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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…

Google Uses Payment For Booking Compliance

New York — From the “you probably can’t do this because you’re not Google” department, Google has built a proprietary hotel booking application. It highlights both negotiated and market rates as part of Google’s unique travel spending program. It’s backed with centralized payment that means travelers don’t have to fiddle with card numbers when booking. And…

Shutdown Of Google QPX ‘Express’ Faring Solution Shouldn’t Disrupt Corporate Travel Tech

Google revealed plans to shut down on April 10, 2018 the API for a light version of its shopping and faring service. Acquired by Google half-a-dozen years ago, ITA Software’s advanced pricing and shopping capabilities had become a go-to alternative to similar global distribution system functionality. Its standard QPX product is used by a number of…

Email Parsing Next For Google’s Open Booking Program

Google’s travel program has been closely watched for the better part of a decade. It helped vault “open booking” into industry vernacular. Capturing data when travelers book what and how they want — within some price guidelines — may be an attractive idea for some program managers at other organizations. But all these years later,…

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