The original online booking Web site offers global arrangements, though its flight coverage is less wide-ranging than Expedia's. Home page includes an easy-to-use tool for flexible-date searches. Travel Info Center and destination guides include editorial articles, tips, photos, currency converter and other tools.

Founded:

1996.

Sells:

Flights, hotels, vacation packages, rental cars, rail tickets, last-minute packages, cruises, activities.

Does not include:

Some low-cost carriers such as Southwest and Easyjet.

Booking fees:

$5-$7 for domestic flights, up to $11 for international; hotel fees vary.

Deals by e-mail:

Yes, by free subscription. Featured deals are part of merchandising programs with suppliers.

Last-minute deals area:

Yes.

Fare alerts:

Farewatcher Plus allows up to 10 city pairs - including packages - and will alert you when prices drop.

Phone support:

1-888-872-8356, offered 24/7. More than 1,000 phone reps, mostly in India. No additional fee for booking by telephone. Some matters are handled offshore, others by U.S. agents.

Price guarantee:

Find a lower price within 24 hours and Travelocity will refund the difference plus a credit for $50 off future travel. Also promises to work with suppliers when issues arise.

Flexible-date searches:

On the home page.

User-generated reviews:

Under the "hotels" link. Guests who have booked through Travelocity are invited to comment, but others may register opinions. Links to the IgoUgo traveler community (

» READ MORE: www.IgoUgo.com

).

Cool tools:

Often difficult to find. Look under "Travel Info Center" and "Destination Guides" for some of the site's best features: News, tips, editorial articles, currency converter. Mobile access to flight timetables and weather. A "road trip wizard" that helps plot driving trips is at

. A "wish list" feature helps find items you've looked at previously, but it's a bit difficult to locate.

SOURCE: Travelocity, Miami Herald