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Instatravel.com takes privacy and data protection issues seriously. We have designed this Privacy Policy to explain how we handle personally certain information collected of those using Instatravel to fulfill their travel needs.

We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy on a regular basis as we may revise the policy as Instatravel continues to evolve. However, regardless of later updates, we will abide by the privacy practices described to you in this Privacy Policy at the time you provided us with your personal information. Personal information means information that can be linked to a specific individual, such as name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and credit card number.

How is personal information gathered by Instatravel used?
Personal Information is only requested when you purchase a service or sign up for one of our e-mail newsletters.  

Personal Information & Purchase           
When purchasing travel and/or related services through Instatravel, you must provide us with personal information like your name, credit card number and expiration date, credit card billing address, telephone number, e-mail address and the name or names of the person(s) traveling (if not you). We may also request for other personal information, such as your frequent traveler numbers. We require this information to process, fulfill and confirm your reservations and transactions and keep you informed of each transaction's status.

When making a reservation for one or more travelers other than yourself, you must confirm and represent that each of these other travelers have agreed, in advance, to the disclosure of their personal information.       

Online Surveys

Insta Travel frequent conducts online surveys to understand the needs and opinions of its users. The information collected is used to make improvements to its services, to evolve and develop appealing content, features and promotions. Participation in these surveys is entirely optional. Survey participants are anonymous unless otherwise stated in the survey.

Promotions & Sweepstakes
Insta Travel frequently sponsors promotions and sweepstakes. The information collected during these activities may include contact information and survey questions. We only use contact information to notify contest winners and survey information to develop promotions and product improvements.

Automatic Logging of Session Data
We automatically log generic information about your computer's connection to the Internet, which we call "session data", that is anonymous and not linked to any personal information. Session data consists of things such as IP address, operating system and type of browser software being used and the activities conducted by the user while on Insta Travel. An IP address is a number that lets computers attached to the Internet, such as our web servers, know where to send data back to the user, such as the pages of the site the user wishes to view. We collect session data because it helps us analyze such things as what items visitors are likely to click on most, the way visitors are clicking through the Site, how many visitors are surfing to various pages on the Site, how long visitors to the site are staying and how often they are visiting. It also helps us diagnose problems with our servers and lets us better administer our systems. Although such information does not identify any visitor personally, it is possible to determine from an IP address a visitor's Internet Service Provider (ISP), and the approximate geographic location of his or her point of connectivity.

"Cookies" are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. They can only be read by the server that placed them, and can not be used to run programs on your computer, plant viruses or harvest your personal information. Cookies is very common on the Internet and Instatravel's use of cookies is similar to that of such sites as Yahoo.com.     

No personally identifiable information like name, address, etc. is gathered or stored in the cookies placed by Instatravel and as a result, none can be passed on to any third parties.        

The only purpose of the cookies is to enable us to serve you better. We use the cookies to provide you with a personalize experience while navigating through Instatravel. For Example: These cookies allow you to log in without having to type your log-in name each time (only your password is needed. We may also use such cookies to display an advertisement to you while you are on Instatravel.com Site or to send you a "Best Day to Buy" email (or similar emails -- assuming you have not opted out of receiving such emails) focusing on destinations in which we think you might be interested. None of this information is passed to any third party, and is used solely by us to provide you with a better user experience on Instatravel.com Site.

A cookie may also be placed by our advertising server. Such cookies are used only for purposes of tracking the effectiveness of advertising served by us on our site and no PII is gathered from you by the use of these cookies, nor is this information shared with any third parties. Similarly, a cookie may be placed by our third-party advertising companies. These companies may use aggregated statistics about your visits to this and other web sites in order to provide advertisements about travel-related goods and services that you may be interested in. The information they collect does not include your PII.    

The third-party advertising companies may also employ technology that is used to measure the effectiveness of ads. Any such information is anonymous. They may use this anonymous information about your visits to this and other sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of potential interest to you. No PII is collected during this process. The information is anonymous, and does not link online actions to an identifiable person.

Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies. Of course, by changing the options on your web browser or using certain software programs, you can control how and whether cookies will be accepted by your browser. Instatravel supports your right to block any unwanted Internet activity, especially that of unscrupulous websites. However, blocking Instatravel cookies may disable certain features on the Instatravel, and may make it impossible to purchase or use certain services available on the Instatravel. Please note that it is possible to block cookie activity from certain websites while permitting cookies from sites you trust, like Instatravel.

As Instatravel continues to evolve we may add or enhance services available on the website. To the extent these services are provided, and used by you, we will use the information you provide to facilitate the service requested. For example, if you email us with a question, we will use your email address, name, nature of the question, etc. to respond to your question. We may also use the information to help improve the site.

Sharing of Personal Information  
We do not sell or rent individual customer names or other personal information to third parties. However, when you reserve or purchase travel services through Instatravel, we are required to provide certain of your personal information to the airline, hotel, car-rental agency, travel agency or other involved third party to enable the successful fulfillment of your travel arrangements.

We also use non-personally identifiable information in aggregate form to build higher quality, more useful online services by performing statistical analysis of the collective characteristics and behavior of our customers and visitors, and by measuring demographics and interests regarding specific areas of the Instatravel.
We may provide anonymous statistical information based on this data to suppliers, advertisers, affiliates and other current and potential business partners. We may also use such aggregate data to inform these third parties as to the number of people who have seen and clicked on links to their web sites.

From time to time, Instatravel hires a third party to act on our behalf for projects such as market-research surveys and contest-entry processing and will provide information to these third parties specifically for use in connection with these projects. The information we provide to such third parties is protected by a confidentiality agreement and is to be used solely for completing the specific project.

Promotional emails         
You can unsubscribe from any of our promotional emails, newsletters or similar services through the "My Account" link on Instatravels home page. As a promotion/sweepstakes participant, you will occasionally receive e-mail updates from us about fare sales in your area, special offers, new Instatravel services, and other noteworthy items. We hope you will find these updates interesting and informative. Of course, if you would rather not receive them, please click on the "unsubscribe" link or follow the instructions in each e-mail message or send us an email unsubscribe@Instatravel.com.

Safeguards against the loss, misuse or modification of your information
Information security is critical to our business. Instatravel is Verisign SSL secured This means all personal information you provide to Instatravel is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. The same process happens when you make travel purchases on the Instatravel.

Other Information  
Instatravel contains links to other web sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which Instatravel has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of all such sites as their policies may be materially different from this Privacy Policy.

This policy is effective as of June 1, 2006. Any material changes in the way Instatravel uses personal information will be described in future versions of this Privacy Statement. Of course, you may always submit concerns regarding our Privacy Statement or our privacy practices via email to privacy@Instatravel.com. Please reference the privacy policy in your subject line. Instatravel will attempt to respond to all reasonable concerns or inquiries within five business days of receipt.

Thank you for using Instatravel to fulfill your travel needs!

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