CheapOair Launches Cultural Heritage Travel Page on Miles Away Blog

As part of their initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in worldwide travel, CheapOair has launched a first-of-its-kind page on the company’s Miles Away blog dedicated to spotlighting Cultural Heritage Travel. 

The page debuted with an in-depth article on Stephanie Jones, a leading cultural heritage tourism thought leader who has introduced award-winning innovations and sustainable tourism initiatives that leverage cultural heritage as an economic driver in underrepresented communities and neighborhoods. Stephanie is the founder of some of the most innovative tourism initiatives that are designed to create diversity, equity, and inclusion in the travel industry, such as the National Blacks in Travel & Tourism Collaborative (BTT), Black Cultural Heritage Tours, the Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance (CHEA), Culture OnShore, and the National Cultural and Heritage Tourism Summit.  Stephanie is also a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.

“Travel is a big economic driver. Shedding light on cultural heritage tourism allows our customers to enjoy great travel experiences, and at the same time contribute to the economies of the diverse communities they visit,” said Werner Kunz-Cho, CEO of Fareportal, the corporate owner of online travel agencies CheapOair and One Travel

CheapOair is also supporting the Black Cultural Heritage Tour’s U.S. road trip to connect with and share the stories of Black and Brown-owned businesses and attractions. Future stories on the page will include spotlights on the businesses, people, and ways to experience cultural heritage throughout the U.S.

“This is an important initiative for CheapOair and we are extremely pleased to be working in partnership with Stephanie Jones as Black Cultural Heritage Tours is brought to life.  We view sustainable tourism and cultural heritage travel as the wave of the future,” commented Glenn Cusano, Fareportal Co-CEO and CFO. He continues, “We are committed to this program.  Our vision is that the Miles Away blog will provide useful information that allows CheapOair customers to add sustainability and inclusion into their travel planning considerations.”

“Black cultural heritage is everywhere in this country and the U.S. travel and tourism industry has an incredible opportunity to do a better job promoting it, as well as including small Black businesses and attractions in travel brands and DMOs’ tourism marketing strategies. CheapOair connected with us about partnering to expand awareness of Black cultural heritage assets and experiences in the U.S. We are pleased to be a part of their effort to amplify diverse travel experiences to their audiences,” said Stephanie Jones.

About CheapOair
CheapOair is an online travel agency that specializes in providing cheap flights and great last-minute flight deals for travelers worldwide. Consumers can book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Part of Fareportal’s family of travel brands, CheapOair bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional agency with travel agents available 7 days a week to help find great prices on flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for travel inspiration and helpful travel tips.

About National Blacks in Travel and Tourism Collaborative
BTT is powered by the Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance, Inc. (CHEA), a US 501(c)3 non-profit tourism development organization based in Washington, DC.  BTT works to create new game-changing initiatives and partner with industry allies to ensure Blacks in travel and tourism have equal access to opportunities to fully participate and profit in the global travel and tourism industry. Learn more at www.blacksintourism.org.

About Black Cultural Heritage Tours
Powered by Cultural Heritage Alliance for Tourism, Inc. (CHAT), Black Cultural Heritage Tours curates local, immersive Black cultural heritage tour itineraries, experiences, and connections to the people and places that have shaped communities from the past to the present. As the only Black-owned receptive tour operator in the U.S., CHAT’s focus on Black-owned businesses and attractions seeks to level the playing field for small Black businesses while creating transformative experiences for culturally curious travelers to learn about history and celebrate the rich diversity of Black culture in the U.S. and all over the world. Learn more at www.experienceblackculture.com.

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CheapOair Shares Safe Air Travel Tips

The latest numbers from the TSA show passenger counts more than 1 million per day every day since March 9th of this year.  This is good news for the travel industry and the traveling public.  But while consumers are increasingly ready for the excitement of travel to come back into their lives, heightened awareness of hygiene-related safety protocols should remain top of mind.

Airlines and airports worldwide have instituted protocols and requirements to help keep the flying public safe. To aid in continued safety vigilance, CheapOair is sharing their top tips for strategies to reduce the risk of infection while flying.

Tip No. 1:  Book to fly when it is the least crowded.  Flights leaving between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. often have smaller passenger numbers.  Earlier flights can be filled with deal seekers, and airports are traditionally the busiest between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  Further reduce exposure to large crowds by flying on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, traditionally the slowest days of the week for air travel.

Tip No. 2:  Do not fly if you might be sick.  Your immune system is weaker when you are sick, so if you are feeling under the weather, put off travel to another day.

