CheapOair Launches COVID-19 Airline Protocol Tool Powered by ATPCO

In a world where changing health and safety information are more important than ever before, CheapOair announced several enhancements to their initiative to increase customers’ confidence in making travel decisions. Now available through their mobile application, customers will be able to view up to date COVID-19 safety protocols for individual airlines. This feature is a collaboration with long-time strategic partner ATPCO, which has partnered with hundreds of airlines to create a comprehensive and standardized list of safety regulations.

“We continuously strive to empower our customers with important information to help make smart, informed travel decisions. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, airlines have implemented a variety of safety and flexible travel policies to give customers confidence when traveling,” remarked Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal, owner of CheapOair and OneTravel.

The new feature, powered by ATPCO’s Routehappy Rich Content, is presented in an accessible UX design that offers simple yet comprehensive image and text-based airline specific information. Customers will be able to book their flights with full knowledge of the steps being taken to better ensure their safety.

“Flight shoppers need reassurance during these times of uncertainty about what measures airlines are taking to protect them when they fly; our Reassurance UPAs (Universal Product Attributes) give customers key insights into safety protocols airlines are taking,” said Maeve Tintle, Lead Channel Retailing at ATPCO. “Fareportal has been an agile partner with ATPCO for years and this integration is a big win for their customers.”

This addition is the latest in a series of consumer-friendly changes CheapOair has begun offering in the wake of the global pandemic.  

“With the launch of the safety feature on the CheapOair website and mobile apps, customers can now easily check each airline’s safety procedures including enhanced cleaning protocols, HEPA filters, facial coverings, and seating arrangements. We also provide customers with the latest flexible change and cancellation policies, so that customers can have complete peace of mind when they book their next trip,” added Nipun Joshi, Head of Product at Fareportal.

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 (1-646-738-4820) 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 to help find flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, to learn how to travel the world for less.

Tis’ the Season to be Spooky! CheapOair Shares their Favorite U.S. Haunted Houses

Halloween is only a few weeks away and whether you’re flying, driving, or staying local, there’s tons of spooky history to be found all over the United States. The travel team at CheapOair has picked a few of their favorite haunted haunts for brave travelers with an adventurous spirit.

The Lizzie Borden House – Fall River, MA
On August 4th, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were found brutally murdered with multiple axe wounds that left their bodies completely mutilated. Andrew’s youngest child (and Abby’s stepdaughter) Lizzie Borden was charged with homicide but later acquitted due to a lack of clear evidence. Despite this, rumors of her guilt lived on. The home is now a bed and breakfast where guests could spend the night and maybe encounter one of its original residents.

Travel Advisory: If traveling from a restricted state, you must quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.  States and territories currently exempt from this ordinance include Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.

The Winchester Mystery House
Located in San Jose, California, the sprawling mansion of Sarah Winchester tells the tragic tale of a woman’s grief turned to madness. After losing both her infant daughter and husband William Winchester (of the affluent gun manufacturing family) only years apart she inherited millions of dollars. She used that money to create an endless maze of a home so that the spirits of her husband’s “victims” (those shot using a Winchester gun) would never find her. As it stands now the mansion has seven stories, 161 rooms, 10,000 panes of glass, and 47 fireplaces.

Travel Advisory: The house is open to tours and visitors. Please visit California’s official travel site for up to date information on COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The LaLaurie Mansion – New Orleans, LA
New Orleans is known for its paranormal activity and the LaLaurie Mansion is said to be the most haunted home in America’s spookiest city. Madame LaLaurie was a high society woman with a penchant for violence. The mansion’s attic became a torture chamber where she brutalized, mutilated, and killed dozens of slaves. After the extent of her depravity was discovered she fled to France, and her whereabouts were never discovered.

Please note this is a private residence and is not open to tours.

Travel Advisory: Currently, there are no travel restrictions or quarantine requirements for travelers or individuals entering the state of Louisiana.

About CheapOair
CheapOair is an online travel agency that specializes in providing cheap flights and great last-minute flights deals for travelers worldwide. Consumers can book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone (1-646-738-4820) 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 to help find flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, to learn how to travel the world for less.

CheapOair Recommends the U.S. Hispanic Sites Everyone Should Visit

Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month is going strong and CheapOair’s celebration also continues with a series of cultural spotlights, blog posts, and travel tips that honor Hispanic, Latino, and Latinx heritages. This week, the travel experts at CheapOair offer their recommendations for travelers looking to experience the importance of U.S. Hispanic culture first-hand.

Please note: Due to travel restrictions as a result of Covid-19, please check local state safety guides, location websites, and CDC guidelines before visiting any of these sites.

