Travelocity Celebrates Five New Innovations to Mark Its Fifth Birthday

New Loyalty Program, More Low-Fare Tools, Branded Vacations Product, Expanded

Values Among New Features



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Travelocity.com Inc.

    NEW YORK, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate its first five years as the
 ultimate travel shopping and buying Internet site,
 Travelocity.com Inc. (Nasdaq: TVLY) reinforced its leadership position with
 the announcement of five new innovations.  These enhancements include:
 1) GoodBuy, which expands upon the already successful Value program,
 2) Travelocity Preferred Traveler, a travel club designed for the online
 traveler that includes perks and discounts worldwide, 3) an online Travelocity
 Vacations brand, 4) Option Finder, which advises members about alternate dates
 and cities where lower fares may be available, and 5) the Travelocity.com
 World MasterCard.
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     "We are very excited to be celebrating five years of successful business
 on the Internet and once again be providing our customers with innovative
 product offerings designed to make their travel shopping experience easy and
 fun," said Terrell B. Jones, president and chief executive officer of
 Travelocity(R).  "In the next five years, Travelocity plans to continue
 leading the online travel industry -- which is expected to grow to $33 billion
 by 2005 -- with our unparalleled combination of a powerful shopping system,
 large membership database, strong partnerships and national brand recognition
 that allow us to sell more travel than any other travel site."
     New site enhancements unveiled included:
     --  GoodBuy Program:  Travelocity's GoodBuy program greatly improves on
         the already successful Value Program to include a first-of-its-kind,
         all-in-one set of fare options, more hotel properties and even
         condominiums.  Travelocity is leveraging its customer base to provide
         negotiated airline fares -- often below published fares.  For the
         first time in the industry, Travelocity puts together in one search
         path its regular fare search engine, plus two kinds of fares
         negotiated with the airlines:  those that display airlines and
         schedules, and others that don't immediately reveal the airline or the
         schedule but offer even more savings.  Hotel and condominium GoodBuys
         offer low rates and availability for Travelocity customers at more
         than 2,500 properties in more than 125 cities worldwide, even when an
         entire city may be otherwise "sold out."  Through an agreement with
         Hotel Reservations Network, condominiums will be provided for the
         first time.
     --  Travelocity's Preferred Traveler Program:  Travelocity introduces a
         travel club, designed with the online traveler in mind, which will
         bring members insider access to special benefits such as airfare
         specials, dining discounts, hotel upgrades, airline club lounge
         passes, exclusive concierge services and more.  This fee-based program
         will also offer exclusive savings, superior service, and enhanced
         travel experiences that only Travelocity can access through its
         extensive network of travel partners and suppliers.  Travelocity's
         Preferred Traveler Program enhances membership in Travelocity and
         helps members make the most of their travels.
     --  Travelocity Vacations:  Travelocity builds on its own national brand
         with Travelocity Vacations, creating a true national vacation brand,
         which allows online travelers the flexibility to build and book their
         own online vacation packages to more than 800 destinations.
         Previously, members could build a vacation by piecing together air,
         car and hotel separately, and they still can.  But because Travelocity
         Vacations can leverage its relationships with air, car and hotel
         suppliers, members can assemble their own vacation packages -- at
         lower, package rates.  Travelocity Vacations offers more user choices
         than any other vacation package vendor, including:  more origin
         getaways, better schedules, last minute availability, specials, deals
         and Travelocity Rewards through the Travelocity.com World MasterCard.
         Members can choose their preferred airline and car rental companies
         with their desired hotel package, plus they have the ability to add on
         theme park tickets, sightseeing tours and other amenities.
     --  Option Finder:  Option Finder includes two enhancements to
         Travelocity's industry-leading flight search technology.  While
         searching for flights on Travelocity, members will have the option of
         choosing a mileage radius around their preferred departure airport.
         The alternate cities feature searches for any available savings based
         on radiuses of 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles.  Additionally, while members
         are shopping for travel on a specific set of dates, Travelocity will
         automatically look at a range of dates near the customer's specific
         choice to see if low fare alternatives are available.  If lower fares
         are found in the search, Travelocity will display the savings, the
         airlines offering the savings and a calendar for members to see when
         the dates of the savings are offered.
     --  Travelocity.com World MasterCard:  With the introduction of the
         Travelocity.com World MasterCard, the days of blackout dates and
         inflexible rules when redeeming reward travel with credit card points
         are finally over.  So are the days of spending weeks transferring
         credit card points to airlines, hotel chains and car rental companies.
         Unlike other travel credit card reward programs, the Travelocity
         credit card enables cardholders to earn Travelocity Rewards, points
         redeemable for travel products available on Travelocity, no matter
         when the date of travel or destination.  Travelocity Rewards are
         redeemable online 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, with no advance
         purchase rules, for all scheduled airlines on the site, more than
         50,000 hotels and more than 50 car rental companies.
 
