OneTravel Launches “Picture Yourself in Paradise” Contest

NEW YORK, October 13, 2011

With Columbus Day in our rear-view mirror, we’re quickly headed toward shorter days, colder nights, and (for some of us) months of snow and ice.

So, as the temperature dips and the leaves begin to fall, can’t you just picture yourself in paradise? Well, now you really can!

OneTravel, known for the best travel deals, is teaming up with Aruba Marriott Stellaris Resort and Casino to offer you the chance with the “Picture Yourself in Paradise” Facebook Photo Contest. And the best photo will win a five day, four night Aruba getaway for two with hotel and round-trip airfare included!

How to Enter:

To enter the “Picture Yourself in Paradise” photo contest, all you have to do is “Like” OneTravel on Facebook and show us your best beach photo. We’re talking sunsets, sand castles, half-buried dads, sea creatures, monster waves… almost anything goes… just keep it clean!

Beginning Monday, October 17, you’ll see a special “Picture Yourself in Paradise” tab appear on the OneTravel Facebook page. Make sure to “like” us, submit your beach photo, and fill out a short entry form to become eligible for your chance to win. You’ll have until 11:59 PM (EDT) on Tuesday, October 25 to do so.

On Wednesday, October 26, we’ll pick eight of our favorite pictures and put the lucky finalists to a public vote. Whichever finalist garners the most votes by Monday, October 31 will be declared the winner and soon find themselves on their way to Aruba. It’s that easy!

So what are you waiting for? Start digging through your Facebook albums and pick the perfect picture! It just might land you in paradise!

Also follow OneTravel on Twitter and check the OneTravel blog for updates.

SOURCE: OneTravel

CheapOair Wins Three Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

NEW YORK, October 5, 2011

CheapOair, a top 10 online travel agency was awarded three Silver Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly today. CheapOair won in the TV Commercial category for its “Get There for Less” TV ad campaign, in the Promotional Video category for its “Crazy in Love” YouTube social media contest, and in the Blog category for its growing CheapOair Travel Blog that delivers up to date travel trends, tips on how to book cheap flights and much more.

“We look forward to Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards every year and are absolutely thrilled we have been recognized in three categories,” says CheapOair’s CEO and President, Sam Jain. “The CheapOair team works diligently to improve our product and expand every year. It’s great to see the hard work of the company pay off.”

In 2010, CheapOair launched its first ever television campaign targeting the leisure travel market. The 30-second ads featured the tag-line “Get There for Less,” an expression of the company’s commitment and promise to put quality and value first for smart shoppers who continue to demand the best of both. The ads used humor to demonstrate the consequences of not booking with CheapOair, versus the benefits of being able to do more when you “Get There for Less” by relying on CheapOair for your travel needs.

Additionally, this past winter, CheapOair decided to warm things up online by holding a “Crazy in Love” YouTube contest. Couples vied for top honors, a grand prize trip for two to Fiji, by submitting creative 30 second homemade videos demonstrating how crazy in love they are. The winner, of course, was announced on Valentine’s Day and the grand prize travel package included the option of tying the knot in Fiji.

Lastly, the CheapOair Travel Blog, which provides the latest travel news, including destinations, events, tech, trends and tips for finding cheap airfares, won the Blog Category Silver Magellan Award for their impressive 500% growth in unique visitors in 2010. The CheapOair Travel Blog is also a platform for co-branded partnerships with creative and engaging promotions. Last year CheapOair gave away prizes to amazing destinations such as London, Cancun, Aruba, Curacao, Montreal and South Africa.

The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honor the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.

SOURCE: CheapOair

Travelong Ranks 11th in Travel Weekly’s 2011 Power List

NEW YORK, June 29, 2011

In Travel Weekly’s prestigious Power List, released Monday, Travelong ranked number 11, moving up two positions over last year’s rank of 13. This advancement positions Travelong among the top travel companies, ranking it alongside industry leaders such as Expedia, American Express, Priceline, Orbitz, and AAA Travel.

The 2011 Power List recognizes the significant growth achieved by Travelong and its affiliate, CheapOair, over the last year. 2010 sales at $1.6 billion doubled those of 2009 and are attributable to the launch of key initiatives and significant investments, all focused on creating value and the best quality experience for customers.

2010 milestones include the launch of dynamic packaging to meet customers’ desire for one-stop shopping for air and hotel vacation packages, the launch of a customer loyalty rewards program and technological and marketing investments, including new media programs and expanded public relations and social media marketing.

