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,, announces today that travel veteran, Terry Jones, has joined the company as an advisory board member.

As the founder of, Chairman of, 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 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 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