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Private company
IndustrySoftware, Travel, Internet, Online travel agency
HeadquartersCalabasas, California, United States
Key people
Jeff Klee, CEO , Craig Fichtelberg, [President]
Number of employees
90+ is an American online travel agency, established in 1989 by Jeff Klee. Based in Calabasas, California, with additional offices in Chicago and Denver, is a privately owned company. According to Travel Weekly,, under the parent company Amtrav, is ranked #48 on the 2013 Power List of Travel Agencies in the United States.


Founded in 1989 by CEO, Jeff Klee, out of his University of Michigan dorm room, was originally known as 1-800-Cheap-Air prior to the website launch in 2000. In 1993 Craig Fichtelberg became a co-founder and president and began the nationwide expansion from California to Chicago to NYC.

In 2011, announced Price Drop Payback, a program that guarantees to reimburse any price difference before a flight.[1]

In 2012, after airlines began adding ancillary revenue, added amenities like WiFi, movies, Live TV, and power ports, to its online shopping display.[2]

In September 2012, launched “Easy Search”, which lets users enter natural language to search for travel deals, becoming one of the first travel websites to offer semantic search.[3]

In March 2013, created the first voice-activated flight search app for iOS devices.[4] The app won a Travel Weekly award and was named one of the best apps and websites for travelers.[5]

In November 2013, became the first travel agency worldwide to accept bitcoin as an alternate form of payment for flights.[6] In February 2014, CheapAir became the first travel agency worldwide to accept bitcoin as an alternate form of payment for hotels.[7]

In February 2015, became the first U.S. travel agency to book direct flights from the U.S. to Cuba.[8]

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  1. ^ "Getting Refunds if the Price Drops". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  2. ^ "CheapAir details flights with Wi-Fi, movies, live TV". Tnooz. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  3. ^ "CheapAir Makes Searching For Travel Simpler, More Intuitive". 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  4. ^ "Digital Traveler: Voice search app gives fingers a rest". 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  5. ^ "Best Apps and Websites for Travelers- Page 2 - Articles | Travel + Leisure". 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  6. ^ " CEO on accepting bitcoin| Latest News Videos | Fox Business". 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  7. ^ " adopts Bitcoins to book hotels". 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  8. ^ "CheapAir selling direct U.S.-Cuba flights online;". 2015-04-15. Retrieved 2016-04-27.

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