César E. Chávez National Monument – Keene, California
As one of the most prolific figures in 20th century Hispanic history, César Chávez was a powerful voice for the plight of agricultural workers across the U.S. As a result of his leadership, the United Farm Workers of America was established and became the country’s first permanent agricultural union.

Nearest Airport: Visalia Municipal Airport

La Villita – San Antonio, Texas
This unique village-turned-arts-community is located on the south bank of the San Antonio River Walk and is chock full of Hispanic history and artifacts. With Mexican folk art, handmade jewelry, and beautiful architecture, this destination is a must-visit for anyone who loves immersing themselves in history and culture.

Nearest Airport: San Antonio International Airport

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area – Colorado’s San Luis Valley, Colorado
The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, which is an expansive 3,000 square miles of south-central Colorado, exists as a testament of the strength and determination of 19th century Hispanic settlers. The ranch of Teofilo Trujillo, known as the Trujillo Homestead, is a still-standing log cabin and property of one of the families who struggled and triumphed while navigating their way through what was then a brand-new territory.

Nearest Airport: San Luis Valley Regional Airport

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 (1-646-738-4820) 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 to help find flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 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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Hit the Road with this Great Lakes Road Trip from CheapOair

Need a change of scenery to see the leaves change? The team at CheapOair has mapped out their ideal Great Lakes fall road trips for an exciting (and safe) travel experience. Whether flying, driving, or even both, this excursion offers something for anyone who can’t get enough of fall.

The Morton Arboretum, Illinois

Truly an autumnal wonderland, the grounds cover over 1,700 acres of attractions including a museum, library, many gardens, and of course countless trees. In fact, there are more than 4,100 different plant species throughout the arboretum. These can be viewed on a hike, scenic drive, or by using one of the several bike paths available.

Travel Advisory:
The Morton Arboretum is in the process of reopening and is currently requiring that all visitors purchase their tickets in advance. Tickets will not be available on site. For more information please visit the Arboretum’s website.

Peninsula State Park, Wisconsin

A picture-perfect place to pitch a tent this fall! This popular park offers over 460 campsites, hundreds of acres of colorful trees, shoreline views, and fantastic hiking trails. For cyclists, Sunset Bike Trail provides a safe and social distanced ride through the park through the changing foliage.

Travel Advisory:
Visitors should be advised that although Peninsula State Park is open, certain attractions and sites are closed or open with limited access. Please visit their website for the latest updates and safety regulations.

Northshore Scenic Drive, Minnesota

Known as the “All-American Road”, this gorgeous drive spans seven state parks and hugs the north shore of Lake Superior. Not only is the drive breathtaking, there are lots of small lakeside towns with amazing restaurants, local art, and unique shops where visitors can find one-of-kind souvenirs.

Travel Advisory:
While Minnesota is open to travelers, there are several advisories in place to help ensure the safety of both tourists and residents. This includes a face mask mandate. For more information and the latest updates please check here.

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 (1-646-738-4820) 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 to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 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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CheapOair Kicks off National Hispanic Heritage Month with Their Mexican Dream Vacation Destinations

Starting today the U.S. observes National Hispanic Heritage Month, a month-long celebration that honors the culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx  (Latino and Latinx are different so should we include both?) Americans. CheapOair, the travel experience experts, is starting this celebratory month by highlighting the vibrant country of Mexico with their top picks for a culturally immersive vacation experience.

Travel Advisory: As of September 13th, the U.S. State Department has lowered Mexico’s travel advisory to a Level 3 ahead of September 21st which is when the U.S.-Mexico border closure expires. For more information please click here.

Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico’s capital is a bustling metropolis filled with art, culture, music, and mouthwatering cuisine. A good starting point for any first-time tourist would be to visit Zócalo – the Plaza de la Constitución. This historic plaza offers exciting concerts, events, markets, and fantastic people watching. It is also right in the middle of Mexico City’s three biggest attractions: The National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Templo Mayor.

Nearest airport: Mexico City Juarez International Airport

Zacatecas, Mexico
A city that rose to prominence during the region’s mining boom, Zacatecas is known for its breathtaking pink limestone architecture which has earned it the nickname Ciudad Rosada. Considered an underrated gem, this unique city offers old-world charm, in-depth history, and jaw-dropping mountain views.

Nearest airport: General Leobardo C. Ruiz International Airport

Oaxaca, Mexico
A true meeting of the ancient and modern, the colonial architecture stands in sharp contrast to the pre-Hispanic ruins from Mexico’s past. Located in the Southwest region, the city is close to gorgeous coastal views. For spirit lovers, Oaxaca is the home to Mezcal, the smokier and richer cousin of tequila.

