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Reservation, check-in, or booking display for reserved space

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705 - Data processing: financial, business practice, management, or cost/price determination

705001000 - AUTOMATED ELECTRICAL FINANCIAL OR BUSINESS PRACTICE OR MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENT

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705006000 Coordination of plural reservations (e.g., plural trip segments; transportation and accommodation, etc.) 56
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20130030848METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING AN OPTIMAL LOW FARE FOR A TRIP - A method for determining an optimal fare for a trip comprising a departure location, an arrival location, the method comprises the following steps: sending a request for the trip wherein the request comprises a departure location, an arrival location and a corresponding fare for the trip; automatically modifying the request by searching in a predetermined database to determine a set of additional requests wherein each comprises at least one of the departure location, the arrival location or one or more additional locations which may form at least a part of the requested route wherein the predetermined database comprises said additional requests and a corresponding fare for each additional request; selecting one or more additional requests to form one or more alternative requests which include at least on of the departure location or the arrival location as the request; calculating the up to date fares for each alternative request in order to determine a resulting fare for each alternative request; comparing the fare and the resulting fares in order to determine the lowest resulting fare for the trip.01-31-2013
20130030847Method and Apparatus for Expedited Rental Vehicle Reservation Creation Following a Previous Reservation - A method and apparatus are disclosed for expediting the ability of a customer to book a new rental vehicle reservation after booking a previous rental vehicle reservation. A link can be provided on a screen such as a confirmation page for a previous rental vehicle reservation that, upon customer selection, causes a new reservation transaction to be automatically loaded with data from the previous rental vehicle reservation.01-31-2013
20100088126REAL TIME DATA DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM - A computer system configured to provide real time data collection and distribution is described herein. The computer system optionally includes a web proxy system, including a load balancer, and a cache cluster. An interface is configured to receive a user search query. a data store is configured to store information related to resource requests for dynamically valued resources received from remote terminals, including a resource selection, a resource quantity, and a resource value indication. The system is configured to determine and automatically transmit to a remote computer system in substantially real a communication that includes information related to how many resource requests have been received, a resource request rate, which resources have been requested; resource value indications, and after the transmission of the communication, receive and store in computer readable memory an indication as to which distribution channels additional resources are to be allocated.04-08-2010
20090030748INDIVIDUAL SEAT SELECTION TICKETING AND RESERVATION SYSTEM - This invention relates to an electronic means by which people can select the exact seat or seats they want for any type of event or reserve an appointment for any activity. More specifically, a customer or a ticket re-seller or a venue operator can go, for example, to the internet and select the event or activity for which he wants a ticket or tickets or reserve a time and reserve and order the exact seat or seats or the time of his choosing directly online. The seat or seats or reserved time he selects is then removed from the inventory for that activity or event and made not available for any other buyer and such is so indicated by a graphical representation or other such indicator on the online map or picture representing availability of seating or time for that event.01-29-2009
20100153143AVAILABILITY PROCESSING IN A TRAVEL PLANNING SYSTEM - A travel planning system that implements seat availability determinations is described. The planning system includes a scheduling process for determining a set of instances of transportation that satisfy a user query and a faring process that determines fares valid for at least some of the instances in the set of instances of transportation. The travel planning system also includes an availability process that uses results from a single source of seat availability for a mode of transportation to determine a set of available instances of transportation and determines whether the results from the single source are reliable.06-17-2010
20110218830BOTTOM-UP OPTIMIZED SEARCH SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method for searching for hotel rooms is provided. A pre-compute database comprising real-time availability attributes associated with hotel rooms on a plurality of length of stays may be generated, and a query for at least one hotel for a date range may be received. The availability of each day within the date range on a plurality of length of stays may be calculated by applying business requirements according to the query. Final availability may be created for each day within the date range on the plurality of length of stays by combining the availability from the pre-compute database and the query attributes. A final availability of hotel rooms may be formatted for the at least one hotel for each day within the date range on the plurality of length of stays.09-08-2011
20100057503SECURE SYSTEM AND METHOD TO PAY FOR A SERVICE PROVIDED AT A RESERVATION - A method and system for allowing the setting of reservations and the pre-authorization of credit to purchase a desired service for which a reservation is made. A customer accesses a reservation system that is integrated with a credit authorization system. The customer may make a reservation and substantially simultaneously become pre-authorized to pay for services to be provided at the reservation by one of any number of credit providers. Pre-authorized credit and reservation information is then supplied to the service provider in advance of services being provided, expediting the overall transaction time and allowing for a secure and cardless transaction procedure. The reservation and preauthorization information are typically stored upon the reservation system and then passed to the point-of-sale systems, but other types of input/output storage devices could be used to perform this function.03-04-2010
20110191127Competitive Availability Tools - A competitive, availability prediction system for predicting relative, competitive availability of seating on an airline flight is described. The system includes an availability predictor that predicts seating availability on a competitive flight, an availability system that produces an actual availability response for a flight and decision logic that compares the predicted answer from the availability predictor and the potential answer from the availability system to establish a decision with respect to actual availability.08-04-2011
20130046566METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR FINANCING AND MARKETING A CREATIVE WORK - The present invention is directed to a system and method for raising financing and/or revenue by artist for a project, where the project may be a creative work of the artist. The method including registering, by at least one artist, with a centralized database, at least one or more projects, offering, by the at least one artist, an entitlement related to the artist in exchange for capital for the project of the artist. The method and system may also include searching, by an interested party, the centralized database, for the least one artist, registering, by the interested party, with the centralized database and accepting the offer by the interested party for the entitlement related to the project. The capital may then be forwarded to the artist and the entitlement provided to the interested party.02-21-2013
20080288302Method and system for automatically keeping travel data consistent between passenger reservation records and corresponding electronic tickets - A method and a system keeps travel data consistent between a database of airline reservations storing passenger name records (PNR's) including travel segments, and a database of electronic tickets (E-tickets) including travel coupons, this latter database being independently controlled from a ticketing server. Whenever a travel segment is updated or added in one of the PNR's an electronic reconciliation service (ERS) receives images of updated PNR's. Corresponding E-ticket images are requested by ERS and received from the database of E-tickets. Then, ERS establishes a matrix of links between orphan PNR travel segments and orphan E-ticket travel coupons so that E-ticket orphan travel coupons are re-associated with matching PNR orphan travel segments. After E-ticket is updated it is revalidated or reissued. Optionally, a penalty generator calculates penalty fees on the basis of changes brought to the revalidated or reissued E-tickets. The penalty fees are then attached to the updated PNR's.11-20-2008
20100010840METHOD FOR SELECTING A SPATIAL ALLOCATION - A method of displaying a selected spatial allocation is provided. The method includes but is not limited to associating spatial allocation characteristic data stored in a database with corresponding spatial location data representing a location of a spatial allocation on the map. The method also includes but is not limited to, upon selection of the spatial allocation from the map, displaying the corresponding spatial allocation characteristic data from the database, along with the selected spatial allocation on the map, on a display. Additionally, the method includes but is not limited to, upon selection of the corresponding spatial allocation from the database, displaying the map, along with the selected spatial allocation in the map, on the display.01-14-2010
20090192833TICKET REFUNDING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method refund a current value of an event ticket to a user. The ticket is purchased from a ticket issuer and out of a pool of tickets. Information associated with the event ticket is obtained from a physical event ticket provided by a user to a kiosk. Ticket information is provided to at least one of: the ticket issuer, an event coordinator, venue owner, a third party or to the Internet via a query. In response, these sources return information associated with the event for which the event ticket was purchased. Subsequently, the kiosk calculates a current value for the event ticket based on at least one of the ticket information and event information. The current value is refunded to the user of the kiosk and the ticket issuer returns the ticket to the pool of available tickets.07-30-2009
20110196711Content personalization system and method - There is provided a system and method of providing personalized content to a user based on the user's interests and the user's geographical location. The method includes receiving media files from a portable device associated with the user and generating a user profile based on the media files. The method also includes receiving a geographical location of the user from a global positioning system (GPS) device. The method also includes receiving content from a service provider based on the user profile and the geographical location. The method also includes providing the content to the user through an infotainment interface included in a vehicle. The content delivered to the user may include media files such as music or audio/visual files that correspond with the user profile. The content may also include messages about events near the user's geographical location that correspond with the user profile.08-11-2011
20100138246Event management system - An event management system is disclosed. The event management system includes a memory, a computer display, an event creation component, a conversion mapping component that maps passenger data from a user format into an application specific format; a group scheduling component that categorizes passengers into groups, a passenger management component, a vehicle management component, a staff management component, a versioning component, an invoicing component, and a data visualization component. Also disclosed is a computerized method for event planning.06-03-2010
20090112639Combined Rewards System and Process Providing Variable Travel Redemption - A loyalty rewards system and process rewards currency, e.g. cash back rebates or rewards points, for credit card and check card purchases and provides rewards, including travel, for a customer's enterprise relationship. The system and process include methodologies for: enrollment into the combined rewards program or the relationship rewards program; showing total combined points or cash earned with points or amount of cash earned parsed into the various accounts and purchases. Customers are informed of currency earned via periodic statements, newsletters, data online and customer service representatives. A mechanism by which to systematically enroll eligible products or services as defined by the enterprise bases eligibility on social security numbers or other unique customer numbers. A variable travel rewards program eliminates the usual restrictions on reward travel, allowing participants to travel anywhere at any time, to combine points with cash to pay for travel and to book their own travel.04-30-2009
20130211862AGGREGATED ADVERTISING - A server may receive a first check-in corresponding to at least one person, wherein a check-in is a indication of presence. The server may receive a second check-in to form an aggregation of people. The server may characterize the aggregation based on the cumulative characteristics selected from at least one of the group consisting of age, marital status, and parental status associated with at least one of the first check-in and second check-in to form an aggregated population characteristic. The server may select at least one advertisement based on the aggregated population characteristic. The server may dispatch the at least one advertisement.08-15-2013
20120179499METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AN ONLINE RESERVATION SYSTEM FOR SERVICES SELECTABLE FROM MULTIPLE CATEGORIES - The present invention teaches an online reservation system providing services of multiple categories of service providers. A user may enter the online reservation system by clicking on a button either embedded in a directory services search result for a particular service provider or located on a particular service provider's website. Alternatively, a user may search for service providers through the online reservation system by entering criteria such as category of service, pricing, rating, location, or time and day of availability of the service. Both users and service providers receive electronic confirmation and reminders for the booked appointments. Service providers may integrate all of their appointments with a calendar maintained by the online reservation system. The system automatically collects client data and may provide accounting services.07-12-2012
20110202376System For Golf Reservations - A system and method for making reservations, in particular golf tee times, utilizing the Internet is disclosed. The system provides a user with access to a reservation system of a particular location, such as a golf course. The user is able to make and confirm a reservation for an event, such as a tee time, from anywhere. The system can also employ Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to enable a user to make and confirm a reservation for an event by dialing a local phone number.08-18-2011
20100076796System and Method for Baggage Issue - A baggage issuing facility for issuing baggage items to passengers is provided in this case. The baggage issuing facility is e.g. a baggage conveyor belt at an airport. There, provision is made for a locating facility which locates baggage items with reference to a tag that is attached thereto, and passengers with reference to at least one of the identification features assigned to the passenger concerned. The locating facility controls the baggage issuing facility in order to deliver the located baggage item to the associated located passenger. The baggage issuing system offers greater convenience for passengers, since it avoids long waiting times and crowds of people at a baggage conveyor belt. Moreover, it is also possible to make the baggage issue more flexible. In particular, the baggage issuing system is suitable for baggage issue at destination airports and for baggage storage at railway stations.03-25-2010
20100076795OFFERING ACQUIRED AIR TRANSPORT RIGHTS AND SHARING RESULTING REVENUES - A private air charter transport sharing platform facilitates an original booking party entering into a transportation agreement with an air charter operator, wherein the original booking party receives rights to air transport covered by the agreement. The original booking party offers a portion of the received rights to potential incremental passengers for a passenger fee. As a result of acceptance of the offering the passenger fee is shared among the air charter operator and the original booking party.03-25-2010
