Fareportal Introduces Flight Booking Widget to Travel & Ecommerce Industries

2020 has triggered many changes to how companies view their product offerings.  While much of this upheaval has been challenging, there are instances where necessity has truly spawned exciting new invention.

Fareportal, the travel technology company powering CheapOair and OneTravel, announced today the unveiling of a new airline ticket booking widget that will be available to select industry partners.  With this widget, ecommerce providers will be able to insert airline ticket purchase functionality onto their sites by placing a single small piece of code.  Once in place, partners will be able to offer and sell airline tickets by accessing CheapOair and OneTravel’s database of tens of millions of searchable itineraries accessing over 600 airlines worldwide.

“What’s exciting here is the ease of implementation.  We’re already speaking with a variety of traditional travel partners and are also seeing interest from some compelling lifestyle brands,” said J. Andrew Stein, Fareportal Director of Innovation.  “Companies are seeking ways to increase their revenue.  By offering flight purchases via our fully responsive widget, they will be able to offer their customers a needed and in-demand service.”

Fareportal founder and CEO, Sam S. Jain, continues, “One of our core beliefs as a company is the importance of making travel accessible to everyone.  With our new fight booking widget, we are expanding the availability of a secure and comprehensive travel booking experience.”

Demand for Fareportal’s new widget is already growing, and initial marketplace reaction has been strong.

About Fareportal
Featuring a suite of brands with a 42-year history, Fareportal is a technology company that powers leading hybrid travel agencies like CheapOair, OneTravel, and Travelong. Fareportal’s unique hybrid business model bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional travel agency by providing a convenient online booking capability as well as a 24/7 personalized trip booking experience arranged by hundreds of trained and certified travel agents in multiple countries and in multiple languages.

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Fareportal Teams Up with British Airways to Bring Customers a Better Booking Experience

Fareportal, the travel technology company that powers CheapOair and OneTravel, has joined forces with British Airways to launch a New Distribution Capability that will bring customers a personalized travel experience.

“Our partnership with British Airways marks an exciting time for the Fareportal team. We’re constantly striving to bring our customers new and innovative ways to book flights and now with British Airways we’ll be able to continue to provide a seamless experience,” remarked Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal.

This collaboration, which will be available on both CheapOair.com and CheapOair.ca, will include several features such as flexible flight choices, diverse content, and an overall one-stop-shop booking experience that will include a rich menu of ancillaries such as paid seat selection and baggage options.

“Fareportal has been at the forefront of innovation, which is what this partnership with British Airways represents. Travelers appreciate a personalized experience and interacting with rich content really enhances the entire booking process,” said Sanjay Hathiramani, Global Senior Vice President of Supplier Relations at Fareportal.

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 hotels, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and OneTravel, 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 travel and add-on ancillaries.

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 (1-646-738-4820) 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 certified travel agents available to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and Pinterest to learn how to travel the world for less.

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Travel Tech Innovation Continues with Fareportal’s Latest Spirit Airlines Integration

Leading travel technology company Fareportal, the corporation behind online travel agencies CheapOair and OneTravel, announced its latest innovation in partnership with Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE). The New Distribution Capability, NDCv18.2, will provide innovative ways for airline passengers to make seat selections and baggage option choices that were previously not available. More enhancements are planned for the future.

“Fareportal is a leader in NDC implementation and further engaging with Spirit Airlines will enable us to provide additional content to our customers,” said Veronica Silver, Vice President, Automation & Product Development at Fareportal.

Sam S. Jain, CEO and Founder of Fareportal, continues, “Moving travel technology forward to improve the flight travel booking experience is what the Fareportal team strives for every day. We have a long relationship with Spirit Airlines and worked closely with them to implement this enhanced capability.”

Throughout its history, Fareportal has successfully adhered to a “tech first” focus that reflects the company’s orientation to provide value to its airline partners. This competitive edge allows the company and its partners to remain at the forefront in today’s highly competitive travel market and provide additional value for airline passengers.

