SkyAuction is a fast-growing travel auction marketplace where you can buy airline tickets, room nights, tours, cruises and all-inclusive vacations.
We negotiate special deals with leading airlines, hotels, resorts and cruises -- the brands that you know and trust -- to offer you amazing bargains. We began operations in February of 1999, and have built our business around two simple, but powerful, ideas: first, that consumers should pay for their travel however much they feel it is worth and not a penny more; and second, that purchasing travel should be easy and exciting, not difficult and boring! Anyone can bid with only a few mouse clicks. Our single-minded focus has paid off with a rapidly growing registered user base even though we have done very little consumer marketing. Approximately half of our registered users tell us they found out about SkyAuction through word of mouth! We are seasoned professionals with over 100 years of combined experience in the travel industry. We have extensive experience handling pretty much all kinds of travel situations and customer support issues. Our two founders had both built and managed a wide range of businesses engaged in the sale and delivery of travel services prior to founding SkyAuction. The rest of our team has previously worked at major airlines, hotel companies and tour operators. We are a privately held company based in New York City. Our lead investor is Baring Private Equity Partners, the private equity arm of ING Group, one of the world's largest global financial institutions. Other prominent investors include i-Hatch Ventures, a leading New York-based private equity firm, CNET Networks, Inc., one of the world's premier Internet information and commerce companies, and several prominent individuals.