Innovative Airfare Tracking and Refund Alert Service Recognized for Delivering Unparalleled Value to Consumers
Seattle – February 8, 2008 – Yapta, Inc. (www.yapta.com), an online travel shopping service that tracks airline ticket pricing for leisure and business travelers, today announced that it has been named the “2008 Consumer Product or Service of the Year” by the Washington Technology Industry Association. For the past 13 years, the Washington Technology Industry Association has honored Washington-based companies, agencies and individuals who best demonstrate innovation and excellence in technology.
Yapta was selected as the Consumer Product or Service of the Year for its innovative airfare tracking and alert service and the extraordinary value it delivers to online travel shoppers. Travelers utilizing the Yapta service can track airfare prices from most major airline websites and be alerted when the price on a specific flight drops.
As travelers shop airline websites for flights, Yapta helps them bookmark the most appealing itineraries and performs multiple price-checks per day on those particular flights, then issues an email alert if the price drops or falls within a desired spending limit. By enabling travelers to bookmark specific trips and receive automated price drop alerts, Yapta not only helps them obtain the best available price, but also simplifies the online travel planning process by storing all preferred flights in a single, online list with updated fares.
Bringing to light pro-consumer “guaranteed airfare policies” offered by most major domestic airlines, the service also alerts travelers when they are eligible for travel vouchers – and in some cases, cash refunds – when a lower ticket fare becomes available after purchase. Since the launch of the service in May 2007, travelers have used Yapta to bookmark more than $250 million worth of flight itineraries and have been alerted to approximately $23 million in potential airfare savings.
“Being named this year’s Consumer Product or Service of the Year Award is an honor and a reflection of the tremendous value that Yapta has delivered to travelers in just a short period of time,” said Tom Romary, CEO of Yapta. “As consumer demand for a simplified online travel shopping experience and greater airfare price transparency continues to grow, more and more travelers are turning to Yapta as their personal travel assistant. By giving travelers simple price assurance and the confidence to buy their tickets early, Yapta can help anyone – from leisure travelers to business travelers – get the most out of their online trip planning.”
About Yapta, Inc.
Yapta, Inc. was founded in January 2006 with the mission to help leisure and business travelers receive the optimal value out of their online travel planning. Yapta’s freeware enables travelers to bookmark their preferred flights while shopping airline websites and to be alerted when the best prices on those flights become available. Yapta is used by hundreds of thousands of travelers and many small businesses to not only obtain the best deals on airfare, but also to quickly and easily consolidate all preferred flights into a single, online list that reflects updated pricing. Bringing to light pro-consumer “guaranteed airfare” policies offered by many airlines, Yapta also helps air travelers obtain travel vouchers – and in some cases, cash refunds – when the price decreases on tickets that have already been purchased. For more information about Yapta and how to optimize your travel planning, visit www.yapta.com.
About the Washington Technology Industry Association
The Washington Technology Industry Association, founded in 1984, is the largest statewide association of technology companies, IT departments and individual technology professionals in North America. With more than 1,000 member companies representing more than 100,000 employees in Washington state, the association is a catalyst for sharing expertise, fostering collaboration, delivering key business services and advancing the value and global impact of technology companies doing business in Washington. The association’s global partners global partners are Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Microsoft, Regence BlueShield, The Hartford and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. The association’s funding partners are AH&T Insurance, Blink Interactive, Inc., Comerica Bank and RealNetworks. For more information, go to www.washingtontechnology.org.