How can Travelocity help you “wander wisely”? Usually the internet is not where we turn for the wisdom of the ages, but as far as booking travel online goes, Travelocity is about as sage as you can get. Travelocity first went online in 1996 in conjunction with American Airlines’ electronic reservation system, Sabre, and gained popularity in the early internet years through its partnership with AOL (now that’s old school!).
Travelocity was in the first wave of what have become commonly known as OTAs, or online travel agencies. These OTAs allow travelers to book flights and hotels online on their own, instead of booking through a travel agent. OTAs have since flourished, as evidenced by the number of Travelocity’s “siblings”: Expedia Inc, Travelocity’s parent company, also owns popular travel websites Orbitz, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Trivago, and CheapTickets, to name a few. Top competitors Priceline owns Booking.com, Kayak, and Momondo.
To book with Travelocity, travelers can simply enter their vacation dates, select what type of travel booking they’d like to make, and search within their destination. Travelocity will then provide a list of available options with prices and deals easily visible on the page. Travelocity offers a Price Match Guarantee to ensure that their customers get a great price, with even bigger discounts for members. Travelocity offers flights from over 400 airlines and more than 1 million properties across the globe from which to choose.
While Travelocity began assisting customers with airline reservations, the business has since expanded to just about every imaginable type of vacation booking. Hotels, car rental, cruises, activities, and of course flights are all available in one convenient location, often boasting better deals than travelers will find elsewhere. Vacation packages is where Travelocity really shines in this regard. By using an OTA, travelers can book their hotel stays in a bundle with flights and car rentals, often resulting in big savings (particularly their Deal of the Day!).
Beyond bookings, Travelocity’s website provides vacation inspiration and lists of things to do in various destinations, along with the promise of excellent customer service before, during, and after a trip. Now, Travelocity is also helping travelers give back, too. With the Travel For Good initiative, Travelocity is providing travelers with information and support for volunteering and performing community service during their vacations. Can you think of a wiser way to wander?