Valentine’s Day Sweepstakes: CheapOair to Give Away Romantic Trip to Fiji

CheapOair today launched their latest campaign, a Valentine’s Day sweepstakes in partnership with Fiji Airways.

The winner of the sweepstakes will be awarded complimentary round-trip airfare for two via Los Angeles or San Francisco gateways to Fiji’s Nadi International Airport (NAN) on Fiji Airways*. Airfare from the winner’s home gateway to Los Angeles or San Francisco will also be included, if applicable. Additionally, the winner and a guest will receive a four-night hotel stay at the five-star Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa.

To participate, entrants are asked to share their name and email address on the campaign’s landing page: https://www.cheapoair.com/promos/valentines-day-giveaway. Entries will be accepted through February 11, 2018. One lucky winner will be randomly selected and announced by February 14, 2018 just in time for a Valentine’s Day surprise.

In alignment with the brand’s new slogan Go Ahead, Be Cheap, the campaign can be followed on all of CheapOair’s social channels using #GoAheadBeFiji. Follow our social pages, www.facebook.com/cheapoair, www.twitter.com/cheapoair, www.instagram.com/cheapoair , and www.pinterest.com/cheapoair.

*See Official Sweepstakes Rules and Privacy Policy.

 

About CheapOair

CheapOair is a flight-focused hybrid travel agency that enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone (1-800-566-2345) or live chat. Part of Fareportal’s family of travel brands, CheapOair bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional agency with certified travel agents available 24/7 to help find deals and offers to destinations worldwide on over 450 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and Pinterest to learn how to travel the world for less.

 

 

 

Go Ahead, Be Cheap: CheapOair Shares Tips for Retirees on How to Get the Best Deals on Airfare

Budget travel resource CheapOair.com specializes in getting its customers the best travel deals. The online travel agency has released a list of tips and tricks for seniors and retirees on how to save money on travel this year.

1. Avoid Peak Travel Season

Every destination is busy at different times of the year. By doing a little research ahead of time you can potentially save a lot of money by knowing when the airlines, hotels, and rental car companies are most in need of the business.

According to CheapOair’s booking data from 2017, many popular international destinations for seniors and retirees saw large airfare difference between the slowest months and the busiest months.

 

  • Passengers that traveled from the U.S. to China in September 2017 instead of June 2017 on average saved 37% on airfare[1].
  • Passengers that traveled from the U.S. to Spain in February 2017 instead of July 2017 on average saved 36% on airfare1.
  • Passengers that traveled from the U.S. to Australia in August 2017 instead of December 2017 on average saved 29% on airfare1.
  • Passengers that traveled from the U.S. to Italy in March 2017 instead of June 2017 on average saved 25% on airfare1.

Most Popular Domestic and International Destinations for Travelers Ages 60+[2]

Top Destinations for Retirees

Top Destinations for Retirees

2. Consider all of your options before booking

Many airlines have recently changed their fare structures to have very low base fares, but then charge extra fees for things such as checked baggage, carry-on luggage, or seat selection. Before booking the lowest fare you see, read the fine print to double check what is included and what is not. Depending on your preferences, it may be worthwhile to book a more expensive (but more comprehensive) fare upfront to save money on the fees you could be charged later.

 

3. Be flexible with your dates

Booking engines like CheapOair.com allow travelers to see the cheapest dates for travel even before selecting their intended travel dates. Since retirees are less time-constrained, consider taking advantage of the ability to fly on cheaper days. (See image)

4. If you are unsure of something, pick up the telephone

From online booking to e-tickets, there’s no denying that technology has taken over the travel industry. CheapOair understands that some travelers prefer to talk to a live travel agent instead of booking on a website. CheapOair has thousands of trained travel agents available 24/7 who can help plan and book a trip from airline tickets, to hotel rooms, and rental cars.  Plus, you may be able to take advantage of CheapOair’s telephone-only airfare pricing.

 

5. Sign up for a travel credit card

Travel credit cards are a great way for frequent travelers to earn reward points that are redeemable for future travel. The co-branded CheapOair credit card by Synchrony Financial offers customers access to an enhanced loyalty program and includes a special financing offer to help manage the cost of travel. Each of the three cards available (Visa®, Visa Signature®, and a private label credit card) offers a range of introductory benefits to qualifying cardholders[3] including:

  • Six-month special financing option on purchases of $399 or more (after discounts) made on CheapOair.com
  • A $50 statement credit after making purchases of $500 or more in the first 90 days (excludes special financing purchases)
  • Accelerated earning of CheapOair Rewards Program Points

For more information on cheap travel, please visit www.cheapoair.com, plus follow our social media pages, www.facebook.com/cheapoair, www.twitter.com/cheapoair, and www.instagram.com/cheapoair.  Download the CheapOair app for Apple or Android for an on-the-go travel concierge experience.

