CheapOair Announced as the First U.S. Travel Agency to Offer Ancillary Products for Air Canada

NEW YORK, April 18, 2014

CheapOair announced today that Air Canada customers can now tailor their travel plans on CheapOair.ca with a variety of the airline’s ancillary products. After partnering with leading airlines like US Airways and American Airlines to sell their ancillary products on CheapOair.com, the brand became the first U.S. travel agency to offer these products to customers in Canada. The option to add extras such as seats meals and airport lounge access to a booking from CheapOair’s payment page gives customers extra freedom and control over their travel plans.

“We are proud to offer our customers the option to purchase Air Canada’s added value options on our site,” said Patriek Karayil, chief marketing officer at CheapOair. “Working with Air Canada to make its products available or sale on CheapOair.ca emphasizes our commitment to providing Canadian customers with more choice when planning and booking their travel.”

Air Canada’s products offer CheapOair customers the following:

  • Seats: Standard advance seat selection, preferred seats with more legroom
  • Meals: Onboard Café offers a variety of snack items on flights between 90 minutes and two hours and a fresh selection of meal items on flights of two hours or more
  • Maple Leaf Lounge access: Enjoy 21 award-winning lounges at all major airports in Canada and at key international locations, including complimentary light snacks and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages (including local beer on tap, cappuccino and espresso), Sony high definition televisions, complementary high speed internet access, Hewlett Packard business centers featuring color laser printing and PC workstations, conference rooms in select locations and cell-free quiet zones
  • On My Way™ travel service: Rebooking on any North American airlines, complementary meal allowance, hotel accommodation or ground transportation for any extended delay, and specialized call center assistance tailored to a customer’s needs.

CheapOair continually provides added value for travelers looking for extras like priority seats or the ability to change their plans at a moment’s notice, and priority access to specially-trained agents who are available around the clock to assist with unexpected travel needs.

About CheapOair

CheapOair is a top travel website for millions of travelers who expect more for less. CheapOair scans over 450 airlines in seconds to return guaranteed low prices on flights, hotels, car rentals and vacation packages, making planning and booking travel easy and hassle free. With support by phone and live chat, award-winning apps for iPhone and Android, and travel tips on Facebook and Twitter, CheapOair makes affordable travel possible anytime, anywhere. Book travel on http://www.cheapoair.com/ or call 1-646-738-4820.

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Patriek Karayil Joins Fareportal Executive Board

NEW YORK, March 1, 2014

Fareportal, a travel technology company that powers leading travel brands including CheapOair.com and OneTravel.com, announced today that Patriek Karayil has joined its team as the new Chief Marketing Officer. Karayil brings over 12 years of experience working at Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies where he managed large, high functioning global organizations that focused on business strategy and online marketing.

“We are pleased to have Patriek Karayil join the company as Fareportal’s new Chief Marketing Officer,” said Sam Jain, CEO of Fareportal. “In addition to the wealth of knowledge and experience he has in the industry, his proven track record for gaining increased market visibility makes him a great asset to our team.”

As Chief Marketing Officer, Karayil will be responsible for the development of the company’s marketing and communications across all brands. This includes focusing on building CheapOair.com, positioning the leading online travel agency as a household name and ensuring its place in a consumer’s consideration set when booking flights and travel online, by phone, and/or via mobile app and tablet.

Prior to Fareportal, Karayil served as the Global Marketing Director at Dell where he ran a $1 billion online marketing operations organization, positively impacting 500 million customers. Additionally, he was the Chief Marketing Officer for Implantable Computing Labs, a startup he formed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has also worked in web marketing at National Instruments.

Karayil has an undergraduate degree in Engineering and Computer Science and is working towards his Master in Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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CheapOair Announces 10 Most Popular Spring Break Destinations

NEW YORK, February 26, 2014

CheapOair, a leading online travel agency serving customers online, by phone, and mobile apps, today released data indicating where its customers are traveling for spring break. Destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean saw a significant increase in tickets purchased this year and a decrease in airfare cost between March 1 and April 15 over the same time period in 2013.

“There has been a strong interest in international travel this spring,” said Chris Cuddy, chief commercial officer at CheapOair. “Due in part to the harsh winter, destination like Puerto Vallarta and St. Thomas saw an exceptional increase in popularity, with travelers looking to go abroad finding great deals on CheapOair.”