20120245967PREVENTING AN UNAUTHORIZED CARD TRANSACTION - An approach for preventing unauthorized card transactions is presented. An authorization record including an authorized geographic location and an authorized period of time is received from a travel reservation system (TRS) and stored to dynamically update a profile table that stores other authorization records. The authorization record identifies an itinerary specified by travel booking(s) purchased via the TRS using a debit or credit card. The itinerary specifies that the cardholder is scheduled to be in the authorized geographic location for the authorized period of time. In response to receiving a request for an authorization of a card transaction, a location and date associated with the card transaction are retrieved from the request. The card transaction is rejected based on a determination that the retrieved location is not within authorized geographic locations included in the stored authorization records that have authorized time periods that include the retrieved date.09-27-2012
20100114615OPTIMIZED INVENTORY SELECTION - Systems and methods for electronically ranking records of inventory items are provided. Inventory items satisfying search criteria are electronically identified and ranked according to an inventory score calculated from a function comprising inventory attribute values of the inventory items and weighting values corresponding to the inventory attributes. The scored inventory may be further displayed to a user, such as a user that electronically submits the search criteria. The attribute values may include inventory item characteristics perceptible to users of the inventory items. The weighting values may be generated from a discrete choice model employing a conditional logit function fit to training data. The inventory score function may further include a long term function that numerically represents inventory items characteristic that are not perceptible to users of the inventory items. The disclosed embodiments may be applied to inventory including, but not limited to, travel inventory, such as hotels.05-06-2010
20100114616SYSTEM FOR MANAGING A FLEET OF MOTOR VEHICLES ACCESSIBLE VIA A STORAGE KEY AND METHOD FOR MANAGING THE CORRESPONDING FLEET - A system for managing a fleet of motor vehicles, including a central platform that can store data for the management of the fleet and an interface located remotely from the vehicle, enabling communication between a driver and the central platform. Each vehicle of the fleet can be accessed via a storage key that can store data relating to the identification and operation of the vehicle, as well as data relating to the fleet management contract, and which can be used to manage engine start-up/engine immobilization and locking/unlocking functions of the vehicle. Each key can be activated and released by the central platform at the user's request via the remote interface that can communicate with the central platform.05-06-2010
20100114613SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING AN EVENT - The present invention relates to a method, a system and a physical computer readable medium for distributing payment to a host of an event and a second entity by receiving payment confirmations indicating payment amounts from guests for the event. The payment amounts for all received confirmations are aggregated. Using the aggregated payment amounts, a first payment total and a second payment total are calculated and distributed to the host of the event and a second entity, respectively. The present invention further relates to a method for managing an event. The method involves registering a host, registering an event, and registering guests for the event. In response to receiving notification from at least one guest, status information for the event is provided to the host. The status information includes: the event, the guests, and at least some information based on the received notification.05-06-2010
20100114614Controlling Registration for a Social Event - A system and method for controlling registration for a social event comprising: receiving a request, at a server on a network, from a prospective attendee to register for the social event; determining based upon at least one attribute of the prospective attendee if the number of already registered prospective attendees plus the prospective attendee exceeds a predetermined limit for the at least one attribute, and if so cancelling the prospective attendee's registration; otherwise, determining whether the difference between the number of already registered prospective attendees plus the prospective attendee having the at least one attribute and the number of already registered prospective attendees having at least one other attribute exceeds a predetermined difference limit, wherein: if the difference is less than or equal to the predetermined difference limit, registering the prospective attendee to attend the social event; otherwise, suspending the prospective attendee's registration; notifying the prospective attendee of registration status.05-06-2010
20130080196Computer-Aided Mobility Service - A process is provided for computer-aided operation of a mobility service by which a number of vehicles are made available by a mobility provider to registered users for temporary use. A respective user is registered once in a booking system as a provider and/or a buyer of a mobility service feature. A first user registered as a provider reserves the vehicle for a period of time in the booking system. The first user further clears the use of a mobility service feature for a second user connected with the vehicle booking whereby the mobility service feature for the second user is offered for selection. An accounting of costs for the vehicle booking takes place as a function of whether at least one second user was determined as a buyer of the provided mobility service feature.03-28-2013
20130080195Inventory System and Method Therefor - An inventory control method and system is disclosed. The system comprises: a processor, a receiver for receiving an availability request for a leg of a journey between an origin and destination, wherein the availability request comprises one or more attributes defining the leg; and a comparator for comparing the attribute or attributes of the received availability request with data defining a plurality of products. Each product defined by one or more attributes comprising a further attribute which allows a local or non-stop passenger to be distinguished from a connecting passenger. The processor is configured to determine the availability of one of the products in dependence upon the result of the comparison.03-28-2013
20130080194DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A display device includes a communication unit for receiving user related data from a mobile device, a memory for storing metadata of content and an advertising message associated with the content, a matching unit for extracting at least one matching element from the user related data and comparing the extracted matching element and at least one matching element included in the metadata of the content to select a content item, a controller for detecting whether or not the mobile device is in a communicable state at intervals of a preset period and controlling the communication unit according to the detection, and controlling the matching unit using the user related data, a display unit for displaying the selected content item, and an advertising message transmitter for transmitting an advertising message associated with the selected content item to the mobile device.03-28-2013
20130085790Organization of Group Attended Ticketed Event - Computing systems and methods for organizing group attended ticketed events. A computing system includes one or more memory device or storage components adapted to store user information regarding users of the computing system as well as event information regarding upcoming ticketed events, and one or more processors for conducting activities regarding ticketing for group members. Such activities include displaying information regarding a ticketed event, accepting a user input for inviting invitees to the ticketed event, communicating invitations to the invitees based on the input, receiving invitee response information from the invitees regarding interest in attending the ticketed event, and accepting a purchase request for tickets to the ticketed event from the user, wherein the purchase request is based at least in part on the invitee response information.04-04-2013
20090138291Systems, Methods and Devices for Online Reservation Inquiries - The present invention pertains to systems, methods and devices for online reservation inquiries of individual shares of an item. The system has a server that makes available a 3D graphic model of the item as well as reservation statuses of the shares of the item for inquiries, and a client computer for displaying the 3D graphic model on a user screen from an arbitrarily changeable perspective. The 3D graphic model of the item contains a graphic object for each share that is spatially related to this share in the 3D graphic model. The server transmits the 3D graphic model of the item and the reservation statuses of the shares of the item to the client computer in response to respective inquiries. The manner in which each graphic object is displayed in the arbitrarily changeable perspective of the 3D graphic model is defined by the reservation status of the share to which it is related.05-28-2009
20100036687 MOBILE TRANSPORT SELECTION AND ACQUISITION - A method, system, and computer program product for improving transportation selection and acquisition. A computer transmits historical fare and rating data of one or more public transportation vehicles (PTVs) within range of a user operating a mobile telecommunication device (MTD). The user may, via the MTD, select a PTV based on the provided historical fare or ratings data. Alternatively, the user may select a PTV based on personal preferences. In response to receiving a PTV selection from the MTD, the computer issues instructions to cause the selected PTV to be dispatched to the user's location. The computer may also receive user feedback for the selected PTV from the user in the form of a rating or as a textual comment. Customer feedback and may be used to update historical record information of a corresponding database entry for the selected PTV. This information may then be referenced by future customers.02-11-2010
20130035970MOBILE WALLET PROVIDER BASED NFC TRANSACTIONS - A method for transmitting data between a mobile communication device and a server. The method includes running a mobile application on the mobile communication device. The mobile application is hosted on the mobile communication device through the server as a Software as a Service (SaaS). The method further includes transmitting data associated with the mobile application between the mobile communication device and the server, in which transmission of the data between the mobile communication device and the server is monitored through the server.02-07-2013
20130035969CLOUD BASED TICKETING - A method for transmitting data between a mobile communication device and a server. The method includes running a mobile application on the mobile communication device. The mobile application is hosted on the mobile communication device through the server as a Software as a Service (SaaS). The method further includes transmitting data associated with the mobile application between the mobile communication device and the server, in which transmission of the data between the mobile communication device and the server is monitored through the server.02-07-2013
20130035968MOBILE TRANSACTIONS USING A GENERIC NFC SMART STICKER WITH AUTHENTICATION - A method for transmitting data between a mobile communication device and a server. The method includes running a mobile application on the mobile communication device. The mobile application is hosted on the mobile communication device through the server as a Software as a Service (SaaS). The method further includes transmitting data associated with the mobile application between the mobile communication device and the server, in which transmission of the data between the mobile communication device and the server is monitored through the server.02-07-2013
20130035967DATA TRANSFER FROM A NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION TERMINAL TO A REMOTE SERVER WITH PRIOR AUTHENTICATION - A method for transmitting data between a mobile communication device and a server. The method includes running a mobile application on the mobile communication device. The mobile application is hosted on the mobile communication device through the server as a Software as a Service (SaaS). The method further includes transmitting data associated with the mobile application between the mobile communication device and the server, in which transmission of the data between the mobile communication device and the server is monitored through the server.02-07-2013
20130035966MANAGEMENT OF ROOM CLEANING - Systems for management of room cleaning at an accommodation facility such as a hotel. The system records variables related to the occupancy of rooms at the facility and/or operational characteristics of the facility. Daily cleaning times are determined for rooms in accord with the variables. Daily cleaning plans are then determined for the facility in accord with the cleaning times. Cleaning staff carry out the plan and report their progress using conventional means such as the local telephone system or wireless PDAs.02-07-2013
20090063205THEME PARK MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, THEME PARK MANAGEMENT METHOD, THEME PARK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A theme park management apparatus includes a receiving unit, a detecting unit, a generating unit, a determining unit, and a transmitting unit. The receiving unit receives information concerning a user specified attraction that is among plural attractions provided in a theme park. The detecting unit detects a congestion level for each of the attractions and the generating unit generates reservation information including a reservation time for the specified attraction. Based on the congestion level of each of the attractions, excluding the specified attraction, the determining unit determines a guidance point to which the user is guided and a privilege that becomes effective when the user follows guidance to the guidance point. The transmitting unit that transmits, to a communication terminal of the user, transmission information including the reservation information, the guidance point, and the privilege.03-05-2009
20120209640SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENSURING ACCURATE REIMBURSEMENT FOR TRAVEL EXPENSES - An Expense Verification System (EVS) checks for fraud/errors in reimbursement requests. The EVS stores rules for reimbursement in accordance with company policies. The EVS receives travel reservation records for auditing, parses the records to identify a reference number, and then obtains from a trusted source travel record data for a corresponding reference number. Trusted data is compared to company policy-specific rules to determine compliance. In one embodiment, an extracted fare basis identifier is compared to lists of permitted and/or prohibited fare basis codes in the rules to determine compliance. In another embodiment, data is extracted from acknowledgment receipt records from a trusted data source and extracted booking and travel dates are compared to the rules to determine compliance. The EVS issues an alert in the event of non-compliance.08-16-2012
20130041700SERVER NFC TRANSACTIONS - A method for transmitting data between a mobile communication device and a server. The method includes running a mobile application on the mobile communication device. The mobile application is hosted on the mobile communication device through the server as a Software as a Service (SaaS). The method further includes transmitting data associated with the mobile application between the mobile communication device and the server, in which transmission of the data between the mobile communication device and the server is monitored through the server.02-14-2013
20130041701Remittance Method And System For Services - Tokens containing a unique identification code that allow admission/access to entertainment or personal services are distributed. A seller-distributor node on a computer network affects transactions that exchange tokens for payment. The tokens represent remittance for services provided by service providers. For each token obtained through the seller-distributor node, the system allows a variable rate of redemption at the service providers upon use by the (ticket) holder/user. The ticket holder/user selects which one of the providers to request remittance for services at the respective provider's rates. Different rates exist for a same or equivalent service across at least some of the service providers. Rendering of the token enables remittance for service by the ticket holder/user selected service provider at the selected service provider rate. The token may be in the form of an electronic ticket, bar code, email message, electronic message, code number, or machine readable data/code.02-14-2013
20130041699SECURE ELEMENT WITH TERMINAL TRANSMITTING DATA TO SOURCE - A method for transmitting data between a mobile communication device and a server. The method includes running a mobile application on the mobile communication device. The mobile application is hosted on the mobile communication device through the server as a Software as a Service (SaaS). The method further includes transmitting data associated with the mobile application between the mobile communication device and the server, in which transmission of the data between the mobile communication device and the server is monitored through the server.02-14-2013