“We look forward to Travel Weekly’s Power List every year and are absolutely thrilled that we’ve moved up in our ranking,” said Sam Jain, CEO of Travelong. “The Travelong team works diligently to improve our product and expand what we offer customers every year. It’s great to see the hard work of the company pay off.”

Travel Weekly’s annual Power List celebrates outstanding improvements made by companies in the travel industry with its annual ranking system. Travel Weekly was established in 1958 and is written for U.S. travel agents, tour operators, corporate travel executives and travel industry suppliers.

About Travelong

Travelong, established in 1933, is located in New York City and offers travel management and technology development for more than 100 corporate clients, 30 home based agents and independent contractors for the travel industry. Direct-to-consumer is provided through CheapOair, a top 10 online travel booking site and leading supplier of cheap airfares, hotel deals, car rentals and vacation packages.

SOURCE: Travelong

CheapOair Launches iPhone App

NEW YORK, June 9, 2011

CheapOair, a top ten online travel booking agency, announced today the launch of its newest technological endeavor, the CheapOair Flight Search iPhone app, now available for free download at the iTunes store. With CheapOair Flight Search, travelers can search and book flights anytime, anywhere on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Just like the CheapOair site, savvy travelers can search for cheap flights from over 100 million domestic and international airfare combinations on 400 airlines worldwide, in just seconds, and be assured that they’ll get the lowest airfares, guaranteed.

Users save on their purchases with no booking fees and can also add a traveler profile to make future bookings easy, check ticket prices in different currencies using the up to date currency converter, check bookings already made, and access CheapOair customer service toll free directly from the app for 24/7 travel assistance.

“Customers want the flexibility to use our trusted product from any device. CheapOair Flight Search is our first release toward that end,” said Sam Jain, CEO at CheapOair. “Our new iPhone app includes the same competitive advantages customers enjoy on the site, giving travelers access to more extensive flight searching and our fast check out process, from the palm of their hands.”

The app’s sleek, intuitive interface, combined with CheapOair’s proprietary technology, make it easy to search and book flights in just seconds. The CheapOair Flight Search is available now at iTunes for free download and includes no service fees with bookings. The application has the following features:

  • No booking fees
  • Easy-to-use flight search and booking interface
  • Millions of discounted roundtrip and one-way flights in economy, business and first class
  • In-app booking allows you to purchase any flight right from your phone
  • Book flights worry free with our secure app which uses industry standard SSL security
  • Sort search results by price, stops, departure or return time
  • Expand your results to find flights near your departure time/destination
  • Simple and up-to-date currency converter to help you with all of your travel purchases
  • Check previous bookings and upcoming trips
  • Save your and your traveling companion’s information, including names, meal, seat preferences and special needs requests for future bookings

CheapOair is continuously implementing new technologies which improve customers’ experiences, now breaking through to the mobile sector with the CheapOair iPhone app. Additionally, with an average of 73,000 unique visitors per month to the CheapOair blog, 14,000 Twitter followers, and 9,000 Facebook fans, CheapOair Flight Search is expected to increase that database and appeal to already established users.

SOURCE: CheapOair

Terry Jones Joins Fareportal Advisory Board

NEW YORK, June 1, 2011

Fareportal, an online technology company providing web-based portals and management tools for the travel industry, and parent to leading online travel booking site, CheapOair.com, announces today that travel veteran, Terry Jones, has joined the company as an advisory board member.

As the founder of Travelocity.com, Chairman of Kayak.com, and former CIO at American Airlines’ SABRE, Jones brings 40 years of online travel and IT expertise which will supplement and strengthen Fareportal’s standing in the travel industry.

Currently, Jones is Chairman of Kayak.com and serves on the boards of travel companies Reardencommerce Inc, and Smart Destinations Inc. After starting his career as a travel agent, he went on to spend twenty-four years at SABRE with management positions in travel distribution and IT, finishing his career as CIO. While CIO, he also led the team that founded Travelocity.com and later took the company public.

Since that time he has served on eight public and private boards, leads a consulting company and is a special venture partner with General Catalyst Partners.

“The Board of Fareportal is pleased to have Terry Jones join the company as an advisory member,” said Sam Jain, CEO of Fareportal. “His extensive travel knowledge and IT experience, including applications development, computer operations, networks and desktop systems, will be invaluable to Fareportal’s continued growth.”
About Fareportal:

Fareportal, Inc. is an online travel technology company that provides web-based portals and management tools for the travel industry including business process outsourcing, ticket fulfillment and call center solutions. The Fareportal advantage is the ability to integrate with multiple GDS and over 100 million consolidator fares, 100,000 negotiated hotel and dynamic packaging rates and car rental deals, enabling the web sites utilizing the Fareportal technology to offer a large and diverse selection of travel options.

