CheapOair’s “Traveler of the Year” Challenge Journeys on to Phase Two

NEW YORK, September 5, 2012

Today, leading online travel agency CheapOair launched phase two of its “Traveler of the Year” competition in search of the traveler who can best demonstrate how to travel the world for less. Ten semi-finalists have been chosen for an opportunity to advance to the third and final round, where two finalists will be sent on a trip to either China or India on flights sponsored by Emirates, each with $7,500 of travel money courtesy of CheapOair.

During this phase, the social community will cast their votes online to select the two finalists. Voting starts today and runs through September 21 on the “Traveler of the Year” website.

To encourage social media followers’ involvement, CheapOair will host micro-contests throughout phase two allowing fans to win prizes via Twitter and Facebook.Facebook fans who share their favorite semi-finalist video via the “Traveler of the Year” website will be entered to win CheapOair’s Travel the World for Less Tool Kit, valued at $300.

Throughout phase two, CheapOair’s Twitter followers can share their favorite video, add hashtag #traveltheworld4less to any tweet or follow CheapOair for the chance to win a $200 American Express gift card.
Anyone who votes for their favorite video will be automatically entered to win $500 in future travel with CheapOair.

“Our ‘Traveler of the Year’ competition has already been a great success, and we are looking forward to phase two in which our fans and followers will decide who they want to ‘Travel the World for Less,'” said Peter Howard, chief marketing officer at CheapOair. “The campaign will continue over the next few months as our two finalists, and ultimately the winner, are selected.”

CheapOair’s 10 semi-finalists were carefully selected by a panel of judges who reviewed entrants’ submissions and evaluated their videos based on creativity, demonstrated travel experience, ability to create quality content and on-screen presence. The 10 semi-finalists for “Traveler of the Year” are:

  • Captain & Clark: Captain 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, including everything from extreme hiking to extreme cooking.
  • Kyle O’Donnel: Fascinated by his father’s stories of traveling as a photographer in the military, Cyle traveled during every semester break in college to learn how to compose, capture and develop his photography.
  • Giovanni Silva: Giovanni is an independent film director, photographer, editor and world traveler who has journeyed to 37 different countries around the globe.
  • Keaton Davis: A prize-winning videographer, Keaton uses his 10 years of travel experience in Europe, Central and South America and Australia as leverage.
  • Kristen Van Nest: When not working as a global branding specialist, Kristen is a world traveler who has been to over 30 European cities.
  • Lauren Rains: Lauren is the co-founder of Outdoor Minded Magazine and founder of The Mad to Live blog, which highlights stories from the road based on her adventures in travel and entrepreneurship.
  • Mannie Boitz: Mannie is a program assistant who hails from King Cove, Alaska, a community of 700. Now a resident of Wasilla, she loves to climb and is excited to travel the world.
  • Robert Guiterrez: Founders of the His and Her Travel blog, Robert and his wife document their time teaching and traveling across the world.
  • Ryan McDevitt: Ryan is a world traveler who has visited close to 40 countries, documenting each experience in his online gallery of photographs from around the world.
  • Todd Van Duzer: Todd is a marketing major in the Honors College at Arizona State University who has traveled to 25 countries studying identity, branding, social interaction, body language and stress-free productivity.

Host of the “Traveler of the Year” contest, travel enthusiast Paul Rogers will be launching phase two and introducing the semi-finalists via a video blog. An avid traveler who continually looks for life’s next adventure, some of Paul Rogers’ top experiences include skydiving in New Zealand, climbing Mt. Whitney in California, seeing the Matterhorn in Switzerland and golfing in Ireland. All of these experiences are documented for his web travel adventure show “Where’s Walnuts?”

SOURCE: CheapOair

CheapOair Kicks Off “Travel the World for Less” Brand Campaign in the Big Apple

NEW YORK, August 29, 2012

Starting this week, leading online travel agency CheapOair will introduce the Big Apple to its new “Travel the World for Less” campaign. This brand initiative will blitz the company’s home market of New York City, targeting passionate global travelers and showing them that aspirational trips and vacations are actually attainable.

The “Travel the World for Less” campaign will showcase CheapOair’s sense of humor, featuring fun 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.'” These messages and others currently appear across popular New York City transportation routes including subways, Gray Line New York double decker buses and airport shuttles.

