CheapOair Launches Award-Winning Flight Search App for Amazon’s Kindle Fire

NEW YORK, March 8, 2013

Leading travel website, CheapOair (www.cheapOair.com) announced its award-winning Flight Search app is now available on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. As the newest expansion to CheapOair’s suite of mobile apps, the Kindle Fire app joins the impressive line of highly rated iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 7 and Windows 8, apps offered by the online travel agency.

Available in the Amazon app store, CheapOair’s Kindle Fire app serves as an efficient platform for customers to book travel from the palm of their hand. The app provides an easy and hassle-free process for searching affordable flights and car rentals on the go. Functions include quick and efficient sorting of millions of discounted flights by price, stops and departure or arrival times. Customers are able to easily book from their devices at anytime from anywhere in the world. Additional features are safe, industry standard SSL security, the ability to check previous bookings, view airport terminal maps, weather information, flight status updates and 24/7 customer support.

“We are proud to announce CheapOair’s latest Kindle Fire app, as it enhances our overall presence in the mobile technology space,” said Sam Jain, CEO at CheapOair. “Given the influence mobile technology has in today’s society, we are committed to ensure our services are always readily available to help our customers save time and money while traveling.”

As travelers increasingly rely on mobile devices to research and book trips, CheapOair continues to expand its mobile offerings. In addition to their app on multiple platforms, CheapOair offers a separate mobile site that is accessible by anyone with an Internet enabled phone. All CheapOair platforms offer sleek, easy-to-use designs which constantly put them at the top of user reviews and award lists.

SOURCE: CheapOair

Chris Cuddy Joins Fareportal Executive Board

NEW YORK, March 7, 2013

Fareportal, a travel technology company, today announced Chris Cuddy has joined the team as the new Chief Commercial Officer. Cuddy brings over 25 years of experience building and growing private and public engineering enabled companies with an international focus.

“We are proud to announce Chris Cuddy as Fareportal’s new Chief Commercial Officer,” said Sam Jain, CEO of Fareportal. “His wealth of experience leading online consumer companies and his skills in engineering, marketing, and business development make him a true asset to our team.”

As Chief Commercial Officer, Cuddy will work with Fareportal to build and enhance the team’s product development and engineering to drive business growth.

Prior to Fareportal, Cuddy served as CEO of Cheapflights Media, Europe’s largest online flights search engine. Cheapflights refers over $3 billion of airline ticket sales annually to its travel partners in over 12 countries. Previously he was CEO of Engage Inc., an early online advertising network.

Cuddy has also held senior roles at CMGI, Computer Sciences, and Goldman Sachs. He has served on the initial teams of Bluestreak technology and MECA software, and is Executive Chairman of ezCater and a screening committee member of Launchpad Venture Group.

Cuddy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from George Washington University and his Master in Business Administration degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

SOURCE: Fareportal

CheapOair First Online Travel Agency to Develop a Windows 8 App

NEW YORK, January 22, 2013

CheapOair, a top three online travel agency, revealed this week that its Windows 8 app has been elevated to the cover of Microsoft’s travel section. The CheapOair Flight Search app, launched in August 2012 on the preview version of the platform, was the first Windows 8 app developed by an online travel agency.

“We are thrilled by CheapOair’s recent front page acknowledgement from Microsoft. It was a pleasure working with them to create the first travel booking app for Windows 8,” says Jeff DeRosalia, development manager of mobile solutions at CheapOair. “In an age where technology is constantly evolving, we strive to provide our customers with quality travel booking options on readily available and reliable platforms.”

Accessible on all personal computers, laptops, netbooks and tablets, CheapOair’s Windows 8 app allows customers to quickly and efficiently sort through millions of discounted flights by price, stops and departure/arrival time. Customers are then able to easily identify the best vacation options for their needs and book straight from their device at anytime from anywhere in the world. Additional features are safe, industry standard SSL security, the ability to check previous bookings and upcoming trips and 24/7 customer support.

In addition to the Windows 8 app, CheapOair offers a comprehensive suite of mobile apps on Android, iPhone and iPad platforms, as well as a separate mobile website that is accessible by anyone with an Internet enabled phone. All CheapOair apps offer sleek, easy-to-use designs which constantly put them at the top of user reviews and award lists including the recently attained Communicator Awards, Travel Weekly Magellan Awards, W3 Awards and Davey Awards.

