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skymall.com Launches Portal for Business Travelers

SkyMall Inc.'s e-commerce subsidiary skymall.com inc. launched www.skymalltravel.com, designed as a vertical portal for business travelers.

The site was created to help time-challenged business travelers quickly and easily find the information and services they need to facilitate trip planning, the company said.

skymalltravel.com features linked directories for airlines, hotels, rental car and online booking services, as well as content and tools for business travelers.

Unlike most travel Web sites, skymalltravel.com said it allows the business traveler to choose a booking option, whether it's a direct link to an airline or hotel Web site or an online booking service.

"The Web site was built with the intention of reaching both the managed business traveler whose corporate travel department (or an outside travel agency) typically books their trips, but who still has a need for more travel resources, and the small business and self-employed travelers who book their own trips," said Sandy Goldman, vice president for business development at skymall.com.

Tools include:

  • MyTravelPlanner.com, which provides an easy-to-use form that allows a traveler to input all appointments, contact numbers and notes along with flight, car rental and hotel information.

  • MileageManager, a free, online, personalized service that tracks frequent travel reward programs and consolidates them in one online report for easy review.

  • Keep in Touch. Through its partnership with MyFamily.com, skymalltravel.com is helping business travelers keep in touch with their families while on the road. MyFamily.com is an Internet community that provides travelers with free, private and secure Web sites to host and share pictures, birthdays and special dates, e-mail messages and live chat sessions.

"skymalltravel.com is a natural extension of our expertise in the travel industry and our ability to bring together the best travel partners for our customers," said Robert M. Worsley, founder and chief executive officer of SkyMall, the in-flight catalog company.

skymalltravel.com has partnerships with webflyer.com, Trip.com, ontheroad.com, MapQuest.com, weather.com, homefair.com, and MyFamily.com.