“We chose New York City as the place to launch our brand blitz because we really want to make a splash in our home market,” said Pete Howard, chief marketing officer at CheapOair. “We know utilizing New York’s various transportation methods will deliver our message to both a local and international market.”

In addition to the advertising with travel related channels, CheapOair will also be using TV, radio and print to expand their extensive customer base in the New York market.

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

CheapOair Enables Customers to “Travel the World for Less” With New Brand Campaign

NEW YORK, July 23, 2012

of the Year” competition in search of the traveler who can best demonstrate how to travel the world for less. Two semi-finalists, 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.

The two competitors will be sent on a series of challenges that will highlight how these amazing destinations can be experienced to the fullest, even when on a budget. All tasks, from finding accommodations to souvenirs, will be documented by photographs, videos, social media and blog posts. After reviewing the content created by the travelers, the brand’s social media followers will again pick the winner, who will receive an additional $5,000 worth of travel from CheapOair.

“Through the competition, we are offering our customers a great opportunity to engage in the online travel conversation, and to associate our brand with that conversation,” said Binti Pawa, vice president of marketing at CheapOair. “We want to show our customers that, in addition to great travel deals, we have integrated our website, blog and social media channels to truly help them travel the world for less, including expert insights on what to do and how to save once they’ve arrived.”

Starting today, travelers can submit three to five minute videos to CheapOair’s “Traveler of the Year” website, http://contests.cheapoair.com/traveleroftheyear/, featuring their own unique tips and tricks for traveling the world for less. The videos and other content created throughout the contest will be readily accessible on the contest website, CheapOair blog, and social media channels.

To enter, you must:

  • Be skilled at creating engaging video and blog posts about travel
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a valid U.S. passport
  • Be able to travel between 10/12/12 and 11/12/12 to either China or Spain
  • Have an interest in traveling and the challenges that come with it

SOURCE: CheapOair

Pete Howard Joins Fareportal Executive Board

NEW YORK, June 30, 2012

Pete Howard

Fareportal, an online technology company providing web-based portals and management tools for the travel industry, announces today that Pete Howard has joined the team as the new Chief Marketing Officer. Howard has over 30 years of experience in the areas of e-commerce and direct marketing.

Most recently, Howard was managing the European e-commerce and catalog business for Staples, based in Amsterdam and Paris. Before that, he spent ten years with the same company growing the Staples.com business nationally. Further diversifying his background, Howard has also worked for an online marketer of fine jewelry and gifts, Ross-Simons, and held the position as President of a catalog start-up.

“Fareportal is very excited to have Pete Howard joining our company,” said Sam Jain, CEO of Fareportal. “Pete’s background in the online field and previous positions with major companies such as Staples, both nationally and internationally, will tremendously benefit our team and our customers.”

Howard started his career with the Gillette Company and also worked within direct marketing positions for Digital Equipment Corporation and The Bradford Exchange. Howard earned an MBA in marketing and finance and an AB in economics from the University of Chicago. He is active in his community, having served on the boards of United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Boston and the House of Possibilities.

SOURCE: Fareportal

Travelong Ranks 10th in Travel Weekly’s 2011 Power List

NEW YORK, June 28, 2012

Travel Weekly’s esteemed Power List was released yesterday and Travelong, parent company to leading online travel agency, CheapOair, is happy to announce that it is now in the top 10 of the rankings of this list, coming in at number nine. This recognition from one of the top publications in the trade industry, coupled with moving up two spots from last year’s standing at number 11, further solidifies Travelong as an emerging leader in the online travel space.

“We are both proud and honored to see our progress recognized on this year’s Power List,” said Sam Jain, CEO of Travelong. “This reward reinforces our position as an innovative leader in the travel industry and we are thrilled to continue to work hard to offer our consumers the best travel services.”

This 2012 Power List recognized Travelong’s achievements as a top company and for its major developments throughout the past year, including Travelong’s 2011 sales at $ 1.85 billion. The company continued to focus on global expansion of its brands like CheapOair in the United Kingdom and Canada, investments in customer service and award-winning mobile product developments such as the CheapOair iPhone App (version 2.0.17) and access anywhere via Android, the CheapOair mobile site, and Windows. Further information on the CheapOair mobile apps can be found on the CheapOair website.