20130041697RESERVATION DISPLAY SYSTEM - A reservation display system, comprising a server, a terminal configured to receive reservation data and a plurality of display devices, said server being configured to receive reservation data from the terminal, the reservation data comprising information about the reservation of an object or area in the vicinity of at least one of the display devices, the server being configured to host at least one predetermined web page, said at least one predetermined web page being configured to display said reservation data and wherein each display device is configured to wirelessly access a predetermined web page, such that each display device has its own predetermined webpage, each display device being configured to automatically access and display its predetermined webpage such that each display device displays reservation concerning the reservation of an object or area in the vicinity of each display device, the system being further configured to support a reboot operation, such that said display devices automatically reboot after an elapsed time period and wherein each display device automatically displays its predetermined web-page after rebooting.02-14-2013
20130041696TRAVEL DISCOVERY AND RECOMMENDATION METHOD AND SYSTEM - A suggestive intelligent recommendation engine enabling customers to discover new travel and entertainment opportunities tied to value enhanced offers from travel service providers through a static or dynamic bid/offer system internal to a travel reservation system. The customer inputs various travel criteria and preferences, and a computer generates travel predictors. A series of master travel itineraries are generated, which include various travel segments for each master itinerary. Each segment includes a number of options for the customer to review, consider, select and delete, and request revisions. The master itineraries are shuffled on an iterative based on the selections of the customer from the segments of the master itinerary. Prices for each selected option are requested form various travel service providers, which are then discounted prior to presentation to the customer. A proposed itinerary payment solution is generated, which may include a monetary portion and a promotional portion.02-14-2013
20130041698COMPUTER METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OUTCOME-BASED PRICING OF GOODS AND SERVICES - The present invention provides a system and method that allow sellers to offer goods and services at prices that vary depending on what transpires during the event or service. The final price is determined after the event or service based on the occurrence of certain pre-selected attributes. Candidate attributes are potentially associated with the event or service but the outcome or occurrence of the attribute is not knowable by the buyer and seller with certainty at the time of the original purchase. Using the outcome-based pricing (OBP) and settlement system the seller can set prices to minimize significant deviation from a pre-determined revenue plan, or alternatively build-in an increase or even decrease in gross revenues. The present invention allows for the order, payment and final settlement of the purchase transaction, automatically. The preferred embodiment for the OBP pricing and settlement system is via a computer network that includes the Internet.02-14-2013
20090164260Air taxi logistics system - An air taxi system comprising means for dynamically optimizing travel by real time assessment of relevant factors between an origination street address and prospective origination airports, between prospective origination airports and prospective destination airports, and between prospective destination airports and a destination street address.06-25-2009
20100106535BAGGAGE HANDLING SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR A TRANSPORT VEHICLE - A system, process, computer program and a data storage medium with a computer program for handling baggage for a transport vehicle, the baggage container having a predetermined size and shape. Also disclosed is a container for one or more travel items on a transport vehicle, including a hollow receptacle having an aperture through which travel items can be received and stored in the container and a locking device for inhibiting removal of the travel items from the container, the container being of a predetermined size and shape. Also disclosed is an access port for a container including a container engaging member and an access member, wherein the access member inhibits access to the contents of the container through an aperture in the container engaging member.04-29-2010
20100332268RESERVATION CHANGING SYSTEM - A reservation changing system provides diverse services. A memory card obtains, via a mobile telephone, a distance from a present location to a boarding station for a train for which a reservation has been made, and judges whether to perform a train reservation change search depending on the relationship between the obtained distance and a time remaining until a departure time of the train. When it is judged that a reservation change search is to be performed, the memory card obtains an expected arrival time at the station from a timetable server apparatus, compares the obtained expected arrival time with the departure time, and when a time margin between the two times is insufficient, the memory card instructs a reservation center apparatus, via the mobile telephone, to change the reservation, and receives and stores reservation information.12-30-2010
20100030591METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECOMMENDING SIMPLIFIED FARES WITH CONSISTENT BUYACROSS - A system and method of retrieving and displaying travel data receives at a computing apparatus data representing a set of recommended travel itineraries. At least one recommended itinerary has a recommended booking class belonging to a predefined group of booking classes. A computing apparatus identifies a reference booking classes that is associated with the recommended booking class. The apparatus computes a fare value for the recommended itinerary based on a fare value of the associated booking class in the reference group plus a buy-across value. The predefined group may have fewer booking classes than the reference group, and most preferably has a single booking class.02-04-2010
20120185285SYSTEM FOR CONCURRENT OPTIMIZATION OF BUSINESS ECONOMICS AND CUSTOMER VALUE - A computer-implemented system and method for an airline to enhance customers' experience. A computer-implemented service is operated that delivers to a customer an option to fly on up to n of m selected flights, where m and n are whole numbers and n07-19-2012
20120185284SYSTEM FOR CONCURRENT OPTIMIZATION OF BUSINESS ECONOMICS AND CUSTOMER VALUE - A computer-implemented system and method for an airline to enhance customers' experience. A computer-implemented service is operated that delivers to a customer an option to upgrade on up to n of m selected products, where n is less than m. Information is recorded in a data store, pertaining to said option. In addition, a system is operated to define each of the n chosen products, whereby after each of the n chosen products is defined, the customer can be upgraded to said chosen product. The information pertaining to said defined products is recorded in a data store.07-19-2012
20090030747System and Method for Allocating Replacement Vehicle Rental Costs Using a Virtual Bank of Repair Facility Credits - Systems and methods for managing a virtual bank of repair facility credits are disclosed. Various operations for adding and subtracting credits from a repair facility virtual bank account are disclosed. Adjustments to credit totals can be based on repair facility performance with regard to an individual vehicle repair or a plurality of vehicle repairs.01-29-2009
20090125340Booking a Chauffeured Vehicle - A chauffeured vehicle booking service is provided. A user can use a digital mobile phone that has a “Caller Line Identifier” (hereinafter “CLI”) facility in the mobile service (05-14-2009
20120166230DYNAMIC ITEM CREATION AT POINT OF SALE - A network-based system includes one or more servers that transfer to a client computer a user interface that includes a selectable icon relating to available seats for an event at an event venue and a selectable icon relating to gift certificates that are redeemable for purchasing one or more available seats to one or more events at one or more event venues. If a request for a gift certificate is received, the one or more servers receive payment for a selected monetary equivalent value for the requested gift certificate; create a gift certificate having the monetary equivalent value at the time that payment is received but not prior to receipt of the requested gift certificate, where the created gift certificate was not previously stored in any database of the network-based system; and store the created gift certificate in a database of the network-based system.06-28-2012
20130046565Method and Apparatus for Improved Customer Profiling for Rental Vehicle Reservations - Disclosed herein is a reservation booking website for rental vehicle reservations wherein the customer profiles include “favorite” or “preferred” branch locations for rental vehicle reservations to expedite the customers' rental vehicle reservation booking experiences.02-21-2013
20090070157METHOD AND MEANS FOR DELIVERING, HANDLING AND USING CODED INFORMATION - A method and apparatus for delivering coded information using mobile phones with a display. The method is characterized in that the coded information includes element codes, the elements of which are selected from character sets supported by short text messaging systems and disseminated by, but not limited to standard SMS distributed via SMCS. The element codes do not require EMS, MMS or other more complicated communication elements and can therefore be simply and efficiently delivered to practically every mobile phone and be used for ticketing, couponing and access control purposes. Apparatus is provided for performing the method.03-12-2009
20090307020SYSTEMS AND METHOD OF MANAGING AN INVENTORY OF SERVICE RESOURCES - In a method of managing an inventory of service resources, a plurality of criteria characterize service resources. The inventory of service resources is divided, based on the criteria, into plural elements, each comprising an exclusive subset of the service resources sharing common criteria. A plurality of groups is also created. Groups aggregate those of the elements that have at least one common criterion value. Groups and elements are offered for sale by the service provider. Elements belong in general to several groups. Service resources are, e.g., travel service or leisure resources such as airplane seats and hotel rooms. Customers or travel agents book in an element or in a group. The invention allows maximizing inventory availability while bookings are done by customers, on the basis of a specific request (in an element) or a more indefinite request (in a group). A specific inventory item is attributed later, i.e., at check-in.12-10-2009
20090307019Method of Booking Hotel Reservations - The present invention is a method for collecting same day hotel room availability based on unsold rooms or same day cancellations, and creating a database containing this information, wherein said database is then accessed over the internet by a website and searched by hotels, corporations or individuals looking to book a room on the same day.12-10-2009
20090307018Systems and Methods to Present Search Results of Business Listings - Systems and methods are provided to facilitate the presentation of listings according to levels of user interest in the listings. For example, statistics generated from tracking user interactions with the listings and/or other parameters can be used to measure or estimate a level of current user interest in a listing. Listings in search results can be presented in an order according to the levels of current user interest in the listings.12-10-2009
20120191491Method and system for providing a public article rental service using a biometric identity card - Disclosed are a method and a system for providing a public facility rental service using a biometric identity card. According to the present invention, an on-site reservation request or an Internet reservation request for a public facility rental service is inputted via an on-site reservation device or via the Internet, an on-site reservation process or an Internet reservation process for the public facility rental service is performed, a request for user identification is inputted, user identification is performed, on-site-reserved or Internet-reserved public facilities are rented out to the authenticated user, and processes for public facility rental fee-charging, returning, theft counteraction, fault counteraction, storage, home delivery and the like are performed through user identification using a biometric identity and a public certificate. Thus, the public facility rental service is provided in a convenient and safe manner through user authentication using a biometric identity.07-26-2012
20120191490METHOD AND SYSTEM OF PRESERVING PURCHASED ON-DEMAND TRANSPORTATION ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES ACROSS DIFFERENT JOURNEY SEGMENTS OR SEPARATE TRIPS - A method and system for allowing the purchaser of an on-demand entertainment session of predetermined time duration to reaccess that portion of the session not used. On-demand passenger entertainment services in airline flights often offer services, such as movies, of a predetermined time duration which time is longer than the time of flight. The method and system disclosed allows purchasers to gain access on another flight to the unused portion of the services, such as, the unseen portion of a movie, terminated at the end of the initial flight.07-26-2012
20120191489GROUP RESERVATION SUPPORT SYSTEM - Provided a framework that allows a user who represents a group and carries out an accommodation reservation procedure to solicit participating members while holding an accommodation. The procedures includes: (1) receiving a tentative reservation application from an organizer, requesting approval from members, receiving responses to the request for approval from the members, and sequentially identifying a tentative reservation number, member and answer; (2) when the identified answer is “approved” (Yes in S07-26-2012
20120191488Use of Location Aware Check-In by Visitors to Support Emergency Services - A previously unregistered visitor enters the site. Contact information associated with the visitor, such as the visitor's phone number(s), an email address of the visitor, emergency contacts of the visitor, and the like, are registered. Location information associated with the visitor, such as calendar information, duration of the visit, a check-in at the site, and the like are registered. The registered contact and location information are stored in an emergency database. An emergency, such as a 911 emergency (e.g., fire in the building) is detected. The visitor and/or another contact identified by the contact information are notified based on the location information. This allows entities to be able to provide the same emergency services for visitors as for regular employees.07-26-2012
20090094072System for golf reservations - A system and method for making reservations, in particular golf tee times, utilizing the Internet is disclosed. The system provides a user with access to a reservation system of a particular location, such as a golf course. The user is able to make and confirm a reservation for an event, such as a tee time, from anywhere. The system can also employ Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to enable a user to make and confirm a reservation for an event by dialing a local phone number.04-09-2009
20130073324Systems and Methods For Booking Live Shows - Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention enable coordinated booking of live shows among artists, fans and venues. One embodiment includes a coordination server configured to: query for standards required for performance; query for pre buy tickets, where a pre buy ticket indicates that a certain amount of funds have been allocated for charge for the purchase of a ticket to experience a performance by an artist after the artist is booked at a venue; determine whether the standards are met based upon the amount of funds allocated by pre buy tickets; query for bids by venues after the standards are met, where a bid is an offer by a venue for the artist to perform at the venue; and book the artist at a winning venue, where the winning venue is a venue whose offer is accepted.03-21-2013
20130073323TRAVEL EXPLORATION METHODS AND APPARATUS - In one aspect, a computer system comprising at least one computer storing a software implemented exploration tool is provided. The exploration tool, when processed by the at least one computer, performs a method comprising providing at least one first interface for display to a user, the at least one first interface allowing the user to provide criteria regarding a trip, receiving, via the at least one first interface, at least one criterion from the user indicating one or more travel preferences, the at least one criterion not including a specific destination, obtaining travel results for a plurality of destinations, each of the travel results meeting the at least one criterion, and providing the travel results for display to the user.03-21-2013
