new york-(business wire)-sept. On January 22, 2004, site59, the leading online seller of deeply discounted, last-minute travel packages, writes a new page in travel history with today’s launch of 59th-minute dash: a new search engine and a powerfully fast results page that provides the power of 50 searches in one. the new engine gives consumers maximum choice and flexibility, whether they know the exact dates and destination of their trip or are open-minded in their planning.
To provide consumers with the “personal touch” often associated with expert advice, this new search engine uses site59’s unique library of up-to-the-minute package inventory and patent-pending functionality without same in online travel.
When consumers search by date and destination, site59 works like a personal shopper: it not only returns the requested results, but also includes relevant alternatives displayed in a new dashboard view. alternatives include: other dates for the chosen destination, nearby and regional destinations for the chosen dates, and other relevant destinations for the chosen dates based on matching categories such as “beach”, “big city” and “golf”. all options are displayed with easy-to-compare prices, including consumer exit city taxes, eliminating cumbersome multiple searches and back-clicks travelers must endure elsewhere to save money or find what they’re looking for.
“Travellers can now see at a glance if staying an extra night will save them money or if choosing another date or destination will offer better value,” said robert albert, general manager of site59, a travelocity company.
a recent search on site59 for the weekend of september 24 showed that from new york city to bermuda from friday to sunday it was $606 per person per flight + hotel. With the new results page, consumers could easily see that they could save $22 per person by adding two nights and staying through Tuesday, for a total of $584 per person. prices for the same trip were also available for other dates. Further down the board, six other Caribbean voyages from Nassau to Aruba were listed priced from $442-$571, followed by other domestic beach voyages, starting at $334, all for the same dates. /p>
Travelers who don’t know yet can go
Unlike other travel sites, site59 does not require travelers to know where and when they want to go before displaying offers. The new search engine offers the unparalleled flexibility of responding to open-ended requests like “Europe this weekend” or “See all destinations this Friday-Sunday” so travelers can plan their trips with as much or as little information as they’ve decided . After choosing their departure city, consumers can choose to search by weekend or region, or refine their search by destination or specific date.
“site59 has once again revolutionized the travel shopping experience, making it easy for travelers to get away as often as they like,” said albert, “when planning a quick getaway, sometimes the destination is important, but often the travelers just looking to get a great deal ‘anywhere but here’ this weekend.”
site59 last-minute getaways include flight + hotel (and optional car), flight + car, and hotel + car, and are available to hundreds of domestic and international destinations, from more than 100 u.s. cities, every day. Reservations can be made from 14 days in advance up to three hours before departure. site59 is the only deeply discounted travel site that ensures consumers can choose their exact hotel, airline flights and rental cars and earn frequent flyer miles.
about the site59(r)
Named for minute 59, or last minute, site59(r) is a recognized leader in technology and creative content for last-minute online travel, and is owned by travelocity(r), a saber (nyse :tsg) company. Beyond accolades and best web awards from Forbes, CNN, The Wall St. journal, the nbc today show, readers digest, pc magazine, usa today, the washington post, and many more, site59 is credited with developing the industry’s leading real-time packaging technology. site59 has a patent-pending system that automates and pools real-time inventory from over 3,300 industry vendors, including major airlines, hotel companies, car rental companies, and hundreds of specialty vendors worldwide. site59’s technology and vendor relationships are the cornerstones of the company’s successful asp distribution product. additional information and offers can be viewed at www.site59.com.