2018’s Hottest Spring Travel Destinations for Millennials from CheapOair.com

With spring just around the corner, college kids and working millennials alike are planning their end of winter getaways. Leading online travel agency CheapOair has compared data and analyzed trends on where millennials are heading this year, how much they are spending, and how these destinations have changed year over year.

While millennials are still traveling to popular spring break destinations such as Mexico and Jamaica, booking data shows that travelers ages 21-30 are also getting more adventurous this year and heading to overseas destinations like Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand, and Bali.

Though most European destinations have been outside of the top destinations for spring travel in past years, London, Dublin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris, and Madrid are all near the top of this year’s list.  Additionally, the percentage of international travel for millennials during the months of March and April is trending upwards with a 12% increase in international bookings since 20163.

Domestic travel is very affordable for spring travel this year. Average roundtrip airfare to all of the top domestic destinations, with the exception of Hawaii, are all under $3402 and more than half of the destinations have an average airfare under $3002.

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.

 

[1] Based on passengers ages 21 – 30 booked for travel from 3/1/18 – 4/30/18.

[2] Based on average roundtrip airfare for tickets booked before 2/19/18 for travel 3/1/18 – 4/30/18. Average airfare rounded to the nearest dollar.

[3] Based on passengers ages 21 – 30 booked for travel from 3/1/18 – 4/30/18 compared to the number of passengers who traveled during the same time period in 2016.

Fareportal Becomes First Online Travel Agency to Integrate with Spirit Airlines’ New Travel Agent Portal Booking API

Fareportal, a leading global travel technology company, today announced that it is the first online travel company to integrate with Spirit Airlines’ new travel agent portal booking API.

As an expert in API development and ancillary attachment, Fareportal worked closely with Spirit Airlines in the development of the functionality. This innovative accomplishment creates a direct connection between Spirit’s travel agent portal and Fareportal’s booking engines and is expected to result in increased ticket sales and improved ancillary revenue. Spirit Airlines’ business model is based on ultra-low fares with the ability to add on items a la carte. The completion of the API integration means Fareportal will begin rolling out access to seat selection, pre-paid baggage, priority boarding, and more, right in the booking path.

“Our development teams were very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with Spirit on building this booking portal and we are pleased that our technological successes have resulted in a strengthened partnership,” said Carolina Serrano, Vice President of Supplier Relations at Fareportal. “Through our advanced technology, both companies will have the ability to jointly grow our customer data bases and increase customer loyalty.”

”Providing access to Spirits Travel Agent Portal via an API, gives Fareportal interactive access to our fares and ancillaries.” said Richard Lowry, Senior Director Distribution and Sales for Spirit Airlines. “This integration provides an outlet for Spirits dynamically priced ancillaries and fares. We are extremely excited to launch this initiative with Fareportal.”

About Fareportal

Fareportal is a travel technology company powering a next generation travel concierge service. Utilizing its innovative technology and company owned and operated global contact centers, Fareportal has built strong industry partnerships providing customers access to over 450 airlines, 1 million hotels, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and OneTravel, Fareportal enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Fareportal provides its airline partners with access to a broad customer base that books high-yielding international travel and add-on ancillaries.

About Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ:SAVE) is committed to offering the lowest total price to the places we fly, on average much lower than other airlines, on average more than 30% less*. Our Guests start with an unbundled Bare Fare™ and get Frill Control™ which allows them to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments and refreshments — the things other airlines bake right into their ticket prices. We help people save money and travel more often, create new jobs and stimulate business growth in the communities we serve. Our Fit Fleet is one of the youngest, most fuel-efficient in the U.S.  We operate more than 450 daily flights to 60 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. Come save with us at www.spirit.com.

*U.S. Department of Transportation statistics

 

 

CheapOair’s Vacation Song Debuts on BabyFirstTV

Cable television network and CheapOair partner, BabyFirst TV, created “The Vacation Song” segment to air throughout their national broadcast schedule. The lively and fun video reflects BabyFirst programming, designed for 1 – 3 year olds. CheapOair’s key demographic target “Millennial Families” is well represented among BabyFirst viewers

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Booking Travel Online

Traveling is fun and the process of booking travel should be as well. The excitement of clicking “Book” can easily cause anyone to miss a few important steps that could be detrimental to your trip. Leading online travel agency, CheapOair, has released a few tips on how to be a savvy traveler and avoid the most common mistakes when booking travel online.

 

Check Your Airport Codes

You’re looking for a cheap flight to Orlando, Florida. As you begin your search, you see ORD populate. The kids are screaming with excitement knowing they have endless theme parks ahead of them and you accidentally select that pre-populated option. Checking airport codes is one of the most important parts of purchasing travel online because instead of booking a trip to Orlando (MCO) you actually end up with a flight to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

Keep in mind that not all codes directly correspond to the city they are located in. Some match up nicely like Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS), but others can be misleading, such as ONT. This is the code for Ontario International Airport located near Los Angeles—not Ontario, Canada. Another frequent mistake occurs when a city with the same name exists in different countries, such as San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) and San Jose, California (SJC).

This mistake can easily be avoided by spelling out the exact destination in your search. Also, always double check your itinerary before booking. If you are unsure of the airport code, a simple internet search can help clarify.
Read the Fine Print

The Fare Rules and Regulations of a flight can be daunting. Small words that run pages and pages appear on a screen while all you want to do is complete your transaction. Policies and procedures are unique for every airline, flight, and ticket, and they can vary tremendously. Scan through the fine print and look for sections such as the following:

  • Refunds: Not all flights are 100% refundable, even in the worst case scenario. If you don’t see anything in this section specifically mentioning medical reasons, death, or bereavement there is no guarantee that you will be able to cancel your ticket for a full or partial refund.
  • Changes: Most airlines charge a fee when a passenger requests a change to their ticket including name changes, date changes, and origin or destination changes.

The Fare Rules will spell out exactly what you can do and how much it will cost.  If it doesn’t explicitly say something, don’t assume that it is allowed. Travel insurance is a great way to add extra security in case of any emergency situations that may occur.
Look Out For Additional Costs

These days, the airfare is only a small portion of the total cost of a flight. Ancillary fees can range from luggage surcharges, to seat selection fees, to the soda and snack box you buy on the plane. The pricing structure varies from airline to airline so it’s important to be aware of what is mandatory versus what can be avoided. For example, you may be able to pay for your luggage online at a discounted rate as opposed to on the day of your flight. This will not only save you money, but it will also save you time on your travel day. It is recommended to calculate all the costs that come along with booking a certain ticket before actually booking. The fare plus all of the additional costs on one airline may end up being more expensive than an all-inclusive fare on another airline.
Make All of Your Preferences Known

Not every trip that is booked online is the same and neither is every traveler. If you have special circumstances that require attention, make them known as soon as possible. Some common requests are for special meals, handicapped persons, unaccompanied minors, or infants traveling on your lap. Make a list of your travel preferences and if they are not listed online in the booking process, contact a CheapOair customer care agent before booking for guidance on how to proceed.

Double Check the Confirmation

You are almost ready, but before you click “Book Now”: DOUBLE CHECK EVERYTHING. Finalize your personal information and assure everything is correct. Remember that the name on your ticket must exactly match your driver’s license or passport including first, middle, and last name. Pay attention to the spelling, numbered addresses, and contact information, your origin and destination, and of course the travel dates.

Once you’ve booked, make sure you receive your confirmation email, print out any necessary documents, and store them in a safe place. Always confirm any reservations a few days before a trip to make sure no changes have surfaced prior to your takeoff.

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 iOS 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, Instagram , and Pinterest to learn how to travel the world for less.