 

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 hotels, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and OneTravel, 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 travel and add-on ancillaries.

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 certified travel agents available to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and Pinterest to learn how to travel the world for less.

About Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to delivering the best value in the sky. We are the leader in providing customizable travel options starting with an unbundled fare. This allows our Guests to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments and refreshments — something we call À La Smarte. We make it possible for our Guests to venture further and discover more than ever before. Our Fit Fleet® is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S. We serve destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean and are dedicated to giving back and improving those communities. Come save with us at spirit.com. At Spirit Airlines, we go. We go for you.

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CheapOair Offers Insight into Having a Safe Theme Park Experience

Theme parks and attractions are reopening across the country and CheapOair, the travel experience experts, has a few tips to help travelers have an experience that’s not only magical but also safe.

“We’re very happy to be seeing the extensive safety measures many of our favorite theme parks are taking as they welcome their guests back. With everything from temperature checks, increased cleanings, and a wide variety of hygienic supplies readily available to customers, anyone ready to explore theme parks should take comfort in the steps being taken,” remarked Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal.

Masks are Essential
Cloth masks are key. According to the CDC, they’re the most effective safety tool for guests in the moments where social distancing may be difficult. A cloth face mask will keep others from spreading any germs they may unknowingly be carrying, and full compliance greatly reduces the risk of spreading. Fortunately, if guests forget masks, the bigger theme parks (and several smaller ones) have complimentary ones on hand or for purchase.

It is important to note that masks are strongly not recommended for anyone under the age of two so it may be safer for guests to leave the littlest members of their families at home.

“The safest way to enjoy any theme park is by wearing a mask. You’re doing your part to keep fellow guests healthy and minimize any potential spreading that comes with a lot of people in a contained area,” added Thomas Spagnola, Vice President of Supplier Relations at Fareportal.

Hand Sanitizer is Your Friend
The CDC recommends using hand sanitizer any time an interaction is made with someone outside your own party or with a foreign surface. While most parks will certainly have sanitizing stations at most entry points, concession stands, bathrooms, and attractions, it’s wise to have your own sanitizer handy at all times. Any sanitizer used should also contain at least 60% percent alcohol to be effective in killing germs.

Take Advantage of Virtual Lines and Contactless
The less shared surfaces and touchpoints, the better. Several theme parks, including the Happiest Place on Earth, are allowing visitors to digitally reserve ride times to reduce the amount of time guests need to physically wait on lines where it is usually more challenging to keep six feet of distance. Additionally, contactless payment options are also extremely helpful for customers wanting to buy food, drink, or merchandise.

 

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 (1-646-738-4820) 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 certified travel agents available to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to learn how to travel the world for less.

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Fareportal and Karhoo Announce Partnership to Bring State-of-the-Art Mobility to CheapOair and OneTravel Customers Across the World

Fareportal, the technology company behind leading travel brands CheapOair and OneTravel, and the global mobility platform Karhoo have recently announced a new partnership to offer smarter, seamless mobility solutions for travelers.

“By partnering with Karhoo, our CheapOair and OneTravel customers will have the ability to book e-hailing and taxis from anywhere in the world through Karhoo’s integration with 3K fleets around the world. Customers will have the opportunity to use this product as a way of getting around their destination city, whether it be for leisure or business purposes through simple to use mobile functionality,” said Christopher Cialino, Senior Manager of Supplier Relations at Fareportal.

A core focus of Fareportal is to be there for customers throughout their whole trip, from planning to returning home. Fareportal customers will be able to add e-hailing and taxi transfers to flight tickets and hotel bookings before their journey, or e-hail a ride on the app right at the moment when they need it, delivering a truly door-to-door travel experience.

“We at Fareportal envision this partnership bringing us one step closer to providing further value to our customer needs and supporting them throughout their entire journey when booking with us,” said Sam S. Jain, Fareportal Founder and CEO.

