|EXPEDIA, INC. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20120136683||SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING TRAVEL PACKAGES INCLUDING SEPARATELY PURCHASED TRAVEL ITEMS - A user of a personal computing device may identify multiple travel items of interest displayed for purchase by a network-based travel service. However, the user may not desire to purchase the travel items in a single purchase. Upon making a travel purchase that includes a first travel item that does not include a second travel item corresponding to the first travel item, the user may employ the network travel package service to search for second travel items corresponding to the first travel item, select from discounted travel packages including the first travel item and second travel items returned from the search, and purchase a discounted travel package. Beneficially, multiple travel items may be purchased separately while obtaining a package discount as compared to the stand-alone price of the travel items.||05-31-2012|
|20090234681||OPTIMIZED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FINDING BEST FARES - The present invention provides a method, apparatus and system for processing fare queries to find the best fares. In one embodiment of this invention a query server utilizes a branching and bounding based technique to implicitly enumerate possible solutions to arrive at best fare solutions.||09-17-2009|
|20080294470||METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRESENTING RATES FOR TRAVEL SERVICES - A method and system are provided for presenting rates for travel services using dynamic pricing bands. The dynamic pricing bands represent approximate rates for travel services relative to available rates during or close to the proposed dates of travel, or at or near the proposed travel destination. Each dynamic pricing band is keyed to a particular color, intensity, pattern, sound, or other graphical and/or audio characteristic, thereby providing the consumer a sense of the seasonal, regional, day of week, or other variability of rates for travel services without having to compare actual numbers. The dynamic pricing bands are applied to an interactive presentation of rates for travel services to allow the consumer to explore possible rate variations for particular travel services in a manner that provides a birds-eye view, is intuitive and user-friendly.||11-27-2008|
|20080262880||OPTIMIZED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FINDING BEST FARE - The present invention provides a method, apparatus and system for processing fare queries to find the best fares. In one embodiment of this invention a query server utilizes a branching and bounding based technique to implicitly enumerate possible solutions to arrive at best fare solutions.||10-23-2008|
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