SOURCE: CheapOair

CheapOair Announces “Traveler of the Year” Winner

NEW YORK, December 13, 2012

CheapOair, one of the fastest growing travel companies in the country, announced today that Team “Captain & Clark,” also individually known as Chris Staudinger and Tawny Clark, are the winners of its “Traveler of the Year” competition. After a five month long competition, Captain & Clark won the title as the competitors who best demonstrated that they could travel the world for less.

“The ‘Traveler of the Year’ competition is proof that ‘traveling the world for less’ is possible,” said Peter Howard, chief marketing officer at CheapOair. “Captain & Clark expressed creativity and enthusiasm for world travel throughout this competition, and we encourage others to take the same perspective when thinking about booking a future vacation.”

Captain & Clark met at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2008 and have since been traveling the world together in pursuit of taking on different “extreme” adventures. The two formed a pact to acquaint themselves with the world, and themselves, by continuously journeying to new locations that enrich their lives, not their bank accounts.

Having traveled to India as the final phase of the competition, Captain & Clark experienced riding on elephants and camels, feeding monkeys, visiting historical landmarks, witnessing ancient and exotic dance performances, dining on traditional Indian cuisine, and learning more about the overall Indian culture and residents — all within a strict and limited budget. The couple also wowed fans by announcing their engagement during the trip.

Fans utilized Facebook and Twitter to vote, and ultimately named Captain & Clark the Traveler of the Year. Strong numbers were pulled on each of CheapOair’s social media channels, with hundreds engaging through shares, likes and tweets of contest updates. On YouTube, the contestant videos received over 33,000 views.

Final phase videos documenting the travel experiences of Captain & Clark in India are available to view online on the Traveler of the Year contest website. As the official “Traveler of the Year” team, Captain & Clark received $5,000 worth of travel from CheapOair.

SOURCE: CheapOair

CheapOair Achieves Top Three Online Travel Agency Ranking

NEW YORK, December 10, 2012

Leading travel website CheapOair is now ranked third in site traffic among top online travel agencies according to the latest data released by Experian Hitwise, ahead of Travelocity, Orbitz, Hotwire and Kayak, among others. The company’s rise in the rankings reflects its growth in many areas, including enhancements within its mobile applications, brand campaigns and an increase in airline and hotel partners.

“CheapOair’s top three visitor ranking reflects and validates our team’s consistent hard work to provide quality service to our customers across all platforms,” said Peter Howard, chief marketing officer at CheapOair. “This has been a year of enhancements for all facets of our company, and we look forward to seeing continuous growth leading into and throughout the coming year.”

With travelers increasingly turning to mobile technologies to research and book travel, CheapOair has made great efforts this year to provide new ways for customers to book from the palm of their hand. In addition to its award-winning iPhone and Android apps, it became the first OTA to release an app for Windows 8, each providing CheapOair’s flight and hotel discounts on the go, as well as a recently introduced chat feature offering customers 24/7 support directly from the app.

This year, CheapOair also launched its “Travel the World for Less” campaign to show its customers how aspirational trips and vacations are actually attainable via the website’s deals and vacation packages. “With over 450 airlines and millions of flight selections, our customers can mix and match to build their ideal trip,” says Howard.

“With the launch of our new campaign, ongoing site improvements and increased brand awareness and customer engagement through our mobile apps and social media channels, we are driven to keep CheapOair as a top OTA for many years to come,” said Howard.

Customers are noticing these accomplishments, according to recent research by J.D. Power and Associates. The survey, which compiled customer feedback on overall satisfaction with their purchase experience on an independent travel website, reviewed seven factors including competitiveness of pricing, useful information, booking/reservation options, website/online store, ease of booking/reserving, competitiveness of sales and promotions and customer service. CheapOair was ranked in the top 10, among leading competitors.

