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

CheapOair Wins Three Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

NEW YORK, October 7, 2010

CheapOair is the proud recipient of three of Travel Weekly’s esteemed 2010 Magellan Awards. CheapOair was honored with a Gold Award in the Promotional Videos category and Silver Awards in the Booking Interface and TV Campaign categories. The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards recognize the best in the travel industry and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it.

“We are thrilled to win three prestigious awards from the experts in our industry,” said Sam Jain, CEO of CheapOair. “CheapOair will continue to expand its marketing capabilities and provide our customers with great travel deals.”

CheapOair received the highest award in the Promotional Video category for its YouTube commercial contest. In the winning commercial “Lessons: Learned,” a newlywed couple experiences the disastrous consequences of not booking their honeymoon on CheapOair.

A Silver Award in the Booking Interface category recognizes CheapOair’s quick, convenient, and reliable online booking service. Booking requires only three pages of web navigation, the shopping cart is state of the art and the site handles over twenty million hits a day.

CheapOair also received a Silver Award for its first launched television campaign, targeted to the India communities in the United States and Canada. The campaign communicated CheapOair’s Golden Guarantees: Low Airfare and Hotel Rates, over 100 Million Flight Options on 400 airlines and 100,000 Hotels Searched, 24/7 Customer Service and Toll Free Number Support.

CheapOair’s superior online booking interface and customer-interactive marketing techniques earned the company three of the most distinguished awards in the travel industry. These achievements honor the best in the travel sector and recognize the exceptional service that CheapOair offers.

SOURCE: CheapOair

CheapOair.com Receives Prestigious LinkShare 2010 Golden Link Publisher’s Choice Award and Innovative Advertiser of the Year Nomination

NEW YORK, July 1, 2010

CheapOair.com, a top ten online travel agency in North America, won the prestigious LinkShare 2010 Golden Link Publisher’s Choice Award and received an Innovative Advertiser of the Year nomination. These accolades are awarded to affiliate programs that push for the implementation of new technology, promote revenue-producing campaigns, utilize unique initiatives that have facilitated new partnerships, increased sales and delivered great ROI. The Publisher’s Choice Award is bestowed to the advertiser with the most votes from the LinkShare publisher community.

“We feel tremendously honored to have won the Publisher’s Choice Award and for the Innovative Advertiser of the year nomination,” said Betty Cheung, affiliate marketing director at CheapOair. “Our priority has always been to help our affiliate partners reach their revenue objectives, to support them every step of the way and to keep the channels of communication open. Winning the Publisher’s Choice Award confirms that we’re doing right by them to continue and grow those relationships.”

The CheapOstay hotels affiliate program, site powered by CheapOair, is also on the LinkShare network, providing competitive incentives and a wide range of hotel inventory to customers.

“Congratulations to CheapOair.com on their success,” said Deepa Sureka, vice president of small business units at LinkShare. “Each year, LinkShare recognizes ecommerce leaders and innovators within our network with the Golden Link Awards. We are proud to have CheapOair.com among our many valued clients.”

The 8th Annual LinkShare Golden Link Awards ceremony was held at LinkShare Symposium East in New York City on June 22, 2010 and brought together more than 400 advertisers, affiliates, OPMs and agencies.

SOURCE: CheapOair.com

CheapOair.com Introduces Hotel Shopping Innovation With Up to 500 Hotels Viewed in One Comparison Screen

NEW YORK, September 15, 2008

CheapOair.com announced today an industry-changing innovation for customers, offering a new and speedy way to compare and shop for hotels, showing up to 500 hotel results on one page and allowing all information for a particular hotel to be accessed in one page, without extra clicking.

Launching in beta at hotels.cheapoair.com, CheapOair Hotels gives customers two ways to view results: the Qwik view, a unique display that allows hundreds of hotels to be viewed, and compared at once and a standard list view. For each hotel, consumers see all details displayed in one window, including photos, price, star rating and address instead of taking the customer to new pages, adding more ease and speed.

CheapOair Hotels offers the industry’s easiest comparison shopping for hotels with more than 85,000 hotels worldwide and advanced search and sort capabilities including cities, towns, landmarks and airports for over 44,000 locations. Easy to see and change sliders and check boxes allow the customer to control price, star rating, hotel brand or distance from a chosen location using Google map technology. Many hotel listings also show discount rates using AAA, AARP and others (when available).

“We have developed the technology and managed immense amounts of inventory to allow the customer a 360 degree view of what’s available and eliminated the overwhelming feeling that comes with scrolling and too many page changes,” said Sam Jain, CEO at CheapOair. “With CheapOair Hotels, we’re bringing the best hotel shopping experience to the industry and we’re proud to be the first OTA to display and streamline up to 500 hotel results in one easy-to-view grid format.”

CheapOair is launching an online advertising campaign beginning on September 15 and running for the next six months for a total of more than three million dollars. The media buy consists of new creative and new copy to support the launch of www.hotels.cheapoair.com and will run in a variety of online channels including MSN, Yahoo!, Google, TravelZoo, BookingBuddy and other meta-search engines.

All hotels booked on CheapOair Hotels are protected by CheapOair’s hotel rate guarantee, which guarantees that all customers will pay the lowest online price for exclusive and budget hotel rates on CheapOair Hotels. Phase two enhancements slated for March ’09 for CheapOair Hotels include user reviews, dynamic packaging and a Google map that clearly pinpoints all hotel options available on one map.

SOURCE: CheapOair.com

CheapOair.com Wins Hitwise Top 10 Award

NEW YORK, May 1, 2007

CheapOair.com, a budget travel website dedicated to leveraging the latest technology to deliver cheap airline tickets, announced today it has won the Hitwise Top 10 Award by visitors among all U.S. websites in the Travel Agency category for the quarter ending January, 2007.

“The success of our Web site is a result of our commitment to our customers and consistent technology upgrades,” said Sam Jain, CEO at CheapOair.com.

Hitwise reported that the online success of CheapOair.com is a fantastic achievement. As Hitwise measures over 900,000 Web sites, being one of the most popular websites visited by U.S. Internet users demonstrates the strength of CheapOair’s online marketing success.

Hitwise is the leading online competitive intelligence service. Only Hitwise provides its 1,200 global clients with daily insights on how their customers interact with a broad range of competitive Web sites, and how their competitors use different tactics to attract online customers. Since 1997, Hitwise has pioneered a unique, network-based approach to Internet measurement. Through relationships with ISPs around the world, Hitwise’s patented methodology captures the anonymous online usage, search and conversion behavior of 25 million Internet users.

SOURCE: CheapOair.com

 

CheapOair.com Introduces Auto-Airline Ticketing Technology

NEW YORK, January 17, 2007

CheapOair.com today announced the integration of a three-tier fraud detection technology that issues e-ticket confirmation to customers within a fraction of a second. This upgrade is in partnership with Fareportal Inc., which also announced auto-airline paper tickets to be integrated into FedEx shipping software, making transactions seamless and more efficient while still providing a secure environment.

“CheapOair.com has successfully achieved 90 percent of auto-ticketing in the domestic sector and 60 percent in the international sector,” said Harsh Sood, chief technology officer at CheapOair.com. “This technology will now enable end-users to simply print their e-ticket from their email without waiting for a third party to issue an airline ticket on their behalf.

By integrating the auto-ticketing technology, CheapOair.com is eliminating the need for customers to call the airlines or wait on hold for a customer service representative.

Through its partnership with Fareportal Inc., CheapOair is committed to bringing solid value to its customers by leveraging the latest technology and employing cutting-edge methods for providing the most cost-effective solutions to its customers.

SOURCE: CheapOair.com