This service is enabled by Karhoo’s platform, the world’s largest digital marketplace for ride-hailing, aggregating a range of the best-licensed taxi and for-hire fleets, and while doing so, supporting many small businesses throughout the world.

“We are very excited to work with Fareportal to be able to supply their millions of customers with e-hailing delivered through competitive pricing and multiple vehicle types to choose from on Karhoo’s open marketplace,” remarked Nikolaj Køster, Karhoo, VP, GM Americas.

Karhoo’s technology allows travel brands to develop state-of-the-art ride-booking and e-hailing experiences on their sites and apps, including fleet selection (based on price, pickup ETA, and vehicle type), driver tracking, and in-app payment.

The service will roll out later this year.

 
About Fareportal
Featuring a suite of brands with a 42-year history, Fareportal is a technology company that powers leading hybrid travel agencies like CheapOairOneTravel, and Travelong. Fareportal’s unique hybrid business model bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional travel agency by providing a convenient online booking capability as well as a 24/7 personalized trip booking experience arranged by hundreds of trained and certified travel agents in multiple countries and in multiple languages.

About Karhoo
Karhoo brings licensed fleets around the world together with global travel operators and local authorities to create smarter mobility solutions for travelers and citizens. Its platform provides simple integration options (API/SDK/white label) allowing partners to natively offer e-hailing and pre-booking through their website and apps. Karhoo is backed by Groupe Renault as part of their mobility-as-an-industry initiative and employs 250 employees in 7 countries, including 50% in R&D.

Learn more on karhoo.com

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COVID-19 is Changing Travel and CheapOair Has Insight on What to Expect in the Future

As the world of travel is heavily affected by COVID-19, CheapOair, the flight focused online travel agency, has identified several trends in changing consumer behavior.

“There is no question that the travel industry has had to realign itself at lightning speed these past few months. We are seeing new patterns in customer habits that are reflective of how society has been changed by COVID-19,” remarked Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal.

One of the clearest illustrations of COVID-19’s effect on consumer travel is the age of those choosing to take flight during a pandemic. According to CheapOair’s data, bookings for individuals 18-24 years old have risen 29% since March, while there has been a 27% decrease in the number of people over the age of 65 planning air travel.

Interestingly, there has also been an uptick in solo travelers, with an 8% increase of people opting to fly alone as compared to the totals of pre-COVID-19 travel data.

“It’s clear that anyone who is perceived to be more ‘at risk’ is erring on the side of caution. We want to see the travel industry invigorated but what’s most important is that we all take strides to ensure that passenger health and safety is the number one priority,” continued Jain.

With the cost of a domestic airline ticket down an average of $66, more people may be tempted to travel as they adjust to the world amid a pandemic, and airlines are making many adjustments to maximize passenger safety.

“Most airlines have implemented precautionary measures which will increase consumer confidence.  We observe airlines are increasing capacity, which is a signal of growing consumer demand.  We believe leisure travel will rebound more quickly than business, as customers take advantage of lower prices and better deals for travel, and we are anticipating an ongoing increase in the number of people traveling in 2021,” said Jain.

 

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 (1-646-738-4820), 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 certified travel agents available to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to learn how to travel the world for less.

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CheapOair Offers Insight on How to Take a Fun and Safe Family Summer Vacation

CheapOair, the travel experience experts, know that more than ever, safety is paramount as the world begins to slowly open to travelers. With summer fast approaching, many families are wondering if their usual summer vacations will have to wait. The good news is that people who have been isolating with their family should be safe traveling with them.

“Most Americans have been quarantined with immediate family, so there’s not that much of a difference traveling with the immediate family who you have been quarantined with,” said Dr. Davidson Hamer, Professor of Global Health and Medicine at the Boston University School of Public Health and School of Medicine.

How families travel will look very different though and CheapOair has tips and tricks that will help folks have a memorable and, above all, safe summer vacation experience.

