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Have PC, Will Travel

May 31, 2000
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/29034

GOING ON a trip? All you need is a portable computer to make all your travel arrangements-right down to your airplane seating assignment. Whether you're downloading maps, booking tickets or changing hotel reservations, online travel services take the hassle out of making your travel plans. Following is a selection of useful online travel services:

At Your Convenience

A low, low price for an overnight stay at a hotel simply isn't enough to win over most discriminating business travelers: A mere 18 percent of travel managers choose hotels based solely on the lowest price. According to a recent study by the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, what most business travelers want are hotels nearest their appointments.

What other features do travelers look for? Negotiable room rates, guaranteed last room availability (meaning a hotel won't charge you a higher rate during peak periods), flexible cancellation policies and free local phone calls. Oh, and forget hotel freebies such as breakfast and airport shuttle service-they have little or no impact on decisions.

Contact Sources

Alamo Rent A Car, (800) 327-9633;

Easy Sabre, 4255 Amon Carter, Mail Drop 4300, Ft. Worth, TX 76155, (817) 963-8451;

Holiday Inn Worldwide, (800) HOLIDAY;