Expedia.com has introduced two new site features: Fare Alert and Gas Station Locator. The tools will enable travelers to combat rising fuel and airline ticket prices.

The company says despite rising prices and industry reports of more costly air travel, demand for summer travel remains strong.

John Morrey, vice-president, Air, Expedia.com said, “The Expedia Fare Alert and Gas Station Locator features help travelers avoid rising fuel and airfare prices, especially during the busy summer travel months.”

According to the company, the Expedia Fare Alert, a downloadable desktop application, is the only tool of its kind that automatically alerts consumers to domestic and international airfares and flight+hotel vacation packages within a user specified price range.

The new Fare Alert tool helps travelers avoid overpaying for flights by conducting regular searches on Expedia.com and automatically alerting the user on their computer desktop when an airfare is found below their designated price. Fare Alert is the only tool of its kind from an online travel agency that provides pricing information on both flights and flight+hotel vacation packages.

Gas Station Locator helps travelers locate the gas station with the least expensive gas nearest to their rental car drop-off location.

The Expedia Gas Station Locator helps those who rent a car avoid overpaying for gas when they return the car to the airport by pinpointing gas stations with the lowest priced gas near the top 50 airports nationwide.

Found on the Expedia.com cars page, Gas Station Locator features a drop down menu of the nation’s top 50 airports and allows the user to search for relevant gas stations by city. Upon selecting an airport location, the user is presented with up to five stations nearest the airport with the current price of regular unleaded gas at each.