20130166328Internal Yield Adjustment Retrieval From Revenue Accounting - Disclosed is a computer-implemented method and system to perform a travel-related Availability Computation. The method includes, at an Inventory System, initiating an Availability Computation by retrieving information relevant to a received availability computation inquiry; determining that portion of a travel solution that corresponds to a reference carrier and a context to be prorated; making a call to a Proration Service and providing the Proration Service with applicable context information; receiving from the Proration Service proration information comprised of a calculated adjusted Yield or a calculated adjustment factor to be applied to the Yield, the Proration Service using proration data that is maintained by a Revenue Accounting System to make the calculation; and completing the Availability Computation using the adjusted Yield or the adjustment factor to be applied to the Yield.06-27-2013
20130166329SOCIAL NETWORK TRAVEL INSPIRATION ENGINE AND METHOD OF SAME - An integrated system of travel inspiration that facilitates the electronic storage, tracking, sharing and updating of a user's travel-related information over social networks. A social network travel inspiration engine and method proactively generates travel destination proposals to a user based on travel destinations and current locations of members of the user's social network. The social network inspiration engine integrates a one click search module, booking share engine, instant traveler alert module, pricing module, opt-in repository, which may interface with a reservation system. This system may interface with booking systems to facilitate the booking of said travel recommendations upon said recommendation.06-27-2013
20130166331Method and Apparatus for Improved Control Over On-Line Reservations of Rental Vehicles - Disclosed herein are techniques for improved control over how customers can interact with a rental vehicle reservation booking site, including user interfaces for defining customer accounts and user interfaces for defining promotional offers with respect to rental vehicle reservations.06-27-2013
20130166332MOBILE WALLET STORE AND SERVICE INJECTION PLATFORM APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS - The MOBILE WALLET STORE AND SERVICE INJECTION PLATFORM APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS (“SEWI”) transform user goal, trigger, trigger monitoring and paperless electronic ticket entry inputs via SEWI components into triggered monitoring updates, purchase transaction triggers, and goal resolution outputs. In one implementation, the SEWI obtains a consumer item interest indication including a context of the consumer's interest focus. The SEWI ascertains a consumer activity intent assessment from consumer atmospheric activity indicia, wherein the consumer atmospheric activity indicia include a geographic location and the obtained consumer item interest indication. The SEWI determines a dynamic injection virtual wallet component to service the consumer item interest indication, wherein the dynamic injection virtual wallet component may include any of: an augmented reality heads up display overlaying wish list or virtual wallet purchase cart items; a concierge request; and merchant offerings. The SEWI provides the determined dynamic injection virtual wallet component to a consumer's virtual wallet for instantiation.06-27-2013
20130060586Dynamic Taxi-Sharing System and Sharing Method Thereof - A dynamic taxi-sharing system and a sharing method thereof. A ride-sharing service provider carries at least one passenger from the first current location to the first travel destination through a route in an area and sends registration information to a service server. A plurality of ride-sharing requests is sent to the service server, and each of the ride-sharing requests comprises the second current location and the second travel destination. The service server divides the area into n by n blocks. A ride-matching module of the service server chooses a destination area in which the first travel destination is a center point and divides the destination area into k by k blocks. According to the registration information and the ride-sharing requests, the ride-matching module matches at least one ride-sharing traveler to the ride-sharing service provider to achieve a goal of fuel-saving and pollution-reducing.03-07-2013
20130060585Processing Data Using Rules Based Engine - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for performing actions including receiving booking data for one or more customers, receiving profile data for each of the one or more customers, receiving operational data, processing the booking data, the profile data and the operational data based on one or more unit eligibility rules, each unit eligibility rule of the one or more unit eligibility rules including one or more conditions and one or more actions associated with the one or more conditions, generating an eligible unit group index based in the processing, and providing the eligible unit group index as input to a unit selection engine.03-07-2013
20110015954Systems and methods for automated rental management - Systems and methods for automated vacation rental management via a website configured to allow property owners to be able to list their home or unit and information about the home or unit on the site for users to view and book rentals. The system allows the home or unit owners to be able to administer their own pages that are listing their homes, e.g. by editing their profile, rates, etc. Users are able to search by location and book times to stay at the vacation home, without interaction with the owner. The system enables automated management of the vacation property, via online payment of deposits and rental fees, automated updating of booking calendars, and automated communication between renters, cleaners, owners and any other entities associated with the process.01-20-2011
20110015953Method of providing children's restraint devices at consolidated car rental facilities and public carrier terminals - A system and method are presented for providing a service to travelers to enable them to acquire, at one's destination, essential items that may be checked or carried on an aircraft or available at an alternative mode of transportation, such items including child restraint devices for use in cars, mobility assistance devices. A consumer may initiate a rental of the child's restraint device through either an operating company's website, a car leasing or rental company's website, airline website that would furnish a link to the operating company's site, or at the point of purchase. Upon initiating a reservation, the consumer would initiate data file containing reservation to the operating company's website. The method is responsive to the needs of travelers, airlines, airports, and other public carriers including trains, rental car companies, buses, and cruise ships for providing the consumer convenience, efficiency, reliability and high standard of hygienic inventory in the rental or purchase of children's restraint devices at either the baggage area within an airport terminal, at the car rental companies within the terminal or outside the airport, at CONRACs, or in any nearby area.01-20-2011
20090271225Systems, Methods, and Media for Managing Transfers of Existing Reservations - Generally speaking, systems, methods and media for managing transfers of existing reservations are disclosed. Embodiments may include enrolling business members with the reservation manager and receiving and storing indications of reservations to list for sale. Embodiments may also include receiving from a buying user a request to search reservation listings of reservations listed for sale and generating and transmitting search results, the search results including reservation listings offered for sale that satisfy the received request from the buying user and a price associated with each reservation listing. Embodiments may also include receiving a request from the buying user to purchase a particular reservation from its associated selling user. Embodiments may also include transmitting an indication of the purchase of the particular reservation to a business member associated with the particular reservation to facilitate transfer of the particular reservation by the business member from the selling user to the buying user.10-29-2009
20100082374EVENT TICKET PURCHASING - A method may include aggregating information regarding events, where for each event the aggregated information includes an event name, an event time, and an event venue. The method may further include receiving a request for a list of events or a list of venues from a user device and obtaining, from the user device, a profile of a user of the user device. The method may further include generating, based on the profile and the aggregated information regarding events, the generated list of events or the list of venues and sending, to the user device, the list of events or the list of venues.04-01-2010
20110046987Method and system for virtual inflight reservation of post-flight resources - Methods and systems for virtual inflight reservation and a reservation manager for use therein allow passengers to effectively reserve post-flight resources while in-flight, and without having connectivity to a terrestrial communication network. In exemplary operation, before departure, a flight is allocated certain resources and a temporary hold is placed in a terrestrial reservation system on these resources. While in-flight, passengers reserve desired resources within the temporarily held resources. These reservations are “virtual” since they have not yet been processed by the terrestrial reservation system, although the temporary hold guarantees that the post-flight resource will be available when the reservation is later processed by the terrestrial reservation system. After the flight arrives at its destination, the reservations are processed by the terrestrial reservation system.02-24-2011
20090030746PERFORMING PREDICTIVE PRICING BASED ON HISTORICAL DATA - Techniques are described for using predictive pricing information for items to assist in evaluating buying and/or selling decisions in various ways, such as on behalf of end-user item acquirers and/or intermediate item providers. The predictive pricing for an item may be based on an analysis of historical pricing information for that item and/or related items, and can be used to make predictions about future pricing information for the item. Such predictions may then be provided to users in various ways to enable comparison of current prices to predicted future prices. In some situations, predictive pricing information is used to assist customers when purchasing airline tickets and/or to assist travel agents when selling airline tickets. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.01-29-2009
20090030745SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING PLANS TO EATING AND DRINKING ESTABLISMENTS - A system for providing plans to eating and drinking establishments, having eating and drinking establishment information storage unit; reservation information storage unit; plan acceptance device for receiving information relating to plans set by the eating and drinking establishments from terminals of the eating and drinking establishments. The system stores this information in the eating and drinking establishment information storage plan unit. A plan retrieval device for receiving search conditions for the plans from the user terminals is provided and configured for performing a search in the eating and drinking establishment information storage unit in order to determine whether or not there are plans that agree with the search conditions, and sending the search results to the user terminals. A reservation acceptance device for receiving information relating to reservations for a plan selected by the user from the user terminal is provided, and configured for registering the reservations by storing this information in the reservation information storage unit.01-29-2009
20090030742System and Method for Tentative Booking When Service Providers are Temporarily Unavailable - One embodiment provides a method, that may be implemented on a system, for receiving a request from a user to perform at least one of schedule an event or book a transaction; selecting a service provider to schedule the event or book the transaction; contacting the selected service provider to schedule the event or book the transaction; in response to at least one of failure to establish a connection with the selected service provider or failure to receive a response from the selected service provider, notifying the user of the failure and requesting the user submit transaction data to schedule the event or book the transaction with the service provider at a subsequent time; and subsequent to receiving the transaction data from the user, establishing a connection with the selected service provider and using the received transaction data to schedule the event or book the transaction with the selected service provider.01-29-2009
20090030741CONSUMER BOOKING ENGINE AND METHOD - The present invention provides methods, systems, and articles of manufacture that enable a seller to better maximize its revenue and, more particularly, to methods, systems, and articles of manufacture that enable a seller of a good or service that has multiple categories, classes, and/or price levels to upsell a higher category, class, and/or price level of such a good or service to a customer that has already purchased such a good or service.01-29-2009
20130066662RESTAURANT YIELD MANAGEMENT PORTAL - A system and method to optimize the yield of a restaurant having perishable inventory is described. Through a card company, a restaurant can market incentives to make reservations during an off-peak time to enrolled card members. Offer marketing is based on stated customer preferences, and conducted via, for example, a website, email, or text message. Reservations are made, for example, via a centralized booking service. The incentive is fulfilled to the card member in a coupon-less manner. The card company receives a commission from the participating restaurant for every such sale.03-14-2013
20130066659TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT SERVICE AND METHODS OF DETERMINING ALTERNATIVE ROUTES - A method includes receiving flight information relating to a flight of a travel itinerary, querying a flight data system for alternative flight information and obtaining alternative flight information relating to an alternative flight, creating an alternative flight set from the alternative flight information and processing the alternative flight set to create a prioritized list of alternative travel options. At least a part of the prioritized list is sent to a computing device that is accessible to a passenger or the agent of the passenger, and a selection from the prioritized list is received in return. The travel itinerary of the passenger is modified at least in part based on the selection from the prioritized list.03-14-2013
20130066661USER CONTEXT BASED DISTRIBUTED SELF SERVICE SYSTEM FOR SERVICE ENHANCED RESOURCE DELIVERY - Disclosed is a method and system of providing user context-based services over computer networks, using mechanisms for collecting and specifying one or more user context elements, each element representing a context associated with the current buyer state and having context attributes and attribute values associated therewith, mechanisms for collecting affective (emotive) data to inform the user context, and also an interactive graphical view to gain insight into available services for assisting in understanding available service information and making decisions on purchasing.03-14-2013
20130066660EVENT RESERVATION SYSTEM - A pre-event admission and purchasing system is disclosed in which a patron, patient or the like enters the required personal information, financial transaction information, and makes advance purchases before admission to a venue, healthcare facility or the like. An RFID wristband having this information stored thereon or linked to a database via a human readable or machine readable code tracks such admissions, purchases, access and the like during the stay. The database or master index for the patrons, patients or other individuals captures pertinent data and links that data needed by the various applications or systems involved in the event.03-14-2013
20110022427System and Method for Determining and Reserving Available Parking - A system and method for locating and reserving parking spaces at a desired location is provided. The system and method can be implemented by a phone application or other software using a GPS device in or otherwise coupled to the application.01-27-2011
20110022424SUCCESSIVE OFFER COMMUNICATIONS WITH AN OFFER RECIPIENT - Successive offer communications are sent to an offer recipient. A first offer communication includes an offer of a merchant and the second offer communication includes an announcement about the offer. The first and second offer communications are each formatted to be rendered by respective communication device, such as a mobile phone of the offer recipient or a Point of Interaction (POI) terminal. The content of the offer communications may be tailored to the offer recipient based on the offer recipient's past transactions within a transaction processing system or a real time geographical location of the offer recipient.01-27-2011
20090248458Method And System To Enable A User Of A Mobile Communication Device To Use A Flight Pass - A method for enabling a user of a mobile communication device to use a flight pass that is associated with a bank of air travel credit applicable to book flights. The method comprises: transmitting data conveying information regarding the flight pass to be presented to the user via a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device; receiving data conveying a request to book a flight using the flight pass made by the user via the graphical user interface of the mobile communication device; and causing a booking of the flight using the flight pass. A system for implementing the method is also disclosed.10-01-2009
