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The Ultimate Guide to CheapOair – Will It Save You Money? [2022]

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CheapOair is an online travel agency (OTA) where you can book flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages.

Based on the name, you might assume that this site always offers the cheapest fares, but will CheapOair really save you money on your next trip?

In this post, we’ll walk you through the site to show you how to search for flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises, and vacation packages. Plus, we’ll do some price comparisons to see if CheapOair is the cheapest after all.

CheapOair Flights

A lot is happening on the CheapOair home page, but there’s no need to get overwhelmed. First, let’s take a look at how to search for a great deal on a flight.

How to Book a Flight on CheapOair [Step-By-Step]

The first step is entering your destination, travel dates, and the number of people traveling, as well as the cabin class (which defaults to coach). If you want to specify an airline, search only for direct flights, or return from a different city, use the toggle switches or search fields below the main details. Once you’ve entered all your details, click Search Flights.

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The first thing you’ll notice is that there’s a lot of information on your search results page. The top box is a summary of what’s available for each airline. Right above the search results list, you’ll see prices for the cheapest and shortest flights as well as flights on different days or from different airports. If you adjust your dates at the top left-hand side, you’ll see a low fare calendar (more on this below). If you want to filter your results manually, look on the bottom left-hand side.

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To see more details about any flight, just click on Flight Details. If you can save money by choosing an alternate date or airport, you’ll see a green banner across the top of the results box. The price you see is your final price, including taxes and fees. Once you’re ready to book, click Select.

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Next, you’ll be able to review your flight, select an upgrade, enter traveler details, and choose whether or not to purchase travel insurance and/or travel assist classic (scroll down for more on these). After you enter your payment details, click Confirm & Book to complete your transaction.

Low Fare Calendar

The CheapOair low fare calendar is a great tool to use if you have flexible travel plans. To find this tool, click on the date in your search. Note that this feature isn’t available for all flights.

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The low fare calendar will allow you to see the prices for your trip over 2 months in a calendar format. Click on any date in the calendar to bring up the flights available to book on that day.

Price Match Promise

CheapOair’s price match promise is similar to other OTAs. If you find a lower price for an identical itinerary on select English-language OTAs (for example Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, or Travelocity) within 24 hours of booking, CheapOair will refund you the difference or cancel your ticket for a full refund.

This price match promise only applies to fares available to the general public and excludes opaque bookings (those in which the final details aren’t available until after the booking is complete) and error fares.

You’ll be able to see if your flight is eligible for the price match promise on the trip summary page, right before you enter your payment information.

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Booking Fees

CheapOair DOES charge booking fees of $0 to $35 for flights. You’ll be able to see the fee listed in the price details of your flight.

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Travel Protection

CheapOair offers a trip insurance policy that covers the following:

  • Trip cancellation up to $100,000
  • Trip interruption up to $100,000
  • Accidental death and dismemberment up to $100,000
  • Travel delay up to $200
  • Baggage delay up to $200

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Whether or not you choose to purchase additional travel insurance is up to you. However, if you have the right credit card in your wallet, you might already be covered.

There are lots of major credit cards that offer travel accident insurance, trip cancellation insurance, and trip delay insurance. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® card
  • Ink Business Preferred® card
  • The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • United℠ Explorer Card
  • The World of Hyatt Credit Card

Travel Assist Classic

CheapOair’s Travel Assist Classic package is available to purchase along with your flight. It comes with the following:

  • Emergency medical assistance
  • Personal concierge assistance
  • Visa and passport assistance
  • $50 travel savings coupon

The $50 travel coupon has a value of $10 per person for up to 5 people traveling on the same reservation booked through CheapOair. It must be used within 60 days and won’t be refunded if your booking is canceled.

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The personal concierge service is a benefit you may already have. Many credit cards offer a concierge service as part of their benefits package, including:

  • American Express® Gold Card
  • Amex Platinum card
  • The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred card
  • United Explorer card

Book Now Pay Later

When you’re entering your payment information, you might notice an option to make monthly payments. This is a fancy way of selling you a loan.

