Mike was a logical choice for this journey as he is both clever and well, looks like the perfect 'grumpy' Santa
Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) December 12, 2007
Beginning Saturday December 8, 2007, FareCompare.com sent Grumpy Santa on a 12 day journey to all 48-contiguous U.S. states. Without a sleigh. The nose leading Santa's way is not red but a big metal Boeing 737 in some cases. Why is he Grumpy? Santa is riding on most all the major airlines and stopping at numerous airports which might make anyone just a little cranky. Specifically, 66 flights, 56 airports, 48 states, 12 airlines and a partridge in a pear tree.
As part of a holiday promotion, FareCompare.com's Santa will be touching down in each of the 48 contiguous States (if all goes well). He will help highlight some of the challenges that holiday travelers are facing this time of year such as the packed planes, the delays and cancellations, and the long lines at security checkpoints. Grumpy Santa will be talking to TSA agents, flight crews and of course, passengers: he'll get an up-close-and personal view of the good, the bad and the ugly of today's air travel during the 66 flights in 12 days. Grumpy's Santa's quickly gaining popularity as airline crews, passengers and others help Santa navigate his route. Watch Santa earn his wings on YouTube!
Rick Seaney, CEO and founder of FareCompare.com, along with Graeme Wallace, CTO and Jesse Gift, media relations decided that the best way to focus on the ins and outs of holiday travel is for FareCompare to videoblog it - firsthand. Who is Grumpy Santa Claus? Farecompare's own writer/researcher, Michael Federico is the man behind the beard. Rick Seaney chuckles, "Mike was a logical choice for this journey as he is both clever and well, looks like the perfect 'grumpy' Santa".
On Saturday, December 8, the journey was launched from Dallas, Love Field to Little Rock, Arkansas aboard South West Airlines. The crew was very helpful and added a few pillows to fill out Santa's suit. There's an easy one click to Google Earth Map to view Santa's path on the Where is Santa Now page. Videoblog.farecompare.com contains information as well as video blogs of each of his trips, crazy facts and a chance to comment if you do spot the guy in red on one of your flights. Other airlines involved in the Santa's travels include American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Frontier Airlines, US Airways and more.
Farecompare.com strives to find the cheapest airfare before anyone else can utilizing their sophisticated software that literally sorts and finds the latest airfares and sales before any other website can including airline websites. They used these skills and tools in assisting to book Santa's travel. In order to complete the itinerary, 44 separate reservations were made. They have not yet revealed the cost of Santa's Holiday Airline Travel but stay tuned. Farecompare.com is giving away an airline trip to one lucky winner who can guess the cost of Santa's airline travel. Check http://videoblog.farecompare.com/free-trip-guess-santas-airline-ticket-cost/ for further details.
In 2004, FareCompare LP was established building proprietary software to process the vast quantity of airfare information (over 50 million airfares and counting with tens of thousands of changes per day). This software mines tens of millions of fares several times a day for the best deals and instantaneously gets it directly to the consumer even before the airlines themselves. Wall Street Journal, Reuters and The Associated Press have direct feeds from FareCompare resulting in advanced data. FareCompare.com consumer site was launched in March 2006. As seen on Good Morning America and NBC Today Show Rick Seaney, CEO and travel guru strives to educate consumers on how to find the best air travel deals.