Originating in the United Kingdom and now part of Cheapflights Media, Cheapflights made its entrance as the first travel vertical search engine and flight comparison site in 1996. Enjoying great success and profitability in the UK, Cheapflights spread its wings and launched the U.S. site in May 2003. Since its inception in the UK and the U.S., Cheapflights has experienced dramatic growth in site traffic, flight deals, revenue and new customers, and each year builds additional loyalty and recognition among its consumers and partners. Currently, Cheapflights Media (USA) Inc.’s monthly global traffic reaches more than 7 million visits (88 million visits globally in 2009) and our advertising partners achieved global ticket sales worth an estimated US$2.6 billion in 2009.
As an online media company Cheapflights does not sell tickets but is dedicated to simplifying consumers’ search, publishing great deals and also providing them with the best travel guides. Cheapflights online advertising model means it does not take a commission or percentage of the fares sold by advertisers on its sites and as such its sites are entirely independent and neutral. They are therefore a natural starting point for finding up-to-date deals and travel industry information.
In February 2008, as part of a planned upgrade for the Group’s sites, Cheapflights.com re-launched its Web site using Cheapflights’ new common international technology platform. The new design features a more user-friendly homepage that appeals to consumers and clients. The new design provides travelers better options for finding deals using a location-based search, which compiles deals for destinations, instead of specific travel dates. The new design also allows for easier scalability for additional international expansion and more effectively caters to the site’s advertisers, which can better target their messages to the exact travelers they want to reach. Cheapflights launched into Canada and Germany in 2008 and has launched “lite” sites (without full content or functionality in their early stages) in France, Spain and Italy and a further site covering Australia and New Zealand.
Cheapflights offers an ideal alternative for travelers who are flexible with their travel dates and are looking for the best overall travel deal. All our advertisers’ fares deals include taxes (unlike some sites) and we offer consumers flight options based on price, dates of travel and airlines, however we do not book flights or hotels. We work with our partners to supply travelers with the best travel deals to worldwide destinations so when you have chosen a flight,, (depending on the supplier) many will also offer deals on hotels, car hire and insurance. Cheapflights publishes airfare deals from both traditional and low-cost airlines, as well as smaller specialty-travel providers, plus last minute flights and offers that are not available anywhere else on the web. Every day, travelers can search more than one million flight deals, plus handpicked deals from flight offers which are exclusive to Cheapflights.com and selected by our own travel experts.
We give you two ways to search. If you’re flexible with your travel dates, search by region, city or country and Cheapflights will show you the best deals and partner site where you can book your travel. The site also offers a ‘search by date’ option for travelers who do not have flexible dates.