CheapAir Press Releases

2018

  • CheapAir.com First Online Travel Agency to Accept Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and Dash

    May 23, 2018

    Travelers Can Now Use These Digital Currencies to Purchase Flights and Hotels on CheapAir.com

    Calabasas, CA (May 23, 2018) – CheapAir.com announced today that it has become the world’s first online travel agency to accept Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and Dash as payment for flight and hotel bookings. Already a leading merchant in the digital currency space, CheapAir has been accepting Bitcoin since 2013 and remains the only online travel agency in the U.S. that allows you to buy flights with Bitcoin. Over the last 12-18 months, interest in digital currency has grown substantially, sparking the growth of a number of offshoot currencies. Many of these were developed to avoid or improve upon some of the shortcomings or challenges that have emerged with Bitcoin as the network has become stressed with higher transaction volumes. In different ways, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Dash all promise improved transacatability than their predecessor, with faster transaction times and/or lower fees. CheapAir’s move to broaden its digital currency acceptance comes in response to customer demand. “Our cryptocurrency customers tend to be very vocal about what they want, something we appreciate very much,” said CEO Jeff Klee. “Over the last six months, we’ve seen a huge uptick in the number of customers requesting alternative currencies, so we’ve worked hard to integrate the three that were most requested.” Klee acknowledged that accepting digital currency on behalf of airline and hotel suppliers who insist on being paid in fiat currency does have its challenges. But he noted that, with Bitcoin, CheapAir has already solved those challenges. “We already had the plumbing in place to make digital currency payments work seamlessly for our customers and suppliers. That made adding Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Dash a relatively minor endeavor for our development team, but a huge benefit for our crypto customers.” As is true with any flight booking on CheapAir.com, purchases made with digital currency are protected by their unique Price Drop Payback™ protection, offering up to $100 back if airfares go down after your purchase. To purchase your flights with Bitcoin, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash or Dash, visit www.CheapAir.com. About CheapAir.com® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to simplify the way people shop for travel. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine provides an easy-to-understand view of flight and fare options from across the web, to make trip planning easy and joyful. Only CheapAir provides full apples-to-apples comparisons so you can see and book across different airlines and different flights, not just the lowest fares, but also the best value flights based on quality, comfort, and inflight amenities. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration, connect with us on Facebook or Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir.com in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to helping travelers to find the best trips. Along with its sister company, Amtrav for Business Travelers, CheapAir has helped over five million people buy plane tickets with confidence.

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  • CheapAir.com Study Reveals the Best Times to Book International Flights

    Apr 5, 2018
    Online travel agency crunches 350 million airfares to help travelers get the best deals on flights between the U.S. and international destinations CALABASAS, CA (April 5, 2018) – CheapAir.com today released the results of its 2018 International Airfare Study, which determined the best and worst times to buy tickets. The online travel agency crunched more than 350 million airfares to 3,000 international markets. The study found that the best time to bargain hunt can vary significantly by international region, and that average ticket prices fell in six out of the eight regions compared to 2017. “International flights cost two and half times more than domestic flights on average, so getting the timing right can really pay off,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. “Each travel region is different, but with the data we crunched, you can book within range of the lowest fare with proper planning. If the price drops after you book with CheapAir.com, we also cover the difference up to $100.” For the International Airfare Study, CheapAir.com crunched 350 million airfares and over 1 million trips to more than 3,000 international markets. For eight regions, CheapAir.com identified the “Prime Booking Window,” the period in which airfares tend to be within 5% of the lowest price, as well as the least expensive day to book your airline ticket, on average, and the least expensive travel days of the week. Caribbean • Prime Booking Window: 36 to 321 days in advance • Least expensive day to book: 207 days from departure • Average Low Fare: $545 • Least expensive days of the week to fly: Tuesday and Wednesday • Tip: Avoid the holidays and fall hurricanes. Travel in January after the holidays for the lowest average fares ($496) Canada • Prime Booking Window: 21 to 148 days in advance • Least expensive day to book: 66 days from departure • Average Low Fare: $427 • Least expensive days of the week to fly: Tuesday and Wednesday • Tip: October is cheap ($398) and often the prime time to see fall colors Mexico and Central America • Prime Booking Window: 14 to 174 days in advance • Least expensive day to book: 70 days from departure • Average Low Fare: $489 • Least expensive days of the week to fly: Tuesday and Wednesday • Tip: Take Spring Break in February versus March or April to save nearly $30 per ticket South America • Prime Booking Window: 37 to 320 days in advance • Least expensive day to book: 110 days from departure • Average Low Fare: $845 • Least expensive days of the week to fly: Tuesday and Wednesday • Tip: Save $58 off the average in February during South America’s summer. Europe • Prime Booking Window: 50 to 252 days in advance • Least expensive day to book: 160 days from departure • Average Low Fare: $1151 • Least expensive days of the week to fly: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday • Tip: Avoid June and July, peak months for American travelers and when prices spike Asia • Prime Booking Window: 40 to 231 in advance • Least expensive day to book: 120 days from departure • Average Low Fare: $1113 • Least expensive days of the week to fly: Tuesday and Wednesday • Tip: Prices dip February through April and September through November South Pacific • Prime Booking Window: 54 to 304 days in advance • Least expensive day to book: 197 days from departure • Average Low Fare: $1708 • Least expensive days of the week to fly: Tuesday and Wednesday • Tip: Fares cost $470 more than the next most expensive market. Leave the kids at home! Middle East and Africa • Prime Booking Window: 96 to 287 • Least expensive day to book: 199 days from departure • Average Low Fare: $1238 • Least expensive days of the week to fly: Tuesday and Wednesday • Tip: Fares change by an average of $119, more than any other market. Monitor closely. Visit CheapAir.com’s blog to read the 2018 International Airfare Study Use CheapAir.com’s When to Buy Flights widget to find the Prime Booking Window for any route. About CheapAir ® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com® and its team of over 100 travel enthusiasts use cutting edge technology, a boatload of airfare data, and superior customer service to make it easier and less stressful to buy affordable airline tickets. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine uses a patented algorithm that scours the web for the best deals and the most comfortable flights, and we show fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate display that includes which flights have which in-flight amenities. We offer monthly payments so you can Fly Now and Pay Later™, and Price Drop Payback™, which reimburses you with a travel voucher up to $100 per ticket if the fare drops before the trip. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on Facebook and CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry from planning his own backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, including its corporate travel services arm, Amtrav, has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence
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  • CheapAir.com Crunches 917 Million Airfares to Reveal the Best and Worst Times to Book Flights

    Mar 21, 2018
    Annual Airfare Study arms travelers with best data to help them find the cheapest flights CALABASAS, CA (March 21, 2018) – CheapAir.com today published its annual Airfare Study, which analyzed 917 million airfares to reveal the best and worst times to buy airline tickets. On average, the best deals on domestic flights are available 70 days before takeoff versus 54 days last year. CheapAir found that the lowest fare for a given trip changes an average of 62 times during the 11 months that most flights are on sale. Each change averages $36, up or down. Given this volatility, the study concludes that travelers are best to monitor airfares most closely during a booking sweet spot that CheapAir.com has coined the “Prime Booking Window”. This year, the Prime Booking Window extends from three weeks to four months from departure date. “We hear from travelers all the time who are frustrated that a fare they saw one day is dramatically higher the next,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. “And it’s equally disturbing when you book a trip and find out two weeks later that the price has gone way down. Our Airfare Study aims to explain the ‘method to the madness’ and give travelers a sense of the best time to buy and fly.” In total, CheapAir.com took an exhaustive look at 917 million fares from nearly 3 million individual trips in 8,000 markets to figure out how prices change over time. The analysis identified six Booking Zones that predict what travelers are likely to pay: • First Dibs: 169 to 319 days (in advance). Get the biggest selection but pay $50 more per airline ticket on average. • Peace of Mind: 122 to 168 days. Lock in dates with a good selection but pay a $20 premium on average. • Prime Booking Window: 21 to 121 days. Usually the best time to buy. Fares bounce around but frequently are available for within 5% of the lowest price. • Push Your Luck: 14 to 20 days. If you’re lucky, you might still find a good deal but, in general, fares rise, and flights sell out. Don’t try this around the holidays. • Playing with Fire: 7 to 13 days. Pay an average of $35 more than the First Dibs crew, and $85 more than the Prime Booking Window. Deals are a long shot. • Hail Mary: 0 to 6 days. Pay an average of $208 more than during the Prime Booking Window. Ouch! Travelers can use CheapAir.com’s When to Buy Flights Widget to find the specific Prime Booking Window for a particular route. The study also debunks the myth that it’s better to buy a flight on certain days of the week, finding that the average fares purchased each day were virtually identical. On the other hand, the data clearly indicates that the day of the week to travel on is an extremely important factor, with an average fare difference of $76 between the least expensive travel day (Wednesday) and the most expensive (Sunday). The time of year you fly is also very important. CheapAir.com found that the Prime Booking Window changes seasonally as follows: Summer: 14 to 160 days (in advance). Best Fare: 47 days. Fall: 21 to 100 days. Best Fare: 69 days. Winter: 21 to 110 days. Best Fare: 62 days. Spring: 46 to 122 days. Best Fare: 90 days. CheapAir.com’s study was careful to note that in reporting on the “average” best time to buy, the huge dataset tends to smooth out the curve, but in reality fares for any specific trip are extremely volatile, with changes every 5 or 6 days, even within the optimal “Prime Booking Window”. To further assist travelers in navigating this volatility, CheapAir.com is the only site that offers Price Drop Payback™, which reimburses customers with a travel voucher up to $100 per ticket if their fare drops before the trip. CheapAir.com also offers monthly payments as an option at checkout, which is great for more expensive or last-minute trips. For additional information and data, visit the CheapAir.com blog. About CheapAir ® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com® and its team of over 100 travel enthusiasts use cutting edge technology, a boatload of airfare data, and superior customer service to make it easier and less stressful to buy affordable airline tickets. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine uses a patented algorithm that scours the web for the best deals and the most comfortable flights, and we show fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate display that includes which flights have which in-flight amenities. We offer monthly payments so you can Fly Now and Pay Later™, and Price Drop Payback™, which reimburses you with a travel voucher up to $100 per ticket if the fare drops before the trip. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on Facebook and CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry from planning his own backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, including its corporate travel services arm, Amtrav, has now helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.
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  • New Flight Shopping Experience Tells You What’s Really Included (and Not Included) in that Airfare

