Meet the underwriters: Cheapflights

If you’re a regular reader of this site, you already know Cheapflights is an easy way to search for flight deals and travel information online. The company been an underwriter since we’ve had underwriters, which is a very long time. But what you might not know is that tomorrow, Cheapflights will release several new features that you’ll want to check out. I asked Chris Cuddy, Cheapflights’ chief executive, to talk about the upgrade.

A lot of my site’s readers are very familiar with Cheapflights, because you’ve been a long-time underwriter. But for those of us who are new to the site, can you briefly explain what Cheapflights does?

Cheapflights is a travel deals publisher and search site. Through our direct relationships with airlines and online travel agencies, we publish over 4 million deals a day around the world. Our users can search for flights or flights and hotels in a number of different ways.

We offer deals search. If you are flexible on dates, this is a great way to compare prices and see when you can fly for less. We also offer a date search, which lets you plug in the dates and check out the offering from our various partners who have inventory that match.

There’s also a new ‘Be Inspired’ search, which is where we help people brain storm about fun new places they could travel paired with concrete deals that will get them on their way.

Plus, we have staff-picked deals, where our travel experts select sales and promotions where, if you act fast, you can save, and a newsletter, where subscribers can tell us where they fly from most often and the kind of trips they like and get regular emails with deals tailored to their travel preferences.

What’s the best way to use Cheapflights? Should air travelers use it in conjunction with an online agency and traditional agent, or is it meant to be a one-stop?

Cheapflights was the world’s starting point for travel for over 100 million visitors last year. Travelers see that Cheapflights works directly with more airlines and travel partners than any other flights website on the planet.

Our technology does the legwork for you by gathering millions of airfares from hundreds of flights partners every day. In addition, our editorial travel experts publish guides to airports and airlines, and pen travel tips, and blog posts on deals, destinations and trends.
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