20090234681OPTIMIZED 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
20090234680SECURITIZATION OF PRE-PAID CONFERENCE AND REGISTRATION FEES IDEA - A method for the securitization of pre-paid fees for an event is presented. The method includes the steps of registering for at least one event through an interactive medium and a non-interactive medium; providing financial and non-financial information relating to the at least one event; submitting a prepaid fee as a payment to register for the at least one event; processing the payment into at least one cash flow; and utilizing the at least one cash flow to create a special purpose vehicle as collateral to issue and sell at least one bond. A method for securitizing cash flows associated with the payment of airline tickets and a method for offsetting event-related attrition based upon financial and non-financial information are also presented.09-17-2009
20090234679System and a Method for Managing Tickets Sale for Sporting Events - The proposed solution enables a centralized sale of tickets to tournament final games to customers, while ensuring that fans of the finalists' teams are able to purchase the tickets at the prices of the tickets at the time of registration. The disclosed invention provides a computerized web-based service which serves both the sports fans and the organizations authorized to sell the tickets. The service enables fans to secure the option to purchase tickets to the final games of a tournament and to see their favorite team in action, provided that their team has made it through to the final games.09-17-2009
20130166334ELECTRONIC MENU AND ORDERING SYSTEM - Embodiments are directed to providing meal information and event ticketing to a customer via an electronic menu. In one scenario, a computer system provides an electronic menu to a user. The electronic menu includes a user interface that allows users to select different meals provided by a restaurant to obtain information about the meal. The electronic menu further provides an indication of local events that are to take place within a specified time period and within a specified distance from the restaurant. The computer system receives an input from the user selecting at least one of the meals provided by the electronic menu's user interface and, in response to receiving the input, provides meal-related information for the user-selected meal. The meal-related information includes textual information, audio information, pictures and/or video content.06-27-2013
20130166330SEAMLESS TRAVEL HIVE ENGINE AND METHOD OF SAME - A seamless travel hive engine automatically stores a user's travel-related information in a seamless travel hive repository, and may generate experience marks for displaying and sharing a user's travel-related information. The system provides a continuity of the travel-related user experience through time by storing, updating, aggregating, and sharing information among multiple users and across multiple devices and applications, including social networks. The seamless travel hive engine continuously and dynamically integrates a seamless travel hive repository, travel reservation module, experience mark manager module, comparison module, tagging module, alert module, and consumer travel-related applications, and may provide a platform for a continuous cross-device travel booking flow.06-27-2013
20130166335SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECALLING A PREVIOUSLY SOLD PRODUCT - In accordance with some embodiments, a unit of product is sold by a seller to a buyer at a first price and subject to a recall upon acceptance of a buyout provision. It is then determined that a buyout condition for outputting to the buyer a buyout notification has been satisfied, the buyout notification based on the buyout provision and the buyout notification is output to the buyer, informing the buyer that the seller is interested in recalling the unit of the product and requesting the buyer to define an amount of value for which the buyer is willing to surrender the unit of product (a recall payment amount). If the seller accepts the recall payment amount, the seller recalls the unit of product in exchange for providing the buyer with the recall payment amount.06-27-2013
20080294470METHOD 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
20080294469Travel Service Aggregator - The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a system that includes a user interface to receive an electronic status change for an airline flight and an airline reservation system to determine whether at least one ancillary travel service associated with the airline flight should be modified based on the received electronic status change. The system includes a messaging interface to electronically transmit a request to modify the at least one ancillary travel service based on the electronic status change if the determination is made to modify the at least one ancillary travel service. The messaging interface further electronically transmits payment information to the travel service provider for use in crediting or debiting a payment associated with the at least one modified ancillary travel service. The payment information is associated with a customer that reserved the at least one ancillary travel service.11-27-2008
20130166333MONITORING SYSTEM FOR PARKING SPACE - A monitoring system for a parking space includes a number of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, a monitor, a data transceiver, and a data center. The monitor corresponds to one of the parking spaces and is positioned in the parking space. When the monitor identifies an RFID tag within the parking space, the monitor records an occupied state of the parking space. When the monitor identifies the RFID tag is no longer within the parking space, the monitor records a vacant state of the parking space. The data center communicates with the monitors using the data transceiver, and stores the vacant state and/or the occupied state of the parking space.06-27-2013
20100153142GROUP DECISION MAKING FOR TICKET PURCHASES - Disclosed is a group decision-making process. One user (the “control”) is selected to propose a possibility (e.g., a group seating arrangement) to other members of the group. The other members access on-line information to review the proposal and then send their feedback to the control. The proposal is altered as necessary based on the feedback and on any exigencies (e.g., one of the seats in the proposal becomes unavailable to the group). When consensus is reached within the group, the control launches an interaction with the vendor to implement the consensus decision. In this way, every group member has the opportunity to affect the decision based on whatever information, constraints, or preferences seem relevant to that group member. Also, the proposal is always kept up-to-date so that the final decision is not based on “stale” information.06-17-2010
20100106534CERTIFICATION AND RISK-MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A RENTAL AGREEMENT - A certification and risk-management system and method for a rental agreement. The present invention provides a mechanism for determining that an individual who would normally be deemed a high-risk for a rental agreement (e.g., vehicle rental) is not a high-risk, guaranteeing such individual, and thereby enabling the individual to participate in the rental agreement more readily. By screening an individual via a multitude of criteria, a guarantee provider can certify to a rental agency that a customer is an acceptable risk for the rental agreement, and in the event the rental agency incurs a cost (e.g., related to the individual's use of a vehicle), the guarantee provider can guarantee that the rental agency will be reimbursed for the cost.04-29-2010
20110099037Location-Based, Time Sensitive Wireless Exchange - A peer-to-peer, proximity based, open marketplace for buyers and sellers of event tickets permits subscribers to use a buyer-seller exchange service via a clearinghouse server to connect with other users to coordinate the sale of tickets and other time sensitive items based on factors such as asking price, availability of tickets, market activity, as well as the physical proximity of the buyer and seller.04-28-2011
20110093303System and method for processing a request for price information - This invention relates to a travel product reservation system comprising central computer system for processing the user requests, comprising means for calculating and returning to the user selling price information relating to travel products, the said central computer system being accessible from at least one user station. According to the invention the reservation system comprises: 04-21-2011
20120253856SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ITINERARY PLANNING - The present invention relates to a method and system for itinerary planning. The method commences with the receipt of an itinerary-planning request specifying an origin and a destination. A build of network segments extending from the origin is generated. A continuing network segment extending from the build is identified. The continuing network segment is discarded if the continuing network segment is marked as a local network segment and is distant from the origin and from the destination. The continuing network segment is evaluated if the network segment is proximate to one of the origin and the destination. At least one suitable itinerary is determined for the itinerary-planning request. The at least one suitable itinerary is outputted.10-04-2012
20090319305AUTOMATED SERVICE FEES ASSESSMENT METHODS AND SYSTEM - A computer travel system and methods for assessing travel service fees are described. System of the invention communicates, on one end, with a travel agent from a travel front office and, on the other end, with a system administrator who manages a price scheme database containing unitary fees and rules. Travel agent creates and modifies PNRs (passenger name records) from which service fees are assessed by a fee calculator. Fee calculator interfaces with the price scheme database to obtain unitary fees and rules to apply to get PNR service fees.12-24-2009
20110282701Searching for Airline Travel Based Upon Seat Characteristics - A method for searching for airline travel based upon seat characteristics specified by a traveler is disclosed. Travel information is received indicating an origin, a destination, one or more travel dates and one or more seat characteristics other than class of service, all as specified by a traveler. Seat characteristics may include aisle, middle or window seat, bulkhead, row or seat number, individual view screen, power port access, etc. Flights meeting the origin, destination, and date(s) are identified, and then seat maps providing seat information and availability for the identified flights are retrieved. The seat information and identified flights are correlated to identify available seats having the specified seat characteristics, and pricing for those seats is then calculated. Information about the available seats having the specified seat characteristics and the pricing of those seats is then provided for display to a user to select a flight and seat for booking.11-17-2011
20110282700WEB APPLICATION FOR A MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE TO PROVIDE LOCATION-BASED UPCOMING EVENT INFORMATION - Systems and methods related to providing location-based upcoming event information are described. The location-based upcoming event information may be provided to users of an online secondary ticket marketplace using the web application installed on a mobile computing device of the user. The web application may be configured to communicate with a network-based system that provides online marketplace and ticket fulfillment services and to provide the user with upcoming event information based on the location of the user and other event criteria, such as artists and/or genres of interest to the user.11-17-2011
20110166898Method, System and Apparatus for Dual One-Leg Facilitation - The system is configured to aggregate charter travel availability information, as well as process travel search requests from system users. The system may be configured to actively obtain or passively receive charter data objects. The data objects may include information like available charter equipment (e g, aircraft), availability location and/or time information. The system may be configured to process a variety of object formats from a variety of data sources. The system extracts charter flight data indicators and corresponding flight characteristics to create and populate a charter flight data record, which serve as the foundation for charter data management system components. The system implements search functionality identifying charter flight data records with a best match or alternate suggested results. Charter flight records originate from multiple sources that are published/distributed in standardized or non-standardized ways.07-07-2011
20090030743Intelligent Hotel Reservation System and Method - A computerized system and method for making a hotel reservation. In some embodiments there are post-reservation features, such as the ability to continue searching for better prices after a room has been booked.01-29-2009
20100191553System and Method for GDS Cryptic Code Interaction with Various Travel Content Sources - Interaction with various travel content sources is supported using any one of various known GDS cryptic code formats. Travel booking requests made in a selected GDS cryptic format are converted for communication with, e.g., a GDS content source, a direct connect content source, and/or a web-based content source and travel booking responses from such travel content sources is converted into a display format of the selected GDS. In this way, users familiar with one GDS cryptic format can continue to use that GDS cryptic format for interaction with GDS content sources of the same or different format, with direct connect content sources in their expected format, and with web-based content sources in their expected format.07-29-2010
20110040584INTERACTIVE DEMAND MANAGEMENT - A system and method is disclosed which allows the aggregation of the demands of various buyers, providing an incentive for suppliers to bid to supply those demands in an auction. The system and method operates by scanning a database which contains a listing of goods or services sought by various people or entities. Thereafter, similar goods or services are grouped together and presented to various vendors. The vendors are given the opportunity to bid on the group of similar goods or services. Such a bid may vary from the originally purchased goods or services as long as the bid is within a predetermined range. The vendor which presents the optimum bid within a predetermined period of time is selected as the provider of the goods or services and proceeds to supply the goods or services at the bid upon amount.02-17-2011
20090216571SPORTS AND CONCERT EVENT TICKET PRICING AND VISUALIZATION SYSTEM - A system and method is presented for determining at what price and when to release so-called ‘flex’ price tickets during an on-sale using hazard functional analyses of sales velocity and sales/inquiry ratios. Exponential, power, and Weibull-gamma models are also used to predict demand, depending on what part of the on-sale is involved. Determining demand of seats from secondary markets is also described with methods to use the demand for either repricing the seats in the primary market or presenting ‘best value’ seats to a prospective purchaser. Demand can be interpolated or extrapolated to individual seats or rows.08-27-2009
20100057502SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EMERGENCY TRACKING - An emergency tracking system and method is disclosed that determines location information of individuals based upon travel information and financial transaction information, receives crisis information related to a crisis and determines a subset of individuals potentially impacted by the crisis based on the location information. The system may also notify a third party regarding the subset of individuals and send message to the subset of individuals, wherein the message includes alternative arrangements to at least one of minimize or avoid the crisis. The system also allows an employer to enter search criteria to locate certain types of employees and view such employees on a graphical display of a map.03-04-2010
20110301985System and method for operating a service to arrange transport amongst parties through use of mobile devices - A system and method are described for enabling transportation to be arranged for individuals carrying handsets or mobile devices. In some embodiments, a customer can transmit a request for transport from a given customer geographic location. A service may handle the request by selecting a driver for the customer.12-08-2011
20110288893Virtual Travel, Restaurant and Entertainment Booking Magazine - A reservation, sales, ordering and information system is disclosed. The system includes a front end interface network including a graphical user interface virtual travel, restaurant and entertainment booking magazine operating on multiple consumer computers and a back end network composed of a network of data sources, data input mechanisms and processing mechanisms available via the graphical user interface. The graphical user interface is composed of a virtual travel, restaurant and entertainment booking magazine replicating a travel magazine providing ready access to information.11-24-2011