SOURCE: Fareportal

CheapOair Expands With the Launch of CheapOair.ca

NEW YORK, April 19, 2011

CheapOair announced today the launch of its new Canadian counterpart, CheapOair.ca. Customers in Canada will now have customized access to CheapOair’s product portfolio, including the lowest guaranteed fares and rates on over 100 million flights and 100,000 negotiated hotels and vacation packages, all refreshed daily.

“CheapOair.ca will empower Canadian travelers to take advantage of deals selected specifically for them,” said Sam Jain, CEO of CheapOair. “We are executed about this addition to the CheapOair brand, and are planning for future global expansion.”

CheapOair.ca has more flight and vacation options that are Canada-focused, making it more convenient for travelers in that market to find deals and save money. Fares and transactions are in Canadian dollars, which eliminate currency exchange differences and make travel purchases more affordable. Fares and rates are also quoted in up to 24 different currencies.

For the launch, CheapOair is offering special instant booking discounts. In addition to the site’s daily “CheapOExclusive” offers and “Border City Deals” for under $199 CAD, customers can also save up to an additional $15 on flight, hotel or vacation bookings using Coupon Code PR15, and/or discounts of $10 off per person up to $50 on group bookings on flights and vacation packages by using PR50.

Bi-lingual French and English customer service agents are available 24 hours daily via a toll free number and email response, as well as in person at offices in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

Cheapoair.ca has also launched a companion travel blog (blog.cheapoair.ca) similar to its successful and rapidly growing CheapOair.com counterpart. The CheapOair Canada blog covers the latest news affecting Canadian travelers by expert travel bloggers who contribute to outlets like AOL Travel, WestJet’s Up! Magazine, and more. Readers can find valuable travel information, news, planning trips, and fun things to while on vacation.

SOURCE: CheapOair

OneTravel Launches “Tweet Your Way to Turkey” Contest

NEW YORK, February 17, 2011

OneTravel is giving away three grand prize trips to Istanbul during its “Tweet Your way to Turkey” contest, which launches Monday, February 21. Three lucky winners will be awarded the grand prize trip consisting of two roundtrip tickets to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines and a five day, four night stay at the new 4-star Edition Hotel.

The “Tweet Your Way to Turkey” contest runs for three weeks until Friday, March 11. Each Friday, a winner will be selected for one of the three grand prize trips to Istanbul.

To enter the contest, simply visit the OneTravel blog (blog.onetravel.com) and tweet for the chance to win:

  1. Look for the Turkey-themed blog post daily, Monday through Thursday, on the OneTravel blog
  2. Click the “Send me to Turkey!” icon inside the blog post to automatically tweet the phrase “I’m Tweeting my way to Turkey thanks to @OneTravel”
  3. Voila, you’re entered for that day
  4. Each day, one tweet will be selected as a finalist for that Friday’s prize giveaway. A unique hash tag will be used every day, so check the blog diligently and tweet daily for more chances to win!
  5. Daily finalists and weekly Friday winners will be announced on the OneTravel blog

Entrants must be followers of OneTravel on Twitter to be eligible and are limited to one tweet per day. For details on contest rules and eligibility, visit the “Tweet Your Way to Turkey” contest page.

SOURCE: OneTravel

 

CheapOair Introduces Travel Trend Data

NEW YORK, February 16, 2011

CheapOair today announced the launch of two additions to its site, the Top 50 Destinations and Top 25 City Pairs pages. The lists tally travel trend data on the top 50 destinations and top 25 travel routes most searched by customers on CheapOair.com as well as the lowest fares to those cities. Each Tuesday morning the lists are updated so it’s easy to stay in touch with current hot spots — both domestically and internationally. Changes in week over week popularity are also displayed to see which destinations are trending at all times.

Consumers can use the information as a tool to gauge popular destinations and make educated travel selections. CheapOair will also include subsequent deals to the leading destinations featured on these pages, offering the lowest fares by pulling from over 100 million airfare combinations on over 400 airlines. A special promotion of up to $50 off is being offered by using PR50 discount code, to commemorate the launch of the new landing pages. Additionally, industry professionals can utilize this new information as research to stay competitive in their fields.

