Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Web Sites Can Help with Summer Travel Plans

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Web Sites Can Help with Summer Travel Plans

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Summer vacation is fast approaching. If you haven't firmed up your travel plans, these Web sites can help.

Trip.com: Formerly known as "TheTrip.com," the site has simplified its name, tweaked its design and beefed up its content. The site's IntelliTrip "robot" searches multiple airlines for the best fares. Sign up for the "ImpulseTrip" e-mailed newsletter that tracks last-minute discount fares offered by various carriers. You also can rent cars and book hotel rooms from this site. Don't miss the FlightTracker section, where you can plug in an airline and flight number to view an animated representation of the aircraft as it makes its way across a map, complete with an instrument panel showing the plane's altitude, airspeed, direction and estimated time of arrival. A new feature of FlightTracker sends e-mail notices to up to three people when the plane lands.

www.trip.com

Expedia: Another excellent travel site that lets consumers book their own airfares, hotel rooms and rental cars. The Fare Compare feature checks for the lowest published fares, while the Fare Tracker will e-mail you notices of the lowest fares to your favorite destinations. You can even keep track of your frequent-flier miles with the Mileage Miner. If you're planning on driving instead of flying, check the Maps section for turn-by-turn directions. The Expedia World Guide offers travel information on nearly 400 cities, countries, and regions around the world. This site offers all the frills you'd expect from Microsoft.

expedia.msn.com

Travelocity.com: An extensive site powered by SABRE, the huge airline reservation system, Travelocity lets you book reservations with more than 420 airlines, 40,000 hotels and 50 car rental companies. The site's Best Fare Finder lets you quickly find the cheapest available fare to a destination and purchase your tickets online. Check the Special Deals section for last-minute bargain airfares and special rates on hotels, cars and merchandise.

www.travelocity.com

Yahoo Maps: Is a road trip in your near future? Type in your home address and the address of your destination to view driving directions and a map showing your route. …

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