Travel Planning Amenities Place at the Top of Holiday Lists

REDMOND, WA, Nov. 17, 1999 – From fighting airport crowds and airline delays … to evenings spent with family and friends … the holidays are easily among the most hectic and exciting times of the year. Anticipating these seasonal challenges, the™ travel service has added a new feature to its comprehensive travel booking and research capabilities, the Holiday Travel Center—a one-stop-shop to help make the holiday season easier for travelers.
“The Holiday Travel Center brings together all of our customers' favorite resources in one easy-to-use area,” said Erik Blachford, vice president of marketing for Expedia, Inc. “Whether travelers are visiting an unfamiliar airport or looking for ideas on keeping toddlers amused on the road, the Holiday Travel Center can help.”

“What's more, consumers can plan their trip without having to spend hours clicking from one site to another,” Blachford continued.

Ho-Ho Holiday Travel Planning
To prepare travelers for what analysts predict may be the busiest travel season ever, the Holiday Travel Center will make traveling less harried for customers and allow them to enjoy the season fully.

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Traveling Tips Read up on topics such as safe winter driving, airport shopping and exotic destinations from travel experts.

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About helps travelers best meet all of their travel needs with strong editorial content, extensive destination advice, and multiple booking options. This includes finding the right trip at the right price for airline tickets, hotel rooms, car rentals, vacations, and cruises. also provides excellent resources for choosing and planning trips, including features such as the World Guide with more than 400 destinations, Expedia Maps with point-to-point driving directions, news on fare sales, travel advisories, frequent flyer mileage tracking, and more.

The most-visited online travel site for six months in a row (Media Metrix, September 1999), provides customers with extensive support through services such as a credit card guarantee (U.S. version only), a TrustE backed privacy policy, and agents ready to handle questions or changes via e-mail or toll-free number 24 hours a day, seven days a week. is also available under Travel on the MSN network of Internet services.

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