    Jan 24, 2018
    CheapAir.com has introduced a new way to shop for flights that gives travelers more visibility, control and flexibility than any other online booking site. The new experience simultaneously shops for basic and premium airfares, an industry first, and makes side-by-side comparisons of all available fares, amenities, and upgrades. Among the new, first-of-its-kind features: CheapAir.com is the first to show travelers both the lowest fare and all available upgrades, for those who want more room or a better experience. For each flight leg, travelers can select any airfare or cabin, such as basic economy, premium economy, or business class; and combine these fares across different airlines to create the perfect itinerary. Details about inflight services have been radically enhanced so travelers have the answers to questions like: how big are the seats and how much legroom?; does this flight have WiFi and, if so, is it fast?; what kind of in flight entertainment is offered?; how much will it cost to check or carry-on a bag? All before the point of purchase. A first-of-its-kind “Compare” button that allows travelers to select up to 4 fare options (whether on the same or different flights) and do a side-by-side comparison of cost, flight times, convenience, bag fees, and amenities that apply for each airline ticket. “There was a time when an airline seat was basically a commodity,” said CheapAir CEO Jeff Klee. “A seat on one airline was pretty much the same as a seat on another. That’s changed a lot, and now the differences in experience between two airlines or two fare brands can be huge.” Over the last few years, some air carriers have focused on bare-bones “no frills” service to drive ticket prices down, while others have chosen to compete with more premium products. Adding to the new complexities, many airlines now offer multiple “fare brands” on the same flight—for instance, by selling a lower “basic economy” fare for travelers willing to forgo advance seat selection; or offering a higher “premium economy” fare that provides more legroom and priority boarding. This differentiation has made it increasingly difficult for consumers to make apples to apples comparisons and understand exactly what they’re buying. To address this growing complexity, CheapAir.com has aggregated a giant database of airlines, planes, policies, and in-flight services to help its customers make better choices before buying. It is now easy to visually compare options: for example, identifying when you can save $20 by foregoing an advance seat assignment; or when you can upgrade to a better class of service for a relatively small fee. As always, CheapAir.com flight purchases are eligible for our unique Price Drop Payback™ protection, offering up to $100 back if airfares go down after your purchase. Travelers can choose from a variety of payment options, including Bitcoin or a monthly installment plan, both ‘firsts’ from CheapAir.com. To experience a new and simple way to compare airfares, visit CheapAir.com. About CheapAir ® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com® and its team of over 100 travel enthusiasts use cutting edge technology, a boatload of airfare data, and superior customer service to make it easier and less stressful to buy affordable airline tickets. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine uses a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate display that includes which flights have which in-flight amenities. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on Facebook, CheapAir on Google+ and CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry from planning his own backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, including its corporate travel services arm, Amtrav, has now helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.
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2017

  • CheapAir.com Wins 5th Magellan Award From Travel Weekly

    Oct 25, 2017
    2017 Magellan Awards recognize CheapAir.com’s easy-to-use web site for second consecutive year Calabasas, CA (Oct. 25, 2017) – CheapAir.com today announced that the online travel agency won its fifth Magellan Award from Travel Weekly, the most influential B2B news resource for the travel industry. The judges named CheapAir.com’s booking interface a Silver Winner for the second consecutive year. “Airlines have made big changes to how they sell their seats and it’s become increasingly difficult to make sure you’re comparing apples to apples,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. “We made some enhancements to our flight search that makes it really easy to compare, not just the prices of different flights, but also the restrictions, bag fees, seats, WiFi, and in-flight entertainment options. We’re honored that Travel Weekly has recognized our efforts to make the booking experience transparent.” CheapAir.com’s booking interface earned recognition this year for becoming the first to distinguish among basic economy, premium economy, and other fare classes. Users can now see prices for each class along with their stipulations for carry-on baggage, refunds, flight changes, and seat assignments. By making the benefits and conditions transparent, CheapAir.com’s booking interface helps travelers choose the right ticket. To date, CheapAir.com has won five Magellan Awards. The CheapAir.com Blog, a 2016 Silver Winner, has become renowned for sharing original travel data, insider tips, and money-saving tools found nowhere else. Traveler favorites include the Holiday Cheap Flights Report, Annual Airfare Study, and the first-of-its-kind When to Buy Flights widget. Last year, CheapAir.com’s desktop and mobile websites won over the judges with a redesigned booking interface. It introduced one-click upgrades for JetBlue and Virgin America flights as well as cabin images for both airlines. The new booking experience also included the world’s first monthly payment plans for flights. Since then, CheapAir.com’s 3-, 6-, and 12-month plans have helped thousands of travelers book now and pay later. In 2013, CheapAir.com’s mobile app was named a Magellan Gold Winner for its voice-activated flight search app, also an industry first. The app translates spoken words into search queries using proprietary semantic language technology developed at CheapAir.com. The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honors the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all. CheapAir.com and fellow winners will be featured in an issue of Travel Weekly in October. About CheapAir ® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com ® and its team of over 100 travel enthusiasts use cutting edge technology, a boatload of airfare data, and superior customer service to make it easier and less stressful to buy affordable airline tickets. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine uses a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate display that includes which flights have which in-flight amenities. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on Facebook, CheapAir on Google+ and CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry from planning his own backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, including its corporate travel services arm, Amtrav, has now helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.
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  • CheapAir.com Holiday Flights Report Shows the Best Time to Buy Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year Airfare

    Sep 28, 2017
    Industry first 0% APR monthly payment option for Thanksgiving flights helps travelers be with family and friends Calabasas, CA (Sept. 28, 2017) – CheapAir.com today released its annual Holiday Cheap Flights Report, which shows travelers the best times to buy Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year airfare. In addition, CheapAir.com rolled out a ‘book now, pay later’ option with as low as 0% APR for Thanksgiving flights to ensure everyone can spend the holiday with family and friends. Travelers can make monthly payments for Turkey Day airfare with no interest. CheapAir.com recommends booking in September when Thanksgiving flights are most affordable. The annual Holiday Cheap Flights Report tracks more than 3.6 million airfares and over 11,000 itineraries per day for the holiday season. Every day, the report calculates the average holiday flight cost to show travelers how prices are trending. Now, with the zero-interest payment plan for Thanksgiving, even more travelers can take advantage of the data. “Our team feels strongly that Thanksgiving is a time to be with the people you love, so we wanted to make that experience possible for more travelers,” said Gregory Samson, VP, Marketing and Business Development for CheapAir.com. “Recently, we rolled out monthly payments for flights, so it dawned on us – why not make a Thanksgiving payment plan that lets you pay over time with no interest? You can book your airline ticket now, when flights are cheapest, and pay later. It’s the first travel deal of its kind.” CheapAir.com’s Thanksgiving flight deal is available for any flight between Thursday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 28. Travelers can book now up through Thanksgiving Day. The 2017 Holiday Cheap Flights Report shows key information about the holidays, including: • The cheapest days to fly for Thanksgiving • The cheapest days to fly for Christmas • The cheapest days to fly for New Years Visit the Holiday Cheap Flights Report regularly to find the best deals. Book Thanksgiving airline tickets and pay over time with 0% APR at CheapAir.com. About CheapAir® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com ® and its team of over 100 travel enthusiasts use cutting edge technology, a boatload of airfare data, and superior customer service to make it easier and less stressful to buy affordable airline tickets. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine uses a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate display that includes which flights have which inflight amenities. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on Facebook, CheapAir on Google+ and CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry from planning his own backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, including its corporate travel services arm, Amtrav, has now helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.
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  • CheapAir.com Annual Airfare Study Reveals the Best Times to Buy Flights