 

About CheapOair

CheapOair is a flight-focused hybrid travel agency that enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone (1-800-566-2345) or live chat. Part of Fareportal’s family of travel brands, CheapOair bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional agency with certified travel agents available 24/7 to help find deals and offers to destinations worldwide on over 450 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn how to travel the world for less.

 

[1] Based on average airfare purchased from 1/1/17 – 12/31/17

[2] Based on number of passengers ages 60+ booked to travel U.S domestic and from the U.S. to international countries 1/1/18 – 3/31/18

[3] Subject to credit approval

New Year’s Resolution: Be Cheap with CheapOair’s Picks for Where to Go in 2018

Leading online travel agency CheapOair has released a list of affordable destinations for each month in 2018. From finding the cheapest flights, to avoiding crowds, to having the best weather, CheapOair offers travelers insight and advice on how to take a great vacation on a budget. So go ahead, be cheap!

In January, travel to Orlando, Florida: Orlando’s theme parks don’t exactly have an off-season, but you can expect things to be slightly slower during the winter. Due to the reduced crowds, you are more likely to get cheap hotel rates in Orlando. The mild weather also means that you can enjoy the attractions without the extreme heat and humidity that plagues the region later in the year.

In February, travel to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Vietnam is one of travel’s newest hot spots and therefore isn’t too overpriced…yet. Travelers should plan to visit soon before it becomes overcrowded by tourists and prices surge. Weather-wise, winter is one of the best times to visit Ho Chi Minh City as temperatures are warm and there is a smaller chance of rain.

In March, travel to Denver, Colorado: Take advantage of discount airfares to Colorado for some skiing and riding this spring. Many of Colorado’s major ski areas are less than two hours from the airport including Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Copper, and Vail. Plus, in March temperatures are on the rise, so you can enjoy your time out on the slopes and then relax on the deck of the lodge when you break for lunch.

In April, travel to Baltimore, Maryland: For the third year in a row, Baltimore will transform into “Light City” in April, a month-long festival showcasing light installations such as illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, and performances. Also, make sure to spend time checking out the city’s revamped cultural scene with the addition of many new hip restaurants and bars.

In May, travel to Mexico City, Mexico: Visit Mexico City just before rainy season strikes at the beginning of summer. Since Mexico City is still an up-and-coming destination, accommodations, transportation, food, and activities are all still very affordable. Discover the many world-class museums, or venture outside of the city to the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan.

In June, travel to Honolulu, Hawaii: June offers some of Hawaii’s best weather with low rainfall and moderate temperatures. Since this is just before the summer peak season, you are likely to still find some hotel deals, plus flights to Honolulu are expected to be cheaper than usual this year.

In July, travel to Seattle, Washington: In addition to the famed Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and the many art and science museums, Seattle offers plenty of outdoor activities in the summer that include scenic hiking, biking, or getting out on the water on a Washington State Ferry Boat. Keep in mind that July is a tricky month for traveling as there are few places that aren’t in peak season, Seattle included. If you are looking for flights to Seattle in July, book early so you have the most options available to you.

In August, travel to Montreal, Canada: Escape the heat of summer and head north of the border to Montreal for a taste of European-influenced culture. Visit Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal) for lunch at a sidewalk cafe along cobble stone streets that date back over 375 years. Summer is a popular time to visit the historic city, so travelers should book airline tickets and hotel rooms early for the best prices.

In September travel to Beijing, China: Summer is the peak season for travel to China and it can also get unbearably hot. By waiting until September, you’ll miss out on the large influx of tourists and you’ll also experience a more temperate climate. Fly to Beijing and visit Tiananmen Square where you can see the Forbidden City and the National Museum of China. The Great Wall of China is also worth a day trip outside of the city.

In October, travel to Phoenix, Arizona: Phoenix, and nearby Scottsdale, offer travelers lots of outdoor adventures such as hiking and biking around the desert mountains. In October, the temperatures drop slightly from the heat of summer making it more tolerable to explore the great outdoors. Since peak season is during the winter, travelers in October should be able to find lower prices on hotels and on flights to Phoenix.

