Fareportal Recognized as a Top Partner by China Airlines

Next generation travel company receives 10 Million Dollar Sales Award for second consecutive year

Leading travel technology company, Fareportal, was recently awarded the 10 Million Dollar Sales Award from China Airlines recognizing exceptional performance by the company’s leisure and corporate brands, CheapOair.com and Travelong. This award is given annually to the top sellers of China Airlines tickets over the past year. This is the second consecutive year that Fareportal has been recognized by China Airlines for their sales achievements over $10 Million.

China Airlines operates non-stop flights to Taipei from six North American gateways including Los Angeles, Ontario (California), San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, and Vancouver.

Richard Mei, Shirley Yang, and Meiyin Lin of China Airlines present Sanjay Hathiramani of Fareportal with the 2017 10 Million Dollar Sales Award.

“Accepting the 10 Million Dollar award for the second year in a row is a true honor as it symbolizes the continuously growing partnership between Fareportal and China Airlines,” said Sanjay Hathiramani, Global Senior Vice President of Supplier Relations at Fareportal. “We are proud to provide our partners with access to award-winning technology and a dedicated staff resulting in a next generation travel concierge experience for our customers.”

“This 10 Million Dollar Agent award trophy symbolizes China Airlines’ utmost respect and gratitude to you, in recognition of outstanding contributions in 2017,” said Shirley C.H. Yang, General Manager Eastern USA at China Airlines. “We hope that our partnership will lead to new record sales once more.”

 

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’s booking platforms enable 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.

 

Fareportal Hosts 12 Students from the Jain Youth Exchange Program

Fareportal senior leadership including Sam S. Jain (Founder and CEO), Jim Dullum (COO), Harsh Sood (CTO), and Corissa Leong (SVP, People and Culture) recently met with 12 students from the Jain Youth Exchange Program. During their visit to Fareportal, the students learned about the company background, business overview, and also had some time for Q&A.

This year, the students will venture to Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco to undergo a rigorous program of cultural and professional exchange of ideas and learning. They are given 60-90 minutes of time with business and professional leaders in the field of finance, technology, engineering, medicine, law, real estate, hospitality, media, arts, gems and jewelry, government, interfaith, academia, and more.

National Selfie Day: The Non-Millennial’s Guide to Taking Perfect Travel Selfies

If you’re not a millennial, the art of the selfie might seem a little intimidating. This pressure is only intensified for travel selfies, when you want to look great and also show off all the activities you’re doing on your getaway. OneTravel, a leading online travel agency, has analyzed the many travel selfies to offer travelers the best tips for getting that perfect shot.

 

Find the Right Angle

If you’re tilting the phone at a weird angle to put your best face forward, here’s the straight scoop: a high angle doesn’t improve your photos. In fact, angling the phone too much can leave you looking distorted. Instead of holding the camera at an awkward angle, try facing it head-on. Not only will you look proportionate, but viewers will be able to appreciate the scenery in the background.

 

Consider Your Lighting –

This should go without saying, but lighting can make or break your travel selfie. Nobody is going to be able to appreciate that gorgeous view if the lighting is bad. Natural lighting is absolutely the best, so use it as often as you are able. Be careful about shadows, which can leave you looking worn out and tired. And don’t forget, when it gets dark the flash can be your absolute best friend.

 

Seek Out Unusual Locations –

If you really want your travel selfies to spark some interest and keep your audience intrigued, skip the usual tourist spots. Sure, the Eiffel Tower is impressive, but there are so many other stunning options to explore. Look for surprising locales to improve your photos and keep them from the usual boring looks. Not only will viewers be intrigued, your photos will end up looking unique and exciting, instead of like a stock photo.

 

Sunglasses or No Sunglasses

Unless you have legitimately cool-looking sunglasses, skip them for your selfie. They distract from the surroundings and make you look more like a tourist than you’d ever want to admit. Sunglasses can also reflect oddly, ruining the careful composition of your beautiful photo. All that aside, there are times when sunglasses are acceptable: when you’re at the beach or in a ridiculously sunny spot.

 

Mind the Sun

If you’re taking an outdoor selfie, the sun can simultaneously be your greatest friend and worst enemy. The trick to taming the sun and making sure it helps instead of hinders your photographic dreams is to keep it behind you. Try to frame the photo so your head is blocking the sun. This way you get all the light with none of the harshness. You and your surroundings will look radiant.

 

Figure Out Your Selfie Smile

Some of us feel awkward cracking a grin on camera. It’s time to nip that fear in the bud and beam in your next photo. Remember, you’re on vacation: you should look like you’re having fun. If a natural smile just isn’t in the cards, don’t fret. You can go for a milder look with the closed-mouth smile, being sure to smile with your eyes. And if you really want to nail that on-camera grin, practice in front of a mirror. Then the next time the selfie mood strikes you, you’ll be all set to nail that perfect smile.