Visit National Parks
The United States boasts 58 national parks that cover over 84 million acres of land, leaving plenty of room for social distancing.

“Being outside or in a well-ventilated area is ideal for helping to control the spread of the virus. Visiting national parks and exploring hiking trails is a great way to vacation,” remarked Dr. Hamer.

Although, before hitting the road it’s essential to thoroughly research because several parks are only partially opened and have increased safety guidelines. The National Park Service Public Health page is a good starting point.

Visitors should also expect less resources to be available to them at the park sites, so it’s best to come fully prepared with first-aid, food, and any other supplies you may need.

The Closer, the Better
You don’t have to go too far to get away. In fact, staying local might be the best bet for most families. Luckily, there are thousands of beaches, hiking trails, lakes, and parks within a couple of hours from home for most Americans. It may even be plausible to use vacation home rentals in nearby towns for a change of scenery if the host has properly adhered to hygiene guidelines. When looking for a local vacation spot, it’s best to pick somewhere that has very few shared facilities. The more space and privacy a family has minimizes the risk of getting sick.

Stay Informed
It’s very important to research the intended destination before departing as different states and territories may have varying rules and restrictions. The CDC recommends checking with state and local health departments for making any traveling decisions.

No matter where your summer vacation destination ends up being, check CDC guidelines, and state and local policies.

“Different areas of the country saw COVID-19 peak at different times with different intensities. “While we may see the transmission of the virus substantially decrease during the summer, we’re expecting a resurgence in the fall so it’s important to remain diligent in hygiene practices and social distancing,” said Dr. Hamer.

 

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 (1-646-738-4820) 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 certified travel agents available to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to learn how to travel the world for less.

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Fareportal Scores Two Gold Stevies in 2020 American Business Awards®

Fareportal, the travel company powering CheapOair.com and OneTravel.com, achieved top honors in the 18th annual American Business Awards in two categories:  Communications Department of the Year and Product Management Team of the Year.

The American Business Awards, or the Stevies, were created in 2002 to honor the achievements of organizations and professionals in the USA.  It is one of the premier business awards organizations in the U.S. and features a variety of categories to recognize all areas of the workplace. The 2020 competition included 3,600 nominations and entries were judged by a panel of 230 respected executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, and business educators.

“We are extremely proud of our work and it is such an honor to have our team’s achievements recognized with not only one but two gold Stevie® awards,” said Sam S. Jain, CEO and Founder of Fareportal.

Fareportal’s Communications Department created a multi-platform campaign around “National Cheap Flight Day”, an unofficial holiday that is anecdotally regarded as the cheapest day of the year to buy airline tickets.  Their efforts included internal and external communications across multiple channels including social, blogs, public relations, email, and broadcast media that successfully reached millions of consumers.

“We believe in the power of integrated storytelling, and really enjoyed creating and executing this campaign for our CheapOair brand.  Winning a Gold Stevie® is a big honor for the entire team,” said Kathi Moore, Fareportal VP of Branding & Communications.

The Product Management team earned their gold distinction by successfully bringing together and coordinating a multi-continent team to achieve an innovative and streamlined booking process for CheapOair and One Travel desktop and mobile consumers.

“Our primary focus has always been achieving excellence through collaboration across our international team of immensely talented professionals.  Our efforts resulted in the creation of several travel booking innovation products that resulted in a stellar user experience,” remarked Murat Yilmaz, Fareportal VP of Product.

“Our goal was to reduce the work involved in booking a trip and to present our customers with the best deals based on their overt and inferred preferences, creating a hassle free traveling booking experience,” added Michael Nuciforo, VP of Digital at Fareportal.

 

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, 1 million hotels, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe.  With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and OneTravel, 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 travel and add-on ancillaries.

