this busy holiday season.
Travelocity is committed to being the traveler’s champion –
before, during and after the trip and works hand-in-hand with the
world’s most reputable travel providers so that everything about a
customer’s booking will be right. And if it’s not, Travelocity
guarantees that it will work with its partners to make it right, right
away. This customer-driven focus, backed by live 24/7 phone support,
great prices and powerful shopping technology has made Travelocity the
fifth largest travel agency in the U.S. – booking $4.9 billion in
travel in 2004. Based in Southlake, Texas, Travelocity also owns and
operates Travelocity Business(SM), and lastminute.com, a leader in
European online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings
Corporation (NYSE: TSG), a world leader in travel commerce.
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