Tip No. 3:  Use Contactless Check-In at the airport, and everywhere else.  Check-in for your flight before you arrive at the airport, then use self-check to drop off your bags.  Download your boarding pass to your phone and sign up for text alerts to notify you of gate or schedule changes from your travel provider.

Click on the link above to read CheapOair’s full list of air travel safety and hygiene recommendations.

“It’s important for the public to understand that travel can be worry free where hygiene is concerned, as long as proper precautions are maintained.  We all know the value of wearing a mask and maintaining social distance.  Once you are at the airport, or on a plane, these simple practices can help you and your family enjoy their vacation with much less stress,” said Werner Kunz-Cho, CEO of Fareportal, the company behind online travel agencies CheapOair and One Travel.

Please note: With COVID-19 still prevalent, be sure to check local travel regulations and notices for any restrictions, rules, and safety guidelines that may be in place. For additional information please visit the CDC website for up-to-date health and wellness information. 

About CheapOair
CheapOair is an online travel agency that specializes in providing cheap flights and great last-minute flight deals for travelers worldwide. Consumers can book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Part of Fareportal’s family of travel brands, CheapOair bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional agency with travel agents available 7 days a week to help find great prices on flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for travel inspiration and helpful travel tips.

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Fareportal and Klook Join Forces on Consumer Travel Experience

Agreement expands in-destination activities available on OTAs

Continuing their mission of “Uniting People & Places Across the Planet” Fareportal Inc. has entered into an agreement with Klook to provide comprehensive in-destination activities to CheapOair and One Travel customers worldwide.

“Customers are looking for a simple way to create their vacation itineraries. OTAs must be able to provide services beyond airline tickets and transportation options. Klook further enriches our ability to offer our customers fun and exciting things to do once they arrive at their destination,” commented Werner Kunz-Cho, CEO of Fareportal.

The agreement underlines Fareportal’s commitment to providing a comprehensive travel booking platform to the vacationing public, including access to shows & attractions, tours, activities, food & dining, and special events worldwide.

Kunz-Cho continues, “We evaluated many options and are confident that Klook provides the highest quality content available in the travel & activities space. Since 2014, they have established themselves as a global leader in vacation activity planning.”

“We are delighted to partner with Fareportal and to bring the best things-to-do and services to CheapOair and One Travel customers across the globe. The need to explore and discover new experiences remains strong despite current restrictions and this integration will provide customers with a more seamless and mobile-first experience,” said Gianluigi Bazzini, Associate Director, Global Partnerships & Affiliates, Klook.

The content is now available on CheapOair and will be expanded to One Travel in the coming months. This expansion happens as the travel industry continues to experience increasing interest in 2021 travel from the American consumer.

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

About Klook
Founded in 2014, Klook is a world-leading travel and leisure booking platform. Klook empowers users around the world to discover and book the best experiences and services anywhere, anytime. It provides a seamless way for users to explore popular attractions, tours, local transportation, food and beverage, and unique experiences at home or around the world on Klook’s website and award-winning app (consecutive Best of Year awarded by Google Play and Apple App Store). Each day, users indulge in their wanderlust and spontaneity through over 100,000 offerings in more than 400 destinations.

Klook’s services are available in 14 languages, supporting 41 currencies. Get inspired by Klook at www.klook.com, the company blog, or @Klook.

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International Air Traveler Count Increasing

Airline ticket sales illustrate growing confidence in visiting the USA

Some heartening news for the US travel industry, and the US economy, as leading online travel agency CheapOair sheds some light on interest in international to domestic airline tickets purchased through the end of March 2021. 

Overall, the indicators for incoming international visitors are very positive.  CheapOair’s data shows a global increase of 64% when comparing March activity to that of January 2021.

“The figures are really good news.  We all know that Covid caused a precipitous drop in the number of international travelers booking flights to the United States last year.  We believe there is a correlation between the great work being done in this country to get vaccines administered and the uptick in interest in travel to the US,” commented Glenn Cusano, Co-CEO and CFO of Fareportal, the parent company of CheapOair and One Travel.

Country Origin to USA Flight Tickets Purchased% increase January to march
Israel154%
Bahamas119%
India87%
Mexico74%
Germany69%
Italy44%
Costa Rica43%
France42%
Colombia31%
Great Britain27%

Cusano continues, “Tourism means more than airline tickets.  Restaurants, hotels, tours and attractions, and retail sales in general benefit from the presence of our international visitors.  The latest CDC vaccination information shows that 32.6% of Americans have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.  As those percentages increase, we expect to see further growth in international visitors to the USA.”

Increasing willingness to travel comes as welcome news for the hard-hit travel and tourism industry.

