Forges a Marketing Alliance with

1st Dec 2000

Atlanta,, the global Internet site for Last Minute Travelä offers, today announced a marketing alliance with, a wholly owned subsidiary of America Online, Inc., and the leader in providing online, voice and wireless mapping, directions and destination information solutions to consumers anytime, anywhere.
The growing relationship between and MapQuest is relevant for business and leisure travelers as we continue to fulfill our consumer proposition to be `the smart site` for today`s growing number of last minute travelers,” said Jack Arogeti, EVP Marketing, “There is a natural symmetry between saving time and money booking travel and needing directions and maps,” added Arogeti. “Our complementary relationship with provides consumers with a direct link to easy one-stop shopping and door-to-door directions. Consumers can either start by booking last minute travel on our site, or get destination information first at and then click through to our marketplace of travel and entertainment offers.”
“No matter where you`re going, MapQuest is your trusted travel companion from the start to end of every journey,” said Neil Smit, Chief Operating Officer of “With up-to-the-minute travel and entertainment opportunities provided by, MapQuest continues to help people plan their trips easily and conveniently—adding an element of fun along the way.”
Since its consumer launch a year ago, has distinguished itself among consumers as the first place to look when travel has to happen quickly. With nearly one million just-released travel offers at any moment, provides consumers with instant access to continually updated travel opportunities from brand name providers without the anticipated last-minute penalties often imposed.
With more than 600 global travel and leisure providers, offers access to the world`s largest airlines including Delta, American, US Airways, Continental and Lufthansa, as well as Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Swiss™tel, Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, and many other preferred travel and entertainment providers.
Shoppers may conveniently browse the dynamically updated listings at and when ready to book, they are connected to premier providers worldwide. Unlike many other travel sites today, charges no commission or transaction fees, saving both consumers and travel providers money.
In addition, offers the services of My Travel Minder(tm), a free e-mail alert that automatically notifies customers when their requested travel and entertainment options become available. My Travel Minder continues to work as a personal travel planner—even when the customer is not logged on to the site.



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