CheapOair Provides Enhanced Convenience for App Customers with Google Pay Integration

CheapOair®, an online travel agency and leading seller of flights, announced today that customers booking on the CheapOair app will now have the option to pay using Google Pay. Customers will also benefit from a joint launch promotion offering promotional rewards for users who book travel on the CheapOair mobile app using the new Google Pay feature*.

The new Google Pay integration demonstrates CheapOair’s continued dedication to enhancing both the convenience and security of its mobile products. CheapOair’s mobile development team worked closely with Google Pay to add its suite of payment options giving customers even more flexibility when making their payment. The Google Pay option gives users a secure method to process a transaction in just a few clicks.

“This has been an exciting collaboration with Google, bringing together the most convenient way to find cheap flights through CheapOair’s mobile app, and the most convenient way to pay using Google Pay for our app users,” said Nipun Joshi, Head of Product for CheapOair’s Mobile Apps group. “The addition of Google Pay provides a fast, simple way for our customers to pay for their travel without having to take out their wallet. The continued collaboration with Google will allow us to provide the best travel booking experience to our customers.”

To use, customers simply need to download and book on the CheapOair Android app. At checkout, users select Google Pay as their payment option. As an introductory offer, CheapOair App customers who pay with Google Pay may be eligible to receive a $25 CheapOair e-gift card*.

 

Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal, the corporate owner of CheapOair, commented: “Google Pay is another demonstration of our ongoing commitment to providing the utmost in ease-of-use to our millions of airline ticket purchasers. We’re thrilled to add Google Pay to our suite of customer-friendly services.”

“We want to make it easier for businesses like CheapOair to offer a simpler, faster payment solution for their customers. With Google Pay, customers will be able to speed through checkout with just a few clicks,” said Prasenjit Phukan, Product Manager, Google Pay.

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.

* To be eligible for the promotion, a customer must be using Google Pay in the CheapOair app for the first time. Eligible customers will receive a $25 CheapOair e-gift card which may be applied towards a future CheapOair flight purchase. Promotional e-gift cards are available while supplies last. See full terms & conditions for use of CheapOair e-gift cards.

 About CheapOair

CheapOair is an online travel agency that specializes in providing cheap flights and great last-minute flight deals for travelers worldwide. Consumers can book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone (1-800-566-2345) or live chat. Part of Fareportal’s family of brands, CheapOair bridges the gap between an online and traditional travel agency with certified travel agents available 24/7 to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 450 airlines, 1 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.

 

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Fareportal Celebrates Twelve Months of Giving to Employee-Chosen Charities

Online Travel Agency Donates to Non-Profit Organizations

In November 2017, Fareportal, the travel technology company powering CheapOair.com and OneTravel.com, launched it’s Personal Impact Program; a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative driven by the passions of its employees. Over the course of 12 months, employees nominated their most-cherished non-profit organizations for the opportunity to have a donation made on their behalf as well as to have their charity highlighted within the company’s internal communications initiatives.

“The Personal Impact Program was designed to give our employees more of a say in how we give back to the community,” said Corissa Leong, SVP of People & Culture. “We were excited to see the enthusiasm our employees’ put into their entries and are glad that we were able to make a difference to organizations that mean the most to them.”

Over the past 12 months, recipients spanned many categories including health and wellness, education, homelessness, and animal welfare. The organizations contributed to included:

“As a global company, we are involved with charity organizations all over the world,” said Sam S. Jain Founder and CEO at Fareportal. “We started the Personal Impact Program to increase employee engagement in our corporate social responsibility efforts and this year the program proved to be a great success. We are excited to continue partnering with employee-chosen non-profit organizations in the year ahead.”

Fareportal has a longstanding commitment to helping communities in need through charitable donations and volunteer work. The company is always seeking out new opportunities to get involved with charity organizations both at home and abroad. 

 

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.

 

CheapOair Announces Top Destinations for the Holiday Season

Year over Year Data Shows Fluctuations in Average Airfare Prices

CheapOair®, online travel agency and leading provider of cheap flights, today announced its top ten most popular domestic and international destinations for the 2018 holiday season. This year, Denver, CO, tops the list, followed by Los Angeles, CA and Orlando, FL, which round out the top three U.S. domestic cities booked. In addition, CheapOair’s data shows that the average airfare prices for the top ten domestic destinations have increased by 4% since last year[1].

As of mid-November, many international travelers had booked flights to visit warm weather destinations this December including Cancun, Mexico City, and Kingston, Jamaica. Domestically, Los Angeles, CA saw the largest increase in airfare price this year with 12%1, but still dominates as the second most popular destination to visit this season.

“Flexibility is the key to still scoring really low fares this Christmas season,” said Tom Spagnola, Senior Vice President of Supplier Relations at CheapOair. “Avoiding the peak travel departure dates of December 20th through the 23rd and returning dates of December 26th through the 29th will provide some heavily discounted rates that are still available to consumers. As prices continue to fluctuate, it’s important to act fast if you plan to take flight for the holidays.”

Outside of the 50 states, Mexico City and Cancun have claimed the number one and two spots in terms of the most popular destinations for the past two consecutive years. CheapOair’s data also shows that in addition to tropical locations, two Canadian hot spots are among the top destinations to visit, with Toronto and Vancouver seeing a steady increase in passenger volume. Paris rounds out the tenth spot, despite the 30% decrease in airfare pricing since 2017.

“Travelers are taking advantage of their vacation and holiday time off from work to actually take a vacation to some of the more tropical locations,” Spagnola added. “If you’re not visiting friends or family, international travel to Asia or Europe has extremely attractive costs right now as they’re considered to be in their low 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 iOS or Android for an on-the-go travel concierge experience.

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.

 About CheapOair

CheapOair is an online travel agency that specializes in providing cheap flights and great last-minute flight deals for travelers worldwide. Consumers can 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 discount flight tickets to global destinations 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.

[1] Based on average roundtrip airfare from US gateways 12/18/18 – 12/29/18; reported 11/20/18