Looking to the next year, Travelong is continuing further growth in many ways to help its customers. In addition to a continual drive to be the fastest online travel site on the web, Travelong will also launch its Clubmiles Loyalty Program, which will give existing customers exciting benefits and convenience. Also, to help create a fast and easy form of booking travel, Travelong is expanding its mobile developments in an effort to accommodate all mobile users in today’s technologically advanced world.

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

SOURCE: Travelong

Travelong Receives Recognition from Avianca and TACA Airlines Club Honores Program

NEW YORK, May 2, 2012

Avianca, Taca, Carolina Serrano, Fareportal

Travelong, a full service travel agency under the Fareportal umbrella and known for its superior customer support, was recently recognized by the Avianca and TACA Airlines Club Honores program. Executives from the company were presented with an award at the Club Honores event held on April 18th, 2012, for being one of the top agencies delivering commercial excellence and loyalty in North America and Canada.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Club Honores program,” says Sam Jain, CEO of Travelong. “We are proud of the work and dedication our company has put into generating great results for the airlines in 2011 and look forward to strengthening the relationship with another successful year.”

In order to be admitted as a Club Honores member, the travel agency must generate excellent results for Avianca and TACA in terms of profitability, market share and sales volumes. These performance indicators are measured yearly by Avianca and TACA Airlines.

SOURCE: Travelong

CheapOair’s Award-Winning Technology is Now Available Everywhere

NEW YORK, May 1, 2012

CheapOair, a leading online travel agency best known for its commitment to eliminating the hassle associated with researching and booking travel, is keeping up with its brand promise, and is now available “everywhere.” The site has expanded its mobile suite to include four efficient and convenient vehicles for the savvy on-the-go traveler, positioning itself as a key player in the mobile travel arena. The additions include an award-winning iPhone app, new Android and Windows apps and a mobile version of the CheapOair site, all of which allow customers to search and book travel from their phones.

“We are thrilled to have expanded our presence in the ever-growing mobile technology space,” said Sam Jain, CheapOair’s CEO and President. “We understand our customers lead busy lives, and we want to ensure we are at the forefront of helping them continue to save time and money with CheapOair.”

As travelers increasingly rely on mobile technology to research and book travelCheapOair is placing its award winning mobile technology at its customers’ fingertips, giving travelers anywhere, anytime access to the best fares and rates with the following:

  • CheapOair iPhone App: The 5/5 star-rated travel app allows travelers to plan an entire vacation straight from their mobile device without having to toggle between several apps or websites. Users can sort flights by price, stops, departure/arrival time, and hotels by price, popularity, star ratings, or user reviews to easily identify the best vacation options for their needs. In addition to offering assistance with booking, the CheapOair app guides travelers both before their trip and while on the ground. The Travel Tools section includes building a packing list, weather information, currency convertor and baggage fee information. While traveling, the CheapOair Travel Blog, which is connected to the app, provides helpful travel insights and users can connect from the app to CheapOair on Facebook and Twitter for travel news, contests and exclusive deals.
  • CheapOair Android: The easy-to-use flight search and booking interface is now available on Android, offering yet another way for travelers to book and save with CheapOair. Android users can book right from their phone sorting search results by price, spots, departure or return time, check previous bookings and upcoming trips, and have access to 24/7 Customer Service for all questions and needs.
  • CheapOair Windows: Book and search millions of flights with the 5/5 star-rated Windows Phone CheapOair interface. Using the app is easy with the ability to sort flights by price, stops and departure and return times. Other features include being able to check previous and upcoming trips and 24/7 customer service.
  • CheapOair Mobile: The availability of the new mobile version of CheapOair.com, http://m.cheapoair.com, offers another option for users to access easy on-the-go research and booking from anywhere, at anytime. Travelers are even allowed to select preferred airlines for their searches from the site with access to millions of discounted roundtrip and one-way flights. m.CheapOair.com makes it as easy as three clicks: Search, Select and Save; giving travelers the ability to sit back and enjoy their trip at the guaranteed lowest airfares.

To further reward users, promo code APP15, can be used at the time of booking for additional savings though any of these mobile channels. For more information, please visit www.CheapOair.com or call 888-516-4914.

SOURCE: CheapOair

Travelong Named Top Performing Retail Agency by Korean Air

NEW YORK, April 11, 2012

Travelong, a Fareportal company, was recently honored by Korean Airlines with the Top 25 Sales Achievement Award for 2011. Executives from Travelong accepted the award which recognizes their successes for Korean Airlines for the second consecutive year.

