CheapTickets is an online travel service company. The company provides air tickets, hotels, vacation rentals, car rentals, customized vacation packages and cruise services. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Orbitz Worldwide. CheapTickets was founded in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1986 by Michael and Sandra Hartley.
In 1987, CheapTickets started to set up its first call center in Honolulu, and later set up call centers in Colorado Springs, Los Angeles, California, and Tampa, Florida. It launched its website in 1997 and became a pioneer in Internet travel sales. The company operates a physical business model in Hawaii, California, New York, and Washington. The business closed at the end of 2001. At that time, the business accounted for 2% of the company’s business.
CheapTickets was acquired by the American Centurion Group in 2000. In July 2006, it was included in Travelport and sold to the Blackstone Group, and its travel distribution service division later became part of Orbitz Worldwide. CheapTickets is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with Jeff Clark as Chairman, Barney Harford as President and CEO, Martha C. Williams as Chief Financial Officer, and Mike Nelson as Chief Operating Officer.
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