 

Beware of the Solo Selfie

While traditionally the self is taken by, well, yourself, travel selfies are a bit different. If you’re surfing for the first time, or perched on the edge of a high cliff, you don’t want to be battling with a camera. Instead, ask someone to snap the camera for you. You want to get the shot, but your safety is far more important. Don’t do something risky in the hopes of achieving that perfect selfie. It’s not worth it; and odds are the selfie your helper takes will capture the fun and excitement of your trip.

 

Get Creative

You’re on vacation, visiting incredible locations, eating sensational food, and exploring the world. Instead of the standard selfies, try to get creative on your vacation. Take pictures where you try new activities, eat strange new things, or meet cool new people. Your vacation selfies are a chance to show a whole new world — and a completely different side of yourself. Have fun with them, and see where your imagination takes you.

 

For more educational travel articles, visit www.OneTravel.com/Going-Places. OneTravel Going Places is dedicated to creating an inclusive community and is proud to celebrate the diversity, culture, and history of people around the world.

About OneTravel

OneTravel is a leading online travel agency that offers deals for savvy travelers seeking both quality and value. Launched in the mid-1990s, OneTravel is now 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 airfare, 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.

 

CheapOair Data Indicates Air Travel to Russia Up Over 300% in June and July

CheapOair.com, a leading flight-focused hybrid travel agency, today announced that its summer air travel data reveals that global bookings to select Russian airports[1] are up 331% from mid-June through mid-July.

This year, Americans, Spaniards, and Canadians make up 30% of CheapOair passengers going to Russia during June and July. However, Peru leads for the highest increase in tickets to Russia sold compared to travel during the same period in 2017.

 

Most American travelers are departing from major metropolises including New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. Average airfare from U.S. destinations is over $1,326 which is 14% higher than the same period in 2017.

Travel to Russia this summer will be significantly easier as entry and exit of foreign citizens arriving in Russia as spectators for sports events does not require Russian visas. However, foreign visitors must have a Personalized Card of the Spectator, or “Fan ID”. Fan ID holders are permitted to stay in Russia from June 4 to July 25, 2018.

“Our booking data is showing that travel to Russia this summer is trending upwards not just for the U.S., but for many countries around the world,” said Sam S. Jain Founder and CEO at CheapOair. “Despite the high costs, dedicated sports fans are flocking to ten of the [Russian] Federation’s key gateways during the months of June and July.”

 

CheapOair reminds passengers traveling to Russia this summer to familiarize themselves with local laws and customs and to be vigilant of their behavior. The online travel agency also recommends enrolling in the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to stay up-to-date on important safety and security messages.

 

By consistently monitoring travel trends, CheapOair’s mission is to educate and aid consumers and travel professionals in both planning their travel accommodations and staying current on the most popular destinations. With a portfolio of products, including rate and schedule information from 450 global airlines, CheapOair is a great way to book the travel that’s right for you.

 

For more information, please visit www.CheapOair.com, www.cheapoair.com/mobile, or our social media pages, www.Facebook.com/CheapOair and www.twitter.com/cheapoair.

 

 

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 or live chat. CheapOair (https://www.cheapoair.com, 1-800-566-2345) bridges the gap between an online and traditional travel agency with certified travel agents available 24/7 to help find deals and offers to destinations worldwide on over 450 airlines, 1 million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Partner airlines benefit from access to CheapOair’s broad customer base that books high yield international travel and add-on ancillaries at above the industry average. Follow CheapOair on Facebook and Twitter to learn how to travel the world for less.

 

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[1] Select Russian airports include Adler/Sochi (AER); Moscow (SVO); Moscow Domodedovo (DME); Nizhny Novgorod (GOJ); Kaliningrad (KGD); Kazan (KZN); St. Petersburg (LED); Rostov (ROV); Ekaterinburg (SVX); Volgograd (VOG)

[1] Based on passengers booked for travel as of 06/06/18 to select Russian gateways departing 6/10/2018 – 7/14/2018

[1] Based on average roundtrip airfare as of 06/06/18 to select Russian gateways departing 6/10/2018 – 7/14/2018

[1] Based on passengers booked for travel as of 06/06/18 to select Russian gateways departing 6/10/2018 – 7/14/2018

Royal Pacific Recognized by Cathay Pacific

Airline partner, Cathay Pacific, recently held their Top Agent Award Dinner where Royal Scenic was recognized. Tracy Chan, Director of Business Development and Ivy Yeung, CEO represented the company and accepted the award at the event.

 

 

OneTravel Shares Tips on How to Prepare for An International Trip

Whether you’re taking your first international trip or you just need a refresher on how to prepare, OneTravel.com is sharing some tips to make sure travelers have fun, memorable, and safe global getaways this summer.