20080319807Management of Room Cleaning - Systems for management of room cleaning at an accommodation facility such as a hotel. The system records variables related to the occupancy of rooms at the facility and/or operational characteristics of the facility. Daily cleaning times are determined for rooms in accord with the variables. Daily cleaning plans are then determined for the facility in accord with the cleaning times. Cleaning staff carry out the plan and report their progress using conventional means such as the local telephone system or wireless PDAs.12-25-2008
20110288894Method of an a Network Node in a Telecommunications System for Registering a Custody Relation for an Object of Custody - For providing, to a custody service user (11-24-2011
20110288892CONFIRMING LAST ROOM AVAILABILITY PRICING - Systems and methods for confirming last room availability pricing for accommodations are disclosed. Search results received in response to a search request for hotel or other accommodations are received. The search results include one or more available room rates for a room type. Upon determining that a room type should be priced at a contracted room rate according to a last room availability agreement, the system compares the contracted room rate to the one or more available room rates in the search results. Upon determining that the contracted room rate for the room type is not present in the one or more available room rates and determining that another room rate for the room type is present in the one or more available room rates, the system provides a pricing alert.11-24-2011
20080319803METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR BOOKING TRAVEL PRODUCTS ONLINE ON THE BASIS OF UP-TO-DATE AVAILABILITY DATA DISPLAYED ON A MAP-BASED CLIENT INTERFACE - A method for booking or checking or saving travel products from a travel service provider operating over a network and having at least one server running a travel application delivering map-based interface web pages to at least one client applications, the method, includes: 12-25-2008
20130218611Computer-Implemented Method for Matching Aggregated Traveler Demand to Aircraft - A computer-implemented method for matching aggregated traveler demand to available charter aircraft resources in a real-time manner without incurring costs for unused resources. The method is executed on one or more exemplary computing devices to ingest user requirements for travel, available asset planes, and by using administrative input values determine the best possible match based on the time of day, distance traveled, and equipment efficiency.08-22-2013
20090048878SYSTEM FOR EXPEDITING PROCUREMENT OF DELIVERABLES FROM EXPEDITED SERVICE AREAS - A system for expediting procurement of one or more deliverables by a customer of one or more expedited service areas including one or more designated expedited service areas, the designated expedited service areas associated with, and located at, adjacent to, or in the vicinity of, one or more venues, and the venues providing one or more venue-available deliverables. At least some of the designated expedited service areas include a distinct physical location that scheduled-customers visit separate from non-scheduled customers configured to provide procurance of venue-available deliverables more quickly to scheduled-customers.02-19-2009
20120072249SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENDING TRAVEL INFORMATION TO A WIRELESS MOBILE DEVICE - A system registers mobile devices for flight status updates and sends relevant updates to the wireless devices. Flight status updates are processed by the system and evaluated for their usefulness to the end-user. Updates that are above a minimum level of usefulness are sent to the mobile device. The system compensates for missing and/or invalid data in flight status updates. In addition to flight status updates, the system may evaluate and provide status updates for complete travel itineraries including, but not limited to, connecting flights, hotel availability and transportation options.03-22-2012
20090177503Scheduling apparatus and computer readable medium storing scheduling program - A scheduling apparatus to arrange a schedule for a new event in accordance with an input includes an input accepting device, a personal schedule information acquisition device, a schedule determination device, and a schedule registration device. The input accepting device accepts new event information. The personal schedule information acquisition device acquires personal schedule information from a personal schedule storage device. The schedule determination device determines a new schedule including a holding date and time and a holding location based on the new event information, the personal schedule information, and at least one of a weather forecast or a travel distance of at least one of the participants to attend the new event. The schedule registration device registers the determined new schedule into the personal schedule storage device.07-09-2009
20100036689SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AIRLINE SEAT RESERVATIONS - This invention relates to an electronic means by which people can select the exact seat or seats they want for any type of event or reserve an appointment for any activity. More specifically, a customer or a ticket re-seller or a venue operator can go, for example, to the internet and select the event or activity for which he wants a ticket or tickets or reserve a time and reserve and order the exact seat or seats or the time of his choosing directly online. The seat or seats or reserved time he selects is then removed from the inventory for that activity or event and made not available for any other buyer and such is so indicated by a graphical representation or other such indicator on the online map or picture representing availability of seating or time for that event.02-11-2010
20100036688System and method for boarding passangers based on bids - Systems and methods for boarding passengers on flights or other transportation according to bids received from the passengers are provided. Passengers seeking to fly standby on an undersold flight can submit a bid representing the amount the passengers are willing to pay to board the flight. The airline can determine the number of seats available on the flight, and board the highest bidding passengers until the flight is full. Similarly, passengers willing to be bumped from an oversold flight can submit a bid representing the incentive the passengers are willing to accept to be bumped from the flight. The airline can determine the number of passengers that must be bumped from the flight, and bump the lowest bidding passengers (i.e., those willing to accept the least costly incentive) until a sufficient number of passengers have been bumped from the flight.02-11-2010
20090299777Hotel reservation system without check-in - A hotel reservation system comprises hotel rooms having combination locks electronically set so as to be openable by any one of a plurality of combination codes whenever the combination code is inputted. A computer system accessible through a telecommunications network allows remote sign-in and reservation of a hotel room for a check-in date under a guest identity by payment and selection of a combination code specific to the hotel room. The computer system, upon electronic notification of a selection of a combination code, automatically electronically may set or schedule the setting of the combination lock controlling entry to the reserved hotel room. The computer system may be programmed to automatically electronically set the combination lock at a set time on the check-in date. The hotel may maintain digital records of the codes for each room and of instances of entry into the room using the code.12-03-2009
20110166899SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BOARDING PASSENGERS BASED ON BIDS - Systems and methods for boarding passengers on flights or other transportation according to bids received from the passengers are provided. Passengers seeking to fly standby on an undersold flight can submit a bid representing the amount the passengers are willing to pay to board the flight. The airline can determine the number of seats available on the flight, and board the highest bidding passengers until the flight is full. Similarly, passengers willing to be bumped from an oversold flight can submit a bid representing the incentive the passengers are willing to accept to be bumped from the flight. The airline can determine the number of passengers that must be bumped from the flight, and bump the lowest bidding passengers (i.e., those willing to accept the least costly incentive) until a sufficient number of passengers have been bumped from the flight.07-07-2011
20090150194Method to Disable Use of Selected Applications Based on Proximity or User Identification - An application for disabling the use of selected applications is provided. A server receives identification information from a user. The location of the user is determined. If the user is determined to be in a reserved location, the use of one or more applications is disabled, for the user.06-11-2009
20090150193Comprehensive Integrated Online Order and Reservation Platform with Instant Notifications and Interactive Communications - An fully integrated online ordering, online reservation and online catering platform, an advanced software system architecture, and a suite of new types of online services designed and suitable for various industries, especially for restaurant industry, providing business owners and Internet users with a comprehensive and reconfigurable sets of options to deliver and respond to online requests automatically and instantly through various means of real time interactive communications.06-11-2009
20100268556System and Method for Booking a Performance Venue - A system and method for booking a performance venue. The system comprises a booking engine enabling communication between at least two of a performer, a consumer, and a venue agent, the at least two of a performer, a consumer, and a venue agent using at least one client station connected to the booking engine over a communications link. The system also comprises a market module associated with the booking engine for selling performer endorsement entities to at least one consumer and for selecting a particular venue from a group of at least one venue.10-21-2010
20090063204Seat Routine Equipment Model - The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a process that includes defining software travel objects that are configurable to represent a variety of types of accommodations used in transportation of passengers, associating the software travel objects with configurable properties that specify accommodation attributes that affect a passenger's experience during travel, and receiving, through a user interface, information used to customize the configurable properties during run-time of a software application that manages travel reservations for accommodations. The process also includes outputting the customized configurable properties for use by a user in a selection of one or more of the accommodations during a travel reservation.03-05-2009
20120239441SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SCHEDULING TRAVEL ON A CHARTER TRANSPORT - A method is disclosed for scheduling travel on a charter transport. The method can include obtaining from a traveler a passenger accommodation request identifying an origin-destination-pair. The method can also include automatically identifying one or more charter transports having an available passenger accommodation. Moreover, the method can include notifying the traveler of the available passenger accommodation.09-20-2012
20120239440MANAGING AN EXCHANGE THAT FULFILLS NATURAL LANGUAGE TRAVEL REQUESTS - An exchange that fulfills natural language travel requests is described herein. According to some embodiments, systems for managing an exchange that fulfills natural language travel requests may include a publishing module that receives a plurality of inventory records from a plurality of suppliers, each of the plurality of inventory records pertaining to an available offering, the offering being defined by a set of metadata attributes, and a pattern recognition artificial intelligence engine that generates equivalent phrases for the set of metadata attributes from each inventory record by applying pattern recognition artificial intelligence to the set of metadata attributes, the equivalent phrases representing possible natural language queries to which an inventory record may correspond.09-20-2012
20120109696SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERNET-BASED CUSTOMER CHECK-IN - An internet-based system and method allows customers to remotely check-in to a wait list for a no-appointment first listed-first served business. A location associated with a customer is received and an interactive map displays multiple icons with each icon corresponding to a location of the business. A dynamically updated estimated wait time for the wait list at each business location is displayed. A customer selection of a location at which to receive a service from the business is received by a selection of the icon representing the business and the customer is added to the wait list at the location.05-03-2012
20120109695Travel Kiosk System and Method for Facilitating Travel With and Without Pets - A technologically specialized pet travel kiosk located directly on-site at a travel facility, such as an airport, wherein convenient pet handling, transfer, and care may be offered, and wherein informational data handling and exchange may facilitate delivery of personalized services, characterized by maximized efficiency and quality.05-03-2012
20120109694VEHICLE ASSIGNMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method for dispatching a vehicle receives a reservation request sent from a handheld device by a dispatch system, and confirms an available service vehicle nearest to an original position of the handheld device from a vehicle database in the dispatch system. The method further transmits information of the confirmed vehicle to the handheld device, and information of a user of the handheld device to the confirmed vehicle.05-03-2012
20110054957Travel Reservations Using a Common Model - A travel reservation system having a common object model for representing disparate travel products and services. In general, the system may provide efficient integration relationships between the travel reservation system and various third-party travel providers by using a single common model and interface structure, regardless of the type of product or service being offered. The system may include translators for converting travel products and services conforming to the common object model into a corresponding provider-specific model, and vice versa. In some implementations, the use of the common object model may allow the system to provide a set of query results covering multiple different product types in response to a single query input.03-03-2011
20090187436Online Marketplace for Moving and Relocation Services - Methods and systems for operating an online marketplace for the sale of goods and services associated with self-help moving and relocating are described. A customer enters an online marketplace where vendors offer services and goods relating to moving and relocating, specifically in the “do-it-yourself” moving field. The venue for the online marketplace is an Internet web site or a site on a computer network and is operated by a host that determines which vendors will be listed on the site. Once in the marketplace, the customer can view informational content on numerous vendors providing services relating to moving and relocating. Based on the estimates provided by the marketplace as well as reviews, ratings, customer feedback, and background information on the vendors, the customer selects a vendor and “prepays for” the vendor's services on the marketplace. The customer is then provided a confirmation code. The code is given to the vendor upon completion of service or delivery of the good to the customer's satisfaction. The vendor accesses the online marketplace and enters the confirmation code to activate a payment for the service or good.07-23-2009
20090083084DYNAMIC INTERACTIVE USER INTERFACE - The present invention relates to an interactive user interface and method that presents a coherent view of an inventory of seats in a venue. The user interface is dynamically updated based on selections by the users. Embodiments include a method for displaying to users a physical layout of seats and related status that are based on information returned from a database query. The information may include seat availability and updates to the status of each of the seats based on selections made by other users. The method may further include determining a clickable area for each seat that indicates the status of the seat based on a response to the query, and displaying to the user an updated view that indicates the status of each seat including selections made by other users.03-26-2009
