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Travelocity on Twitter, Too!

This morning I came across a post in The Wall Street Journal blog about airline customer service utilizing Twitter to address customer complaints, and I just wanted to take the opportunity to let our readers know that Travelocity is on Twitter, too, along with the Roaming Gnome and a few writers from The Window Seat. So, please, find us!

Much like the airlines mentioned in this article, we have found that Twitter (along with Facebook and MySpace) is a fantastic way to engage with other travelers. From the bottom of our hearts, we want you to have the best experience possible, so please follow us and contact us at anytime.

Here are a few places to find us:

@travelocity

Let’s Play Ball!

Baseball fever is in the air and in just a few days Major League Baseball will be kicking off opening day in the City of Brotherly Love, where the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies will play against the Atlanta Braves.

And if there’s one thing is for sure, die-hard baseball fans will be traveling miles away, braving the rainstorms, humidity, cold, or the extra long ball games (you know, the ones that goes into extra innings and neither team scores a run until the 12th inning) to cheer on their teams.

Last season, as a compromise with my significant other over baseball and shoe shopping, I accompanied him to three baseball games across the East Coast from Boston to Philadelphia to follow his New York Mets team and suprisingly, I had a wonderful time!

Would You Exchange Your Home to Travel?

Does the phrase “home-exchange vacation” pique your interest or make you shudder? (Or maybe it depends on which end of the bargain you’re thinking about.) If you could acquire a house (if only temporarily) anywhere in the world, where would you go?

IgoUgo has posted a quick snap poll to collect travelers’ opinions about home exchanges and would love to include your votes. So if you’ve got 30 seconds, give it a look! The worst that can happen is you spend the rest of the day browsing swap sites while wondering if your apartment building’s super would notice…not that I’m speaking from personal experience.

Photo courtesy of IgoUgo member NiceGinna

Passports Required: New Rules Start June 1st

I’ve been talking about getting your passport for a few years now, but this time I really mean it.  The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative has had a rolling ID ramp-up requiring passports for people who are entering the United States from Mexico, the Caribbean, or Canada.  Up until now it only mattered for people who were traveling by air.  But as of June 1st passports, NOT JUST A DRIVERS LICENCSE, will be required for entry back into the US.

I’ve seen recent news about airline capacity cuts. What does this mean

Hi Linda,

The answer to this question can be summed up in two words: fewer options. Essentially, the airlines are reducing the number of available seats by slashing the number of daily flights, using smaller planes that carry fewer passengers or, in the worst of cases, cutting a route completely.

Before you curse me for being the bearer of bad news, let me explain in more detail what exactly “fewer options” means to you, the traveler, and ways to get what you want in this unpredictable travel environment. 

Expect fewer available seats. With May 2009 schedules showing an 8.2 percent reduction in capacity on domestic routes, travelers can expect fewer available seats on most routes across the country.