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Bing Travel Helps You Decide and Save Money

Part of what makes the new Bing search engine a “decision engine” is its ability to help you decide what to buy. In this economy, everyone’s looking for the best deal when shopping and nowhere is that more true than when shopping for airline tickets. Thanks to Bing’s inclusion of the technology from the company formerly called Farecast (now owned by Microsoft), the new Bing Travel site can help you find the best price for your ticket. With its Price Predictor technology, Bing can analyze more than 175 billion airfare observations and predict whether the price of a flight is going up or down. It then recommends whether you should buy the ticket now or wait.

Along those same lines, Bing’s Rate Indicator technology analyzes historical hotel room rate data to determine whether the current price being offered is a good deal. You can even view the hotels on a map where each is color-coded by the Rate Indicator data.

To help you find the best deals, Bing Travel will also show you the best airfare and hotel deals once you enter in your origin city – great for planning spur-of-the-moment getaways where your destination is flexible. Or, if you’re looking for a good deal to a specific locale, you can set up a fare alert that will notify you when prices drop.

You can check out the Bing Travel site at bing.com/travel.

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  • SentaxSentax

    Bing seems to be off to a great start.  There are a couple things that they still need to do to get me to switch completely.

    They need to compete with iGoogle.  I won't be changing my homepage to Bing until I can pin up my RSS feeds.

    They also need to step up their search parsing, I tried "define:search engine" and Bing returns ok results but they aren't laid out like how Google does, Google takes an extra step to give you the information you're needing on the results page instead of having to click into a page like Bing.

    But, they are only starting off, I expect these things to get better.  I'm still using it for my search, but homepage I'm not moving from iGoogle until I see iBing or whatever.


  • SentaxSentax

    Bing seems to be off to a great start.  There are a couple things that they still need to do to get me to switch completely.

    They need to compete with iGoogle.  I won't be changing my homepage to Bing until I can pin up my RSS feeds.

    They also need to step up their search parsing, I tried "define:search engine" and Bing returns ok results but they aren't laid out like how Google does, Google takes an extra step to give you the information you're needing on the results page instead of having to click into a page like Bing.

    But, they are only starting off, I expect these things to get better.  I'm still using it for my search, but homepage I'm not moving from iGoogle until I see iBing or whatever.


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