Roundtrip airfare to Puerto Vallarta is averaging $592, down 4 percent over last year, while roundtrip airfare to St. Thomas, down 3 percent, is averaging $531. Cost of travel to both destinations is significantly less than $662, the average international airfare

Travelers looking for even better savings will find deals to U.S. cities like Denver and San Diego. Both offer flights under the domestic average, $330, as well as family-friendly attractions for both snow and sun lovers.

CheapOair’s Top Spring Break Destinations With Lower Fares in 2014

1.    Puerto Vallarta ($592)
2.    Denver ($248)
3.    Las Vegas ($313)
4.    San Diego ($313)
5.    St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands ($531)
6.    Seattle ($280)
7.    San Francisco ($305)
8.    Los Angeles ($307)
9.    San Jose Cabo ($518)
10.    Cancun ($540)

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CheapOair Named Top Performing Retail Agency by Qatar Airways

NEW YORK, February 12, 2014

CheapOair, a leading online travel agency serving customers online, by phone, and mobile apps, was named the Top Performing Retail Agency of 2013 by Qatar Airways. The award was presented to Sam Jain, CEO of CheapOair, and Sanjay Hathiramani, senior vice president of supplier relations, by airline representatives Lisa Markovic and Arun Vyas.

“This recognition is truly an honor and clearly demonstrates CheapOair’s sales activation through effective marketing promotions for Qatar Airways in 2013,” said Hathiramani, who manages CheapOair’s relationship with the airline.

“We are happy to recognize the exemplary partnership that has developed between CheapOair and Qatar Airways,” said Markovic. “Their marketing efforts have helped connect Qatar Airways with travelers as we expand our destinations across the United States.”

In the United States, Qatar Airways currently non-stop flies from Chicago, Houston, New York, and Washington, D.C. to Doha and onwards to over 130 global destinations. Later this year, Qatar Airways will add three new U.S. cities: Philadelphia (April 2), Miami (June 10), and Dallas/Fort Worth (July 1).

“With Qatar Airways increasing its presence in the United States, and with its recent entrance into the oneworld alliance, we look forward to strengthening our partnership with the airline and helping them to sell their quality product in the years ahead,” said Jain.

SOURCE: CheapOair

CheapOair Mobile App Gives Travelers Another Reason to Get Away With Its APP-Solute Getaway

NEW YORK, February 10, 2014

CheapOair today launched a new mobile campaign, ‘APP-solute Getaway,’ that runs through June 2014 and offers travelers the chance to win a grand prize of 50 domestic U.S. flight vouchers. Entering is easy by downloading CheapOair’s free mobile app and following simple instructions.

“The APP-solute Getaway will show the value added by using our mobile app to book travel,” said Patriek Karayil, chief marketing officer at CheapOair. “Giving our customers the opportunity to win the flights that can easily be searched for and booked on the CheapOair app will reveal how easy it is to find airfare deals anytime, anywhere.”

Every month during the campaign, in addition to the grand prize of 50 domestic U.S. flight vouchers, CheapOair will give away an exotic vacation for two, including roundtrip flights and hotel accommodations, to a traveler who downloads the app. Destinations include:

  • Cape Town, South Africa on South African Airways
  • Sydney, Australia on Etihad Airways
  • Istanbul, Turkey on Turkish Airlines
  • Phuket, Thailand on Qatar Airways

CheapOair fans on social media will also be asked to share their travel photos and tips, with the best submissions published in a weekly roundup article on CheapOair’s travel blog. The fan content will show other travelers how to have affordable experiences in worldwide destinations, as well as how to find the best airfare deals. Fans who want to be featured can:

  • Tweet photos and/or travel tips to @CheapOair with the hashtag #APPsoluteGetaway
  • Instagram photos and travel tips with the hashtag #APPsoluteGetaway
  • Upload photos to the APP-solute Getaway tab on the CheapOair Facebook

“Through this campaign, we are giving our fans a platform to share the destinations they find compelling,” said Karayil. “Featuring them as the experts, we will be able to demonstrate how customers can use the CheapOair app to book travel to their favorite domestic and international destinations on over 450 airlines.”

The CheapOair app is available for free from the App Store and Google Play, or by visitinghttp://www.cheapoair.com/mobile. To enter the APP-solute Getaway, download the CheapOair mobile app and follow instructions. Terms and conditions apply.

