Pune Plays Football

Teams from different lines of business within Pune’s contact center went face-to-face to compete during a day-long football tournament. Eight teams participated and the final match saw Team Customer Service take on Team Flight Failure, with Customer Service taking the win!

Team Pune Gives Back

Pune employees recently collaborated with Vasundhara Abhiyan, a non-governmental organization that has supported environmental conservation in Pune for over 11 years. A team of employees, family, and friends came together to carry 200 saplings up a hill for planting, dug holes for planing, and repaired contour trenches. It was a great opportunity for the team […]

OneTravel Shares Tips on How to Travel with a Baby

Traveling with an infant or toddler by any means has its challenges, but air travel can be particularly daunting for new and seasoned parents alike. From the glares of fellow passengers when your baby has a meltdown, to the tricky carry-on situation with car seats and strollers, flying with a baby is a whole different ball game. OneTravel, a leading online travel agency, has put together a list of tips and tricks to help make the journey a little easier.

 

Ticketing

If you are traveling with a baby, ticketing depends entirely on where you’re going. For domestic travel, if a child is under the age of two and is sitting in your lap it’s free of charge, but you do need to let them know in advance that you’ll be bringing a baby on board. For international travel, the fare rules are a bit different. Even if you plan on having your child sit on your lap, infants traveling abroad are required to have a ticket. If you’re traveling with a newborn, make sure you check with the airline carrier for any minimum age requirements. And if your little one turns two while you’re on your trip, keep in mind that you’ll have to buy them a ticket for the flight home.

 

Bassinets

If you’re taking a long-haul trip with a baby, you might be a bit concerned about holding your little one for that 10-hour flight. Many international carriers have bassinets available, but there may be some limitations. Some airlines offer them on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of travel. Others allow you to reserve a bassinet in advance. Some airlines place restrictions on how many bassinets are available per flight or where you can sit. Bassinets aren’t always guaranteed so the earlier you make your request, the better. Since policies on bassinets vary from airline to airline, you’ll need to check with your specific carrier.

 

I.D.

Just as you need identification to board a plane, your baby also needs a form of I.D. For domestic travel, a copy of the birth certificate is sufficient. While you might not always have to show the birth identification, it’s always a good idea to have it with you. For international travel, you are required to have a passport for your child regardless of age.

 

Airport Security

Airport security can be strenuous on adults and going through the whole process with a baby can make it even more painful if you aren’t prepared. You will need to take the child out of the stroller and run the stroller and/or car seat through the X-ray. Infants are then carried through the metal detector by a parent or guardian. If you are carrying milk or formula, you must have these items separated from your carry-on to be screened. These items are exempt from the limitations on liquids.

 

Car Seats and Strollers

Most parents want to bring a car seat and a stroller when they travel. However, lugging these items through the airport can be difficult. Most airlines allow parents to check car seats and strollers without paying an extra baggage fee and you are generally allowed one stroller and one car seat per child traveling. If you want to keep these items with you, you are also permitted to gate check a stroller or a car seat. Should you decide to bring a car seat on the plane for your baby remember that it needs to be clearly labeled that is approved for air travel.

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 Recommends Honeymoon Destinations for When You’re on a Budget

With wedding season comes honeymoon season, but after the big day many couples find there isn’t much budget left over for an extravagant getaway. Leading online travel agency CheapOair has identified a list of romantic destinations where newlyweds can retreat to without the high price tag. From beaches to historic cities, here are five suggestions for affordable honeymoon destinations in the US.

 

Destin, Florida

A popular destination for weddings, Destin is also a great place to spend your honeymoon. Located in the Florida panhandle, this beach city is the perfect spot to start spending your life together as newlyweds. Whether you decide to go with a resort package or opt for a vacation rental, Destin is surprisingly inexpensive. Get ready to relax next to your spouse on the region’s famous white beaches with a fruity drink in hand. With affordable accommodations year-round and sandy beaches for relaxing, Destin is a great choice for a stateside honeymoon.

 

Sedona, Arizona

Located in the northern Verde Valley region of Arizona, Sedona’s stunning red rock formations beckon visitors in search of relaxation. The area is known as a haven for artists, yogis, nature lovers, and spa-goers. All of this natural beauty, world-class spas, and Sedona’s decidedly chill vibe creates the ideal setting for a honeymoon. Outdoorsy newlyweds will be blown away by the hiking opportunities in this stunning part of the country.

 

Charleston, South Carolina

History-loving couples are sure to be taken by Charleston’s centuries-old mansions, cobblestone walk streets, and horse-drawn carriages. Steal a kiss under the Spanish moss-laden trees as you stroll to one of the city’s award-winning restaurants or world-class art galleries. With lots of B&Bs and affordable hotels, Charleston provides a romantic setting for a low price tag.

 

Yosemite National Park, California

For nature-loving spouses, there’s nothing like an iconic national park to inspire romance. Get ready to be awed by majestic waterfalls, towering Sequoias, and stunning rock formations. Experience breathtaking views while hiking Yosemite’s well-worn paths. With a small entry fee and budget-friendly accommodations such as campgrounds and motels in Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park makes for an affordable, memorable honeymoon destination.

 

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Check into one of Cape Cod’s cozy, affordable B&Bs and get ready for a refreshing coastal honeymoon experience. Eat your fill at the Cape’s colorful clam shacks, take in the iconic local cottages, stroll the pristine beaches, go for a ride on a scenic bike trail, or rent a kayak and hit the water for an afternoon. Infuse some local culture into your honeymoon by visiting Provincetown, an artsy seaport with eclectic art galleries, and quaint, romantic restaurants.

 

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.

 

 

 

Mobile Hackathon Integrates Raleigh & Drake’s Travel

A two-day Mobile Hackathon was hosted in our New York office in Mid-July. Members from our Product, Development, Design, and UX Squads worked together to integrate Raleigh & Drake’s travel API into Mobile Web and our apps. The API is the world’s first influencer-driven discovery platform. By aggregating exclusive travel content from trusted influencers and brands, it serves geo-located, personalized recommendations to customers. As they engage, the system learns and gets smarter.

The teams completed the execution and collaboration on the design and UX components of the project. Many thanks to our team members who personified continuous improvement and collaboration throughout the event.

Fareportal Employees Help Clean Up East River Park

A group of employees in New York City volunteered with New York Cares at the Lower East Side Ecology Center last weekend. They helped the center clear weeds, plant flowers, and mulch the area. The Ecology Center offers unique e-wast and composting services, environmental stewardship opportunities, and educational programming to all New Yorkers who want to learn about environmental issues.

Recognizing Excellence: Contact Center Agent, Kriti

Meet Kriti, who works in our contact center in Gurgaon. She recently received two compliment s in one day from customers who were extremely satisfied with the service she provided them! The first customer praised her for her demeanor, noting that she was “great, very kind and helpful” during a transaction that involved making changes on a flight. […]

Branding and Communications Squad Celebrates Hermes Gold Award

Our gold Hermes Award for CheapOair’s Fiji Valentine’s Day Giveaway campaign was delivered to our New York office! This is the first social media campaign from our newly integrated Branding and Communications Squad, and it was supported comprehensively by all of our communications tactics. As you can see in the picture below, the squad is pretty excited about the results of their teamwork and collaboration! […]

Fulfillment Team Leaders Recognized

On July 4th, Fareportal Gurgaon recognized its Fulfillment Team Leaders for their role in supporting our frontliners to become their best!

Thank you to our team leaders for your consistent contributions to Fareportal’s continued growth and vision!