Pay for Your Flights Over Time on CheapOair.com and OneTravel.com with Affirm

Fareportal, the travel technology company powering CheapOair.com and OneTravel.com, has partnered with financial technology company, Affirm, to allow customers to seamlessly pay for flights over time. This new feature gives customers greater access to travel by offering them a quick, simple, and transparent way to book travel now and pay over time in-line with their budget.

CheapOair and OneTravel customers can now apply at checkout for the option to pay in installments over a three-, six-, or 12-month period. Customers enter five simple pieces of information to check eligibility and a decision is made in real time. Upon approval, customers are offered between 10% – 30% APR and can see exactly what they’ll pay on a monthly basis for each of the three term options available. For example, a $300 purchase at 10% APR spread out over three months would cost $101.69 per month.

“Travel purchases can be expensive whether you’re traveling across the country or across the world,” said Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO at Fareportal. “We strive to be the most affordable travel booking option and we are pleased that our new partnership with Affirm will give our customers a simple payment option to make higher-priced transactions more manageable.”

“While travel is fun and exciting, many consumers want the ability to spread out the cost of a trip over time rather than part ways with the total cost up front,” said Max Levchin, Founder and CEO at Affirm. “Affirm gives Fareportal’s customers the ability to spread costs out over time without hidden fees or compounding interest and provides travelers with the confidence that they can afford it.”

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 600 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.

 

About Affirm

Affirm was founded with a goal to create honest financial products and services that empower consumers and improve lives. Our goal is to revolutionize the banking industry to be more accountable and accessible to consumers. Today, Affirm provides millions of shoppers an alternative to traditional credit cards at the point of sale, giving them the flexibility to buy now and make simple monthly payments for their purchases. Unlike payment options that have compounding interest and unexpected costs, Affirm shows customers upfront exactly what they’ll pay each month — with no hidden fees and no surprises. Affirm partners with over 2,000 merchants to give shoppers the option to pay with Affirm at checkout including well-known brands across retail including home furnishings, travel, personal fitness, electronics, apparel and beauty, and more. Loans are made in partnership with Affirm’s originating bank partner Cross River Bank, a New Jersey State Chartered Commercial Bank, Member FDIC.

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Fareportal’s CheapOair and OneTravel Brands Become the First Online Travel Sites to Offer Air New Zealand’s Economy Skycouch™

Fareportal, the travel technology company powering CheapOair.com and OneTravel.com, is now the first online travel agency (OTA) to sell Air New Zealand’s Economy Skycouch™ product.

The Economy Skycouch, available on Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777 and 787-9 aircrafts, transforms a row of three Economy Class seats into one flat space to maximize comfort. Adjustable footrests and armrests allow each passenger to personalize their Skycouch and is a great option for families, couples, or solo travelers just wanting extra personal space.

“Our supplier relations team is constantly working with our airline partners to find new ways we can improve our product offerings, and our ancillary attachment team continues to lead the industry in integrating these complex, added-value products on our sites,” said Sam S. Jain, CEO of Fareportal. “Air New Zealand is changing the way passengers fly in Economy Class and we are excited to be a part of their growth and innovation.”

Air New Zealand is the flag carrier of New Zealand and operates non-stop flights to Auckland from seven North American gateways including San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Honolulu, Houston, Chicago, and Vancouver.

“Air New Zealand’s Economy Skycouch has revolutionized the Economy Class travel experience by providing an extra level of comfort,” said Sean Lutkenhouse, Director of Sales USA. “We’re thrilled to have Fareportal, a leading travel company, bring the Economy Skycouch to the North American consumer.”

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 600 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.

About Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is proud to be New Zealand’s national carrier delivering more than 16 million customer journeys to, from and all-around New Zealand every year and was named AirlineRatings.com Airline of the Year for the fifth consecutive year for 2018.

The airline continues to operate one of the world’s youngest fleets, connecting New Zealanders to 20 domestic and more than 30 international destinations including Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America, and the Pacific Islands. As a member of the Star Alliance network, Air New Zealand is able to provide access to almost any destination in the world. For more information, visit www.airnewzealand.co.nz

 

Family Spring Breakers Continue to Flock to Florida As the Caribbean Sees Travel Spike in April

The first wave of family spring break has come to an end, but students from major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. are getting ready for their recesses at the end of April. CheapOair®, an online travel agency and leading provider of cheap flights, has analyzed the latest travel trends to determine the top destinations for elementary, middle, and high school families with spring break in April1.

Florida continues to dominate this year’s domestic travel list for family spring breakers with Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, and Tampa claiming the first three spots. Miami and Fort Myers also made it into the top ten.  Internationally, Mexico and the Caribbean hold a strong presence, pushing out the European destinations that were popular with families during the March spring break period.

 

“For April travel, we are seeing many of the traditional spring break spots resurface, particularly among our international top ten destinations,” said Tom Spagnola, SVP of Supplier Relations at CheapOair. “As summer nears, we’re seeing an increase in airfares to Europe which has changed the options available for budget-conscious families traveling at the end of April.”

In April, average domestic airfare this year is $423 while international airfare is averaging around $570. The cheapest domestic destination is Tampa, FL with an airfare of $334. Internationally, Cancun is the cheapest of the international destinations with an average airfare of $486.

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.

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

 

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.

 

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1Family spring break data for March 2019 released on March 6, 2019.

2 Based on passenger groups traveling domestically in the US departing 4/12/19 – 4/16/19 or 4/19/19 – 4/23/19 and returning 4/17/19 – 4/21/19 or 4/24/19 – 4/28/19.

3 Based on average roundtrip airfare departing from US gateways departing 4/12/19 – 4/16/19 or 4/19/19 – 4/23/19 and returning 4/17/19 – 4/21/19 or 4/24/19 – 4/28/19.

4 Based on passenger groups traveling internationally from the US departing 4/12/19 – 4/16/19 or 4/19/19 – 4/23/19 and returning 4/17/19 – 4/21/19 or 4/24/19 – 4/28/19.

*Passenger groups defined as bookings with 3-5 passengers

 

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