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CheapOair Announces Travel Highlights for 2014

NEW YORK, January 6, 2014

CheapOair, a travel website serving customers online, by phone, and mobile apps, announced today its 2014 travel predictions. According to the leading online travel agency, travelers will see more affordable base fares to popular U.S. cities, airlines offering more value-added ancillary products, and continued growth in travel to international and more exotic locales.

“This will be a great year for budget travel,” said Mark Drusch, Chief Supplier Relations Officer at CheapOair. “Assuming fuel prices stay the same, we will continue seeing affordable deals to both domestic U.S. and international destinations – perhaps some even more reasonably priced than we saw in 2013.”

CheapOair’s 2014 Travel Trend Highlights:

  1. Customers will book trips on mobile devices. Travelers will be booking more trips via apps than websites in 2014. Noting a shift in booking patterns from desktop to mobile, CheapOair has optimized its mobile site and free, award-winning apps to meet the demands of travelers making quick, easy and hassle-free bookings, wherever they are.
  2. Low-cost carriers will offer more affordable deals. Due to the growth of airlines like Spirit and Frontier, customers will find more competitive prices with low-cost carriers. CheapOair recommends mixing and matching these airlines to find the best deals on airfare.
  3. Airlines will offer more bundled ancillaries. Bundling ancillary products main cabin seating options, same day flight changes, and Group 1 boarding will continue to help travelers get the most value out of their trip. CheapOair is the only major online travel agency that allows customers to add these products to their flights on American Airlines, US Airways, and more to come in 2014.
  4. Travelers will find deals to popular U.S. cities as a result of competitive pricing among airlines. In 2013, top booked domestic destinations included New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami and Seattle. In the coming year, travelers will still find the most affordable deals to these locations by choosing from 450 airlines and even finding a cheaper flight to cities with more than one airport option nearby.
  5. Americans will be more adventurous in their travels abroad. More non-stop routes and competitive airfares will help travelers experience international destinations in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, even on a budget.
  6. Exotic destinations will increase in popularity. Bookings to countries like Ecuador, Greece, Morocco, Tanzania and Turkey are up at least 30 percent year over year through Q4 2013 in comparison with Q4 2012. The allure of exotic scenery and foreign culture paired with low airfare deals will keep thrifty jet setters go on an African safari, relax on Mediterranean beaches, and more in 2014.
  7. Traveling within Europe will be more affordable. Low-cost carriers like London-based easyJet and Barcelona-based Vueling will offer cheap flights among main European cities, helping customers maximize their trip to the continent. CheapOair recommends flying into U.K. or Italian cities, with flights in and out of these countries (within Europe) offering some of the most affordable fares in 2014.
  8. Southeast Asia will see a boost in tourism. Destinations that showed a strong growth in 2013 include Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Hanoi (Vietnam) and Naypyidaw (Myanmar). Travel within Southeast Asia on low-cost carriers like Jetstar can help travelers experience more destinations in one trip, from major, cosmopolitan cities to uncharted locales.
  9. More airline routes will make the Middle East more accessible. With more services to the Middle East, bookings to destinations like the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Iran will increase in 2014. In the interest of having the maximum offering for its customers, CheapOair is one of the only OTAs to offer flights to Iran.
  10. Travel deals will be found in destinations where the U.S. dollar has grown stronger against foreign currencies. Countries with weak economies will potentially lower airfare to boost tourism, making it affordable for Americans to book flights abroad. Additionally, hotels, meals, and even tours and entertainment in those countries will be more reasonably priced.

SOURCE: CheapOair

CheapOair Partners with China Airlines and Taiwan Tourism Board for Taiwan Sweepstakes

NEW YORK, November 12, 2013

CheapOair has partnered with China Airlines and the Taiwan Tourism Board to promote travel to Taiwan this fall. Running through November 24, 2013, fans of CheapOair on Facebook can enter to win two roundtrip tickets to Taipei, sponsored by China Airlines. The package also includes accommodations and tours sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism board.

Entrants must “like” CheapOair on Facebook to enter the sweepstakes. Participants must have a valid U.S. passport and be 18 years or older to enter.

After flying into Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, the winners will embark on a seven-day, six-night tour through the country. The itinerary, including breakfast and ground transportation, covers accommodations each night at a 4- or 5-star hotel from where the winners will explore:

  • Taipei
  • Sun Moon Lake
  • Fo Guang Shan Monastery
  • Kaohsiung City
  • Kenting National Park
  • East Coast National Scenic Area
  • Taroko National Park

“By partnering with airline suppliers and tourism boards, we’re able to better demonstrate our key brand messages,” said Brijen Rajput, senior vice president of online marketing CheapOair. “It not only shows how CheapOair can make travel possible to destinations worldwide, but how destinations like Taiwan can be experienced even on a budget.”