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CheapOair offers this to U.S. residents except for residents of Iowa and West Virginia. These loans are available in 3-, 6-, or 12-month increments and come with an APR that can be anywhere from 10% to 30%.

CheapOair Hotels

Despite the name, CheapOair can also be used to book hotels.

How to Book a Hotel on CheapOair [Step-By-Step]

To begin your search for a hotel on CheapOair, click on Hotels in the main menu or main search box. Enter your destination, dates of travel, and the number of travelers and rooms. To search for a hotel by name or rating, click on the options below the main search boxes. Then click Search Hotels to continue.

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You can filter your results with the options at the left of your screen — choose from things like price, rating, neighborhood, amenities, hotel brand, and more.

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Each search result will give you lots of information about the property including reviews, location, CheapOair Rewards (scroll down for more information), and price per night. Once you’ve chosen a hotel, click on I’ll reserve to continue.
After selecting your room, you’ll be able to review your trip details and enter a promo code if you have one. Often you’ll see an available promo code listed with your trip price. Just click Apply to add it to your reservation.

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If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see information about a Travel Protection Plan. This is an insurance plan that offers trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, and baggage delay protection. Scroll down for more information.

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Finally, fill out your traveler and payment information. Then click Complete Booking to complete your transaction.

Travel Protection Plan

The Travel Protection Plan offered by CheapOair when booking a hotel reservation covers trip cancellation and interruption benefits up to $100,000, plus trip delay and baggage delay protection.

This extra insurance may be unnecessary if you pay for your reservation with a great travel rewards credit card.

One of the most popular credit cards for travelers is the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. This card comes with trip cancellation, trip delay, and baggage delay insurance. plus car rental insurance and travel accident insurance.

CheapOair Cars

Searching for a rental car on CheapOair is just as easy as searching for a hotel or flight.

How to Book a Rental Car on CheapOair [Step-By-Step]

Click on Cars in the main search bar or the main search box to get started. Enter your pick up location plus pick up dates and times. If you would like to specify a rental company or type of car, more options are indicated below the search box. Then click Search Cars.

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You can filter your results using the options on the left. If you only want to view a certain type of vehicle, click on one of the options at the top.

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Each search result box will tell you the type of car, amenities, and rental company. There are 2 prices listed — per day and for the whole rental. These prices include all taxes and fees for the rental car but not the CheapOair booking fee. Click Select to continue.

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Next, confirm your rental details, choose whether or not to add insurance (scroll down for more on this), and enter your payment information. CheapOair may charge a booking fee of up to $40 for your rental car. This information will be clearly visible in the Rate Details section. Once you’ve added your payment information, click Book to complete your reservation.

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Cheap Deals

You may notice some car rental search results that don’t display a car rental agency. Instead, you’ll see a “cheap deals” logo.

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This is CheapOair’s version of an opaque booking — one in which the rental agency (car, hotel, or airline) is unknown to you until the booking is complete.

CheapOair’s Cheap Deals on rental cars will come from one of its preferred partner agencies including:

  • ACE Rent a Car
  • Advantage Rent A Car
  • Dollar Rent A Car
  • E-Z Rent-A-Car
  • Fox Rent A Car
  • Payless Car Rental

These types of rentals can save you money, but not always. If you’re particular about where you rent from, skip these cheap deals. However, if you don’t care where you rent from, and the price is good, these bookings can be worth it.

Rental Car Damage Protection Plan

Before you complete your rental car booking on CheapOair, you’ll have to choose whether or not to purchase car rental insurance.

This insurance is primary, meaning you don’t have to submit a claim with any other insurance you may have first. It has a $0 deductible and comes with loss and damage coverage up to $35,000.

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Before you decide to add this extra insurance, think about what credit card you’re using. Many major credit cards come with car rental insurance built into their benefits.

