cFares is not just another travel vertical search engine. The Redwood Shores, California-based company, founded in February of 2005, makes two services available to consumers that previously came only via corporate travel agents and inhouse travel departments.

1) cFares gives you access to the 20 percent of airfares, especially international flights, offered at a significant discount by wholesalers. 2) The company will set up a persistent search on a particular flight (international only, for now) and put a 24-hour hold on it if it meets your price.

With the 24-hour hold option (called "cAgent"), cFares gives members access to unsold seats that often blip briefly to a lower price in the middle of the night, when prospective buyers are unavailable and unready to purchase.

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