IBM Gets Patent On Travel Planning

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week issued a patent to IBM for "intelligent travel planning."

The patented process covers receiving a user's trip requirements and preferences, searching travel options, building an itinerary based on "relative weights for preference information" and purchase history, obtaining a response from the user to the proposed itinerary and making the relevant reservations.

There's more to it. The patent application also references itinerary changes and decision-making that incorporates local info on weather, events, road closures and traffic data.

The described innovations appear to . . .

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Jay Campbell

Author: Jay Campbell

Jay Campbell in 2004 created travel business newsletter The Beat, in 2006 co-founded Travel Procurement magazine and in 2010 integrated them with Business Travel News. He served as editorial director until 2013. Jay made his travel industry media debut in 1993 at the Air Travel Journal of Boston while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at Boston University.
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