About the Stevie Awards
The Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

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CheapOair.com Reveals 2020’s Popular Domestic Spring Break Destinations and Money-Saving Tips for Booking Flights

It may be winter, but college students everywhere are weeks away from Spring Break.  CheapOair®, the leading provider of affordable airfare, compared data and analyzed trends to identify the U.S destinations 18-24-year-olds are headed to this year.

Unsurprisingly, the sunny state of Florida continued to be one of the most booked Spring Break getaways with Orlando topping the 2020 bookings and Ft. Lauderdale coming in as a close second. Interestingly, many college-aged vacationers chose to forego the beach in favor of a city getaway with Los Angeles and New York ranking fifth and sixth, respectively.

“While we’re seeing the usual suspects in our Spring Break findings, it’s worth noting that up-and-coming cities such as Phoenix, Arizona are seeing an influx of spring breakers. Phoenix is filled to the brim with great nightlife, cultural sites, and food – all for an affordable price,” remarked Tom Spagnola, Senior Vice President of Supplier Relations.

The OTA also noted that many travelers picked their Spring Break destinations based on affordability over luxury.

“It’s no secret that Spring Break could be an expensive time to travel but there are a few things you travelers can do to save money and still have a great time. First and foremost, I’d recommend packing lightly and if you can avoid checking a bag – definitely do so,” added Spagnola.

CheapOair also suggests traveling on off-peak days such as Tuesday and Thursday, explore flying into neighboring airports with lower average airfare, and taking advantage of the numerous free events most cities have to offer to tourists.

CheapOair’s mission is to educate and aid consumers and travel professionals in both planning their travel accommodations and staying current on the most popular destinations. Thanks to its unique and comprehensive travel trend monitoring, the online travel agency does just that.

For more information, please visit www.CheapOair.com and www.CheapOair.com/mobile, and follow the brand on social via Facebook.com/CheapOair and twitter.com/CheapOair.

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 (1-646-738-4820) 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 certified travel agents available to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and Pinterest to learn how to travel the world for less.

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CheapOair celebrates the trailblazing African American women of aviation

In a month-long series, CheapOair will be honoring Black History Month through the lens of great movements and innovators within the travel industry and beyond. This week, the OTA shines a spotlight on some of the great female aviators who paved the way for African American women in aviation by refusing to wait in the wings.

Bessie Coleman
Eight years before the all-female aviation organization the Ninety-Nines and six months before Amelia Earhart became a licensed pilot, twenty-four-year-old Bessie Coleman broke barriers when she received her pilot’s license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale – making her the first African American to achieve this feat.

Willa Brown
Following in the footsteps of Bessie Coleman, Willa Brown was the first African American woman to earn a U.S. pilot’s license in the U.S. After completing an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, Brown became a teacher and eventually a social worker. Frustrated with the boundaries and limitations of the time, Brown looked to the skies. Her and her husband, Cornelius Coffey, went on to open the first African American flight school in the United States.

Janet Bragg
For Janet Bragg, what began as a hobby soon evolved into the great passion of her life. Bragg, who started her career as a Registered Nurse, moved to Chicago to seek more opportunity with less bias-based restrictions. She was the first African American woman to enroll in the Curtis Wright School of Aeronautics, where she was also the sole female cadet. After initially being denied her pilot’s license, she finally received a commercial license a decade later in 1943. She went on to train female pilots in World War II. While many of the women she trained would eventually be selected as Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), she was turned down for being African American. She would later write about her perseverance in the face of adversity in her autobiography Soaring Above Setbacks.

CheapOair’s mission is to educate and aid consumers and travel professionals in both planning their travel accommodations and staying current on the most popular destinations. Thanks to its unique comprehensive travel trend monitoring, the online travel agency does just that.

For more information, please visit www.CheapOair.com and www.CheapOair.com/mobile, and follow the brand on social via Facebook.com/CheapOair, instagram.com/cheapoair YouTube, and twitter.com/CheapOair.

 

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 (1-646-738-4820) 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 certified travel agents available to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to learn how to travel the world for less.

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