CheapOair Celebrates National Plan for Vacation Day with a Road Trip Round-Up!

Tuesday, January 26 marks National Plan for Vacation Day.  Created by the U.S. Travel Association to remind Americans to plan all their time off and use their PTO, this much-needed observation arrives just in time, as we attempt to shake off the collective lethargy created by the ordeals of 2020.

International travel can be challenging, particularly in light of the most recent CDC Order, but CheapOair wants you to know that domestic travel opportunities abound to explore America and maintain safe and covid-aware travel practices.

Reach for America – The Road Awaits!

Colorado Ski Towns
Fly into Denver International Airport and beautiful Breckenridge is 90 miles away.  From there, you’re only 2 hours and 20 minutes away from Aspen and Telluride is 4 hours and 10 minutes more. The skiing is world-class, and if hiking is more your style, you’ll have ample opportunity to indulge.

Montana
Start with a flight to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport then grab a car for the 1 hour and 44 minutes ride to West Yellowstone, Montana.  From there a 2 hour drive will get you to Bozeman.  You can finish with the 5 hour 30 minutes ride to Whitefish, which is so near to Canada the closest airport is Calgary International.  Be prepared to take a lot of pictures, since “Big Sky Country” never disappoints.

Mammoth Lakes
Beginning at Los Angeles International Airport, you can hit the road for a drive to Mammoth Lakes, with stops along the way in Lone Pine, Big Pine, and Bishop.  The scenery is breathtaking, and you’ll experience a lesser-known part of the California mystique.

New England
Only 46 miles from Boston’s Logan International Airport, see Thatcher Island and immerse yourself in Revolutionary War history in Rockport, Massachusetts.  Follow this with a scenic 2 hour 40 minutes drive to Woodstock, Vermont, and round out your New England experience with a visit to the rocky shoreline of Ogunquit, Maine.

“On average, half of Americans leave a large percentage of their vacation time unused,” says Sam S. Jain, CEO of Fareportal the company behind online travel agencies CheapOair and One Travel.  “Experts have weighed in on the many benefits of de-stressing with some time away from the day-to-day.  These trips and many more await, so take note of National Plan for Vacation Day.  Plan your future trips now and see more of our beautiful country in 2021!”

Please note: With COVID-19 still prevalent, be sure to check local and international travel laws and notices for any restrictions, rules, and safety guidelines that may be in place. For additional information please visit the CDC website for up-to-date health and wellness information.

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 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 travel agents available 24/7 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 FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for travel inspiration and helpful travel tips.

CheapOair Support of LGBTQ Youth with Ali Forney Center Even More Important in 2020

Since 2009, CheapOair has been a proud partner sponsor of the Ali Forney Center’s annual benefit, ‘A Place at the Table’.  The AFC mission to provide homeless youth with the services and training that they need to get off the streets and become independent aligns with CheapOair’s similar commitment to helping underprivileged youth gain access to training, skills, and career opportunities. 

“Giving back and participating in our local community has always been a pillar of our company’s mission,” said Sam S. Jain, CEO and Founder of Fareportal, the company behind travel brands CheapOair and OneTravel.  “Covid has made 2020 an even more difficult year, so it is important that we step forward now with support for the important work the Ali Forney Center does for LGBTQ youth.”

Since its founding in 2002, the Ali Forney Center has become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country—assisting over 2,000 youths per year through a 24-hour drop-in center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered-site housing program. 

“It’s truly an honor to work with an organization dedicated to uplifting vulnerable young people who feel alone in this world,” said Corissa Leong, Senior Vice President of People and Culture at Fareportal.  “Through our support of LGBTQ youth, we are demonstrating to our global team the high value we place on diversity in our company, and in our community.” 

CheapOair’s parent company, 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 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 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest to learn how to travel the world for less.

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CheapOair Partners with United Airlines to Launch NDC Platform

CheapOair, the flight focused online travel agency, is working with United Airlines to create a comprehensive New Distribution Capability (NDC) that will give CheapOair customers access to United’s ancillaries in an integrated booking experience.

 “We’re extremely proud to be one of the first OTAs to launch our NDC partnership with United. Providing added content with United greatly bolsters our ability to work as a preferred and strategic partner as we enter a new decade of travel. Our work with United continues to strengthen and evolve, and is a fantastic next step that will mutually benefit customers,” said Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal.

With this launch, CheapOair will now have access to United’s retail platform on its own site allowing customers to have a more user-friendly experience all within CheapOair’s online ecosystem. Consumers will be able to purchase a myriad of ancillaries including checked bags, special fare bundling, merchandising offers, and more.

“We’re delighted to be working with Fareportal to bring better content and servicing capabilities to our mutual customers.  Implementing NDC with Fareportal allows us to provide an improved experience for customers as they shop for flights on CheapOair,” commented Tye Radcliffe, Director of Distribution for United Airlines.

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. Thanks to its unique comprehensive travel trend monitoring, the online travel agency does just that.

For more information, please visit www.CheapOair.com and www.CheapOair.com/mobile, and follow the brand on social via Facebook.com/CheapOair, instagram.com/cheapoair YouTube, and 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 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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Fareportal Expands Affirm Relationship – Offers Zero Percent APR to Qualifying CheapOair Consumers!

Since 2019, Fareportal, the travel technology company powering CheapOair and OneTravel, has successfully partnered with Affirm, a more transparent and flexible alternative to credit cards, to allow customers to seamlessly pay for flights over time. Today the companies announced the expansion of their relationship with the introduction of zero percent APR financing to qualifying CheapOair consumers. This gives customers even greater access to travel by allowing them to book flights now and pay over time, in some cases with no interest, and no concern of hidden fees or late fees.

