We're very excited to share the launch of Bing Travel, which is part of Microsoft’s new search service, located at Bing.com. Bing will be available to the world in the coming days. As part of this new, enhanced search engine, we’ve combined our robust technology from Farecast with great content from MSN Travel to create Bing Travel.

What's Bing Travel all about? It's a faster way to make more informed travel decisions. Built into Bing are intelligent tools that will quickly and more efficiently help you find what you're searching for so you can make better choices.

For example, our comparison shopping service helps you browse hundreds of flights and hotels from airlines and suppliers for destinations worldwide. Our planning tools help you decide when and where to travel. Our price predictor tells you, with high degrees of confidence, when it’s the right time to buy airline tickets. Our hotel rate indicator helps you know you’re getting a great deal on a place to stay.

And, if you’re wondering “what about Farecast?” and “what about flight predictions and flexible travel tools?” then we have good news:  All of the features from the Farecast you know and love will be in Bing Travel, and we’re packing in a lot more.

Next week, we'll launch a new community site and travel blog and in the coming weeks we’ll be diving deep into the product features and content offerings that will help provide the information you need to travel smarter. As part of the new blog, Bing Travel editors as well as respected experts like Pauline Frommer and Peter Greenberg will keep you in the know on the most timely travel topics. 

We know that making travel decisions — whether it’s where to go on vacation or which airline ticket or hotel room to book — can be complicated. It’s our hope that Bing Travel will help you make those decisions much more easily. Check back soon to see our brand-new homepage and to explore all the great tools and services that will simplify your travel search. For more information on Bing, check out the Search blog, visit http://www.decisionengine.com and follow us on Twitter (@Fareologist) for all the latest travel news.

Hugh Crean, General Manager, Bing Travel