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Jeff Klee

Jeff Klee

CEO & Co-Founder | Jeff is a self-described computer geek who developed and sold his first video game at the age of 13. In college, he and a buddy got a crash course in the intricacies of the airline business while planning their own backpacking trip and later decided to use that know-how to help others save money on air fares. What was first known as 1-800-Cheap-Air was founded out of a University of Michigan dorm room in 1989. When the company took off, Jeff ditched his law school plans for a far more exciting journey, combining two passions – travel and software development. CheapAir.com was born, and soon after AmTrav for Business which together serve almost 400,000 travelers annually. Jeff grew up in Los Angeles. He still lives there with his wife, two young kids, and Golden Retriever, none of whom wants to be anywhere near him when the Dodgers are losing.

Recent Posts by Jeff Klee:

by Jeff Klee, | on January 1, 2021

It wasn’t a typical New Year’s Eve, but 2020 is finally behind us. In a few days we’ll get back to work and there are newfound reasons to be hopeful …

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by Jeff Klee, | on December 31, 2020

In the summer of 2019, back when conferences were still a thing, I was invited to speak at an industry event in Geneva about airlines’ effort to modernize flight shopping …

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by Jeff Klee, | on September 23, 2020

Like the proverbial tree that falls in the woods with no one around to hear it, what if we made a great enhancement to our travel platform but nobody even …

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by Jeff Klee, | on September 14, 2020

This Op-Ed first appeared September 9, 2020 on Phocuswire. Let’s say I want to buy some milk and some cereal to make breakfast. At the supermarket, I can choose between …

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by Jeff Klee, | on June 4, 2020

Although it seems like a lifetime ago, last weekend I watched the SpaceX ship blast off and eventually dock with the international space station. It was a desperately needed reminder …

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by Jeff Klee, | on March 19, 2020

Today all of us are grappling with uncertainty and confusion and our hearts bleed for those who have already been directly affected. News that was once unimaginable comes at us …

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by Jeff Klee, | on February 9, 2020

“New Distribution Capability” (NDC) is an airline initiative to modernize the way airline tickets are sold on third party web sites. The effort has been somewhat controversial and has faced …

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by Jeff Klee, | on April 15, 2019

This Op-Ed first appeared April 8, 2019 on The Company Dime. In his recent post, “On The Compromises Of Corporate Online Booking Tools,” Tony D’Astolfo warns travel buyers not to …

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by Jeff Klee, | on August 6, 2018

“New Distribution Capability” (NDC) is an airline initiative to modernize the way airline tickets are sold on third party web sites. The effort has been somewhat controversial and has faced …

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