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.”

To be the first to know, visit http://newsletter.cheapoair.com/ and sign up to have CheapOair’s travel deals, tips and more sent directly to your inbox.

SOURCE: CheapOair

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.

SOURCE: CheapOair

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.

To be the first to know, visit http://newsletter.cheapoair.com/ and sign up to have CheapOair’s travel deals, tips and more sent directly to your inbox.

SOURCE: CheapOair

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.”

To be the first to know, visit http://newsletter.cheapoair.com/ and sign up to have CheapOair’s travel deals, tips and more sent directly to your inbox.

SOURCE: CheapOair

CheapOair Data Reveals Growth in Bookings to Exotic Destinations Worldwide

NEW YORK, September 10, 2013

Leading online travel agency CheapOair has released data illustrating a year over year increase in travel to exotic destinations worldwide, along with a decrease in roundtrip airfare to those same destinations. Comparing the first two quarters of 2012 with the first two quarters of 2013, data suggests customers are booking trips to countries that, until now, have not always been perceived as popular vacation destinations.

Destinations with the greatest increase in bookings and the greatest decrease in roundtrip airfare include Tanzania, Turkey, Malaysia, Vietnam and Ecuador. Travel to each of these destinations has increased by at least 35 percent with bookings to Tanzania nearly doubling year over year. Airfare prices to Ecuador decreased the most by 17 percent followed by Turkey at 10 percent, the latter of which also had one of the largest increases in bookings.

Destination / YoY Booking Increase in % / YoY Price Change in %

Destination YoY Booking Increase in % YoY Price Change in %
Tanzania 49% -6%
Turkey 44% -10%
Malaysia 44% -6%
Vietnam 40% -1%
Ecuador 38% -17%

“People often think that international destinations are out of reach,” said Chris Cuddy, Chief Commercial Officer at CheapOair, after noting the year over year decrease in the price of roundtrip airfare to these unique destinations. “By comparing flight deals on CheapOair, customers can utilize savings to enhance their trips in other ways.”

CheapOair’s travel specialists suggest customers not only take advantage of airfare deals to exotic destinations but also maximize the time they spend there. For example, visitors to Ecuador can travel to the Galapagos Islands, world renowned for their unique wildlife. Similarly, those who travel to Tanzania in Africa can explore the Serengeti, or spend a few days on the beaches in Zanzibar.

To be the first to know, visit http://newsletter.cheapoair.com/ and sign up to have CheapOair’s travel deals, tips and more sent directly to your inbox.

SOURCE: CheapOair

Fareportal Launches Ancillary Products For American Airlines On CheapOair.com

FORT WORTH, Texas and NEW YORK, August 5, 2013

American Airlines customers booking travel on Fareportal’s consumer website, CheapOair.com, now will be able to tailor their travel plans with American’s Choice Essential and Choice Plus products, and Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seating options. CheapOair is the first major online travel agency to offer customers American’s Choice Essential and Choice Plus products.

The option to add Choice Essential, Choice Plus, Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seats to a booking from CheapOair’s payment page gives customers extra freedom and control over their travel plans.

“American has always been focused on providing our customers with valuable choices to help customize their travel experience,” said Cory Garner, American’s Managing Director – Sales Operations and Distribution. “We are pleased to partner with Fareportal to develop a solution that displays our ancillary products in a customer-friendly way, clearly demonstrating the benefits of American’s industry-standard direct connection technology.”

American’s products offer customers the following:

  • Choice Essential: No change fee, one free checked bag and Group 1 boarding.
  • Choice Plus: No change fee, one free checked bag and Group 1 boarding, plus additional 50 percent AAdvantage mileage bonus, same-day flight change, same-day standby and a premium beverage.
  • Main Cabin Extra: Seats in the front of the Main Cabin with up to six inches of additional legroom and Group 1 boarding.
  • Preferred Seats: Seats more favorably located within the Main Cabin, such as exit rows and aisle seats.

Fareportal continually provides added value for travelers looking for extras like priority boarding or the ability to change their plans at a moment’s notice. Now more than ever, Fareportal has solidified the position of CheapOair as an advanced one-stop shop for all of a traveler’s booking needs, giving them the ability to design their travel experience and get the most value out of their trip.

“We are proud to offer our customers the option to purchase American’s added value options on our site,” said Sam Jain, CEO of Fareportal. “Working with American to make its products available for sale on CheapOair emphasizes our commitment to providing customers with more choice when planning and booking their travel.”

SOURCE: American Airlines

Travelong Ranks 11th in Travel Weekly’s 2013 Power List

NEW YORK, July 9, 2013

Travel Weekly’s esteemed 2013 Power List was announced this week and Travelong, an affiliate of Fareportal and parent company to leading online travel agency CheapOair, has come in at number 11. This recognition from one of the top publications in the trade industry further solidifies Fareportal as an emerging leader in the online travel space.

