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Options Away

Options Away uses options-trading technology to change the way people buy plane tickets. For a small fee, the start-up's website allows users to lock in a low fare for up to two weeks while they decide whether to book. (A one-day option costs $4, while a 14-day option costs $50.)

Since its 2012 launch, Options Away has raised $5.6 million in funding from investors, including Thayer Ventures, Pritzker Group Venture Capital and former American Airlines CEO Donald Carty.

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