    Apr 6, 2017
    “When to Buy” study reveals that 54 days out is, on average, the best time to buy – with a few caveats Calabasas, CA (Apr. 6, 2017) – CheapAir.com today released the findings of its Annual Airfare Study, which crunched 921 million airfares from 2.9 million trips to find the best and worst times to buy an airline ticket. For the second consecutive year, the study found that 54 days out is, on average, when travelers can get the best deals on domestic flights. However, the best timing depends on when and where passengers fly. CheapAir.com found that the lowest fare for a given flight changes an average of 71 times between the time it’s announced and the day the plane takes off. In other words, the price of a flight changes on average every 4.5 days, and each change averages $33 up or down. “People always ask why air fares have to be so crazy complicated,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. “We try to share as much data and insight as we can to make the process a little less daunting.” Klee added, “The most important rule is fairly obvious: don’t wait until the last minute, as that rarely works out. But beyond that, you also want to be careful not to buy too early. I always suggest that travelers check fares early and often and get familiar with the market. Then, when you see a good deal pop up, grab it, because it likely won’t last very long.” The Airfare Study identifies five booking windows in which travelers buy flights which CheapAir has labeled: “First Dibs” approximately 6 – 11 months in advance, when flights first open for sale and fares tend to be on the high side. “Peace of Mind” 3½ – 6 months in advance, when fares are at a modest premium but options abound. “Prime Booking Window” 3 weeks – 3½ months in advance, when airfares are the cheapest, on average. This is typically the best time to buy airline tickets. “Push Your Luck” 2 – 3 weeks in advance, fares can vary dramatically but are often rising significantly, particularly as flights fill to popular destinations. “Hail Mary” 0 – 2 weeks in advance, this is when airfares are highest, on average $150 more than booking in CheapAir.com’s “Prime Booking Window.” CheapAir.com also examined whether the day of the week you click “purchase” makes a difference. The study found that there is on average less than a 0.6% (less than $2) difference between purchase days of week. However, the day of the actual flight is a different matter. Tuesday and Wednesday are the cheapest days to fly, and Sunday is the most expensive, with an average difference of $73. For specific buying guidance, travelers can enter their route into CheapAir.com’s When to Buy Flights widget. For all flights, CheapAir.com offers Price Drop Payback™, which reimburses customers with a travel voucher up to $100 per ticket if their fare drops before the trip. Please visit the CheapAir.com blog to read the complete 2017 Airfare Study. About CheapAir® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com® and its team of over 100 travel enthusiasts use cutting edge technology, a boatload of airfare data, and superior customer service to make it easier and less stressful to buy affordable airline tickets. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine uses a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate display that includes which flights have which inflight amenities. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on Facebook, CheapAir on Google+ and CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry from planning his own backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, including its corporate travel services arm, Amtrav, has now helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.
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2016

  • CheapAir.com Expands Cuba Flights

    Nov 1, 2016
    CheapAir.com, the first online travel agency to offer U.S.-Cuba flights, expands to more than 280 weekly flights to Cuba Calabasas, CA (Nov. 1, 2016) – CheapAir.com, the first and only online travel agency to sell flights between the U.S. and Cuba, has expanded its offering to 36 routes covering 11 U.S. cities and 10 Cuban destinations. By adding over 280 weekly flights on scheduled carriers between the U.S. and Cuba, which were recently approved by the Department of Transportation, CheapAir.com continues to offer the internet’s largest flight selection. CheapAir.com customers can now book flights between the U.S. and Cuba on eight major airlines: JetBlue, American Airlines, United, Delta, Alaska, Spirit, Frontier, and Silver Airways. CheapAir.com is also now selling a Miami-Havana flight on Public Charters, operated by Havana Air. CheapAir.com visitors can book direct or connecting flights to Cuba from virtually any U.S. city. Direct flights leave from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Charlotte, Newark, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta. Orlando, Tampa Bay, and Minneapolis will also offer direct flights soon. CheapAir.com’s Cuban destinations now include Havana, Santa Clara, Camaguey, Holguin, Cienfuegos, Vardero, Cayo Largo del Sur, Manzanillo de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, and Cayo Coco. On CheapAir.com, customers may Mix-And-Match™ flights between airlines to book the most convenient trip. For all flights, CheapAir.com offers Price Drop Payback™, which reimburses customers with a travel voucher up to $100 per ticket if their fare drops before the trip. “Last year, when the rule changes for travel to Cuba opened up a historic opportunity, we jumped on it,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. “We haven’t had enough inventory to accommodate the demand, so we’re thrilled to have all these new flights. We’ll continue to offer more ways to travel to Cuba than any other site on the internet.” To book a flight to Cuba visit CheapAir.com’s Cuba Flights page. About CheapAir ® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com ® and its team of over 100 travel enthusiasts use cutting edge technology, a boatload of airfare data, and superior customer service to make it easier and less stressful to buy affordable airline tickets. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine uses a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate display that includes which flights have which inflight amenities. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on FacebookCheapAir on Google+ and CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry from planning his own backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, including its corporate travel services arm, Amtrav, has now helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.
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  • CheapAir.com Wins Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

    Oct 27, 2016
    Online travel agency recognized for its booking interface, mobile site, and travel blog Calabasas, CA (Oct. 27, 2016) – CheapAir.com today announced that the online travel agency has won three Travel Weekly Magellan Awards. The CheapAir.com Booking Interface, Mobile Site, and Blog were each named Silver Winners for 2016. The Magellan Awards are hosted by Travel Weekly and TravelWeekly.com, the most influential B2B news resources for the travel industry. The awards honor the best in travel and salute the outstanding travel professionals behind it all. CheapAir.com and the other winners will be featured in the October issue of Travel Weekly. In 2016, CheapAir.com’s booking interface and mobile website caught the judges’ eyes. Launched in October 2015, the new booking interface for airline tickets introduced one-click upgrades for JetBlue and Virgin America flights as well as cabin images for both airlines. The CheapAir.com interface enables customers to Mix-And-Match™ flights from different airlines and see the airplane type, cabin configurations, in-flight entertainment, and Wi-Fi availability for each route, and was the first, and continues to be the only, online agency to book flights to Cuba. In August 2016, CheapAir.com’s booking interface and mobile site also became the first to offer a Fly Now Pay Later™ monthly payment option. The 3-, 6-, and 12-month payment plans continued CheapAir.com’s tradition of introducing unconventional checkout options ahead of the industry. CheapAir.com was also the first online travel agency to enable Bitcoin and Western Union payments for flights and hotels. The CheapAir.com Blog also stood out from the crowd with original airfare studies, insider tips, and money saving advice found nowhere else. CheapAir.com conducted an analysis of The Best Time to Buy Plane Tickets based on more than 1.3 billion fares. This study led to the travel industry’s first ever interactive When to Buy Flights tool, capable of identifying the Prime Booking Window™ for any route. As in past years, CheapAir.com published its annual Holiday Cheap Flights Report and Summer Cheap Fights Report, both indispensable tools for navigating the busiest travel seasons. “We look for unconventional ways to make booking travel a better experience for our customers,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. “The Magellan Awards are recognition that our approach to providing information and booking options that can’t be found anywhere else is leading the online travel industry.” About CheapAir® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com® and its team of over 100 travel enthusiasts use cutting edge technology, a boatload of airfare data, and superior customer service to make it easier and less stressful to buy affordable airline tickets. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine uses a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate display that includes which flights have which inflight amenities. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on Facebook, CheapAir on Google+ and CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry from planning his own backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, including its corporate travel services arm, Amtrav, has now helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.
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  • CheapAir.com Study: The Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets

    Mar 9, 2016

    Analysis of 1.3 billion airfares identifies 5 booking “zones” to save money on travel

    Calabasas, CA (March 9, 2016) – CheapAir.com’s latest airfare study has not only revealed the best time to buy airline tickets, but also for the first time identified 5 booking zones to help travelers plan trips and save money. In addition, for the first time ever, CheapAir.com has made this airfare analysis and Prime Booking Window™ data available for nearly all U.S. cities in an industry-first, interactive “When to Buy Flights” page. After analyzing 1.3 billion airfares from 2015, CheapAir.com found that, on average, the best time to buy a domestic flight is 54 days in advance. The study included 1,336,030,117 airfares for roughly 3 million different trips across every day of the year. The team defined a “trip” as an itinerary going from Point A to Point B on a specific date with a specific return date. For each trip, CheapAir identified the lowest fare offered every day from 320 days in advance until 1 day in advance. “54 days is a good number to start with, but it’s important to know that every trip is different,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. “That’s why we have what we call the ‘Prime Booking Window’ which is between 21 and 112 days before departure. For most domestic trips, the best time to buy will be somewhere in that range. But because different markets have different dynamics, we now also provide the Prime Booking Window for the specific city you want to visit.” CheapAir’s analysis includes thousands of popular markets. Klee added, “Generally, a trip price starts off high, slowly drops and then starts to climb a few weeks before the flight. People ask all the time if it’s true that at the last minute the airlines have unsold seats that they practically ‘give away’, but that’s rarely the case. Fares usually go up dramatically within 14 days of the flight.” To help travelers navigate the airfare market, CheapAir.com has divided the 11-month booking window into five “zones.” Here’s what travelers should know about each one. First Dibs (197 - 335 days out): Most airlines begin selling tickets 335 days before the flight. First Dibbers get their pick of flight times, nonstop options and seats. However, they pay an average of $50 more than they would during the “Prime Booking Window.” Peace of Mind (113 – 196 days out): The Peace of Mind zone offers a balance between flight options and price. Travelers pay an average of $20 more per ticket than they would in the Prime Booking Window, but also have more flight options to choose from. Prime Booking Window (21 – 112 day out): This is the zone for bargain hunters. During these 90 days, fares fluctuate a lot, sometimes day to day. Travelers are urged to check for cheap airline tickets frequently during this period and to buy when a bargain pops up. Push Your Luck (14 – 20 days out): In the period between two and three weeks out, fares can vary dramatically. Depending on how full flights are, travelers may get a fantastic deal, or they may pay significantly more. Popular flights during peak seasons are less likely to have low fares in this zone. Hail Mary (0 – 13 days out): On rare occasions, the Hail Mary zone offers the best rate. However, 7-13 days out, travelers pay an average of $75 over the Prime Booking Window. 1-6 days in advance, that premium shoots up to $200. Visit the CheapAir.com blog for more details on the study, and the When to Buy Airline Tickets page for an interactive look at the Prime Booking Window for your city.

    About CheapAir ® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir and its team of 90 travel enthusiasts use cutting edge technology, a boatload of airfare data, and superior customer service to make it easier and less stressful to buy affordable airline tickets. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine uses a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate display that includes which flights have which inflight amenities. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on Facebook, CheapAir on Google+ and CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry trying to plan a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, along with its sister company, Amtrav for Business Travelers, has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.

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2015

  • The Wait is Over. CheapAir.com first online travel agency to book flights to Cuba

    Feb 26, 2015

    New service arrives on the heels of Obama administration’s new regulations aimed to help Americans face fewer obstacles in traveling to Cuba

    Calabasas, CA (Feb. #, 2015) – For people in need of getting to Cuba, CheapAir.com is once again pushing the boundaries of digital travel planning. CheapAir.com today announced it is has become the first online travel agency to enable U.S. travelers to book flights between the U.S. and Cuba. Earlier this year, President Obama announced new regulations that ease the U.S.’s longtime travel ban to Cuba, making it easier for Americans to travel to the Caribbean nation. Under the new law, Americans must travel for an approved reason, including professional, educational and government purposes, but they no longer need to obtain a government license. “Since the rule change, we have seen a surge in search volumes for travel to Cuba.” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. “Arranging flights to Cuba is a little complicated, but it’s the kind of thing we’re good at and our technology platform is flexible enough to make it possible. Our team did a great job building it out in just a few weeks’ time.” CheapAir is booking flights to Havana, the Cuban capital, from all cities in the United States.   About CheapAir ® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir and its team of 90 travel enthusiasts use cutting edge technology, a boatload of airfare data, and superior customer service to make it easier and less stressful to buy affordable airline tickets. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine uses a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate display that includes which flights have which inflight amenities. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on Facebook , CheapAir on Google+ and CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry trying to plan a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, along with its sister company, Amtrav for Business Travelers, has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.

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  • CheapAir’s Latest Study: When to Buy Flights

    Feb 20, 2015
    Calabasas, CA (Feb. 20, 2015) – Customers are always asking us, “When is the best time to book my flight to…”? After analyzing 1.5 billion air fares, CheapAir.com has determined that in 2014 the best domestic fares were found booking, on average, 47 days in advance. This was based on a review of almost 5 million trips, covering 15,000 markets, watching fares booked between 1 and 320 days in advance. “When you buy your flight makes a huge difference,” said CheapAir CEO Jeff Klee, who noted that the study found that the price of an average trip changes 70 times during the period it’s available for sale. He added: “No one wants to find that the person sitting next to them on a flight paid $100 less for their ticket. We spend a lot of time collecting and analyzing fare data so our customers can make more informed decisions.” In fact, the study found that the average savings that could be achieved from buying on the “best” day versus buying on the “worst” was $201 per ticket. Analysis of the data revealed a general pattern that, beginning when flights open for sale 11 months in advance, fares tend to drop slowly but steadily until reaching a low point somewhere between 27 days and 114 days out. CheapAir calls that three month window, between one and four months in advance, the ‘prime booking window.’ “Way more often than not, the best fare for a domestic trip will be offered at some point during that window,” Klee said. Not surprisingly, the study revealed that travelers should make sure to buy their ticket at least 14 days in advance, or pay an average of $111 more. That amount jumps to $174 more if you buy within 7 days. But it also revealed that buying a ticket too early, can be costly, too. Tickets tend to be about $50 more expensive than their eventual low point when flights first open for sale. The study found different dynamics exist for domestic and international flights, concluding that for international flights it is generally best to book earlier than the recommended window for domestic. The best time to buy cheap airline tickets to Latin America, for instance, averaged out to 96 days in advance. To Europe it was 276 days – that’s about 9 months! Mexico was close at 251 days and Asia was even more extreme at 318 days. The CheapAir.com blog offers more details on the study and when to buy airline tickets. About CheapAir ® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir and its team of 90 travel enthusiasts use cutting edge technology, a boatload of airfare data, and superior customer service to make it easier and less stressful to buy affordable airline tickets. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine uses a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate display that includes which flights have which inflight amenities. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on Facebook , CheapAir on Google+ and CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry trying to plan a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, along with its sister company, Amtrav for Business Travelers, has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.

