CALABASAS, Calif., Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/-- 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.
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.