Qtrip Press Releases
Feb 18, 2020
Qtrip picks up the baton from CheapAir.com, crunching 917 million airfares in 8,000 marketsLOS ANGELES, CA (February 18, 2020) – Travel booking platform Qtrip.com today released its 1st Annual Airfare Study, carrying on the legacy of its sister brand CheapAir.com. The team crunched more than 917 million airfares in 8,000 markets to reveal the best and worst times to book U.S. domestic flights. The study finds that airfares have become less volatile over the last few years, and the best deals appear progressively earlier. "Chasing the lowest air fare can be a dizzying, if not maddening, experience," said Jeff Klee, CEO of Qtrip and CheapAir.com. "Our Annual Airfare Study aims to bring a little clarity to the process, and some peace of mind." Klee added, “The study is part of our wider mission to give travelers the transparency to know what they’re buying, the data and selection to make smart choices, the flexibility to pay on their terms, and the support to deal with the unexpected.” Data from six consecutive years of the Annual Airfare Study show that the best time to buy flights for domestic US trips has changed significantly. On average, the least expensive airfares were available 77 days before departure in 2019. That’s up from 76 days in 2018, 70 in 2017, and 54 days between 2013 and 2015. In 2019, airfares changed an average of 54 times by $34 each swing. This is down from 61 changes in 2018 and 62 in 2017. Buying airline tickets between 21 and 127 days before departure is ideal. Qtrip calls that the Prime Booking Window, when fares are on average are within 5% of their low point. The day you fly is much more important than the day of week you buy. On average, a flight traveling on Tuesday or Wednesday is $100 less than the same itinerary on Sunday, which is by far the most expensive day to travel. However, contrary to some popular myths, the day of the week that you go online to buy your tickets still doesn’t matter. Between the day a flight is published (about 11 months out) and takeoff, airfares pass through a number of Booking Zones, each of which has opportunities and risks: First Dibs. 315 to 202 days out. Spend $50 more but enjoy the most seat and itinerary options. Peace of Mind. 201 to 128 days out. For $30 extra, get balance between options and price. Prime Booking Window. 127 to 21 days out. Book here to land within 5% of the lowest price. Push Your Luck. 20 to 14 days out. You might score a deal. But probably not! Playing with Fire. 13 to 7 days out. Choice even more limited and prices continue to rise. Hail Mary. 0 to 6 days out. Usually reserved for emergencies, these fares cost $200 extra. The Prime Booking Window does change seasonally. The best fares appear 85 days out in spring, 113 days out in summer, 77 days out in fall, and just 49 days out in winter. Excluding the December holidays, winter offers the best deals. Summer will cost $25 extra on average. Bottom line, book early to get the most options but wait for the Prime Booking Window to get the best deals. If you book at Qtrip, you’ll see economy, premium economy, and business class airline tickets in one view to find the right balance between price and comfort. The Annual Airfare Study is available at https://www.qtrip.com/blog/the-qtrip-annual-airfare-study-domestic-flights/. Keep an eye out for Qtrip’s International Airfare Study and Premium Airfare Study, both coming soon. About Qtrip Qtrip is a new travel booking platform that offers improved choice, transparency, help and payment flexibility. Headquartered in Southern California, Qtrip helps you find quality trips at better values. Qtrip is the first website of its kind to demystify seat classes, hidden costs and in-flight amenities. It's also the only platform that accepts both cryptocurrencies and monthly payments. And whether you're at home and need some extra help with your trip planning, or stuck in a faraway airport terminal, our team of in-house, U.S.-based travel advisors has your back.
Jan 16, 2020
The team behind CheapAir.com and AmTrav launches a new booking platform that offers more choice, transparency, help and payment flexibilityLOS ANGELES, CA (January 16, 2020) – Qtrip, a travel booking platform, officially launched today with a mission to demystify what has become a very confusing process over the last few years – knowing what you’re getting when you buy an airline ticket. Founded by the crew behind CheapAir.com and AmTrav, Qtrip builds on 30 years of experience to give travelers more choice, transparency, help and payment flexibility. “When I started in this industry in 1989, buying an airline ticket was pretty simple,” said CEO Jeff Klee. “You cared about the schedule and you cared about the price. Other than that, there wasn’t much difference.” Klee went on to explain that the landscape has changed dramatically over the last few years. Whether you’re picking between different airlines or fare brands from the same airline, there are now huge variances in what’s included in each fare, and the levels of comfort and in-flight amenities from plane to plane. “We created Qtrip to make it easy to compare apples to apples. People want a comfortable flight experience for a reasonable price, but they don’t want to spend hours hunting for it. Already, Qtrip users are finding opportunities to get business class or premium economy for only a small difference, or other benefits that are almost impossible to spot on traditional travel sites.” Choice Qtrip is the world’s first travel booking platform to standardize seat classes in an apples-to-apples comparison so that travelers can make informed choices between fares, seat comfort, routes and airlines. Travelers can mix and match any two flights or seat classes to get the best blend of comfort and value. Transparency At Qtrip, the trickery around Basic Economy versus Main Cabin, or Comfort versus Business comes to an end. The platform gives full prices upfront and flags extras like seat selections, baggage allowances and flight changes. Moreover, Qtrip breaks down everything travelers need to know about Wi-Fi speed, food, in-flight entertainment and seats (e.g., care to lie flat?). Help Qtrip assigns an in-house, U.S.-based travel advisor to every customer. Travel advisors help out in a pinch, whether caused by bad weather, mechanical issues or a missed connection. Qtrip travel advisors are full-time employees who train at the company headquarters and specialize in solving complex travel conundrums. Payment Flexibility Qtrip offers unprecedented payment flexibility for flights and hotels. In addition to credit cards, travelers are welcome to pay with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dash and Ethereum. Or they can book now and pay later with convenient monthly payments. In addition to flights, Qtrip also offers great rates and easy booking for hotels and rental cars, too.
###About Qtrip Qtrip is a travel booking platform that offers improved choice, transparency, help and payment flexibility. Headquartered in Southern California, Qtrip helps you find quality trips at better values. Qtrip is the first website of its kind to demystify seat classes, hidden costs and in-flight amenities. It’s also the only platform that accepts both cryptocurrencies and monthly payments. And whether you’re at home and need some extra help with your trip planning, or stuck in a faraway airport terminal, our team of in-house, U.S.-based travel advisors has your back.