Nearest airport: Puerto Escondido Airport

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 (1-646-738-4820) 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 to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 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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CheapOair Destinations Consumers will ‘Fall’ in Love with This Autumn

Cooler temperatures call for colorful leaves, vibrant landscapes, and a vacation or two to take in it all in. With autumn days away, people everywhere are planning their getaways. Whether flying or driving (or flying to drive!), the travel experts at CheapOair are sharing some of their favorite spots for the perfect socially distanced and idyllic fall trip.

“Here at CheapOair, we know that fall vacation destinations are the worst kept secret in travel. Flight prices are down, the weather is beautiful, and many consumers want to get some leisure travel in before the frantic holiday rush. Even in times where we all must be careful, there’s still a lot of adventure to be had as long you take precautions,” remarked Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal, owner of travel brands CheapOair and OneTravel.

Stowe, Vermont
This classic New England village sits at the base of Vermont’s highest peak, which provides an excellent vantage point for those who want to see the beautiful changing leaves. Visitors are recommended to take a drive through Stowe’s scenic back roads to really take in the splendor.

Nearest Airport: Burlington International Airport (BTV)

Travel Advisory: Any out-of-state travelers are asked to quarantine for 14 days when visiting but there is a growing list of exempt states that are eligible for “quarantine-free leisure travel.” States and territories on this list include Delaware, Maryland, New England, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. Click here for the latest updates.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Move over, New England. This western park offers vast acres of gorgeous foliage from the Aspen forests. In addition to its over 300 hiking trails, this national gem offers some of most scenic car rides in the country including the not-to-be-missed Trail Ridge Road that offers forest views from an altitude of over 12,000 feet.

Nearest Airport: Denver International Airport (DEN)

Travel Advisory: Rocky Mountain National Park is adhering to a phased reopening schedule with limited access to the park. Currently, visitors must make a reservation ahead of time for two-hour visitation limits. For more information please click here for the latest updates and reservation information.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Northern Michigan offers remarkable drives and seemingly endless acres of forests with a rainbow of colors to see. There are several different routes to take but there is no way of choosing wrong. With a combination of shoreline views, small town ambiance, and unbelievable foliage, there’s no doubt that Michigan offers the very best in scenic fall travel.

Nearest Airport: Flint-Bishop International Airport

Travel Advisory: Michigan is open to all travelers but does require face coverings when social distancing is not achievable. For more information visit michigan.gov.

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 (1-646-738-4820) 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 to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 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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CheapOair Reveals Their Top Picks for a Last-Minute Labor Day Trip

Labor Day weekend is right around the corner which signals the end of summer travel. Before consumers everywhere start trading in trips to the beach for walks around an apple orchard, CheapOair has picked their top end-of-summer destinations for a last-minute Labor Day vacation.

“Even amid COVID-19, our data shows that Labor Day weekend is proving to be one of the most popular travel weekends of the year with people everywhere eager for some adventure. There are many getaways that not only offer affordable cheap flights but are also smart and safe to visit,” remarked Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal, owner of travel brands CheapOair and OneTravel.

Portland, Maine
This gem of a town is located in southern Maine and has everything from breathtaking ocean views, amazing seafood, and a wide array of shopping and beachy recreation options that’ll keep even the most restless traveler busy. Additionally, as Maine is known as “Vacationland,” Portland makes an excellent stop on any New England road trip.

Travel Advisory: The state of Maine has implemented a policy that gives out-of-state visitors three options. If traveling to Maine one must either have tested negative for COVID-19 in the last 72 hours, comply with a 14-day mandatory quarantine, or be on the list of exempted states that includes Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Updates can be found here.

Burlington, Vermont
Vermont offers so much more than its ski slopes; the Green Mountain State truly has something for anyone looking for adventure and fresh air. With the greenest forests for camping, lovely lakes, and a plethora of farmers markets, wine tastings, and cheese tours to excite any pallet.

Travel Advisory: Any out-of-state travelers are asked to quarantine for 14-days when visiting but there is a growing list of exempt states that are eligible for “quarantine free leisure travel.” States and territories on this list include Delaware, Maryland, New England, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. Click here for the latest updates.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts
A New England summertime staple! The perfect destination for one last (socially distanced) beach weekend getaway. Cape Cod has taken numerous steps to better ensure the safety of beachgoers with several distancing guidelines and procedures so beachgoers can soak in the sun safely.

Travel Advisory: Out-of-state travelers are required to self-quarantine for 14-days. States exempt from this restriction includeColorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and West Virginia. Please check here for the latest updates and exemptions.

