“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.
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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.
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.