20090083081CONTENT PROVIDING/OBTAINING SYSTEM - A content providing apparatus previously receives customer identification information and content identification information as customer reservation information via a terminal device, and sends customer desired content data corresponding to the content identification information to a content obtaining apparatus, so as to provide a customer with the customer desired content data via the content obtaining apparatus more easily, thus making it possible to significantly improve the usability of a content obtaining/providing system. In addition, a content providing server sends three-dimensional images to a portable dedicated terminal in response to a preview request sent from the portable dedicated terminal to display it, and then sends commercial data corresponding to a preview request sent according to the display state of the three-dimensional images to reproduce it, so as to make the customer view and preview the content to allow the customer to accurately judge whether the content meets his/her taste, thus making it possible to select content data lightheartedly.03-26-2009
20100088128Ticket scarcity management for interactive events - Ticket scarcity management system adjusts event promotion and ticketed sales methodologies to maintain optimal sales conditions for an interactive event.04-08-2010
20100088127System and Method for Processing Vehicle Transactions - A method and system for processing a transaction request prior to a vehicle arriving at a service station is provided. Upon entering a wireless service area of a back office system associated with a service station, a driver and/or truck may request certain transactions. The back office system may communicate with a carrier information system associated with the driver and/or truck to validate and authorize the transaction. If the transaction is authorized, the back office system may send authorization to the service station. Once the driver and/or truck arrives at the point of sale, they may proceed directly to performing the requested transaction. A receipt may be automatically generated at the point of sale and transmitted to the carrier information system through the back office.04-08-2010
20100094668SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAKING A RESERVATION ASSOCIATED WITH A CALENDAR APPOINTMENT - According to one embodiment of the invention, a method for making a reservation associated with a calendar appointment is presented. The method includes monitoring a calendar application for reservation type appointments. In response to identifying a reservation type appointment, the method determines whether a network reservation may be made with a service provider associated with the reservation type appointment. If a network reservation may be made with the service provider, the method automatically enters in information for making the network reservation with data retrieved from the reservation type appointment and submitting the network reservation to the service provider.04-15-2010
20090164259METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR BIASING SUGGESTED ROOMS AND/OR RESOURCE SEARCH RESULTS BASED ON USER BEHAVIOR RELATED TO RESCHEDULING AND/OR CANCELLING EXISTING RESERVATIONS - A system for biasing suggested room and/or resource search results based on user behavior related to rescheduling and/or canceling existing resource reservations. The system uses historical data, statistical analysis, and heuristics to generate suggestions as to which users may be willing and/or able to give up their existing resource reservations for a particular time slot. By monitoring which users reschedule and/or cancel existing reservations, and how often they do so, the system is able to provide a user in need of a previously reserved room/resource with a prioritized list indicating which other users with existing resource reservations during the desired time slot are relatively more likely to cancel their reservations, and/or to transfer their reservations to the scheduling user.06-25-2009
20120271667SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE REDEMPTION OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES - The invention disclosed herein is directed to a system and method of facilitating a user's redemption of goods, services and/or promotional materials comprising a user interface into which the user may input data from a bar code or other data associated with an event admissions ticket. The system and method may then identify the bar code or other data, and allow the user to access the goods, services or promotional materials. The event admissions ticket may be from a concert, sporting event, convention or other activity. Certain embodiments of the invention, after entering the bar code from the event admissions ticket, users of the system and method may download from the Internet or other communications network, or otherwise gain access to product, services or other promotional materials such as audio products, video products, or coupons including, but not limited to, music, music videos, movies, games and/or discount coupons.10-25-2012
20120271666METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING CONTEXTUAL SERVICES - Provided are systems and methods for contextually providing services via a portable computer at a selected location. According to some embodiments, the systems and methods include processes for determining location-specific information about the selected location, determining status information about a user of the portable computer interface, and displaying an available service to the user on a display screen of the portable computer, the available service being selected based on the location-specific information and the status information, configuring a portable computer for transient use by a plurality of guests at a selected location.10-25-2012
20120271665PROVIDING TARGETED CONSIDERATION AND INCENTIVE GENERATION OF A TICKETED ITEM IN A SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT - Systems and methods of tracking a further reservation of a ticketed item to a first user when a second user provides payment of the ticketed item to a payment portal are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the method also includes automatically generating a discount, a discounted price for the ticketed item and/or a refund of the ticket price to the first user based on a value for a promotional success of the first user. The method further includes analyzing at least one of a number of further reservations achieved through a unique identification data associated with the first user and the number of visits through the unique identification data associated with the first user to calculate the promotional success of the first user.10-25-2012
20090089105DISPATCHING CAR APPARATUS AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF - A dispatching apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a receiving module to receive the necessary car requirements from the passenger, wherein the necessary car requirements includes the condition of car and driver required by the passenger; a dispatching module for receiving the necessary car requirements; a memory unit storing information of cars and drivers of the dispatching companies, the dispatching module can compare the requirement with the information to select at least one car; and a wireless transferring network for broadcasting the necessary car requirements to at least one car and receiving responses from at least one car.04-02-2009
20080243562Web Enabled Business to Business Computer System for Rental Car Services Having a Bidirectional Communication Link with a Repair Facility - 3 - An Internet enabled, business-to-business computerized transaction system is disclosed in its preferred embodiment for use in providing rental car services for high volume users and comprises an Internet web portal through which the high volume user may access an integrated business computer network for the rental vehicle service provider. The rental vehicle services provider computer network is configured to interconnect a geographically diverse plurality of branch offices, cataloguing their available rental vehicles and schedules for same as well as handling all transactional data relating to its business. The Internet web portal provides ubiquitous connectivity and portability for a multi-level business organization who regularly places high volumes of rental purchases with its business partner. Utilizing the method and apparatus of the present invention large volumes of rental transactions may be placed, monitored, altered during performance, and closed out with financial accounting and payment being made virtually without human intervention.10-02-2008
20080208642INTERACTIVE OPTICAL CARDS AND OTHER HAND-HELD DEVICES WITH INCREASED CONNECTIVITY - A system for deriving benefits from the reception and processing of composite video signals by a hand-held device, such as a smart card. Video signals are modulated with auxiliary data creating composite video signals. The composite video signals are then transmitted to and received by a hand-held device. The auxiliary data is then detected in the modulated video signal by circuitry of the hand-held device. The user receives benefits resulting from the reception of the auxiliary data.08-28-2008
20080208641Remote customisation module and system comprising said module - A remote customisation module for a logic engine, running upon a server remote from said logic engine, comprises a communication interface arranged to communicate with the logic engine and with an application running upon said server. The module also comprises a logic element arranged to receive an incoming request for data from the logic engine via the communication interface. The logic element is arranged to interrogate the application in order to extract data required to fulfil said request. The logic element is also arranged to process said extracted data to generate response data and to pass said response data to the logic engine.08-28-2008
20110173031SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING AN EVENT - The present invention relates to a method, a system and a physical computer readable medium for distributing payment to a host of an event and a second entity by receiving payment confirmations indicating payment amounts from guests for the event. The payment amounts for all received confirmations are aggregated. Using the aggregated payment amounts, a first payment total and a second payment total are calculated and distributed to the host of the event and a second entity, respectively. The present invention further relates to a method for managing an event. The method involves registering a host, registering an event, and registering guests for the event. In response to receiving notification from at least one guest, status information for the event is provided to the host. The status information includes: the event, the guests, and at least some information based on the received notification.07-14-2011
20110173032System and methods for selecting event tickets - A system is provided that enables customers to search for event tickets for purchase. A computer interacts with the user to allow the user to specify criteria for event tickets the user wishes to purchase. The system presents relevant event ticket results, and provides filters for the user to further refine those search results. The user selects an event, and then selects tickets for that event. Ticket availability is shown, with seat locations indicated directly on an interactive venue map. For purchase, the user is directed to the selling ticket provider.07-14-2011
20090276251SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AND RESERVING AIRLINE SEATS - The present invention relates to a system and method for selecting and reserving airline seats. The system or method receives first data representing payment information over the network from a general purpose computer. The system or method also transmits second data to an application running on the general purpose computer, the second data including information descriptive of available individual seats on one or more airplanes, the second data processed by the application to generate a graphical user interface on the general purpose computer that comprises an interactive seating map representing individual seats on the one or more airplanes, the second data processed by the application to generate an additional display of information about selection of seats in response to a user interaction with the graphical user interface, the interaction being triggered when placing a mouse over a portion of the graphical user interface. In addition, the system or method receives from the general purpose computer third data representing one or more seats selected by one or more mouse clicks.11-05-2009
20090276252SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING AIRLINE SEATS - The present invention relates to a system and method for displaying airline seats. The system or method transmits data to an application running on a general purpose computer, the data including information descriptive of available individual seats on one or more airplanes, the data processed by the application to generate a graphical user interface on the general purpose computer that comprises an interactive seating map representing individual seats on the one or more airplanes, the data processed by the application to generate an additional display of information about one or more of the individual seats in response to a user interaction with the graphical user interface, the interaction being triggered when placing a mouse over a portion of the graphical user interface.11-05-2009
20090276250PROCESS AND SYSTEM TO DETERMINE COMMERCIAL AIRLINE ARRIVALS - An apparatus, a method, a system and a computer program for providing users with early and accurate information relating to a status of a particular flight. Early and accurate information relating to a status of a particular flight is provided to the user. The method includes receiving user data that includes aircraft departure information, determining inbound aircraft data based on the user data, receiving constraint status information, generating update status data based on the inbound aircraft data, outbound aircraft data and constraint status information, and sending an update status message to the user.11-05-2009
20090281844Charter Transport Service Information Management System - A machine-implemented technique for supporting interactions between charter transport service providers and service users. The technique utilizes an information management system to establish a real-time information exchange website that allows transport service users to request transport missions and transport service providers to view the mission requests in a pictorial format that assists the providers in offering mission quotations.11-12-2009
20090299778SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING TRAVEL SERVICE LISTINGS - A system and method of providing travel service listings is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the method includes receiving a request for a particular travel related service and searching a database for at least one travel provider that provides the particular travel related service requested. The method further includes generating a travel service listing via a search of the database wherein the database associating at least one particular travel provider of the requested travel related service and identifying an assigned protocol of the at least one particular travel provider. In addition, the assigned protocol contemporaneously indicating an ability of the at least one particular travel provider to satisfy a plurality of predetermined standards.12-03-2009
20090271226CACHE POLLER FOR PROVIDING TRAVEL PLANNING INFORMATION - Systems and techniques for travel planning are described. A travel planning system is queried with travel queries specifying parameters of trips. Answers to the queries are received from the travel planning system, and seat availability of flights in the itinerary information in the answers is predicted. Only those answers for which seats are predicted to be available are stored in a cached database for later use in answering user-specified queries.10-29-2009
20130218613METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SENDING MESSAGES - A computer-implemented method and system of determining the approximate location of a person for an effective time, comprising: performing processing associated with receiving any travel information; performing processing associated with receiving any geolocation information; performing processing associated with receiving any expense information; performing processing associated with receiving any home or office location information; performing processing associated with receiving any current schedule/delay information for scheduled travel services; performing processing associated with determining a locations of the person using the travel information; performing processing associated with determining the location of the person using geolocation information, home/office information, expense information, or current schedule/delay information, or any combination thereof; performing processing associated with receiving information related to the location of the person using the travel information; and performing processing associated with sending a message to a device utilized by the person.08-22-2013
20120143638Making a Recurring Reservation for a Resource - A method for making a recurring reservation for a resource, performed by a resource reservation processing system, the method includes, receiving a request for a recurring reservation of a type of resource, receiving a preference associated with the request, determining an availability of specific resources of the type of resource, displaying a proposed reservation of the specific resources based in part on the preference and the availability.06-07-2012
