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Fareportal’s CheapOair Integrates NextTrip Booking Engine, Creating Access to Millions of Instantly Confirmed Vacation Rentals  

SUNRISE, FL – April 12, 2022 – Fareportal, the travel technology company behind leading online travel agencies CheapOair and OneTravel and NextPlay Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTP), a technology solutions company building a digital business ecosystem for digital advertisers, consumers, video gamers and travelers,  are pleased to announce the integration of the NextTrip ConNextions booking engine into CheapOair, a leading online travel agency that specializes in providing cheap flights and great last-minute flight deals for travelers worldwide. 

CheapOair can now offer its users the ability to easily search, book, and instantly confirm reservations from a few million alternative lodging rental (ALR) properties around the world. The unique instant confirmation of vacation rentals enables simultaneous booking of air, car, and event packages—no waiting until the rental property owner confirms hours or even days later. 

“The ability to instantly confirm vacation rentals is a real step forward in convenience for CheapOair customers,” 

stated Glenn Cusano, Co-CEO and CFO at Fareportal. “Our work with NextTrip enables a more comprehensive travel booking solution, from flights and car rentals to hotels and ALR properties, all booked at the same time. The hundreds of travel agents and millions of travel customers on our platform now have more choices to create the perfect travel package and create extraordinary travel experiences.” 

The integration is expected to benefit from the resurgence in the travel and tourism market, which is projected to grow at a 17% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to $950 billion by 2026. 

A recent online survey of global travelers revealed the pandemic has shifted leisure trip preferences to self-catering accommodations and smaller destinations to escape the crowds and engage more with the outdoors. ALR properties allow consumers to minimize their contact with others, thereby increasing the necessity of more travel options like instantly bookable vacation rentals. 

Tim Sikora, NextTrip President and COO, commented, “Our ConNextions booking engine integration with CheapOair dramatically expands our North America reach by allowing their travel agents and customers to dynamically package Vacation Rentals with flights to global destinations on over 600 airlines and hundreds of car rental companies. We see our global inventory of vacation rental properties providing many new lodging options to CheapOair customers around the world. We look forward to expanding this relationship with others in Fareportal’s huge network of brands, agencies and customers.” 

About CheapOair  

CheapOair is an online travel agency that specializes in providing cheap flights and great last-minute flight deals for travelers worldwide. Consumers can book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Part of Fareportal’s family of travel brands, CheapOair bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional agency with travel agents available worldwide to help find great deals on flights to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million lodgings, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for travel inspiration and helpful travel tips.   

  

About Fareportal    

Fareportal is a travel technology company powering a next generation travel concierge service. Utilizing its innovative technology and company-owned and operated global contact centers, Fareportal has built strong industry partnerships providing customers access to over 600 airlines, a million lodgings, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and One Travel, Fareportal enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Fareportal provides its airline partners with access to a broad customer base that books high-yielding international and domestic flight, hotel, and other travel and add-on ancillaries.   

About NextPlay Technologies 

NextPlay Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTP) is a technology solutions company offering games, in-game advertising, crypto-banking, connected TV and travel booking services to consumers and corporations within a growing worldwide digital ecosystem. NextPlay’s engaging products and services utilize innovative AdTech, Artificial Intelligence and Fintech solutions to leverage the strengths and channels of our existing and acquired technologies. For more information about NextPlay Technologies, visit www.nextplaytechnologies.com and follow us on Twitter @NextPlayTech and LinkedIn

About NextTrip 

NextPlay Technologies’ NextTrip is a technology driven platform delivering innovative solutions for business and leisure travel. NextTrip Business is an all-in-one online corporate travel and expense management solution with a large inventory of travel options and discounted rates. NextTrip Journeys provides leisure travelers personalized vacation experiences on land, sea and across the world. NextTrip Solutions offers travel technologies that makes the jobs of alternative lodging property managers, wholesalers, distributors, and other travel industry players easier and more efficient. For more information, visit nexttrip.com

For NextTrip travel platform partnership inquiries, visit NextTrip.com/ConNextions

 
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SOURCE: NextPlay Technologies, Inc. 

Spring Travel – CheapOair Shares Most Popular Destinations for 2022 

Traveling solo?  Planning a romantic getaway?  Looking for some family fun?  Whatever type of travel you have in mind, get inspired by viewing  CheapOair’s newest list of top ten destinations for travel in April and May, 2022. 

According to leading online travel agency CheapOair, operated by New York-based travel technology innovator Fareportal, bookings to these destinations are the most in-demand this Spring.  The brand also identifies some differences in the popularity of destinations when comparing the results for solo travelers, couples, and families. 

From the top ten lists, the first five destinations are the same for the three traveler types addressed. However, rankings vary by each group. For solo travelers, New York City is the most booked destination for springtime travel. Couples are opting for Las Vegas as their preferred locale, and not surprisingly, families are twice as likely to be visiting Orlando than the number two city in the family top ten. 

Families are also more likely to be venturing to other countries. Cancun, Mexico City, and Guadalajara all make an appearance on CheapOair’s list of most-booked destinations by family travelers. 

