MSN and Launch Free Airfare Predictions, Planning Tools

MSN first to offer Farecast's innovative predictive technology to help its

users know when to buy airline tickets.

Jul 17, 2007, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., July 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSN(R) and, the airfare prediction Web site, announced an agreement today
 in which MSN will offer its users free airfare predictions and planning
 tools on the MSN Travel Channel. The addition of Farecast's innovative
 technology and planning tools on MSN Travel will empower its millions of
 monthly users to make more informed decisions when planning and shopping
 for travel.
     This agreement marks the first distribution deal for Farecast to bring
 its unique travel technology and planning tools to a broader consumer
 audience. Farecast joins the existing list of premier travel content
 partners on MSN, including Expedia, Frommer's and Travel+Leisure.
     "We are thrilled to partner with MSN," said Hugh Crean, president and
 chief executive officer of Farecast. "This agreement is further validation
 of the value of Farecast's predictive technology to help people make
 smarter buying decisions and be more empowered when shopping for travel.
 MSN is committed to delivering innovative content to its loyal customers,
 and we look forward to being a part of its growing travel channel."
     In addition to free airfare predictions, MSN Travel users will be able
 to access Farecast's unique travel planning tools. With Farecast, MSN
 customers will be able to answer many trip-planning decisions, such as when
 and where they should travel, where they can afford to travel on their
 budget, and the best airfare deals from their home airport.
     "Farecast is changing the way consumers shop for airfare by helping
 them answer the difficult question, 'Should I buy now or wait?' when
 shopping for an airfare," said Jeff Dossett, executive producer and general
 manager at MSN. "Integrating Farecast's unique airfare predictions and
 tools is part of our overall strategy to build out a rich set of innovative
 and differentiated content and services in travel and across all channels
 on the MSN media network." is the only travel Web site that uses a database of over
 175 billion airfares to help consumers know when to buy and when they have
 found a good deal when shopping for travel. In a recent audit, Navigant
 Consulting Inc. confirmed that Farecast's predictions are 74.5 percent
 accurate, and travelers purchasing two tickets could save an average of $55
 by using Farecast's predictions.
     Know When to Buy With Farecast Predictions
     Unlike any other travel Web site, saves online travel
 shoppers money with an airfare prediction for their specific trip. The
 company's patented airfare prediction tool shows whether the lowest fares
 for their trip are rising or dropping. also provides expected
 price movements, historical prices and buying tips when customers search
 for flights. Those wanting to learn more about the proprietary airfare
 prediction tool should visit the Our Technology page of
     About Farecast, Inc. is the first and only airfare prediction website. helps airfare shoppers across the country save money by
 answering the question: should you buy now or wait? In addition to being
 the first to provide airfare predictions, offers industry
 leading travel planning tools and deals based on real science, not
 marketing. was recognized as one of Web 2.0's "Best Travel
 Sites," one of PC World's 20 Most Innovative Products, "Best of What's New"
 by Popular Science, one of TIME Magazine's "50 Coolest Websites" and one of
 the "Best Trip Planning Tools" by Business Week readers. The company is
 located in Seattle, Washington, and is funded by Sutter Hill Ventures,
 Greylock Partners, Madrona Venture Group, WRF Capital and PAR Capital
 Management. To get a free airfare prediction from your city, or to learn
 more visit
     About MSN and Windows Live
     MSN attracts more than 465 million unique users worldwide per month.
 With localized versions available globally in 42 markets and 21 languages,
 MSN is a world leader in delivering compelling programmed content
 experiences to consumers and online advertising opportunities to businesses
 worldwide. Windows Live(TM), a new set of personal Internet services and
 software, is designed to bring together in one place all the relationships,
 information and interests people care about most, with enhanced safety and
 security features across their PC, devices and the Web. MSN and Windows
 Live will be offered alongside each other as complementary services. Some
 Windows Live services entered an early beta phase on Nov. 1, 2005; these
 and future beta updates can be found at Windows Live
 is available at MSN is located on the Web at
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq:   MSFT) is the worldwide leader in
 software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize
 their full potential.

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