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Bing Can Predict the Future?

Posted by Chris DeMarco on Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Or travel prices, at least.

Apparently, Microsoft’s Bing search engine sports a feature to help you choose the most cost-effective dates to book your vacation. It will monitor the rise or fall of travel prices based on your destination(s) and transportation – and let you know whether you should hold off on booking your trip so that prices can fall further or book immediately before prices go back up.

From the Bing website:

“Bing travel offers unique features to help you Know When To Buy™ your airline tickets…With our airfare price predictions, find out if fares are rising or dropping and if you should buy now or wait.”

Obviously, supposing that it was fairly accurate, this is an outstanding idea. After all, who doesn’t want to save money on their travel plans? And while my initial concern would be that the quality might not be so great (given the company behind this), other sources deem it quite reliable:

“…according to a third-party audit of our predictive technology, we’re 74.5% accurate.”

So, perhaps give Bing a shot when you get ready to book your next flight. It can’t hurt to have an opinion…you can always choose not to listen to it if it sounds fishy!

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  3. Carmen Gomez Says:

    BING search engine is just as good as Google. In my own personal experience, Google does give more releveant search result than Bing but the difference is very small. **


  4. Chris DeMarco Says:

    Carmen,

    I have to disagree with you…but that comes greatly in part to my website development background. Microsoft’s search engines have never succeeded at gaining a substantial portion of the search engine market. Consequently, paying attention to Bing or MSN or any less-popular search engine does little for a website owner or developer trying to promote his/her website.

    Chris


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