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

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

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American Airlines & Fareportal Sign 5-Year Agreement

Carrier & OTA to continue successful partnership

Another positive note for the air travel industry, as Fareportal, the travel technology company that powers leading online travel agencies CheapOair and One Travel, announced this week the continuation of their long-term relationship with major US carrier American Airlines.  The 5-year agreement underscores the importance of Fareportal’s role in supporting the airline’s new Main Plus offer, which provides a Main Cabin Extra or Preferred seat along with an additional free checked bag and Group 5 boarding.  

“Since 2012, Fareportal has been a strong partner to American Airlines,” said Sam S. Jain, Fareportal CEO & Founder.  “We’re extremely pleased with the confidence in our brands demonstrated by this multi-year agreement.”

The value of Fareportal’s technology focus in expanding the relationship is evident.

“Fareportal and American Airlines both understand the importance of providing the best content in the places where customers prefer to shop. Our NDC integration has created a successful platform to support those goals,” commented Chema Alvarado, Fareportal EVP, Supplier Relations.

“Fareportal has been an important partner to American for years and entering this next phase in our relationship together is an exciting milestone,” said Neil Geurin, Managing Director of Digital and Distribution for American Airlines. “We’re optimistic about the successful NDC integration and look forward to making it even easier for customers to access the content that interests them in the future.”

After a tough 2020, the travel industry is seeing signs of renewed interest in travel from the American consumer.

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

Travel eCommerce Advances with Lufthansa Group Airlines/Fareportal NDC Announcement

Flight booking innovation improves customer experience

Continuing a string of flight technology booking innovations, Fareportal, the travel technology company that powers leading online travel agencies CheapOair and One Travel is pleased to announce the launch of New Distribution Capability (NDC) to ensure customers purchasing tickets on any airline of the Lufthansa Group, which include Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS and Brussels Airlines, via Fareportal sites have access to their full range of products and services.

“We’ve always emphasized technical innovation at Fareportal and are therefore very pleased to be able to support our valued partner Lufthansa Group airlines in their NDC integration with a hybrid travel agency,” said Sam S. Jain, Fareportal CEO & Founder.

For Fareportal, this is the latest in a series of NDC integrations with major airlines.

“Lufthansa Group airlines are committed to constantly enhancing their customer experience, and so is Fareportal. NDC integration is part of that commitment. We’ll now be offering customers the ability to easily purchase seats, bags, branded fares, ancillary bundles, and “Continuous Pricing” price offers,” remarked Chema Alvarado, Fareportal Executive Vice President, Supplier Relations.

“We are excited to enter into this partnership with Fareportal fostering modern airline retailing to the benefit of our customers,” said Frank Naeve, Vice President of Sales, The Americas, Lufthansa Group. “Jointly we aim at developing a unique customer experience and are committed to shaping the industry with distribution innovation.”

The launch is scheduled for early April 2021, just ahead of the generally anticipated uptick in demand for travel expected by travel experts this spring/summer.

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

About The Lufthansa Group
The Lufthansa Group is a globally operating airline group. In its home market of Europe it plays a leading role. The Lufthansa Group is made up of the business segments Network Airlines, Eurowings and Aviation Services. All business segments are among the leading providers in their respective sectors. The Network Airlines business segment includes the airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines. Eurowings focuses on point-to-point traffic, especially on short-haul routes. The Aviation Services include in particular the business segments Logistics, MRO and Catering.

US Travel on the Rise as Summer Approaches

Airline passengers per day at US airports now topping 1,000,000

According to leading online travel agency CheapOair.com, Americans are ready to travel, and actively booking their Summer 2021 getaways. As warm weather months get closer airline ticket sales are increasing, with an average lead time from booking to date of travel of 55 days. This points to a robust summer travel season unfolding in mid to late May of this year. Interest in vacations is also increasing, and trends are emerging on who is traveling, and where they are going.

Among CheapOair’s observations:

  • Honolulu and Las Vegas remain top destinations for couples, with traveling twosomes representing 70% and 82% respectively of bookings to those locales.
  • Solo travelers have increased from 15% in January to a noteworthy 25% in March.
  • Similarly, family travel is on the upswing, rising from 9% of total in January to 15% of bookings in March.

Top Vacation Destinations/Traveler Disposition

Market% Couple% solo% family
Miami553013
Las Vegas82107
Cancun63159
Honolulu701513
San Juan, PR483121
Los Angeles63289
Tampa433422
Punta Cana, DR631324
Ft. Lauderdale562320
Orlando501335

“According to data from the TSA, passengers going through US airports in March is consistently over 1,000,000 per day. That’s a significant increase over just one month ago and demonstrates America’s growing willingness to travel,” said Sam S. Jain, CEO & Founder of Fareportal, the company behind online travel agencies CheapOair and One Travel. He continues, “We can see consumer confidence growing, particularly evident in the increasing number of families booking future travel.”