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CheapOair Launches Affiliate Network

NEW YORK, October 30, 2013

CheapOair, a leading travel website serving customers online, by phone and mobile apps, announced today the launch of its affiliate program. Free to join, CheapOair will bring great value to site owners and bloggers by helping to monetize third party sites by paying affiliates when their visitors make flight, hotel, car rental, travel insurance or vacation package bookings on CheapOair.

“We are proud to announce the CheapOair Affiliate Network,” said Brijen Rajput, senior vice president of online marketing at CheapOair. “We remain committed to providing our partners with the most competitive incentives and support, assisting in the conversion process from traffic to leads and sales.”

Free to join, potential affiliates can work directly with CheapOair without being a part of an affiliate network or working with a middle man, and benefit from CheapOair’s strong partnerships with airline, hotel and car rental suppliers to bring true value to their website or blog.

Exciting features available to affiliates include but are not limited to:

  • Joining the CheapOair Affiliate Network (CAN) at no cost – free and easy to join in
  • Generating income by promoting a large selection of travel products including airline tickets, hotel rooms, car rentals and travel insurance without altering brand identity
  • A dedicated marketing associate to help optimize conversion potential
  • Receive an additional $20 sign-up bonus after accumulating your first $50 in commission
  • Utilizing an optional booking engine powered by TravelSpot.us, a turnkey travel program

To learn more, visit http://www.cheapoair.com/affiliates.

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CheapOair Wins Three Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

NEW YORK, September 17, 2013

CheapOair, a leading online travel agency, was recognized for its high standard of excellence within the travel industry. The company received three Magellan Awards in the Online Travel Services category for marketing, honored alongside top travel organizations and professionals worldwide.

“We are honored to receive these awards,” said Sam Jain, CEO at CheapOair. “Our goal has been to raise awareness of CheapOair and the products and services we offer our customers. We are proud to be recognized for the work we put into helping them book affordable travel.”

CheapOair’s Travel the World for Less campaign was selected as a Gold Magellan Award winner in the Print Advertising category. The campaign reinforced CheapOair’s brand promise to deliver quality and value supporting traveler’s needs and wants, with fun and quirky taglines.

A Silver Magellan Award in the Website category recognized CheapOair’s responsive website. The new, customer-friendly design, launched earlier in the year, uses flexible images and fluid grids that size correctly to fit the screen size for all desktop and mobile browsers, creating a seamless user experience for customers to book when they want, where they want.

CheapOair also received a Silver Magellan Award in the Promotional Video category for an animated advertisement for its mobile app. The video demonstrates how travel has evolved, and the role CheapOair has played in that evolution by making travel easier and hassle-free for customers looking to book travel, even to exotic destinations worldwide, on a budget.

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CheapOair and Palm Springs Tourism Board Launch Marketing Partnership with SpaWeek.com

NEW YORK, September 16, 2013

Leading online travel agency CheapOair has partnered with the Palm Springs Tourism Board, the destination sponsor of Spa Week 2013, to promote spa getaways this fall. The promotion on SpaWeek.com launches today and runs through Oct. 31, 2013, inviting participants to experience the ultimate spa oasis by entering to win one of three trips to Palm Springs, Calif. with airfare provided by CheapOair, the exclusive OTA partner for this marketing initiative.

Three winners will get the chance to win three days of spa bliss at one of the following hotel properties, with CheapOair providing each of the winners a $300 voucher for airfare, valid for travel between Sept. 16, 2013 and Sept. 16, 2014. Terms and conditions apply.

  • Hilton Palm Springs — Two night stay and two spa services at The Elements Spa
  • The Saguaro Palm Springs — Two night stay and two massages at The Saguaro Spa
  • The Ace Hotel & Swim Club — Two night stay and two spa services at The Feel Good Spa

“CheapOair is proud to support the Palm Springs Tourism Board’s effort to promote the area’s renowned hotels,” said Richard Mastriani, social media manager at CheapOair. “We have a proven track record using social to inspire travelers and drive bookings to destinations worldwide, and we look forward to achieving that success through this partnership with Palm Springs and Spa Week.”

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