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Cheapflights.ca launches new ways to search for travel deals

To help make travel planning easy and fun, Cheapflights.ca is launching a new inspiration search feature that helps travellers brainstorm about fun new places and see concrete flight deals that will get them on their way. And, with Cheapflights new mobile site, this new style of search, as well as traditional deals search, is now available to smartphone users offering a convenient and fast way to access travel deals, anytime and anywhere.

"Travellers have asked for a simple tool that reflects how people think and talk about planning a trip," said Chris Cuddy, CEO of Cheapflights Media. "We have found that the most frequent questions travellers ask when exploring a trip are when, where, and how much."

A new "Be inspired" search tab on the homepage helps travellers find the perfect destination and type of holiday at a cost and time that’s right for them. With a click on the "Be inspired" tab, travellers can now look for a deal in the same way they would describe a trip they want to take. They simply name a departure point, time frame and, if they choose, a trip type such as adventure, beach, ski and snow, family, city or ‘any’. With a click they see up to a dozen possible trips. From there, they can use sliders to enhance the search based on budget, location and even average temperature.

The "Be inspired" option opens up a world of travel possibilities, allowing users to brainstorm about where they can go and what they can do. Users cast a wide net to start and then use simple filters to refine their search. This offering means users coming to Cheapflights.ca have a choice of deals search, date search and, now, ideas search.

"We’ve designed our new search tool to be a natural extension of a travel planning conversation," Cuddy adds. "And we’ve made it accessible from your computer and your mobile device so that you’re prepared, whenever or wherever a travel discussion breaks out, to find the best travel deals."

Going Mobile
With the launch of Cheapflights’ new mobile site, m.cheapflights.ca, users on the go can access Cheapflights.ca’s inventory of deals on flights departing in the next 90 days. The site, which is optimized for a wide variety of smartphones, works as an extension of Cheapflights.ca. For the first time, travellers can search for great deals and new destination ideas with the touch of a button. The streamlined mobile site offers three user paths, selected by icons across the top:

  • Deals Search – The plane icon on the left takes users directly to the mobile optimized version of Cheapflights’ popular deals search where they can plug in a departure and a destination and see a selection of flight deals from our airline and OTA partners.
  • Inspiration Search – The globe icon in the middle links to the inspiration search, which maps a range of deals and destinations available to help would-be travellers see all their trip possibilities in a glance. Users can simply select or use the phone’s GPS location finder to auto locate a departure point. They then choose their preferred departure time frame and have the option to select price range and trip type, such as ski & snow, beach or family. Deal options show up on a map, and users have the power to edit the search and learn more about the chosen destination to find just the right trip. They can then share the deal they have found with other would-be travellers via email, Twitter and Facebook.
  • My Suitcase – The luggage icon on the right launches a packing and planning guide that helps users prep for the trips they book with helpful preparation lists, what to consider on the day of travel, details about their chosen destination and tips for when they return.
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