Please note: With COVID-19 still prevalent, be sure to check local travel regulations and notices for any restrictions, rules, and safety guidelines that may be in place. For additional information please visit the CDC website for up-to-date health and wellness information. 

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About CheapOair
CheapOair is an online travel agency that specializes in providing cheap flights and great last-minute flight deals for travelers worldwide. Consumers can book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Part of Fareportal’s family of travel brands, CheapOair bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional agency with travel agents available 7 days a week to help find great prices on flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for travel inspiration and helpful travel tips.

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CheapOair Offers Tips and Safety Tricks for Planning a Fall Solo Trip

As summer winds down, many are starting to consider their fall travel plans, even in these uncertain times. In fact, as travel norms shift in the wake of COVID-19, a lot of people are opting to travel alone. CheapOair, the vacation planning specialists, weighs in on how traveling alone this fall can be safe, fun, and affordable.

One of the clearest benefits of traveling alone is the amount of money saved. This rings especially true for anyone traveling in the fall, which is well-known for being one of the cheapest times of the year to travel.

“Usually as summer reaches its end, ticket prices nationwide take a dip and stay low until around October when people start making their holiday plans. This is a fantastic opportunity for folks to grab a cheap flight for a fall getaway,” said Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal, owner of travel brands CheapOair and OneTravel.

While traveling solo can be exciting, there are several steps any solo adventurer should take into consideration when planning their trip.

“In my opinion, the most important measure any solo traveler can take is to plan ahead! Have your route mapped out, the numbers of every hotel and airline available to you, and always share your itinerary with a loved one so they have an idea where you are in case of an emergency,” remarked Tom Spagnola, Senior Vice President of Supplier Relations of Fareportal.

Other important safety measures to take into consideration include sharing your phone’s location with a trusted loved one and making sure there is WiFi and cell phone service at various checkpoints during your travels.

About CheapOair
CheapOair is an online travel agency that specializes in providing cheap flights and great last-minute flight deals for travelers worldwide. Consumers can book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone (1-646-738-4820) or live chat. Part of Fareportal’s family of travel brands, CheapOair bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional agency with certified travel agents available to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to learn how to travel the world for less.

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Nature is Calling! CheapOair Recommends their Top National Parks Picks to Safely Visit

How Americans vacation looks different than it has in past years but that doesn’t mean planning a trip isn’t possible. CheapOair, the travel experience experts, offers insight into a few of their favorite and safest National Parks destinations across the country.

“In the midst of a pandemic, crowded cities are certainly not ideal vacation destinations but fortunately there are dozens of gorgeous National Parks that offer safe and socially distanced options for the perfect getaway. Travelers are trading in luxury hotels for breathtaking views from their tents,” remarked Sam S. Jain, Fareportal Founder and CEO.

Yosemite National Park
Located in northern California, Yosemite is one of the most well-known National Parks in the U.S.  With 1,169 square miles of unforgettable hiking trails and valleys, exciting wildlife (you may be able to spot a bear from a safe distance!), and massive ancient sequoia trees that will leave anyone awestruck, it’s truly a one-of-kind American landmark.  

Travel Advisory: The park is currently open with all its primary activities active. Please visit this site for more information and safety tips: https://www.yosemite.com/covid-19/

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
This southern Colorado oasis is home to North America’s largest sand dunes that are estimated to have formed over 11,000 years ago. While this park is the perfect place for traditional outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and stargazing (the Milky Way is easily visible at certain times of the year!), it also offers unique activities such as sand sledding and sandboarding!

Travel Advisory: As of June 17th, The Great Sand Dunes Park has entered Phase 2 of its re-opening with increased recreational access and activities. Visit this site for more information: https://www.nps.gov/grsa/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Isle Royale National Park
Michigan, already known for its over 11,000 lakes, boasts this beautiful gem of a National Park. Located on a remote island in Lake Superior, people from all over flock to this unique piece of land to fish, kayak, boat, and camp. Isle Royale is also the only National Park in the U.S to be closed for the entirety of its off-season which spans from November-April.

Travel Advisory: All campgrounds, docks, and trails are currently open to the public.


About CheapOair
CheapOair is an online travel agency that specializes in providing cheap flights and great last-minute flight deals for travelers worldwide. Consumers can book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone (1-646-738-4820) or live chat. Part of Fareportal’s family of travel brands, CheapOair bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional agency with certified travel agents available to help find discount flight tickets to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to learn how to travel the world for less.

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