Here are just some of the options available:

Chase Credit Cards That Come With Car Rental Insurance:

  • Chase Sapphire Preferred card
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card
  • Ink Business Preferred card
  • United Explorer card

American Express Credit Cards That Come With Car Rental Insurance:

  • Amex Platinum card
  • Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card
  • Amex Gold card
  • Blue from American Express®

Barclays Credit Cards That Come With Car Rental Insurance:

  • Arrival Plus card

CheapOair Vacations

When you need to book a flight and hotel, booking a vacation package through an online travel agency like CheapOair will usually save you some money.

How to Book a Vacation Package on CheapOair [Step-By-Step]

Your vacation package can consist of any combination of hotel, flight, and/or rental car. Choose your package type in the main search box. Then you’ll need to enter some basic information: departure and destination cities, travel dates, number of people traveling, number of rooms, and flight class. You can also add specifics like the hotel name or rating. Then click Search Now.

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These search results will look a little different than the others. The filtering options will be on the right side of your screen this time. As always, you can sort your list by popularity, price, total savings, or ratings using the sort options right above the search results list.

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Each search result will include the entire vacation package (a hotel and flight in this example). To see flight details or make changes use the buttons at the bottom of the search box. The price you see is per person and includes all parts of the trip, including taxes and fees. Click Select to continue.

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Next, you’ll be able to upgrade your room choice. Click Add to Trip to continue.

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Review your flight details and click and Continue.

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You can now view the details of your entire trip. If you have a promo code, enter it and click Apply. If everything is in order, click Book Now at the bottom to complete your reservation.

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Price Comparisons

Let’s find out if CheapOair can save you money on your next vacation.

Example #1: A package including a 7-night stay at the Riu Palace Aruba All Inclusive resort plus 2 round-trip tickets from Nashville, Tennessee (BNA) to Aruba (AUA).

  • Total cost of vacation package booked through CheapOair: $5,032.71
  • Total cost of hotel and airline booked separately through CheapOair: $5,547.93
  • Total cost of hotel and airline booked separately through the hotel and airline’s websites: $5,845.26
  • As you can see, booking this vacation package on CheapOair will save you over $800!

Example #2: A weeklong stay at El Mangroove, Autograph Collection Costa Rica plus 2 round-trip flights from San Jose, California (SJC) to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)

  • Total cost of vacation package booked through CheapOair: $3,459.63
  • Total cost of hotel and airline booked separately through CheapOair: $3,127.14
  • Total cost of hotel and airline booked separately through the hotel and airline’s websites: $3,163.57
  • The good news here is that booking your hotel and flight separately on CheapOair would save you money. The bad news is that the package deal is actually the most expensive option!

The hotel portion of this example was less expensive on the Marriott website, while the flight portion was the least expensive on the CheapOair website. This is a good reason why you should always price out a vacation package before you make a purchase.

CheapOair Cruises

When you go to book a cruise on CheapOair, the first thing you’ll notice is that you’ll be taken to Avoya Travel.

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Avoya Travel is not a typical online travel agency. Through its site, you can search for a cruise vacation, but you’re required to call to make a booking.

You’ll be able to see some basic pricing information online but to get any final pricing you need to make a phone call or submit your name, email, and phone number to join and unlock member pricing.

CheapOair Credit Cards

CheapOair has its own credit cards — but are they a good deal?

Here is a quick look at what the CheapOair credit cards offer:

  • No annual fee
  • $50 statement credit after spending $500 on purchases in the first 90 days
  • 6 points per $1 spent on CheapOair purchases
  • 4 points per $1 spent on dining
  • 2 points per $1 spent on all other purchases

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CheapOair rewards points are worth 0.5 cents each. While this card can earn lots of points, the bad news is that those points aren’t worth much and can only be redeemed for flights and hotels on CheapOair.

If you’re looking for an easy way to earn some valuable points for your everyday purchases, you’re most likely better off with a card that earns transferable points.

Here are a few options that offer great sign-on bonuses plus great rewards categories:

  • Ink Business Preferred card: Earns 3 Ultimate Rewards points per $1 on travel, shipping, internet/cable/phone, and advertising through social media or search engines
  • Amex Gold card: Earns 4 Membership Rewards points per 1 at U.S. supermarkets and restaurants
  • Amex Platinum card: Earns 5 Membership Rewards points per $1 on flights booked directly with the airline or at Amex Travel. Starting January 1, 2021, you’ll earn 5x point up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year.