CheapOair customers can select Affirm as a payment option at checkout and check eligibility without impacting their credit score. A decision is made in seconds and if approved, customers can split the cost of their purchase into monthly payments. With the introduction of zero percent APR financing for some bookings, consumers are able to even more affordably book travel with the flexibility to pay over time on a monthly payment schedule that works best for them.

“Timing on the introduction of zero percent APR financing for our customers could not be better,” said Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO at Fareportal. “For many, the cost of required travel can be daunting. With zero percent APR financing through Affirm, we can provide another affordable travel booking option.”

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 is purpose-built from the ground up to provide consumers and merchants with honest financial products and services that improve their lives. We are revolutionizing the financial industry to be more accountable and accessible while growing a network that is beneficial for consumers and merchants. Affirm provides more than 5.6 million consumers a better alternative to traditional credit cards, giving them the flexibility to buy now and pay over time at virtually any store. Unlike payment options that have late fees, compounding interest and unexpected costs, Affirm shows customers up front exactly what they’ll pay — with no hidden fees and no surprises. Affirm partners with over 6,500 merchants in the U.S., helping them grow sales and access new consumers. Our merchants include brands like Walmart, Peloton, Oscar de la Renta, Audi, and Expedia, and span verticals including home and lifestyle, travel, personal fitness, electronics, apparel and beauty, auto, and more. Payment options through Affirm are provided by these lending partners: affirm.com/lenders.

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CheapOair has the Scoop on how to Score the Best Cyber Monday Flight Deals

Cyber Monday is here and the sky’s the limit when it comes to savings on flights. The travel experts at CheapOair have advice to help consumers cut through the Cyber Monday clutter to find the best deals and successfully plan their next adventure.

Read the Fine Print
This may seem simple but booking restrictions and refund policies are especially important in a time of so much travel uncertainty. Flexibility is key when booking during a pandemic as plans can be upended by the ever-changing state of the world. Additionally, be on the lookout for hidden fees. Make sure to check for baggage fees; depending on the airline and how long your flight is, you may have to pay extra for checked baggage. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure to read the details of the print for any other hidden fees.

Be Flexible Choosing Dates and Destination
Too often, travelers have their mind set on just one location. But it’s not a bad idea to be a bit flexible on the when and the where. It’s recommended to have a list of at least five to six destinations as part of any Cyber Monday search. When it comes to the departure date, consumers are more likely to find cheap tickets on days that are less likely to be booked than others (hint: Tuesday). There’s even a chance to get Premium Economy seats at Basic Economy prices.

Stop Considering Only Non-stop
Many people think that direct flights are the same as non-stop flights, but this is just a common misconception. Direct flights may sometimes make at least one stop along the route to board more passengers. Boarding connecting flights will help save money on flight tickets. Consider a variety of options and choose the one that best fits your budget. It also may be more advantageous to book flights with long layovers. That’s a creative way to save money and explore an extra destination during an extended layover.

Please note: With COVID-19 still prevalent, be sure to check local and international travel laws and notices for any restrictions, rules, and safety guidelines that may be in place. For additional information please visit the CDC website for up-to-date health and wellness information.

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. Thanks to its unique comprehensive travel trend monitoring, the online travel agency does just that.

For more information, please visit www.CheapOair.com and www.CheapOair.com/mobile, and follow the brand on social via Facebook.com/CheapOair, instagram.com/cheapoair YouTube, and 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 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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Staying Home Not an Option? CheapOair Offers Guidelines for Safer Thanksgiving Travel

With Covid-19 cases currently climbing, Thanksgiving celebrations will look different this year. While the CDC recommends staying home and celebrating with your immediate household, that is not a possibility for everyone. The travel team at CheapOair is offering tips for traveling smarter and safer this holiday season.

Research is Key
Before making any travel plans it is strongly advised that all travelers check their local and state guidelines for any restrictions, quarantine policies, and travel warnings that may impact intended plans. For more information, please visit the CDC website.

Drive, if Possible
The fewer points of contact made with public spaces during Thanksgiving travel, the better. This can be more easily achieved with a car. If choosing to drive be sure to minimize stops by packing food and drinks, filling up on gas beforehand, and having a completely planned-out route that avoids overnight stops. If stops need to be made, wear gloves, masks, stay six feet away from anyone outside your group, and use hand sanitizer when you return to the vehicle.

Additionally, in a ride-share situation with anyone outside your immediate household, it is highly recommended that all parties remain masked and keep the windows down for added ventilation.

Plan Accommodations Carefully
If visiting family and friends from out of town, it may be better to check-in to a hotel or use a home rental site rather than spend the night at a loved one’s house where social distancing may not be possible for long stretches of time. If choosing this option, there are several factors to take into consideration. Firstly, avoid crowded hotel lobbies and elevators, know your hotel’s mask and social distancing policies before arrival, and what safety amenities will be available during your stay. If staying with family or friends, wear a mask when in common areas, use separate bathrooms if possible, and frequently disinfect shared surfaces such as doorknobs and countertops.

“The most important thing you can do if you find yourself needing to travel on Thanksgiving is to be prepared. Pack sanitizers, establish ground rules, wear a mask, and keep a safe distance from others. The world we’re living in is uncertain and strange but if we work together, we’ll be able to weather this storm with smart choices and remain educated,” commented Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal, the company behind travel brands CheapOair and OneTravel.

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 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 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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