Results by Traveler Type, Ranked in Descending Order: 

Solo Travelers –  

New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, Las Vegas, Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Washington DC, Atlanta Dallas 

Couples 

Las Vegas, New York Orlando, Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Denver, San Juan PR, Dallas 

Families 

Orlando, New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, San Juan PR, Cancun, Mexico City, Chicago, Guadalajara 

“Getting away this spring is top of mind for travelers of all types,” comments Glenn Cusano, Fareportal CFO and Co-CEO. “We expect to see increasing consumer interest in travel to the extremely popular destinations that made our spring top ten lists, and locations worldwide, as public confidence in the safety of travel continues to grow. And to make it easier to decide to travel, consumers can visit CheapOair to view current covid-related safety policies by destination.” 

The rebound for travel continues at a strong pace. According to the TSA’s latest numbers, passengers going through travel checkpoints at US airports in March of 2022 has now reached 87% of 2019 traveler counts. 

About CheapOair  

CheapOair is an online travel agency that specializes in providing cheap flights and great last-minute flight deals for travelers worldwide. Consumers can book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or by live chat. Part of Fareportal’s family of travel brands, CheapOair bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional agency with travel agents available worldwide to help find great deals on flights to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million lodgings, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for travel inspiration and helpful travel tips.   

  

About Fareportal    

Fareportal is a travel technology company powering a next generation travel concierge service. Utilizing its innovative technology and company-owned and operated global contact centers, Fareportal has built strong industry partnerships providing customers access to over 600 airlines, a million lodgings, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and One Travel, Fareportal enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or by live chat. Fareportal provides its airline partners with access to a broad customer base that books high-yielding international and domestic flight, hotel, and other travel and add-on ancillaries.   

Fareportal Expands Portfolio with Stake in Search Tech Company Search Machines

The family of companies that includes Fareportal, the travel technology innovator behind leading online travel agencies CheapOair and OneTravel, has further strengthened its presence in digital technology, through an investment in UK-based Search Machines. 

Search Machines is a global search technology company that applies state of the art data science and technology to search engine user acquisition and pricing.  Since its inception in 2019, Search Machines has successfully deployed their proprietary ATLAS platform and helped many large enterprises to optimize and customize their search user acquisition.  Search Machines’ propriety technology uses natural language processing (NLP) with AI tech to understand the intent of users and match demand and supply.  This gives each user the best experience leading to increased conversion rates and decreased cost of acquisitions.  Using ATLAS, advertisers can optimize their user acquisition for return on investment, maximizing the impact of every dollar spent in travel, insurance, retail, and other verticals. 

Sam. S. Jain, Fareportal Founder and Executive Chairman commented, “Fareportal has collaborated for many years with Search Machines founders Richard Jackson and Shlomi Beer.  In that time, we have observed the rigorous attention to detail and innovative technology that makes ATLAS an essential tool for search optimization, applicable to every industry, but particularly in the travel industry. Fareportal is a leader in travel technology, so this investment in Search Machines as part of Fareportal’s family of companies is a logical decision.” 

Richard Jackson, Founder & CEO at Search Machines said, “This is a watershed moment for Search Machines as it goes into a faster growth mode. This new investment enables Search Machines to level the playing field in the age of post-COVID by enabling large retailers, online insurers, online travel agents, and other online digital organizations with the best technology to improve their metrics on customer user acquisition in search channels, which is critical to win in today’s challenging market.” 

“We are on a mission to equip enterprises with the technology platform they need to orchestrate successfully their user acquisition process and maximize the use of internal data, providing management and marketing teams with the visibility and control they need,” commented Shlomi Beer, Search Machines Founder and CTO. 

The decision to invest in Search Machines is supported by an expanding global marketplace.  Worldwide investment in digital advertising has now reached 51% of overall advertising spending, and experts forecast continued growth.  

“In an increasingly competitive environment, Search Engine Marketing (SEM) performance must optimize using personalization from intent, through the entire consumer journey.  With ATLAS, Search Machines is well placed to provide this much needed experience,” stated Glenn Cusano, Fareportal Co-CEO and CFO.  

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 About CheapOair  

CheapOair is an online travel agency that specializes in providing cheap flights and great last-minute flight deals for travelers worldwide. Consumers can book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Part of Fareportal’s family of travel brands, CheapOair bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional agency with travel agents available worldwide to help find great deals on flights to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million lodgings, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for travel inspiration and helpful travel tips.   

  

About Fareportal    

Fareportal is a travel technology company powering a next generation travel concierge service. Utilizing its innovative technology and company-owned and operated global contact centers, Fareportal has built strong industry partnerships providing customers access to over 600 airlines, a million lodgings, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and One Travel, Fareportal enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Fareportal provides its airline partners with access to a broad customer base that books high-yielding international and domestic flight, hotel, and other travel and add-on ancillaries.   

About Search Machines    

Search Machines (a trade name of Jackson-Beer Limited) is a UK-based technology company founded with the mission to help businesses solve search user acquisition using software and technology. Search Machines intent and bidding technology helps maximize ROIs for advertisers in different languages, geos, and verticals. Over the last two years Search Machines product ATLAS – a cutting-edge marketing technology platform – has improved performance to many clients of all sizes, managing spends collectively of more than $150M. Search Machines was founded by Richard Jackson (CEO) and Shlomi Beer (CTO) with teams in UK and Israel comprising PHDs in computer science, economics, linguists, developers, and experts in search marketing. To learn more visit: www.search-machines.com.