“We are honored to see our company’s success recognized on Travel Weekly’s Power List again this year,” said Sam Jain, CEO at Fareportal. “At Fareportal, we continue to envision and implement advances in many areas of the company with a single goal, which is to enhance our customers’ experience.”

The 2013 Power List recognized Fareportal’s achievements as a top company, including its major developments throughout the past year. Accomplishments include 2012 sales at $3.5 billion as well as the growth of its mobile apps, having been launched on several platforms with more than 1.3 million app downloads by the end of 2012. Fareportal was also recognized for the significant expansion of its contact centers, with call volume continuing to grow.

Looking toward the future of the company, Fareportal is continuing to advance in many ways to help increase customer satisfaction. In addition to a continual drive to run the fastest travel websites, Fareportal will continue to grow its brands internationally. Additionally, Fareportal will continue to expand its mobile developments in an effort to accommodate all mobile users in today’s technologically advanced world.

Fareportal and its affiliate companies like Travelong have been continuously acknowledged for outstanding work, placing them among industry leads like Expedia, American Express and AAA Travel. In the past year, Fareportal has earned numerous performance accolades from partners including Sabre Travel Network, US Airways, LAN Airlines, China Airlines, Korean Airlines, Avianca and TACA Airlines and TAM.

Travel Weekly’s esteemed Power List applauds significant improvements of outstanding companies in the online travel industry with its yearly ranking structure. Travel Weekly was established in 1958 and is written for U.S. travel agents, tour operators, corporate travel executives and travel industry suppliers.

SOURCE: Travelong

CheapOair First U.S. Online Travel Agency to Offer Complete Inventory from Interjet

NEW YORK, July 8, 2013

Leading travel website CheapOair announced today a partnership with Interjet, the second-largest air carrier in Mexico, to offer its customers access to the airline’s full flight and fare inventory. Under the concept of “high efficiency” the airline serves Mexico’s top destinations, giving CheapOair customers an additional airline option for flying to and within the country.

With this partnership, CheapOair brings another convenient option to customers seeking value when traveling to or from Mexico. Serving 33 of the country’s top destinations, CheapOair customers now have greater choice when planning and booking travel to points like Cancun, Mexico City and Guadalajara, all of which fall within the 10 most popularly booked international destinations on CheapOair.

“As the demand for international travel has grown, so has the need to provide our customers with additional travel options when booking, making this partnership with Interjet extremely valuable,” said Sam Jain, CEO at CheapOair. “Our customers traveling from major cities across the United States will now enjoy the option to fly on Interjet, which will provide them not only with great deals, but also great service.”

An official at Interjet said, “Interjet is pleased to expand its reach to customers in the United States by partnering with CheapOair, and parent company Fareportal. As CheapOair is a top five online travel agency, Interjet is making its value-focused products available to a greater share of U.S. travelers.”

Recently, CheapOair launched a new site for Spanish-speaking customers to book flights in their native language. Customers can now access Interjet inventory and book flights directly by visiting http://www.cheapoair.com, or http://www.cheapoair.com/es to book flights in Spanish, making booking easy and hassle-free for customers worldwide.

SOURCE: CheapOair

Fareportal Websites First to Offer US Airways ChoiceSeats

NEW YORK, April 23, 2013

Fareportal, a leading travel technology company, is the first in the industry to offer its customers US Airways ChoiceSeats. This new functionality allows passengers the convenience of reserving the seats they want, mostly window and aisle seats toward the front of coach, while making a reservation. Customers with ChoiceSeats enjoy the benefit of being among the first to board and the first to leave when they land.

“When it comes to booking flights, we go beyond the guarantee our websites provide for customers; we provide the best deals, and a simplified booking process that is quick and easy,” said Sam Jain, CEO at Fareportal. “A partnership with US Airways allows Fareportal to offer travelers an added bonus when they book with us. This additional service is exactly what we strive for in our commitment to provide truly reliable, one-stop travel solutions.

Fareportal’s websites, which recently ranked ahead of both Orbitz and Travelocity in online visitor market share, offer airfares from over 450 global airlines, including American Airlines, US Airways, United Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific.

“USAirways is pleased to offer ChoiceSeats through Fareportal,” said John Gustafson, USAirways’ Vice President of eCommerce, Mobile & Distribution. “Now that Choice Seats are available to customers who book on either of Fareportal’s websites, more customers will be able to enjoy the many benefits of this product.”

Customers can choose to purchase ChoiceSeats when they book a flight online with Fareportal’s consumer site CheapOair, or directly with US Airways at check-in or through the Manage Reservations section at usairways.com.

SOURCE: Fareportal