In November, travel to Reykjavik, Iceland: Peak season for this hot spot is during the summer, so you can usually find great fares for flights to Iceland during late fall and winter. The cold, dark months between October and April also offer optimal conditions for spotting the Northern Lights.

 In December, travel to Bogota, Colombia: Colombians celebrate Christmas for nearly the entire month of December, with the festivities really picking up on December 7th for Candle Day. The warm weather combined with their over-the-top traditions make Colombia a one-of-a-kind trip for the holiday season.

For more information, please visit www.cheapoair.com, plus follow our social media pages, www.facebook.com/cheapoair, www.twitter.com/cheapoair, and www.instagram.com/cheapoair.  Download the CheapOair app for Apple or Android for an on-the-go travel concierge experience.

 

About CheapOair

CheapOair is a flight-focused hybrid travel agency that enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone (1-800-566-2345) or live chat. Part of Fareportal’s family of travel brands, CheapOair bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional agency with certified travel agents available 24/7 to help find deals and offers to destinations worldwide on over 450 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn how to travel the world for less.

 

 

 

OneTravel Recaps 2017 Travel Trends and Shares Predictions for 2018

Leading online travel agency, OneTravel, has released a summary of key travel trends, showcasing findings that occurred within the industry this past year, as well as a look at what’s on the horizon in 2018.

From the most expensive months to book airline tickets to the most popular destinations, key takeaways from 2017 include:

  • The three busiest months for travel in 2017 were December, July, and August. The quietest months were February, April, and January.1 Despite being a slow month, April was the most expensive while September and October were the cheapest.2
  • In 2017, OneTravel saw an increase in popularity for travel to Asia destinations. The Philippines, India, China, Thailand, and Vietnam were all ranked in the top 20 most popular countries for the year, up from only three Asian countries on the list in 2014. Vietnam saw a significant jump of 21 spots over the three year period. In 2014, the up-and-coming Southeast Asian destination was ranked as the 37th most popular country, but surged to number 16 in 2017.1
  • In 2017, travelers generally booked airline tickets just over a month ahead of their departure date, but the online booking site noticed there are still a few destinations where travelers prefer to plan ahead. Places where travelers consistently booked more than three months in advance include Iceland, Maldives, Madagascar, and Denmark.3

“After the record-breaking cold that hit the northern U.S. at the beginning of January, we saw a spike in bookings to warm weather destinations,” said Sanjay Hathiramani, Global SVP of Supplier Relations at OneTravel. “Our early data indicates that travelers will continue to head south in February and March as well.”

Florida dominates the list of most popular destinations in the U.S. with five cities in the top ten. Other warm weather destinations such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Phoenix also made the list.

 

Q1 Top Destinations 2018

Along with these top destinations for the first quarter, OneTravel’s data also revealed a few international cities that should expect to see more visitors this year than last. Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City moved up three rankings since last year, making it the second most popular international destination.

”OneTravel’s top five destinations, both internationally and domestically, typically remain fairly consistent, so this is a notable step up for Vietnam,” added Hathiramani. “Several other cities that travelers should keep an eye on in 2018 are Guangzhou, Dublin, and Auckland, as they also made significant jumps in the rankings.”

destinations on the rise 2018

About OneTravel

OneTravel is a leading online travel agency that offers deals for savvy travelers seeking both quality and value. Part of Fareportal’s family of travel brands, OneTravel is recognized globally for providing one-stop shopping for all travel needs. Customers have access to millions of cheap flights including business class and first class airfares, hotel rooms, car rentals, and cheap vacation packages to top destinations around the world. Visit OneTravel’s social media pages at www.facebook.com/onetravel and www.twitter.com/onetravel. For an on-the-go travel concierge experience, download OneTravel’s app for Apple or Android

 

Based on passenger numbers from 1/1/17 – 12/31/17

Based on average airfare purchased from 1/1/17 – 12/31/17

Based on average number of days travelers book in advance of their departure date from 1/1/17 – 12/31/17

Based on the number of passengers booked to travel U.S. domestic and from the U.S. to international countries 1/1/18 – 3/31/18 compared to the number of passenger who traveled during the same period in 2017.

Based on the number of passengers booked to travel from the U.S. to international cities 1/1/18 – 3/31/18 compared to the number of passenger who traveled during the same period in 2017.