Purchase travel insurance: It’s no secret that international trips are expensive. Purchasing insurance may ensure you’re able to recuperate the cost of your trip in case something goes unexpectedly wrong. Though most travel insurance policies don’t cover when a passenger arbitrarily cancels a trip, they do cover occurrences like sickness, injury, natural disaster, or terrorist incident. All travel insurance policies are different, so make sure you read what exactly is covered under your policy.

Let your bank know you’re traveling: Identity security is a top priority these days, especially for financial institutions, so it’s not unusual for a bank to freeze or cancel your credit or debit card if it sees unusual activity. To avoid being locked out of your accounts, give your bank a call before you leave to let them know when you’ll be out of the country and what countries you’ll be visiting.

Print hotel, car, or activity confirmations: Even if you are traveling with an international phone plan, it’s a good idea to have your email confirmations printed out just in case. Printing them before you leave will also force you to review your reservations to make sure all of the booking information is correct.

Make copies of important documents: If you fall victim to theft, it is critical to have photocopies of your travel documents and other important items in your wallet. According to the U.S. Department of State, having a copy of your passport helps with getting a replacement for your return trip. Photocopies of other items in your wallet will provide back-up identification and will remind you of any credit cards you need to cancel.

Study up on your destination: Whether you think so or not, you will likely stick out as a foreigner when you are traveling abroad. Before you leave, look at a map and try to get an idea of the layout of your destination city. It’s also recommended to learn some of the basic customs and laws to make sure you are acting appropriately. To go the extra mile, learning key phrases in the local language is always appreciated by locals.

About OneTravel

OneTravel is a leading online travel agency that offers deals for savvy travelers seeking both quality and value. Launched in the mid-1990s, OneTravel is now 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 airfare, 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.

CheapOair Announces Top Destinations for Fourth of July Travel

CheapOair.com, a leading flight-focused hybrid travel agency, today announced its top ten domestic and international destinations for 2018’s Fourth of July holiday.

The Fourth of July is all about honoring America, so it is fitting that this year, domestic travel is dominating. Of the top 25 most booked cities over the holiday week, 19 are within the United States. Additionally, some of the most popular destinations also happen to host the nation’s most iconic Fourth of July celebrations.

Orlando tops this year’s list of most-booked destinations followed by Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The data also revealed that Dallas is the most affordable of the top ten with an average roundtrip price of $303. For the ultimate Fourth of July experience, CheapOair recommends joining in the fun at one of Orlando’s amusement parks for their annual Independence Day celebrations or visiting Seattle, San Francisco, or Boston for outdoor concerts and renowned fireworks displays.

For those who are opting to spend the week outside the U.S., London, England is the most-booked international destination for the first week of July, followed by Paris, France and Mexico City, Mexico. International prices are spiking as demand for summer holidays increase.

“As we move into the peak travel season, travelers should expect to see prices at the highest levels so far this year,” said Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO at CheapOair. “Internationally, prices to Bangkok, Barcelona, and London are up between 35%-42%[1] while prices to Rome are up over 57% [3] since the Memorial Day booking period in March and April. For domestic travel, prices to San Francisco, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, and Seattle are all up over 17% [3] since the Memorial Day booking period.”

By consistently monitoring travel trends, CheapOair’s mission is to educate and aid consumers and travel professionals in both planning their travel accommodations and staying current on the most popular destinations. With a portfolio of products, including rate and schedule information from 450 global airlines, CheapOair is a great way to book the travel that’s right for you.

 For more information, please visit www.CheapOair.com, www.cheapoair.com/mobile, or our social media pages, www.Facebook.com/CheapOair and www.twitter.com/cheapoair.

  

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 or live chat. CheapOair (https://www.cheapoair.com, 1-800-566-2345) bridges the gap between an online and traditional travel agency with certified travel agents available 24/7 to help find deals and offers to destinations worldwide on over 450 airlines, 1 million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Partner airlines benefit from access to CheapOair’s broad customer base that books high yield international travel and add-on ancillaries at above the industry average. Follow CheapOair on Facebook and Twitter to learn how to travel the world for less.

 

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[1] Based on passengers booked for travel from US gateways departing 06/29/18 – 07/04/18 and returning 07/04/18 – 07/08/18 as of 06/05/1

[2] Based on average roundtrip airfare from US gateways departing 06/29/18 – 07/04/18 and returning 07/04/18 – 07/08/18 as of 06/05/18

[3] Based on average roundtrip airfare from US gateways departing 06/29/18 – 07/04/18 and returning 07/04/18 – 07/08/18 compared to departing 05/20/18 – 5/28/18 and returning 5/28/18 – 6/10/18