     In addition to those five exciting new features, Travelocity also
 announced five new products "to grow on."  These include: 1) A new, improved
 site design, with better navigation and numerous new features; 2) Bon Voyage
 Email, with great deals for travelers who have already booked and are headed
 to 40 destinations; 3) Travelocity Store enhancements with amenities for the
 well-traveled; 4) new customer service technology that greatly enhances the
 customer experience; and 5) Mobile FareWatcher, so on-the-go members don't
 miss a sale to their favorite destinations.
 
     About Travelocity
     Travelocity.com Inc., the leading travel Web site, provides Internet and
 wireless reservations information for more than 700 airlines, more than
 50,000 hotels and more than 50 car rental companies.  A database-driven travel
 marketing and transaction company, Travelocity offers more than 6,500 vacation
 packages, tour and cruise departures and a vast database of destination and
 interest information.  Travelocity employs more than 1,000 customer service
 professionals, has sold more than 14 million airline tickets and has
 registered more than 25 million members.
 
      CONTACT:
      Ashley Wehrly (ashley@vollmerpr.com)
      Judy Haveson (judy@vollmerpr.com)
      VOLLMER
      512/472-3515
 
      Julia Weede (julia@vollmerpr.com)
      VOLLMER
      914/793-8349
 
 

SOURCE Travelocity.com Inc.
    NEW YORK, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate its first five years as the
 ultimate travel shopping and buying Internet site,
 Travelocity.com Inc. (Nasdaq: TVLY) reinforced its leadership position with
 the announcement of five new innovations.  These enhancements include:
 1) GoodBuy, which expands upon the already successful Value program,
 2) Travelocity Preferred Traveler, a travel club designed for the online
 traveler that includes perks and discounts worldwide, 3) an online Travelocity
 Vacations brand, 4) Option Finder, which advises members about alternate dates
 and cities where lower fares may be available, and 5) the Travelocity.com
 World MasterCard.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010403/DATU061-a
              http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010403/DATU061-b
              http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010403/DATU061-c
              http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010403/DATU061-d )
 
