Farecast launches for 55 US cities

Seattle startup Farecast is taking their airfare prediction technology nation wide today, flights departing from 55 US cities are now available for price history, predictions and buy/wait recommendations. The site also offers RSS feeds for automatically tracking fares and predictions over time. We’ve written about Farecast prior to launch and when the beta site first opened.

Farecast received $8.5 million in funding from Greylock Partners, Madrona Venture Group and WRF Capital. Development and testing of the site has taken 3 years. The site was named by Time Magazine as one of the 50 coolest sites on the web this year. It’s a real crowd pleaser and I’m sure many people will be interested in trying their services out now that they’ve extended their reach.

The RSS feeds mean you can test it out yourself very easily; I’ve subscribed to a search for fares from Portland, Oregon to Austin, Texas leaving and returning middle of next month. I’ll keep an eye on the feed and see if it does anything more interesting than go up two weeks before my supposed departure date. I expect in many cases it will – but it should be easy to verify with time.