If you’d prefer a credit card with no annual fee that also earns points, consider one of these cards:

  • Chase Freedom Unlimited® card: Earn 5% on travel purchases through Chase Ultimate Rewards, 3% on dining and drugstore purchases, and earn 1.5% back on all other purchases, or you can choose to redeem your points in the Ultimate Rewards travel portal for 1 cent each
  • Citi® Double Cash Card: Earn 2% cash-back on every purchase — 1% when you make your purchase, another 1% when you pay your bill
  • The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card: Earns 2 Membership Rewards points per $1 spent at U.S. supermarkets (up to $6,000 per year) plus earn a 20% bonus when you make 20 or more purchases within a billing period

CheapOair Rewards

Like many other online travel agencies, CheapOair offers its own loyalty program.

How to Earn CheapOair Rewards Points

When you first join CheapOair Rewards, you’ll get 500 bonus points to start with. Then you can earn additional points by booking travel through CheapOair.

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  • Earn 1 to 3 CheapOair Rewards points per $1 spent on flights, hotels, and cars (based on your level of membership, see below)
  • Earn 2 CheapOair Rewards points per $1 spent on flights, hotels, and cars booked through the mobile app
  • Earn 6 CheapOair Rewards points per $1 spent when you use your CheapOair credit card to pay for flights, hotels, and cars
  • Earn 500 points for signing up for CheapOair Rewards
  • Earn 500 points for your first booking
  • Refer a friend who books through CheapOair and you’ll both earn 5,000 points

Levels of Membership

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  • Bronze: Sign up to automatically become a Bronze Member; earn 1 point per $1 spent on flights, hotels, and cars
  • Silver: Make 1 booking or spend $1,000 to become a Silver Member; earn 1 point per $1 spent on flights, hotels, and cars
  • Gold: Make 2 bookings or spend $2,000 to become a Gold Member; earn 2 points per $1 spent on flights, hotels, and cars
  • Platinum: Make 3 bookings or spend $3,000 to become a Platinum Member; earn 3 points per $1 spent on flights, hotels, and cars

How to Redeem CheapOair Rewards Points

You can redeem your CheapOair Rewards points towards flights or hotels. 1 CheapOair rewards point = 0.5 cents.

For every 1,000 points, you can get a $5 gift card to use towards a flight. Or for every 200 points, you can get a $1 discount on a hotel.

Any available CheapOair Rewards you have will be visible in the Price Details section before you enter your payment method. Make sure you’re logged into your account to see your rewards.

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CheapOair Promo Codes

One of the nice things about CheapOair is that it offers numerous promo codes right on its website. You’ll see these on the home page, on search pages, and even when you’re ready to check out.

Be sure to read the fine print so you aren’t disappointed. Often the discount code will be based on 2 travelers.

In the example below, this code offers $20 off booking fees, but it’s actually a maximum of $10 each for 2 people. So, you won’t be able to get a $20 discount if you’re just booking 1 ticket.

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Where to Find CheapOair Promo Codes

In addition to the CheapOair website, there are other places to look for coupons and promo codes.

Here are a few websites to check before you make a booking with CheapOair:

CheapOair Mobile App

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CheapOair offers a free mobile app that can be downloaded through the App Store or Google Play.

The app can be used to book flights, hotels, and rental cars. Plus you can track and manage your trips. In addition to credit cards, you can pay with Apple Pay and Android Pay when booking through the app.

You’ll earn 2 CheapOair rewards points per $1 on any reservation booked through the mobile app.

Final Thoughts

CheapOair is an online travel agency that offers flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises, and vacation packages.

Unfortunately, this site rarely lives up to its name. While there were some instances that CheapOair had lower prices, most of the time, its prices were among the highest. One of the reasons for this is that it charges booking fees.

While it does provide some benefits in the form of a loyalty program, its higher prices will generally negate any savings you may get.

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