     "We are very excited to be celebrating five years of successful business
 on the Internet and once again be providing our customers with innovative
 product offerings designed to make their travel shopping experience easy and
 fun," said Terrell B. Jones, president and chief executive officer of
 Travelocity(R).  "In the next five years, Travelocity plans to continue
 leading the online travel industry -- which is expected to grow to $33 billion
 by 2005 -- with our unparalleled combination of a powerful shopping system,
 large membership database, strong partnerships and national brand recognition
 that allow us to sell more travel than any other travel site."
     New site enhancements unveiled included:
     --  GoodBuy Program:  Travelocity's GoodBuy program greatly improves on
         the already successful Value Program to include a first-of-its-kind,
         all-in-one set of fare options, more hotel properties and even
         condominiums.  Travelocity is leveraging its customer base to provide
         negotiated airline fares -- often below published fares.  For the
         first time in the industry, Travelocity puts together in one search
         path its regular fare search engine, plus two kinds of fares
         negotiated with the airlines:  those that display airlines and
         schedules, and others that don't immediately reveal the airline or the
         schedule but offer even more savings.  Hotel and condominium GoodBuys
         offer low rates and availability for Travelocity customers at more
         than 2,500 properties in more than 125 cities worldwide, even when an
         entire city may be otherwise "sold out."  Through an agreement with
         Hotel Reservations Network, condominiums will be provided for the
         first time.
     --  Travelocity's Preferred Traveler Program:  Travelocity introduces a
         travel club, designed with the online traveler in mind, which will
         bring members insider access to special benefits such as airfare
         specials, dining discounts, hotel upgrades, airline club lounge
         passes, exclusive concierge services and more.  This fee-based program
         will also offer exclusive savings, superior service, and enhanced
         travel experiences that only Travelocity can access through its
         extensive network of travel partners and suppliers.  Travelocity's
         Preferred Traveler Program enhances membership in Travelocity and
         helps members make the most of their travels.
     --  Travelocity Vacations:  Travelocity builds on its own national brand
         with Travelocity Vacations, creating a true national vacation brand,
         which allows online travelers the flexibility to build and book their
         own online vacation packages to more than 800 destinations.
         Previously, members could build a vacation by piecing together air,
         car and hotel separately, and they still can.  But because Travelocity
         Vacations can leverage its relationships with air, car and hotel
         suppliers, members can assemble their own vacation packages -- at
         lower, package rates.  Travelocity Vacations offers more user choices
         than any other vacation package vendor, including:  more origin
         getaways, better schedules, last minute availability, specials, deals
         and Travelocity Rewards through the Travelocity.com World MasterCard.
         Members can choose their preferred airline and car rental companies
         with their desired hotel package, plus they have the ability to add on
         theme park tickets, sightseeing tours and other amenities.
     --  Option Finder:  Option Finder includes two enhancements to
         Travelocity's industry-leading flight search technology.  While
         searching for flights on Travelocity, members will have the option of
         choosing a mileage radius around their preferred departure airport.
         The alternate cities feature searches for any available savings based
         on radiuses of 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles.  Additionally, while members
         are shopping for travel on a specific set of dates, Travelocity will
         automatically look at a range of dates near the customer's specific
         choice to see if low fare alternatives are available.  If lower fares
         are found in the search, Travelocity will display the savings, the
         airlines offering the savings and a calendar for members to see when
         the dates of the savings are offered.
     --  Travelocity.com World MasterCard:  With the introduction of the
         Travelocity.com World MasterCard, the days of blackout dates and
         inflexible rules when redeeming reward travel with credit card points
         are finally over.  So are the days of spending weeks transferring
         credit card points to airlines, hotel chains and car rental companies.
         Unlike other travel credit card reward programs, the Travelocity
         credit card enables cardholders to earn Travelocity Rewards, points
         redeemable for travel products available on Travelocity, no matter
         when the date of travel or destination.  Travelocity Rewards are
         redeemable online 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, with no advance
         purchase rules, for all scheduled airlines on the site, more than
         50,000 hotels and more than 50 car rental companies.
 
     In addition to those five exciting new features, Travelocity also
 announced five new products "to grow on."  These include: 1) A new, improved
 site design, with better navigation and numerous new features; 2) Bon Voyage
 Email, with great deals for travelers who have already booked and are headed
 to 40 destinations; 3) Travelocity Store enhancements with amenities for the
 well-traveled; 4) new customer service technology that greatly enhances the
 customer experience; and 5) Mobile FareWatcher, so on-the-go members don't
 miss a sale to their favorite destinations.
 
     About Travelocity
     Travelocity.com Inc., the leading travel Web site, provides Internet and
 wireless reservations information for more than 700 airlines, more than
 50,000 hotels and more than 50 car rental companies.  A database-driven travel
 marketing and transaction company, Travelocity offers more than 6,500 vacation
 packages, tour and cruise departures and a vast database of destination and
 interest information.  Travelocity employs more than 1,000 customer service
 professionals, has sold more than 14 million airline tickets and has
 registered more than 25 million members.
 
      CONTACT:
      Ashley Wehrly (ashley@vollmerpr.com)
      Judy Haveson (judy@vollmerpr.com)
      VOLLMER
      512/472-3515
 
      Julia Weede (julia@vollmerpr.com)
      VOLLMER
      914/793-8349
 
 SOURCE  Travelocity.com Inc.