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Bing.com’s Bright Ideas

Have you visited Bing.com yet? I mentioned it briefly on Weekend Today a few weeks ago, but if you’re unfamiliar, Bing.com is Microsoft’s new search site—and its travel section is my current obsession.

I’m not sure about you, but when it comes to booking a flight, I get a little anxious. Is this the best fare possible? Am I going to get an Airfarewatchdog deals email and see that my $357 round-trip to Miami is now $275? Don’t fret: Help is on the way.

Bing.com uses Farecast technology; its 7-day Price Predictor feature gives research-backed recommendations about whether you should book now or wait until fares drop. (Case in point: Bing.com recommends that travelers looking to fly from Seattle to San Francisco should wait until rates fall below $199.)

I also love that the site’s homepage features a photo of a new destination every day. And if you’re looking for chili in Cincinnati or sunglasses in San Diego, check out Bing.com Maps; they're guaranteed to give MapQuest and Google Maps a run for the money.

Sarah Kantrowitz is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.

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