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

CheapOair.com Acquires State of the Art Call Center

NEW YORK, October 9, 2006

CheapOair.com today announced that, in partnership with its technology partner Fareportal Inc., it has acquired a 26,000 square foot call center. This state of the art call center is equipped with the latest VOIP technology with the capacity to accommodate 950 agents.

The VOIP technology is provided by Inter-Tel, a leader in high-end call center solutions. Seamless, real-time reporting capabilities will allow CheapOair.com to operate 24 hours a day, allowing for over 3,000 calls to be handled daily.

“We have been considering outsourcing our call center to third party companies,” said Dominic John, infrastructure manager at CheapOair.com. “But by operating our own call center, we found we would save 55-60 percent, giving us the opportunity to pass the savings on to the customers who purchase travel through our Web site.”

CheapOair.com has been actively pursuing initiatives to upgrade customer care for its one million customers. The Web site now receives over 85,000 unique visitors per day.

“The new call center will allow us to provide service around the clock to our customers in the United States and Canada,” said Nikunj Dhawan, vice president of operations at CheapOair.com. “As we continue to hire well-trained customer support staff, we will better be able to offer the highest level of customer service.”

SOURCE: CheapOair.com

Fareportal Launches Web site That Offers Multi-Channel Lowest Fare Search and Booking Technology

NEW YORK, March 14, 2006

Fareportal today announced the launch of CheapOair.com, an online consumer air ticket wholesaler offering over 18 million special airfares, last-minute discounted fares, and unsold tickets at bargain rates. All fares are backed by the company’s low-fare guarantee, anywhere on the Internet.

CheapOair.com is partnered with major ticket wholesalers and travel technology providers to be able to provide their users with single-screen information in one simple search.

This recently launched Web site added cutting-edge technology through its technology partner, Fareportal Inc., which now enables customers to search multiple fare databases simultaneously while providing them with results on all airlines in a single screen within seconds. The published airfares are searched from multiple databases and the customer is assured that the fare is competitive.

After the highly successful launch of the site, the per-day visitor traffic continues to rise. It is now approaching 10,000 unique visitors daily.

“This new fare-search technology enhancement has helped us capture an audience that has time constraints and is looking for seamless transactions,” said Victor Alino, vice president of marketing at CheapOair.

CheapOair.com is one of the only major consumer sites to offer a two-step booking process. Within 10 seconds, over 12 databases, or 18 million fares, are searched and validated for seating.

“I thought our corporate travel agency always found us the lowest fares,” one satisfied client said, “but on a recent business trip to Japan, all flights were sold out and my colleague suggested Cheapoair.com. Not only did the company save me over $1,800, but my seats were confirmed right away. In today’s competitive travel market, we need innovative travel solutions like CheapOair.”

Recently, Cheapoair.com also upgrated its entire hardware to ensure full, 100 percent uptime.

“Our aim is to become the JetBlue of consumer travel sites,” Alino explained. “We aim to provide quality service and products at highly competitive rates, and are also building our call center’s infrastructure to ensure the smooth handling of large amounts of customer service calls.”

The company, based in New York City, has call centers throughout the United States and in Asia. Their target clients are leisure travelers and small to medium-sized business travelers who need a user-friendly service that offers speed and value. Travel packages including car and hotel are also offered.

SOURCE: Fareportal