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 (1-646-738-4820) 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 to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 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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CheapOair’s Labor Day Ticket Trends Bode Well for Travel Industry

The travel industry may be changing but as the world adjusts to living safely during a pandemic, people are once again gaining the confidence to travel. CheapOair, the flight focused agency, dug into their consumer habits data and have identified Labor Day travel trends that imply an upswing in the industry overall.

According to CheapOair data, there has been in a 250% increase in customers searching for travel options ahead of Labor Day weekend and that number is escalating as the popular holiday weekend approaches.

“As always, we advise caution while navigating travel in the age of COVID-19 but we’re optimistic that both airlines and popular tourist destinations are adapting to the new guidelines and safety precautions,” remarked Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal, owner of travel brands CheapOair and OneTravel.

Unlike years past there is less focus on particular destinations. Approximately 80% of consumers searching for trips are seeking value over location by opting to plan their vacation around locations that will garner them the best deal.

Interestingly, customers looking for a specific destination sought out flights to Las Vegas, which was the top location searched by CheapOair customers.

“More than ever, consumers are looking for budget-friendly options when planning travel, and now is a good time to take advantage of lower than usual ticket prices. While we usually see a dip in prices after Labor Day, more airlines are keen on incentivizing customers during one of the year’s peak travel seasons,” continued Jain.

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 (1-646-738-4820) 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 to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 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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CheapOair Offers Tips and Safety Tricks for Planning a Fall Solo Trip

As summer winds down, many are starting to consider their fall travel plans, even in these uncertain times. In fact, as travel norms shift in the wake of COVID-19, a lot of people are opting to travel alone. CheapOair, the vacation planning specialists, weighs in on how traveling alone this fall can be safe, fun, and affordable.

One of the clearest benefits of traveling alone is the amount of money saved. This rings especially true for anyone traveling in the fall, which is well-known for being one of the cheapest times of the year to travel.

“Usually as summer reaches its end, ticket prices nationwide take a dip and stay low until around October when people start making their holiday plans. This is a fantastic opportunity for folks to grab a cheap flight for a fall getaway,” said Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal, owner of travel brands CheapOair and OneTravel.

While traveling solo can be exciting, there are several steps any solo adventurer should take into consideration when planning their trip.

“In my opinion, the most important measure any solo traveler can take is to plan ahead! Have your route mapped out, the numbers of every hotel and airline available to you, and always share your itinerary with a loved one so they have an idea where you are in case of an emergency,” remarked Tom Spagnola, Senior Vice President of Supplier Relations of Fareportal.

Other important safety measures to take into consideration include sharing your phone’s location with a trusted loved one and making sure there is WiFi and cell phone service at various checkpoints during your travels.

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 (1-646-738-4820) 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 to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 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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Nature is Calling! CheapOair Recommends their Top National Parks Picks to Safely Visit

How Americans vacation looks different than it has in past years but that doesn’t mean planning a trip isn’t possible. CheapOair, the travel experience experts, offers insight into a few of their favorite and safest National Parks destinations across the country.

“In the midst of a pandemic, crowded cities are certainly not ideal vacation destinations but fortunately there are dozens of gorgeous National Parks that offer safe and socially distanced options for the perfect getaway. Travelers are trading in luxury hotels for breathtaking views from their tents,” remarked Sam S. Jain, Fareportal Founder and CEO.

Yosemite National Park
Located in northern California, Yosemite is one of the most well-known National Parks in the U.S.  With 1,169 square miles of unforgettable hiking trails and valleys, exciting wildlife (you may be able to spot a bear from a safe distance!), and massive ancient sequoia trees that will leave anyone awestruck, it’s truly a one-of-kind American landmark.  

Travel Advisory: The park is currently open with all its primary activities active. Please visit this site for more information and safety tips: https://www.yosemite.com/covid-19/

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
This southern Colorado oasis is home to North America’s largest sand dunes that are estimated to have formed over 11,000 years ago. While this park is the perfect place for traditional outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and stargazing (the Milky Way is easily visible at certain times of the year!), it also offers unique activities such as sand sledding and sandboarding!

Travel Advisory: As of June 17th, The Great Sand Dunes Park has entered Phase 2 of its re-opening with increased recreational access and activities. Visit this site for more information: https://www.nps.gov/grsa/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Isle Royale National Park
Michigan, already known for its over 11,000 lakes, boasts this beautiful gem of a National Park. Located on a remote island in Lake Superior, people from all over flock to this unique piece of land to fish, kayak, boat, and camp. Isle Royale is also the only National Park in the U.S to be closed for the entirety of its off-season which spans from November-April.

Travel Advisory: All campgrounds, docks, and trails are currently open to the public.


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 (1-646-738-4820) 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 to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 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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