“Korean Air would like to offer their congratulations to Travelong for receiving the Top 25 Sales Achievement Award,” said Mr. Won Ma, the Vice President of Regional Passengers Sales in New York. “Korean Air appreciates the continued support and looks forward to more award winning years for Travelong!”

Korean Airlines, the largest airline in South Korea, and Travelong have a long standing partnership. The airline also recognized the travel agency for its 2009 sales achievements with an Outstanding Sales Agency Award.

“We are honored to receive this award and look forward to our continued success with Korean Airlines,” says Sam Jain, CEO of Travelong.

Travelong and its affiliate companies have been continuously recognized for outstanding work among the top travel organizations, positioning it alongside other industry leaders such as Expedia, American Express, Priceline, Orbitz, and AAA Travel. In 2011, Travelong was ranked 11 on Travel Weekly’s prestigious Power List and also received three Magellan Awards, as well as numerous performance accolades from partners including US Airways, SABRE, LAN Airlines, EVA Airways, China Airlines and TAM.

SOURCE: Travelong

Travelong Receives MASTERLAN Award from LAN Airlines

NEW YORK, April 3, 2012

Travelong, a Fareportal company, was recently honored as a recipient of LAN Airlines’ MASTERLAN 2011 award. Executives from the company were presented the Regional MASTERLAN award at the annual MASTERLAN 2011 awards reception held on March 13, 2012, for being a top producer in the North East Region. This is the third time Travelong has won this annual award.

“It is an honor to be recognized by LAN Airlines for the third time,” says Sam Jain, CEO of Travelong. “The award is due to the tireless efforts of our entire team and wonderful partnership with LAN Airlines.”

Travelong and its affiliate companies have been continuously recognized for outstanding work among the top travel organizations, positioning it alongside other industry leaders such as Expedia, American Express, Priceline, Orbitz, and AAA Travel. In 2011, Travelong was ranked 11 on Travel Weekly’s prestigious Power List and also received three Magellan Awards, as well as numerous performance accolades from partners including EVA Airways, China Airlines, and TAM.

SOURCE: Travelong

CheapOair Launches “Jungle to Jungle” Contest

NEW YORK, December 13, 2011

CheapOair is thrilled to announce its new, interactive Facebook presence, powered by Buddy Media. Fans of The O Zone have access to exclusive discounts, flight deals, prize giveaways and contests, starting with the chance to win trips to Costa Rica through their “Jungle to Jungle” photo contest, which debuted on the tab on Monday, December 12, 2011.

O Zone fans can also share vacation photos, participate in travel personality quizzes and polls, stay in touch with CheapOair on Twitter and the CheapOair Blog, have a direct line to customer service, and can also book flights right from Facebook!

Like CheapOair.com, The O Zone is designed to take the hassle out of travel by offering fans one centralized place to stay connected with CheapOair in all ways.

CheapOair is kicking off the launch of its new Facebook experience with a “Jungle to Jungle” contest, where fans are encouraged to submit their best city photo, and invite their friends to join in, for a chance to escape their ‘urban jungle’ in favor of Costa Rica’s jungle paradise.

Between December 12 and December 18, 2011, participants simply:

  1. “Like” CheapOair on Facebook and fill out the quick entry form;
  2. Submit their best city photo via the CheapOair Facebook page (photos that capture the essence of their city: a graffiti wall, landmark building or neighborhood, the unique residents, a favorite local food, anything that depicts the city in which they live)
  3. Invite friends to join the contest

Two prizes will be awarded:

  • Photo Prize: Photo entries received by December 18th will be narrowed down to eight finalists, based on quality of the photo, inventiveness and novelty of the urban jungle setting captured. Public voting to select the best photo will take place December 19th and 20th. The winner of the Photo Prize will receive airline tickets for two to Costa Rica and a 4-night stay with breakfast and a spa treatment at The Costa Rica Marriott.
  • Social Prize: The Social Prize will go to the fan who has the most friends enter the contest by December 18th. A 3-night hotel stay at the Residence Inn San Jose Escazu in Costa Rica along with a CheapOair gift certificate of $250 will be awarded to the most social CheapOair fan.

Prize winners will be announced on the CheapOair Facebook wall on December 21, 2011. Please visit the Terms & Conditions on Facebook for eligibility and details on contest rules.

SOURCE: CheapOair