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2014

  • CheapAir.com Debunks Myths About the ‘Best Day’ to Book Airline Tickets

    Nov 13, 2014
    CALABASAS, Calif., (Nov. 13, 2014) -- After analyzing 415 million airline fares, CheapAir.com found that no single day of the week is statistically better for booking cheap airline tickets. Contrary to popular myths that Tuesdays or Sundays are the best days to buy, CheapAir found that no specific day of the week or time of day will consistently save travelers money. CheapAir decided to investigate this issue after The Wall Street Journal reported that Sunday is the best day to buy airline tickets according to ticket sales data collected by the Airlines Reporting Corporation. The conclusion was based on tickets purchased, but corporate travelers tend to book last minute, pay higher fares and purchase tickets on work days. This likely skewed the data and made Sundays appear to be the cheapest day to buy flights. Rather than examining tickets purchased, CheapAir examined all fares that were available on domestic flights since the beginning of 2014 – a total of 415 million airfares. The differences between days of the week were statistically insignificant. The cheapest days to buy, Wednesday and Thursday, were cheaper than the most expensive days, Saturday and Sunday, by a grand total of $3. "The day you choose to fly and how far in advance you purchase can make a huge difference in your airline ticket price, but the day of the week you purchase that ticket really doesn't matter," said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir. "If you see a great fare on Monday, don't wait for Tuesday or Sunday. Rates can change rapidly, so take advantage of cheap airline tickets when you spot them." In April, CheapAir found that the cheapest airline tickets were available an average of 54 days before the flight, and the prime booking window was between 29 and 104 days. However, the destination, travel date and other variables could drastically affect the prime booking window. "The best thing to do is check for fares early and often," added Klee. "Become familiar with the market on your travel dates so you learn to spot good and bad deals." About CheapAir® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to radically simplify the way people shop for travel deals. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities to bring some joy to your trip planning. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on Facebook, CheapAir on Google+ or CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student's budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, along with its sister company, Amtrav for Business Travelers, has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.
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  • CheapAir.com Bitcoin Sales Top $1.5 Million

    Jul 29, 2014

    In Celebration, CheapAir Sends a College Bitcoin Pioneer to London’s Inside Bitcoin Conference

      Calabasas, CA (July 17, 2014) – CheapAir.com ® announced today that the online travel agency has surpassed the $1.5 million mark for sales of flights and hotels in bitcoin. In November 2013, CheapAir.com became the first U.S. online travel agency to accept bitcoin after being introduced to the crypto-currency by an intrepid customer who asked if he could use it to pay for a flight. Seven months later, the company has processed over $1.5M in bitcoin payments for flights, hotels and Amtrak fares and continues to see new adopters paying with it every day. “If our customers have a need, we’ll go to great lengths to come up with a solution.” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir. “In this case, that meant finding a way to accept bitcoin payments for airline and hotel transactions that traditionally were only done with cash or credit card. We appreciate how easy Coinbase made it for us to do so. In retrospect, it was one of the best decisions we’ve made for our business and our customers.” Thanks to Coinbase’s convenient and simple to use two-click payment process, accepting bitcoin has connected CheapAir.com with thousands of new travelers who live and breathe the digital currency. In terms of ease, security and low transaction fees, it has been a win for customers, CheapAir and Coinbase. To celebrate this milestone and to honor bitcoin customers, CheapAir held a contest for a free trip to London, including airfare, accommodations and a pass to Inside Bitcoins: The Business of the Cryptocurrency World, a conference set to take place September 15-16 in London. To win the trip, contestants had to tweet @CheapAir with the hashtag #LondonBTC on why they would like to go. CheapAir.com judged the entries on July 23. The winner was Patrick Cines, a student at Penn State University. Cines is President of his campus Bitcoin club, and Director of Mid-Atlantic Relations for the College Cryptocurrency Network. Although CheapAir received many compelling tweets during the contest, Patrick’s dedication to the global bitcoin cause and leadership in the community stood out. “I entered the contest because I want to help UK students set up bitcoin clubs at their schools,” said Cines. “I am going to use this trip to expand the College Cryptocurrency Network’s international presence. Our goal is to help promote bitcoin awareness and use on college and university campuses worldwide. Additionally, we provide a platform for students to collaborate on startups and innovations and we even provide students with a platform to apply directly to companies in the bitcoin industry for internships and full time jobs.” To learn more about Coinbase, visit www.Coinbase.com To book your travel using bitcoin, visit www.CheapAir.com  

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    About CheapAir ® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to radically simplify the way people shop for travel deals. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities to bring some joy to your trip planning. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on FacebookCheapAir on Google+ or CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, along with its sister company, Amtrav for Business Travelers, has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.
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  • CheapAir ® First Online Travel Agency to Accept Bitcoin for Amtrak Seats

    May 10, 2014

    With CheapAir’s Amtrak Integration and Support for Bitcoin, Travelers Can Now Book Train Fares, Flights and Hotels with Crypto-Currency

    Calabasas, CA (May 6, 2014) – CheapAir, the world’s first online travel agency to let customers book flights and Amtrak fares in one seamless process, is now the first travel booking site that lets travelers pay for Amtrak fares with Bitcoin. For fans of Bitcoin and customers who like choice in how they travel and what they pay with, CheapAir has once again pushed the boundaries of digital travel planning. In November 2013, CheapAir became the world’s first online travel agency to accept Bitcoin for flights, and in February 2014, it became the first to let customers pay for hotels with Bitcoin. Now, customer can book airfare, hotels and Amtrak seats using the world’s most popular digital currency. Travelers can mix-and-match flights and train seats, choose between standard and Acela Express routes and select between Economy and Business Class seating. Trains are available between New York and Boston, New York and Washington D.C., Boston and Washington D.C., Los Angeles and San Diego, St. Louis and Chicago, and Portland and Seattle, with other popular Amtrak routes coming soon “At CheapAir, we believe customers should get the most travel options, the most payment options and the most personalized service available,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir. “We think it’s pretty cool when travelers can search Amtrak fares with their voice—from an airplane selected specifically for its WiFi—pay for train seats with Bitcoin from that airplane—and then get $100 back if their fares drop!” About CheapAir ® Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to radically simplify the way people shop for travel deals. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities to bring some joy to your trip planning. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on Facebook CheapAir on Google+ or CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, along with its sister company, Amtrav for Business Travelers, has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.

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  • CheapAir.com® First Online Travel Agency to Offer Amtrak Seats

    May 8, 2014

    Travelers Can Now Mix-And-Match Flights and Train Reservations in One Seamless Process

    Calabasas, CA (April 21, 2014)CheapAir® today became the first and only online travel agency in the U.S. to offer both flights and Amtrak railway reservations on a single website. Travelers may now book Amtrak fares through CheapAir.com and the voice-activated CheapAir iOS app, and even mix-and-match flight and railway fares to create the most convenient and cost-efficient travel itineraries available on the web. While travelers used to have to search flights on one site, Amtrak seats on another, compare prices and then try to manually combine travel modes, they can now seamlessly add railway travel to even the most complicated itineraries. A trip from Chicago to New York to Boston to Washington D.C. can now include both flights and trains to provide the fastest and most affordable trip possible. CheapAir has introduced railway fares between New York and Boston, New York and Washington D.C., and Boston and Washington D.C.—the three most popular Amtrak routes. As demand for railway travel increases, CheapAir will add additional routes. Travelers can select between standard trains and Acela Express trains, which reach speeds up to 150 mph and significantly reduce travel times. Customers can also choose between Business Class and Economy Class seating. “We’re big proponents of air travel, but sometimes it’s just better to roll than fly,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. “When you want to save a few hundred dollars, take in the scenery, carve out some time to get work done on-the-move or even minimize the driving commute to your final destination, rail travel can make a lot of sense. This is one more way we’re providing travelers with choices, convenience and significant savings.” Train travelers enjoy all the benefits of booking with CheapAir including access to a Personal Travel Advisor and Price Drop Payback™, which guarantees customers up to $100 in travel credits if their fare price drops after the date of purchase. Customers may book Amtrak fares on CheapAir.com or on the CheapAir App, the world’s first voice-activated travel search app and a Gold Winner in the Travel Weekly annual Magellan Awards. About CheapAir.com Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to radically simplify the way people shop for travel deals. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities to bring some joy to your trip planning. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with CheapAir on Facebook, CheapAir on Google+ or CheapAir on Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, along with its sister company, Amtrav for Business Travelers, has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.

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  • CheapAir.com First U.S. Travel Site to Accept Bitcoin for Hotel Reservations

    Feb 7, 2014

    Travelers Can Now Book Flights and Hotels with Bitcoin on CheapAir.com

    Calabasas, CA (Feb. 06, 2014) – CheapAir.com announced today that it has become the nation’s first online travel agency to accept Bitcoin for hotel reservations. Customers can now use Bitcoin to buy flights and book hotel rooms at more than 200,000 hotels throughout the world. In November 2013, CheapAir.com became the U.S.’s first online travel agency to accept Bitcoin for flight purchases. By adding this option for hotel reservations, CheapAir.com has made it possible for customers to book an entire vacation using the digital currency. “We love the concept of Bitcoin and the welcome alternative that they provide,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir. “The positive response and new customers we’ve gained since we started accepting Bitcoin for flights have been great. We’re thrilled to now offer that same choice and flexibility for hotels.” Customers who purchase hotels and flights using Bitcoin enjoy all the benefits of booking with CheapAir. Travelers can mix and match flights from multiple airlines to create tens of thousands of possible itineraries. Bitcoin purchases are also backed by CheapAir’s Price Drop Payback™, the one-of-a-kind price guarantee that gives customers up to a $100 in travel credit if their flight fare drops after purchase. For help with itinerary changes, travel questions, bad weather, delays and flight cancellations, Bitcoin customers can also reach out to their personal CheapAir Travel Advisor, an in-house travel expert assigned to each customer who books with CheapAir. Introduced in January 2009, Bitcoin is the world’s “first decentralized digital currency,” according to bitcoin.org. Since May 2012, Bitcoin has seen remarkable adoption with transactions per day growing from under 10,000 to a high of over 90,000 in December 2013. New members of the bitcoin community include Overstock.com, The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. To book your hotel with Bitcoin, visit www.CheapAir.com About CheapAir.com Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to radically simplify the way people shop for travel deals. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities to bring some joy to your trip planning. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration connect with us on Facebook , Google+ or Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir.com in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, along with its sister company, Amtrav for Business Travelers, has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.