SOURCE: CheapOair

CheapOair Announces Final Phase of “Traveler of the Year” Contest

NEW YORK, November 19, 2012

Today, leading online travel agency CheapOair announced the final phase of its “Traveler of the Year” competition. The contest aims to find the traveler who can best demonstrate how to travel the world for less. Voting for the finalists, “Captain & Clark” and Todd Van Duzer, begins today. Fans can vote for their favorite contestant based on the finalists’ 10 minute long, high quality video highlighting their overall experience during the travel period. Voting ends on December 11th and the winner will be announced that evening.

“As we near a final decision for the ‘Traveler of the Year’ competition, we look back to how the contest started and couldn’t be happier with the results,” said Peter Howard, chief marketing officer at CheapOair. “Regardless of the outcome, we believe that both finalists have proven their passion for world travel and have really encouraged others to travel the world for less, proving that it can be done.”

Finalists “Captain & Clark” spent their trip in India, while Todd Van Duzer embarked to China. Each finalist was given $7,500 worth of travel money courtesy of CheapOair, and while on their trips, the travelers documented their experiences in various video clips. The biggest takeaway from each trip included Todd conquering the world’s highest bungee jump and an engagement announcement from “Captain & Clark.”

Fans can view the videos for each finalist and cast votes for Traveler of the Year. The finalist with the highest number of votes will earn the winning title of “Traveler of the Year” as well as $5,000 worth of travel from CheapOair.

SOURCE: CheapOair

CheapOair Receives Top Awards for Mobile Apps

NEW YORK, October 2, 2012

CheapOair, a leading online travel agency, today announced that it has been awarded two Silver Magellan Awards by top trade publication, Travel Weekly, and two W3 Awards by The International Academy of Visual Arts. All four awards presented to CheapOair were on behalf of the company’s advancements within the mobile space.

The CheapOair Flight Search app and Mobile Site were each recognized with Silver Magellan Awards in the Online Travel Services category. The CheapOair Flight Search app also received a 2012 W3 Award for Best in Show in the Travel Mobile Applications category and the CheapOair Flight Search iPad app won a separate 2012 W3 Silver Award.

“We are constantly striving to improve CheapOair’s customer service through various updates to our mobile and web platforms, and this year we are thrilled to have our efforts recognized by both Travel Weekly and the International Academy of Visual Arts,” said Ankur Gupta, senior director of mobile solutions at CheapOair. “We have focused a lot on growing our mobile capabilities over the last year and are pleased to see that our apps are providing useful travel tools and services to users.”

The CheapOair Flight Search app is available for free on Android, iPhone and iPad platforms, and a separate Mobile Site that is accessible by anyone with an Internet enabled phone. Both the Flight Search app and Mobile Site allow users to search, select and book flights by price, and offer 24/7 customer support while on the go. The sleek and easy-to-use design of each platform constantly pushes CheapOair to the top of user reviews and award lists, including the recent Communicator Awards.

The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honor the best in travel and salutes outstanding travel professionals. Honoring a broad range of industry segments including Hotels and Resorts, Travel Destinations, Cruise Lines, Online Travel Services, Airlines and Airports, Travel Agents and Agencies, Tour Operators and Car Rental Companies, the Magellan is a highly desired award in the overall business of travel.

The W3 Awards honors creative excellence on the web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning sites, videos and marketing programs. The W3 is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, interactive, advertising, and marketing firms.

SOURCE: CheapOair

CheapOair Announces Finalists Who Will “Travel the World for Less”

NEW YORK, September 26, 2012

CheapOair announced today the two finalists for its “Traveler of the Year” competition, the contest in search of the traveler who can best demonstrate how to travel the world for less. Votes were cast and the pool of ten semi-finalists was narrowed down to two, with Todd Van Duzer and the duo of “Captain & Clark” coming out on top. Van Duzer will travel to China and “Captain & Clark” will travel to India, along with $7,500 of travel money courtesy of CheapOair.

Todd Van Duzer has traveled to 25 countries and is a skilled photographer, capturing his many excursions via image and sharing them via his various social media platforms. Todd’s strong desire to share his passions in life, especially when it comes to travel, makes him a perfect contender in the final round of the “Traveler of the Year” competition.

