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June 29, 2007 | Posted in:

Rick Seaney, CEO and co-founder of FareCompare.com, loves a challenge. And back in 2006, he made it his personal mission to help shoppers find the cheapest airfare – first. That’s why FareCompare.com came into being.

Today, Rick is an internationally known travel expert; he pens a popular weekly column for ABCNews.com, tackling subjects like why airlines raise (or lower) their prices, the story behind baggage fees, and safety tips for traveling pets. He is also regularly sought out for comments by journalists from the Wall St. Journal, the New York Times, CNN, and more. In his “spare time” Rick shares his personal thoughts and analysis with the readers of his signature blog, Rick Seaney’s FareCompare Labs.

Rick is that rare hybrid – part technical geek, part wide-eyed everyman – who likes helping people find the best deals. To do that, he’s spent the better part of a decade amassing one of the world’s largest data bases of current and historic airfare information and combined it with his own sophisticated software systems that is matched by no other side.

And along the way, he’s helped create some amazing tools to help his customers, including the popular FareCompare deal finder at http://www.farecompare.com/dealfinder/ and his exclusive real-time Follow FareCompare Deals “from your airport” on Twitter – a mouthful for sure, but a simple tool that allows customers to get deals tailored specifically to their home airports the moment they are available, at www.farecompare.com/twitter.

And then there are all those entertaining (and informative) blogs: FareCompare’s Deals blog is updated with the latest airfare sales several times a day at http://deals.farecompare.com/ and the “must-read” Rick Seaney’s FareCompare Labs provides news, commentary and Rick’s special insight into all things airfare at http://rickseaney.com/. For those who like to read about the wild and weird side of flying, the Standard Upright Position blog is for you, and can be accessed at http://standarduprightposition.com/.

Nothing gives Rick a bigger thrill than saving his customers money. “It’s why I get up in the morning,” says this industry icon. “I’ve saved a lot of people a lot of money, and I can do it for you.”