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  • CheapAir App Named Gold Winner in Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

    Jan 30, 2014

    Industry’s First Voice-Activated Flight Search App Stands Out in Online Travel Category

    Calabasas, CA (January 30, 2014) – CheapAir.com announced today that the CheapAir iOS app has been named a 2013 Gold Winner in the Travel Weekly annual Magellan Awards. CheapAir’s voice-activated flight search app, the first of its kind, was the only mobile app to receive Gold in the Online Travel Services category. Judged by a panel of top professionals and thought leaders from the travel world, the Magellan Awards recognizes the best products, services, marketing initiatives, design and more from a broad range of industry segments. The winners are featured in a special issue of Travel Weekly. The CheapAir app, released in March 2013, is the world’s first travel booking app that lets travelers speak flight searches instead of type them. A traveler can say, “Chicago to San Francisco, March 11th to the 15th”, to view matching flights from hundreds of airlines without filling out a search form. To translate spoken words into search queries, the app uses proprietary semantic language technology originally developed for CheapAir Easy Search, the free-form search experience available at CheapAir.com. The mobile app includes all the flight details and travel perks that are only available from CheapAir.com. Travelers can see which flights have amenities like WiFi, live TV and pay-per-view movies, and even mix and match flights from different airlines to save time and money. Mobile flight purchases are also covered by CheapAir’s Price Drop Payback™, which gives customers up to $100 in travel credit if their fare drops after purchase. Named “App of the Day” by Gizmodo and “App of the Week” by JohnnyJet, the CheapAir app has also received critical acclaim from the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and CNBC, among other news sources. As the Los Angeles Times remarked, “If you hate searching for flights on your iPhone’s small screen, you may develop an instant crush on the CheapAir iOS app that lets you verbally search for flights.” “At CheapAir, we do everything we can to make travel easier, more comfortable and less expensive for our customers,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. “In just a year we became the first online travel agency to release a voice-activated mobile app, the first to provide all our customers with personal travel advisors and the first US travel booking site to accept bitcoin. We’re proud that Travel Weekly has recognized our efforts to make flight searches fast and effortless for people on-the-move.” To learn more about CheapAir.com, visit www.CheapAir.com. To download the CheapAir App, visit the iTunes Store. About CheapAir.com Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to radically simplify the way people shop for travel deals. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities to bring some joy to your trip planning. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration, connect with us on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir.com in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, along with its sister company, Amtrav for Business Travelers, has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.  

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  • CheapAir to Provide Personal Travel Advisors for Every Customer

    Jan 14, 2014

    Breaking away from the industry norm, CheapAir now links every customer with a real, US-based travel advisor ready to answer questions, modify travel plans and add extras

    Calabasas, CA (Tuesday, January 14th) – CheapAir.com today announced a new service that introduces each and every customer to a real, in-house travel advisor who can assist with itinerary changes, rental cars and hotels, travel mishaps, questions and much more. Since testing began in April, the service has surprised a lot of travelers accustomed to automated call lines, clumsy voice recognition and outsourced customer service agents who can never, ever be reached again. “We’ve always strived to make travel planning as easy and stress-free as possible,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir. “However, we’ve noticed customer service in the travel industry becoming less human and less accessible. So we decided to take a stand. By matching customers with personal travel advisors, we’ve built a level of accessibility and personal service that people can’t get elsewhere.” After customers purchase a flight, hotel, or car through CheapAir.com or 1-800-CHEAP-AIR, they will receive an email with their travel advisor’s name, email address and direct phone line. At any point before, during or after a trip, the travel advisors are available to help. They can also assist with future travel planning. “People are shocked when they call and the person on the other end of the line is actually their advisor from the email,” said Terry Robin, Vice President of Call Center Operations at CheapAir.com. “Instead of an automated call line, CheapAir customers get an actual human being who cares.” CheapAir travel advisors are trained to help with a wide variety of issues. Whether travelers want to switch seats, change flights or just find out about baggage fees, CheapAir advisors can help. This added level of service can be particularly useful in the event of bad weather, flight cancellations, or other delays or disruptions which would otherwise leave travelers to fend for themselves. To learn more about CheapAir, visit 10.185.58.36. About CheapAir.com Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to radically simplify the way people shop for travel deals. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities to bring some joy to your trip planning. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration, connect with us on Facebook , Google+ or Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir.com in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, along with its sister company, Amtrav for Business Travelers, has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.

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2013

  • CheapAir.com First Online Travel Agency to Accept Bitcoins

    Nov 22, 2013

    Bitcoin Digital Currency May Now be Used to Purchase Flights on CheapAir.com

    Calabasas, CA (Nov. 22, 2013) – CheapAir.com announced today that it has become the world’s first online travel agency to accept bitcoin, a purely digital currency that has gained remarkable momentum and attention. Today, CheapAir.com is the only place in the United States where flights may be purchased using bitcoins. According to Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir, the idea to offer bitcoins came from a customer who asked one of the company’s Travel Advisors if CheapAir would accept payment in bitcoins. “The question reached me, I discussed it with our team, and we all got very excited about being the first in the industry to embrace this cool new way to pay,” said Klee. Launched in January of 2009, bitcoin is the world’s “first decentralized digital currency,” according to bitcoin.org. Today, bitcoins are accepted by a number of notable vendors including WordPress, Reddit, OkCupid, Baidu and a group of Etsy merchants. According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, one couple from Provo, Utah managed to complete a 101 day travel adventure spanning three continents while living on nothing but bitcoin. “We will do whatever it takes to make travel buying easier and give CheapAir customers more options,” said Klee. “We’re intrigued by the growing bitcoin phenomenon and we are happy to provide bitcoin users an easy, secure way to book flights.” For the time being, CheapAir will only accept bitcoins for flight purchases on the CheapAir.com website. The online travel agency plans to extend the bitcoin option to hotel reservations and flights booked through the award-winning CheapAir iOS app. To purchase your first flight with bitcoins, visit www.CheapAir.com.   About CheapAir.com Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to simplify the way people shop for travel deals. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities to bring some joy to your trip planning. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration, connect with us on Facebook or Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir.com in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, along with its sister company, Amtrav for Business Travelers, has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.  

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  • CheapAir.com Releases Holiday Cheap Flights Index™

    Sep 18, 2013

    Real-Time Index Shows Travelers When to Buy Thanksgiving and Christmas Flights at the Lowest Possible Prices

    Calabasas, CA – CheapAir today rolled its Holiday Cheap Flights Index, which tracks over 11,000 airfares to help travelers find the cheapest possible flights during the busy holiday season. With data extending back to May, CheapAir continually updates the Holiday Cheap Flights Index so that travelers can see how flight prices compare to the days, weeks and months before. “Holiday airfares can fluctuate dramatically and it’s not too early to start thinking about your travel plans” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir. “Our goal is to give travelers the data and knowledge they need to find the most affordable flights.” To calculate the Holiday Cheap Flights Index, CheapAir tracks more than 11,000 domestic holiday flights each day. Then, CheapAir collects all the prices from a subset of the most popular markets in the U.S. and uses that sample to construct the Index. According to the Index, fares had been climbing steadily since tracking began on May 22nd, until reversing course in early August. Between August 1 and August 13 the Index dropped 390 points, eventually bottoming out almost 6% off the peak of July 15. That amounts to a savings of nearly $106 for a family of four who bought their tickets at the bottom of that drop. To help travelers spot the next downtrend, the Index page will include regular updates from the CheapAir team that highlight trends and key findings from the Index. The Holiday Cheap Flights Index also includes separate Thanksgiving and Christmas tabs with insight on which specific travel days have the highest or lowest fares. For instance, December 1 will be the busiest and therefore one of the most expensive travel days of the year, so travelers can save big by returning home from Thanksgiving on November 30, December 2 or 3. During the Christmas season, a week-long trip that begins on Monday, December 23, will be significantly cheaper than a holiday that begins over a weekend. Conscientious travelers should avoid travelling on December 29 and January 5, the last Sunday before the business world kicks back into gear. Travelers can book cheap holiday travel from CheapAir’s website or the CheapAir app, now available on iOS devices. CheapAir mines over 25 million fares each day and helps travelers mix and match flights™ to create the most cost-efficient itineraries. CheapAir also pioneered Price Drop Payback™, which credits customers up to $100 per ticket if their fare drops after purchase. This holiday season, the Holiday Cheap Flights Index and Price Drop Payback will ensure that travelers get the very best deal on the market. Visit www.CheapAir.com/holiday-flights to view the Holiday Cheap Flights Index. About CheapAir.com Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to radically simplify the way people shop for travel deals. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities to bring some joy to your trip planning. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration, connect with us on Facebook or Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir.com in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, along with its sister company, Amtrav for Business Travelers, has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.