Top Domestic Destinations Q1 2010 vs. Q1 2011

Florida destinations remain popular, with five of the top ten 2011 domestic flights being booked to Florida cities. Orlando has surpassed Las Vegas for most booked destination in Q1 2011 vs. Q1 2010 along with several Florida cities moving up the list, most likely due to severe weather the country faced in January. Las Vegas and Los Angeles still remain in the top three, while San Francisco has been replaced by Denver in 10th place.

Rank Q1 2010  Q1 2011 
1 Las Vegas, NV Orlando, FL
2 Orlando, FL Las Vegas, NV
3 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA
4 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Ft. Lauderdale, FL
5 Phoenix, AZ Phoenix, AZ
6 Atlanta, GA Tampa, FL
7 Tampa, FL Miami, FL
8 Miami, FL Ft. Myers, FL
9 Fort Myers, FL Atlanta, GA
10 San Francisco, CA Denver, CO

Top International Destinations Q1 2010 vs. Q1 2011

Cancun remains the top international destination year over year and the top 10 list continues to be dominated by warm weather and resort destinations in Mexico, Jamaica and Costa Rica. New for 2011 include more exotic destination such as the Port of Spain and Bangkok which have replaced Paris and Frankfurt in the top 10.

Rank Q1 2010  Q1 2011 
1 Cancun, Mexico Cancun, Mexico
2 London, UK Manilla, Philippines
3 Manilla, Philippines London, UK
4 Mexico City, Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico
5 Guadalajara, Mexico San Jose, Cosa Rica
6 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
7 San Jose, Cosa Rica Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
8 Montego Bay, Jamaica Montego Bay, Jamaica
9 Paris, France Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
10 Frankfurt, Germany Bangkok, Thailand

SOURCE: CheapOair

 

Ed Faberman Joins Fareportal Advisory Board

NEW YORK, February 9, 2011

Ed Faberman

Fareportal, an online technology company that provides web-based portals and management tools for the travel industry and parent to CheapOair.com (www.cheapoair.com), a leading online travel booking site, announces today that veteran travel attorney, Ed Faberman, has joined the company as an advisory board member.

As a seasoned travel and transportation authority, Faberman brings his strong background in both areas, which will further strengthen Fareportal’s standing in the travel industry.

Currently, Faberman is a partner at Wiley Rein LLP where he represents a variety of aviation clients including low-fare airlines, startup carriers, airports, airport security companies, and more. By representing these types of parties before U.S. government organizations such as the U.S. Departments of Transportation (DOT), Justice

 (DOJ), State (DOS) and Homeland Security (DHS), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Faberman’s extent of knowledge goes far beyond the basics of aviation and travel. His focus is on expanding opportunities for carriers, airport authorities and communities.

“We could not be more pleased to have Faberman join the company as an advisory board member,” said Sam Jain, CEO and Founder of Fareportal. “He brings to Fareportal a unique combination of deep experience in both the travel and airline industry. With Ed’s experience, we can truly capitalize on the foundation that Fareportal has built.”

Faberman also sits on the board of Air Carrier Association of America and the American University Alumni Association. He also belongs to and speaks at events hosted by the American Association of Airport Executives and the Airport Council International.

SOURCE: Fareportal

CheapOair Launches “Crazy in Love” YouTube Contest

NEW YORK, January 17, 2011

CheapOair is playing cupid and giving away a free trip to Fiji to the couple who submits the most creative video demonstrating how “Crazy in Love” they are. All lovebirds are asked to send in a 30 second video that answers the question “What makes you and your significant other unique?” It could be a hobby or a special talent or anything that shows how the couple is exciting and distinctive.

Five Steps to Winning a Free Trip to Fiji in 30 Seconds and Instant Fame:

  1. Upload your comical and creative video to CheapOair’s Crazy in Love travel contest page. It’s extremely easy and once uploaded, the video is automatically entered into the contest and showcased on CheapOair’s YouTube Channel.
  2. Videos need to be appropriate for all ages to be considered and must be 30 seconds or less.
  3. Contest entry dates are from January 17 through February 11.
  4. The winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day, February 14, on the CheapOair blog.
  5. The winning video will also be featured on CheapOair’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

The lucky couple will win roundtrip tickets from Los Angeles to the exotic island of Fiji, courtesy of Air Pacific, and a 5-night stay at the 5-star Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island. And if they’re ready to tie the knot, Paradise Brides will even set them up with a wedding coordinator, license certificate and everything they’ll need for their big day. It’s the total romantic package and it’s all on CheapOair so be creative!

Winners are selected by the CheapOair team and the contest is available to U.S. residents only. For more information and contest rules, please visit the Crazy in Love contest page.

SOURCE: CheapOair.com