CheapOair Review

CheapOair appeals to a wide variety of travelers by making it quick and easy to book all aspects of a trip in one place. However, their high service fees may render the service less affordable for some.

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The Good

Streamlined booking

CheapOair’s filtering tools enable you to quickly narrow your search to generate results that best match what you’re looking for. When you click on one of the results, you’re directed to a page with more detailed information. When you’re ready to book, just hit the Book Now button and you’ll be taken to a page where you can review all your information along with the estimated total cost of your trip. You can enter any coupon codes at this point. On the next page, you can add a rental car or schedule activities. There’s also the option to purchase travel insurance, which covers all sorts of travel-related emergencies such as illnesses and unforeseen cancellations. From there, all you need to do is enter your personal information and a credit card to pay for the trip and you’re all set. You receive a confirmation email from CheapOair and you can view your travel itinerary at any time online.

Discounts for certain types of travelers

Students, seniors, and members of the military earn special savings when they book through CheapOair. Applicable coupon codes are listed on each group’s designated page, along with a list of suggested flights and vacation packages. For students, the emphasis is on keeping costs down. The seniors page lists a number of senior-friendly destinations and offers advice on how to go about finding even more savings. CheapOair also has a special section of their website for last-minute travelers, which lists some of the cheapest flights you can find on short notice. Individuals who fall into any of these groups should definitely check out their respective web pages before diving in to a search to potentially save some time and money.

Book your trip on the go

The CheapOair mobile app’s simple layout enables you to book flights and rental cars with ease. All the same filtering tools you see on the website are also on the mobile app, so you can filter by date, time, price, and more to find what works best for you. For those booking flights, you can also select your seats. In addition, you can manage your account settings from your phone and take advantage of their helpful travel tools, including the currency converter, packing list and baggage-fee tools. The mobile app also connects you to the CheapOair online community where you can get all kinds of advice on travel. Downloading and sharing the app is a good idea for anyone considering booking with CheapOair because you earn special discounts and can be entered into contests to win a free vacation. CheapOair’s mobile app is available for Apple and Android devices.

Deals on group travel

Groups of 10 or more people can get help planning their vacation from one of CheapOair’s group-travel experts. To get started, fill out the Group Travel Request form on CheapOair’s website. List your travel dates, number of companions, and other relevant information. A representative then contacts you and goes over the details. You can also reach one of these experts by phone for more immediate assistance. They conduct all the research for you and find flights and hotels that match your search criteria. They even take care of booking. CheapOair provides special rates to all groups over 10 people, and this is very likely the most cost-effective route if you’re traveling with a large party.

Option to purchase travel protection

CheapOair has partnered with CSA Travel Protection to offer travel insurance to their customers booking flights, hotels, and other vacation packages. This is an optional add-on, but one that’s well worth considering. If an emergency arises and you have to leave early or the airline loses your luggage, travel insurance helps you cover these unexpected costs so you don’t have to pay for them out of pocket. A trip insurance policy also covers any medical treatment you may need while traveling outside of the country. Customers who decide they’re interested in purchasing trip protection can easily add it when they pay for their flight, hotel, or other travel package.

The Bad

Relatively high service fees

When booking a hotel through CheapOair, you not only have to pay the price for your room but also a service fee of over $30 per room per night. This fee isn’t included in the list price, so your actual total costs end up a bit higher than you anticipate. There are also service fees for booking flights and rental cars, though these aren’t quite as high. On average, though, CheapOair’s service fees are generally above average for the industry, especially considering some sites don’t charge any booking fees at all. On the plus side, CheapOair is relatively transparent about their fees, as you can find a list by visiting the Taxes & Fees section of their website.

No activity search

While you do have the option to add activities to your travel itinerary when completing the booking process, CheapOair doesn’t have a designated search tool to help you locate excursions in your area. Considering they offer deals on basically every other type of travel arrangement, this seems a bit unusual.

The Details

Travel Site Type

  • Travel Deals: Flight, Hotel, Rental Car, Cruise
  • Travel Site Type: Travel Booking Site

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