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  • CheapAir.com First to Release Voice-Activated Flight Search App for iPhone

    Mar 26, 2013

    Airfare Shopping Engine Leads Trend of Travel Industry Going Mobile; Uses Cutting Edge Semantic Technology

    Calabasas, CA (March 26, 2013) – CheapAir.com today announces the release of its new mobile app featuring voice-activated flight search. The CheapAir app, available now for iPhone and iPad, is designed to make it as easy as possible for people on-the-go to search for the best deals and most comfortable flights by talking instead of typing. Now, when CheapAir users search for flights from their mobile device, they can simply say a request like, “Los Angeles to New York, December 5th to the 10th” and the robust app will find matching results from hundreds of airlines, without the need to fill out a search form. The innovative app uses semantic language technology that was first developed by CheapAir for Easy Search, the revolutionary free-form search experience available on its website. This proprietary technology translates spoken words into a travel query for fast, effortless flight results. App results display the same level of detail as the website, including amenity information like which flights have WiFi, personal video monitors or live TV. The CheapAir mobile app comes at a time when the use of mobile phones for travel information is growing significantly. According to The Digital Consumer report by Tealeaf, an IBM Company, 15% of consumers are already using the mobile web for travel services, and 13% are using mobile travel applications downloaded from one of the top app stores. “We know that more and more travelers want to research flight options with their phones,” said Jeff Klee, Chief Executive Officer of CheapAir.com. “We want to make it easy to check flights while out with friends, walking to the subway, or wherever our customers are.” Klee added, “We’re doing everything we can to make it easier to find the lowest fares and the best flight options. CheapAir was the first travel site to let people search for fares using natural language, we were the first to show which in-flight amenities are on every flight, and now we’ve launched the first voice-activated iPhone app.” CheapAir crunches more than 25 million fares a day and lets customers mix and match flights to create tens of thousands of itinerary combinations. The company uses sophisticated technology and better trip planning tools to create a fun, user-friendly experience not available on other travel websites. CheapAir also pioneered Price Drop Payback™ and is the only U.S. travel site that lets customers buy with confidence – if their fare drops after purchase, they can obtain a travel credit for the difference up to $100. As the company tests and gains feedback on this first version of the CheapAir mobile app, it will continue to upgrade and add more functionality. The voice functionality can be used in iPhones 4S and above or an iPad 3. For more information about CheapAir.com, please visit www.CheapAir.com. To download the CheapAir App, visit the iTunes Store. About CheapAir.com Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to radically simplify the way people shop for travel deals. Our proprietary airfare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities to bring some joy to your trip planning. For expert travel advice, deals and inspiration, connect with us on Facebook or Twitter. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir.com in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding and, along with its sister company, Amtrav for Business Travelers, has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.  

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  • CheapAir.com Expands Options for Travelers

    Dec 18, 2012

    Travel Deal Website Incorporates American Airlines’ New Fare Choice Bundles

    CALABASAS, CA (December 18, 2012) − , the powerful air fare shopping engine that uses cutting edge technology to find the best deals, today became the first online travel agency to offer American Airlines’ new “Choice Essential” and “Choice Plus” fares. The airline recently rolled out a three-tiered fare structure, providing fliers with options when booking a coach-class flight, including perks like free checked bags, priority boarding and more flexible ticketing. Those options have been available on American’s own site, AA.com, since last week. "We applaud American Airlines’ effort to give travelers more choices when they buy their tickets," said Jeff Klee, Chief Executive Officer of CheapAir.com. "And we’re proud to be the first online travel agency to offer the new fare options." Customers who search for flights on CheapAir and select an American Airlines flight can now choose to upgrade to “Choice Essential” or “Choice Plus” to take advantage of a number of new perks the airline is offering with its expanded coach-class fare packages. “At CheapAir.com, we think it’s important to give customers options,” Klee added. “That’s why we have invested substantially to make CheapAir.com not just an easy site to find cheap flights, but also a great place for airlines to showcase differentiated products for consumers. “Sure, there are some fliers who simply want the absolute lowest price, but there are also plenty of others who evaluate the quality of the flight experience and are willing to pay a little more to fly an airline that delivers a premium product or service. Whether it’s indicating clearly which flights have WiFi, live TV, or video monitors, or providing the ability to purchase premium bundles like those American Airlines is offering, we want to give travelers the choices and let them decide which options are worth an extra charge.” American Airlines’ new fare packages are also now available through CheapAir.com’s sister company, Amtrav, a leading travel management company with a corporate booking tool that is the first of its kind to offer these fares. Founded in 1989 with a mission of radically simplifying the way people shop for travel deals, CheapAir.com processes more than 25 million fares daily to help customers quickly and easily find the lowest prices and best options. Find out more at 10.185.58.36. About CheapAir.com Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to radically simplify the way people shop for travel deals. Our proprietary air fare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities to bring some joy to your trip planning. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir.com in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student's budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding that has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.

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  • CheapAir.com First to Let Travelers Search for Flights using Natural Language

    Oct 9, 2012

    Innovative Air Fare Shopping Engine Makes it Easier than Ever to Find Cheap, Comfortable Flights Using Semantic Search

    Calabasas, CA (Tuesday, October 9th, 2012) – Now finding cheap airline tickets on CheapAir.com is even easier, thanks to an innovative semantic search feature being rolled out on the travel deal website. Easy Search™ from CheapAir lets travelers type a simple sentence or phrase describing the flight they want into the search field and quickly returns the best results. CheapAir.com is the first consumer travel website to use this cutting-edge, natural language translation technology. Now, instead of having to click through a tedious travel search form with its numerous fields, cumbersome calendars and confusing airport codes, CheapAir.com customers can simply type a query like, “L.A. to Newark on July 3rd, back on the 10th” and Easy Search will do all the work for them. Savvy travelers will appreciate that this intuitive search box accepts city and airport codes, too, and allows users to enter the date in any format they want. For instance, you can do a search from Miami to Chicago on April 10th through April 15th just by typing “mia chi 410 415” instead of filling out a whole form, individually inputting each piece of information. Such capabilities make Easy Search a huge time saver, and a fast, convenient way to find the lowest airfares on the already user-friendly CheapAir site. “Easy Search is one more thing we’re doing differently than the competition to make it easier to book travel arrangements,” said Jeff Klee, Chief Executive Officer of CheapAir.com. “We were the first consumer travel website to list flight amenities to help customers find comfortable flights, and now we’re the first to use natural language searching to make booking a flight much faster.” Founded in 1989 with a mission of radically simplifying the way people shop for travel deals, CheapAir.com uses powerful, sophisticated technology and proprietary trip planning tools to create a simple flight search experience not available on other travel websites. CheapAir.com is the only online travel agency in the U.S. to provide travelers with a comprehensive listing of onboard flight amenities like Wi-Fi, live TV and personal video monitors. They also offer Price Drop Payback, Mix & Match Fares, top-flight picks and the ability to search for deals using an interactive map showing the lowest fares to all major destinations in the world. “We will continue to innovate so customers can plan trips in any way that is comfortable for them,” notes Klee. “We’re crunching more than 25 million fares a day to help customers find the lowest fares out there, quickly and painlessly.” For more information about CheapAir.com, please visit 10.185.58.36. About CheapAir.com Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to radically simplify the way people shop for travel deals. Our proprietary air fare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you fares and flight options in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities to bring some joy to your trip planning. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir.com in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. CheapAir.com still takes a creative approach to fare finding that has helped over three million people buy plane tickets with confidence.