Team “Captain & Clark,” also individually known as Chris Staudinger and Tawny Clark, met at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2008 and have since been traveling the world together in pursuit of taking on different “extreme” adventures. The two formed a pact to acquaint themselves with the world, and themselves, by continuously journeying to new locations that enrich their lives, not their bank accounts.

The Traveler of the Year Voter Prize was also awarded to Jen Gray, a voter in the competition, who was selected at random to win a $500 credit to be used to book travel with CheapOair.

“The Traveler of the Year competition has seen terrific success since it first launched and we’re thrilled to announce the two contestants who will compete in the final round,” said Peter Howard, chief marketing officer at CheapOair. “We believe that both Todd and team ‘Captain & Clark’ fully convey a natural ability to travel the world for less, and we’re excited to see how each one documents their trip to China or India. In the end, there can only be one to hold the title of ‘Traveler of the Year.'”

Votes were cast via the “Traveler of the Year” website, and voters could share their favorite semi-finalist’s video via Facebook and Twitter. The two finalists were verified and chosen based on the total number of unique votes, with one vote counted per unique email address.

SOURCE: CheapOair

Travelong Receives Million Dollar Sales Award from China Airlines

NEW YORK, September 20, 2012

Travelong, a full service travel agency and parent company to leading online travel agency, CheapOair, announced today that it received the “Million Dollars Sales Award” for the third consecutive year from China Airlines.

This award, presented to Travelong on August 24th, recognized the company for its sales exceeding one million dollars with China Airlines in 2011 and its achievement as an inventive business leader in the travel industry.

“On behalf of China Airlines, I would like to thank Travelong for its hard work and sales contribution to China Airlines,” said Steve Chang, General Manager of the Eastern USA Division of China Airlines. “We appreciate Travelong’s continuous support and look forward to working closely together for many years to come.”

“We are both honored and proud to receive this award from China Airlines for the third year in a row,” said Sam Jain, President and CEO of Travelong. “It is rewarding to see our efforts and improvements continue to be recognized as our company strives to maintain and advance services for our customers.”

Travelong continues to be acknowledged for its outstanding work and efforts in the online travel industry. In the past year, Travelong has earned numerous performance awards from partners including: LAN Airlines, Korean Airlines, Avianca and TACA Airlines and been named to Travel Weekly’s Esteemed Power List.

SOURCE: Travelong

CheapOair’s “Travel the World for Less” Campaign Tours the Big Apple

NEW YORK, September 18, 2012

CheapOair, a leading online travel agency, will continue its brand blitz of New York City by spreading its message of “Travel the World for Less” via street team and double decker bus. On Thursday, September 20th, CheapOair street team members will be boarding Gray Line buses to spread the news about the campaign and hand out chances for passers-by to win a free trip.

“This is a very exciting part of the company’s new campaign kickoff,” says Pete Howard, chief marketing officer at CheapOair. “In utilizing our home market of New York City, we’re thrilled to be able to deliver our message to both a local and international market of passionate global travelers.”

Team members will be on Gray Line buses branded with CheapOair’s new ad campaign featuring humorous taglines like “Cheap Flights make it easy to say ‘Phuket… Let’s Travel'” and “Cheap Flights make it easy to say ‘What the Helsinki… Let’s Travel.'”

The buses will make stops at a number of the city’s most popular landmarks, including Macy’s Herald Square, the Empire State Building, Penn Station, Union Square, South Street Seaport, Times Square, Columbus Circle and Rockefeller Center. At each stop, the CheapOair team will give away branded luggage tags and postcards that include rules on how to win a three-night stay in the city.

The trip giveaway contest will run through October and to enter participants can either Tweet a picture of themselves in front of the bus and include the phrase “#traveltheworld4less bus @CheapOair!” or visit the CheapOair New York City website.

The “Travel the World for Less” campaign reinforces CheapOair’s brand promise to deliver quality and value that supports people’s travel needs and wants. “Travel the World for Less” was launched alongside CheapOair’s social media contest, “Traveler of the Year,” which is searching for the traveler who best demonstrates how to travel the world for less. Two semi-finalists, to be selected by CheapOair’s social media followers, will embark on the journey of a lifetime, one to China and the other to India, with $7,500 courtesy of CheapOair.

SOURCE: CheapOair