A Letter from Jeff Klee, CEO of Qtrip
Welcome to Qtrip – the new place to book travel. We’re excited to have you with us!
You might be wondering why travelers need another place to book travel.
It’s a fair question, so let me try to answer it. In a bit we’ll explain how Qtrip offers more choice, transparency, help, and payment flexibility.
But let’s back up for a minute. It’s not completely accurate to say Qtrip is a new site. Although the name is new, the people and technology behind it have been around for quite a while.
I started the company back when I was still in college, in 1989, before the internet even existed. In the early years, we were 1-800-CHEAP-AIR, selling airline tickets over the phone so you didn’t have to physically go into a travel agency to buy them. Back then this was cutting edge! It’s important to mention because innovation has always been part of our company’s DNA.
Eventually the internet came along which allowed me to combine two passions – travel and software development. The first website we launched was CheapAir.com which is still live today. Then, in 2011, we got into the corporate travel business, launching AmTrav. All along the way, we made smart decisions that made the customer’s experience even better.
We may not be the biggest travel company out there, but we’ve done some pretty innovative things. By combining easy-to-use web sites with a fantastic team of travel advisors (easily reachable by phone) we’ve built a company that we’re proud of.
For a long time now the brand name “CheapAir” hasn’t felt exactly right to us, which brings us to the Qtrip chapter of our story. Today finding the lowest fares isn’t what sets us apart. There are a lot of places to simply find a fare and get a cheap ticket. We believe what’s compelling about us goes way beyond just price. It’s everything else we do that that really makes Qtrip unique.
Here’s how we’re different than other travel sites:
The Qtrip flight search shows all of the different fare / seat options for every flight, not just the lowest / least comfortable, so you can choose which extras are right for you. We make it simple to see what’s included and what will cost extra, and to compare amenities across flights. And if the best trip for you involves traveling in each direction on different airlines or different fare categories (e.g. economy one way and business class on the other), we also make it super easy for you to mix and match any two flights and any two fares.
For only a little more cost, you might be able to get a ticket with more included, or even bonus perks like extra leg room or priority boarding. Once in a while, you may even find a flight where a business class seat is available for a very small upcharge.
No other site offers you that level of choice and flexibility!
Unlike most competitors, Qtrip tells it like it is. We show the entire ticket price up front, with taxes included from the very beginning, and there are no hidden fees.
These days, airlines often charge extra to pick seats, to check a bag, or to make changes. Those fees are the same if you book a ticket through the airline directly, or through an online travel agency. Some sites don’t tell you about these fees, which can lead to unpleasant surprises when you get to the airport. Qtrip always discloses any extra fees that apply for seat selection, baggage, or changes.
Our travel advisors are based in the United States and are available 24/7 to help you book your flights and hotels, help when you’re in a pinch, and answer any questions.
Everyone who answers your call, or responds to one of your messages, is a full-time company employee who works to make your travel experience a smooth one. All of our employees have health care and other benefits, because we believe people who are better taken care of will be better able to take care of you.
In addition, Qtrip offers a form of payment protection we call Price Drop Payback. If you purchase an airline ticket on Qtrip and the price goes down afterwards, you are eligible for a credit for future travel up to $100 USD per ticket.
Another feature unique to Qtrip is our commitment to offering you non-traditional payment choices.
In addition to all major credit cards, we are champions of monthly payments that don’t require a credit card, as well as cryptocurrency payments.
Monthly payments: perfect if you don’t have a credit card or prefer not to use one. We have monthly payment options that start at 0% interest. You can buy a flight with monthly payments, book a hotel with monthly payments, or both.
Cryptocurrency travel: you don’t need fiat on Qtrip! Send Bitcoin, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dash and Ethereum. We were the first online travel company to pioneer Bitcoin for flights back in 2013. While others have come and gone, we’re still building on this legacy as the only travel company based in the U.S. committed to crypto and digital payments.
So that’s Qtrip – in a nutshell!
Everything we’ve done – all the solutions we’ve pioneered for travelers and the successes we’ve had over the years – has led us to serve you here on Qtrip. We’re excited to give you a superior travel shopping experience.
Welcome to Qtrip!