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  • CheapAir.com Launches Pricedrop Payback Guarantee

    Mar 6, 2012

    Air Fare Shopping Engine Gives Customers Buying Confidence and the Best Deal

    Calabasas, CA (Tuesday, March 6th, 2012) – Anyone who’s ever shopped for a plane ticket knows the stress of deciding when to buy. Fares fluctuate constantly, seemingly without rhyme or reason, and the price you “score” today could drop next week. So how do you know if you’re getting the best deal? One site, CheapAir.com, is helping travelers buy with confidence, thanks to the launch of its new Price Drop PaybackSM program, which reimburses customers up to $100 per ticket if their fare drops before their trip. CheapAir.com is the only U.S. travel site to offer this unique buyer protection, and the program is simple. If a traveler buys airline tickets through CheapAir.com and the price for their itinerary goes down any time before their trip, the company will pay them back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 a ticket. “Buying a plane ticket is a lot like playing the stock market. You see a fare you think is a good deal, but a week later it could be higher or lower. This makes people stressed and confused, wondering when to pull the trigger,” said Jeff Klee, chief executive officer of CheapAir.com. “We want our customers to know they’re getting the absolute best fare they possibly can. We created Price Drop Payback to take the worry out of knowing when to buy and to reassure folks that they’re getting a good deal, guaranteed.” Founded in 1989, CheapAir.com features an air fare shopping engine that uses a proprietary algorithm to scour the web for the best deals and most comfortable flights, making travel research and flight booking easy for the traveler. The site’s user-friendly interface is clean and simple to navigate compared to many of the old school travel sites that force users to sift through pages and pages of lackluster itineraries. CheapAir.com whittles flights down to only the best results, saving people valuable time in their trip planning experience. CheapAir.com has been testing its Price Drop Payback for the past few months, with overwhelmingly positive feedback. Customers appreciate the program’s ease of use and anytime access. They simply have to visit the My Trips section of the company’s web site any time after purchase and with just one click, they can see if their fare has gone down. If it has, CheapAir.com will issue a travel credit immediately. “It’s our mission to radically simplify the way people shop for travel deals,” notes Klee. ”We’re constantly working on giving people tools and advice to make more intelligent choices, so they can find the best fares and flights and enjoy their journey.” For more information about CheapAir.com, please visit 10.185.58.36. About CheapAir.com Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to radically simplify the way people shop for travel deals. Our proprietary air fare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you these fares in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir.com in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. Since that time, CheapAir.com has helped over three million travelers buy plane tickets affordably and stress-free.

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  • CheapAir.com First to Tell Travelers which Flights Have WiFi, TV and More

    Feb 6, 2012

    Air Fare Shopping Engine Shows Customers What They’re Really Getting when They Book a Flight

    Calabasas, CA (Monday, February 6th, 2012) – Getting there is much more fun when you find yourself on a plane that leaves on time and has cool extras like personal video monitors or internet access. That’s why CheapAir.com had added creative new tools to its travel deal website that arm travelers with hard-to-find information, such as which flights have the best technologies, on-time arrivals and other factors that make it easier to plan a great trip at a great price. CheapAir.com is the first online travel agency in the U.S. to offer these comprehensive listings of in-flight technology features. Now, when travelers search CheapAir.com for the lowest prices on the planet, they will also see icons next to each flight indicating if the plane has Wi-Fi, live TV, personal video monitors and other attractive onboard perks. This tool was designed to help travelers choose the flight that not only fits their budget but also their needs and wants, streamlining the decision-making process and enabling users to enjoy the trip. “Often, there are many flights that are roughly the same price, but there might be a huge difference in the onboard product,” said Jeff Klee, Chief Executive Officer of CheapAir.com. “In the past, travelers would have to do serious research to find out all these details, which can be incredibly frustrating and time consuming. But, now we’ve made it easy to compare in-flight amenities by having all the information in one place.” CheapAir.com has also added a new ranking feature that recommends top flight picks. Through a proprietary algorithm that scores flights based on price, total travel time, on-time percentage, airline ratings, comfort and onboard amenities, the best value flights are flagged as CheapAir Top Picks, indicated by a star next to their listing. “Our site is still the best place for people who want the lowest fares, but these new tools are incredibly useful for those who also have other priorities.” said Klee. “People are busy and really value their time. Many are willing to pay a few dollars more for a flight they can enjoy or that enables them to be more productive.” For more information about CheapAir.com, please visit 10.185.58.36. About CheapAir.com Headquartered in Calabasas, CA, CheapAir.com is powered by a team of 50 travel enthusiasts who use cutting edge technology and superior customer service to radically simplify the way people shop for travel deals. Our proprietary air fare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you these fares in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities. CEO Jeff Klee started CheapAir.com in 1989 from his college dorm room after getting a crash course in the airline industry while planning a backpacking trip through Europe on a student’s budget. Since that time, CheapAir.com has helped over three million travelers buy plane tickets affordably and stress-free.

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  • CheapAir.com Makes It Easy to Find Lowest Fares and Most Comfortable Flights

    Jan 1, 2012

    Proprietary Air Fare Shopping Engine Simplifies Trip Planning with Price Drop Payback™, Streamlined Booking and User-Friendly Site

    Calabasas, CA (January 1, 2012) These days, buying an airline ticket is like playing the stock market. Fares fluctuate weekly, even daily, and the deluge of complicated travel websites makes it hard for consumers to figure out how to get a good deal. But one site, CheapAir.com, aims to end the confusion, using cutting edge technology and superior customer service to radically simplify the way folks shop for flights. CheapAir.com’s innovative features like Price Drop Payback and Top Picks for flights with the best combination of value and amenities arm consumers with “airfare intelligence” so they can easily make more informed, confident travel decisions. Founded in 1989, CheapAir.com is the brainchild of CEO Jeff Klee, who started the business with a friend in his college dorm after the two got a crash course in the intricacies of the airline business while planning their own backpacking trip through Europe.  Even then, the company, originally known as 1-800-Cheap-Air, took a creative approach to saving people money on fares, offering convenient services like FedEx ticket delivery at a time when folks still had to go to their travel agent to pick-up their plane tickets. In the last two decades, CheapAir.com has evolved to stay on the cusp of new technology. CheapAir.com is the only U.S. travel site that offers Price Drop Payback, reimbursing customers up to $100 per ticket if their fare drops before their trip. The site even arms travelers with hard to find travel information, showing which flights have Wi-Fi, live TV, and other amenities that better inform purchase decisions. CheapAir.com is the first online travel agency in the U.S. to offer these comprehensive listings of flight amenities. Klee now leads a team of 50 travel enthusiasts, capitalizing on his own passion for software programming to provide a proprietary air fare shopping engine designed to give people a better user experience. “Buying an airline ticket should be simple, but its not,” said Klee. “There are so many variables that determine what price you are going to get at any given time, and the fluctuation in fares makes people confused and overwhelmed. But, at CheapAir.com, we’ve streamlined the whole search process, making it easier for people to find the lowest airfare out there.” CheapAir.com boasts a user-friendly interface that’s cleaner and simpler to navigate than many of its much larger, less agile competitors. The goal of Klee’s platform is to provide travelers with what he calls ‘airfare intelligence.” The company also prides itself on its commitment to consumer satisfaction, keeping its customer service department in-house, in its Calabasas, CA headquarters. Unlike other discount travel sites that force users to sift through pages and pages of lackluster itineraries, CheapAir.com whittles flights down to only the best results, and allows travelers to mix and match fares from multiple airlines in a single search, to create a fully customized combination of flights. This way, customers can not only quickly find the best deal but the most convenient itinerary, and buy from different airlines in a single step. “We want our customers to buy with confidence,” said Klee. “We’re constantly working on giving people tools and advice to make more intelligent choices, so they can get the best fares and flights that fit their needs.” For more information about CheapAir.com, please visit 10.185.58.36. About CheapAir.com CheapAir.com has helped over three million people buy plane tickets. We’ve made it our mission to radically simplify the way people search for travel deals. Our proprietary air fare shopping engine does all the work for you, using a patented algorithm that scours the web for the lowest prices on the planet. We show you these fares in a simple, easy to navigate site with all the best flight amenities to bring some joy to your trip planning. Founded in 1989 by two guys in a college dorm room, CheapAir.com is the brainchild of CEO Jeff Klee, a computer programming enthusiast who developed and sold his first video game at the age of 13.  Klee now applies that same passion and know-how to CheapAir.com, making it easier than ever for folks to buy airline tickets with confidence.

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