20090037233INTERACTIVE DEMAND MANAGEMENT - A system and method is disclosed which allows the aggregation of the demands of various buyers, providing an incentive for suppliers to bid to supply those demands in an auction. The system and method operates by scanning a database which contains a listing of goods or services sought by various people or entities. Thereafter, similar goods or services are grouped together and presented to various vendors. The vendors are given the opportunity to bid on the group of similar goods or services. Such a bid may vary from the originally purchased goods or services as long as the bid is within a predetermined range. The vendor which presents the optimum bid within a predetermined period of time is selected as the provider of the goods or services and proceeds to supply the goods or services at the bid upon amount.02-05-2009
20120296680Provision of Alert Messages to Customers of an Establishment - Customer management for an establishment involves operating a server that hosts system software and interacts with various computing devices over internet and wireless network gateway connections. The server communicates with devices at the establishment and customer computing devices in real-time, providing system performance updates, text messaging communications to the customer regarding table availability and marketing information and synchronizing the information communicated within the system. A computer user interface at the establishment communicates with the server and allows an establishment host to capture and transmit customer information to the server and make of the server processing requests that can include sending text message alert notifications to a customer mobile device informing of an available table and providing marketing messages. A secondary device, operated by a waiter of the establishment, communicates with the computing devices of the system and can receive communications, such as customer attention requests, from the customer mobile device.11-22-2012
20120296678Systems and Methods for Reservations of Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles - Systems and methods may enable customers to reserve time slots at charging stations for recharging electric vehicles. The systems and methods may include receiving, from a customer computing device associated with a customer, a reservation inquiry to access a charging station to recharge an electric vehicle; providing, to the customer computing device, a respective cost for accessing the charging station during one or more available time periods; receiving a selection from the customer computing device for at least a portion of the available time periods; and delivering, to the customer computing device, a reservation confirmation for the selected time period.11-22-2012
20090265194UNIVERSAL BUSINESS TO MEDIA RESERVATION SYSTEM, PROCESS AND STANDARD - A computer network based universal reservation system (CNBURS) architecture, process and standard that enable reservations between one or more service providers and one or more customers relating to offers of services by the service providers. In one embodiment, the architecture of the CNBURS includes a scheduling agent system, one or more service offering systems and one or more marketplace systems. The scheduling agent system receives one or more offers of services available for reservation. Each service offering system enables service providers to define the offer(s) of services available for reservation. Each marketplace system receives the offer(s) of services from the scheduling agent system, presents the customers the offer(s) of services, receives reservation requests from the customers, and communicates received reservation requests to the scheduling agent system. The scheduling agent system communicates the offer(s) of services from the service offering system(s) to the marketplace system(s) and processes reservation requests received from the marketplace system(s).10-22-2009
20080312976ENHANCED TRAVEL RESERVATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - An enhanced travel reservation system and method allows for contribution to reservation offer and selection of a travel reservation provider by a traveler while also allowing for negotiation to occur between the traveler and the travel reservation provider. Before a final booking both the traveler and the travel reservation provider can negotiate over unsettled issues directly with each other. In implementations, the system deducts a fee from an account of the travel reservation provider to enter a final negotiation phase. Depending upon the result of the final negotiation, the traveler will either book a reservation directly or decline. In this manner the traveler is involved with travel reservation offer definition while retaining control over the reservation process so that the traveler can avoid unsatisfactory results.12-18-2008
20120296679WEB INTEGRATED POINT-OF-SALE SYSTEM - A system for synchronizing and integrating the reservation data, order data, and e-commerce data, gift card data, and/or loyalty points data residing in a POS device with that of a merchant's website and synchronizing data residing in a website database to the POS device is disclosed. The system includes a POS device to host a POS application, the POS application having a POS database layer, and a web server to host a website application, the website application including a website database layer. The web server hosts a publically accessible website and the website application processes data inputs in the website into the website database layer, and the POS application communicates with the website application to harmonize the website database layer and the POS database layer via Internet protocols. The system can be used to integrate a restaurant or other merchant's POS reservation, ordering, and e-commerce systems with those provided via the website.11-22-2012
20090006143System and Method for Interactive Natural Language Rebooking or Rescheduling of Calendar Activities - One embodiment provides a method, that may be implemented on a system, for receiving from a user a request to reschedule a scheduled itinerary of events, the request received in a natural language format; passing the request through a natural language analyzer; processing results of the natural language analyzer against at least one of a current status of progress into the scheduled itinerary and profile data of the user, the profile comprising previous changes of itineraries and preferences of the user; generating one or more options in response to the user request to modify the scheduled itinerary of events, based on available options and based on the processing of the results of the natural language analyzer against at least one of current scheduled itinerary and profile data of the user; and presenting the one or more options to the user in the natural language format in which the user submitted the request.01-01-2009
20120296681Method and Apparatus for Improved Listings of Branch Locations for Booking Rental Vehicle Reservations On-Line - Disclosed herein are techniques for permitting users to efficiently identify a desired branch location for a rental vehicle reservation. For example, a user-selectable link can be provided on a website page that, upon user selection, restricts a list of available branch locations in an area to only airport branch locations in that area.11-22-2012
20080312977METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING AVAILABILITY OF AIRLINE SEATS - A computer program product, method and system for producing seat availability information for a mode of travel such as airline travel produce a prediction of availability of a seat in accordance with an availability query. The prediction is used in place of making an actual query to an airline or other travel mode availability system.12-18-2008
20080243560VIRTUAL CEMETERY WITH CONSECRATION - A method for making an on-line virtual cemetery wherein a customer can construct and display a web site for the departed having bibliographic information, the method having the steps of an online user operating an computer application for selecting a computer-generated environmental setting of the grave site; obtaining consecration of the site by desired clergy; and recording and displaying video messages.10-02-2008
20080281644Seat selection method for event tickets - A method is provided for assisting users select seats for an event using a user interface to select a seat. The user interface includes at least one of, a price range slider, a number of seat selector, a seat ranking selector, a table of available seats and a venue map.11-13-2008
20080215383AUTOMATED AIRLINE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A computer based system and method for automated travel related boarding document booking, retrieval, account creation and purchase account credit system which provides for customer receipt of boarding documents via electronic transmission, including notification of same and of allied services. A method for customers with reservations is included to enable early check in and/or have their boarding documents transmitted to them as well as receive updated information regarding transportation status, local terminal conditions and amenities. The system incorporates methodology relating to the customer's establishment of an automated account, the creation of the automated account, payment of a fee for securing the preferred boarding documents, retrieval of a boarding document and the earning of account purchase credits. Allied automated services include providing the registered passenger with updated transportation information, transit terminal amenities, and electronic commerce links for private commercial transactions.09-04-2008
20100145739Proxy-Based Reservation Scheduling System - A system is disclosed that features a transport vehicle that carries responsive objects in which the objects are equipped to provide state information about their states when queried. The transport vehicle is outfitted with a proxy that represents the responsive objects. The proxy is configured such that it is better able than the responsive objects to receive state query signals from a querying device. The vehicle is also outfitted with I) sensors that detect the responsive objects and ii) sensors that detect state information of the vehicle, in which both sets of sensors provide information to the proxy. The object sensors are able to detect the state of each responsive object or query the object about its state in the same way as the querying device would query those objects in the prior art. The proxy then responds to the query on behalf of the responsive objects.06-10-2010
20110208551Method and System for Reducing Carbon Emissions Arising from Vehicle Travel - Methods and systems for facilitating efficient travel management in a manner such that the carbon emissions produced by vehicle travel are reduced are disclosed. Different vehicle travel modes under consideration for use to satisfy a travel plan are evaluated and selected based at least in part on their relative environmental impacts such that an aggregate reduction in carbon emissions can be achieved via a judicious selection of vehicle travel modes used to carry out a vehicle travel plan.08-25-2011
20100145740METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING INTERLINING TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS - A method for sorting and displaying airline travel recommendations adapted to the display of interlining travel solutions is described. The method is characterized in that it first comprises computing expected airline revenue for each segment operated by a travel carrier involved in the travel recommendation. Then, a weight based on expected airline revenue is determined. This allows sorting the travel recommendations by decreasing order of weights. The interlining travel solutions are displayed accordingly.06-10-2010
20090182589Communicating Information in a Social Networking Website About Activities from Another Domain - A social networking website logs information about actions taken by members of the website. For a particular member of the website, the website generates socially relevant ads for the member based on the actions logged for other members on the website to whom the member is connected (i.e., the member's online friends). The advertiser associated with the social ad may compensate the social networking website for publishing the ad on the website. When presenting a member with a social ad, the website may optimize advertising revenue by selecting an ad from the received ads that will maximize the expected value of the social ad. The expected value may be computed according to a function that includes the member's affinity for the ad content and the bid amount. The technique is also applied for providing socially relevant information off the social networking website.07-16-2009
20100145743SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CURRENCY PURCHASING AND TRACKING - There is a system for carbon offsetting a travel product comprising a system provider server configured to provide one or more user screens to one or more computing devices used by a user of the travel product, a travel provider of the travel product or a carbon offset sponsor of the travel product, allow selection of a travel product by one or more of the computing devices through interaction with one or more user screens of the system provider server, arrive at the environmental currency required by the travel product, receive, from one or more of the computing devices, environmental currency, or value used to purchase environmental currency for the travel product, and add the received or purchased environmental currency to a total of received environmental currency for the travel product.06-10-2010
20100145744Time-Of-Transaction Foreign Currency Conversion - Providing a time-of-transaction currency conversion from a merchant's local currency to a cardholder's credit card currency uses a conversion rate developed by reference to the particular merchant, acquirer, card association and issuer. After a merchant has generated an authorization request in the merchant's currency for a transaction by a cardholder in a different currency, the transaction amount in the authorization is converted from the merchant's currency to the currency of the cardholder's issuing currency, and optionally modified to include additional fees. The converted authorization request is then transmitted to the appropriate card association and then to the issuing bank for authorization, with a response returned to the merchant. The cardholder sees and approves the transaction in the cardholder's currency, and in an amount identical to the amount for which he will be billed.06-10-2010
20100004959Methods and system for reserving services from service providers - A method of connecting at least one first user with at least one second user is provided. The method includes connecting at least one consumer and at least one service provider to a web portal, wherein the at least one consumer is seeking a service and the at least one service provider provides the service; establishing a direct communication connection between the at least one consumer and the at least one service provider using the web portal to facilitate providing a platform to conduct business transactions such that the direct communication connection is substantially private, wherein the direct communication connection is relayed through the web portal; and transacting business between the at least one consumer and the at least one service provider using the web portal such that the at least one service provider sells the service to the at least one consumer directly.01-07-2010
20090182588Market-level inventory control system and method - A system and method for managing inventory on a market basis is disclosed. When employed by a transportation carrier, the system allows for the creation of a market group that includes a limited amount of space that is provided by any one or more of a certain group of physical routes (e.g., airline flights traveling between predetermined departure and destination points flying on selected dates). A qualifying customer or request may book one or more seats to this market group rather than to a specific physical route. The customer is guaranteed a seat on one of the physical routes, but is not informed as to the route on which travel will occur until a time closer to departure when the space allocated to the market group is mapped to the physical routes. In one embodiment, the market groups are defined using programmable business rules of a type interpreted by a rules engine.07-16-2009
20090182590Market-Level Inventory Control System and Method - A system for managing inventory on a market basis is disclosed. When employed by a transportation carrier, the system allows for the creation of a market group that includes a limited amount of space that is provided by any one or more of a certain group of physical routes (e.g., airline flights traveling between predetermined departure and destination points flying on selected dates). A qualifying customer or request may book one or more seats to this market group rather than to a specific physical route. The customer is guaranteed a seat on one of the physical routes, but is not informed as to the route on which travel will occur until a time closer to departure when the space allocated to the market group is mapped to the physical routes. In one embodiment, the market groups are defined using programmable business rules of a type interpreted by a rules engine.07-16-2009
20090119135METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REAL TIME GENERATION OF CHARTER FLIGHTS - A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer program product for managing charter flights. Current status is monitored for a plurality of aircraft including any aircraft currently in-flight. In response to receiving a request from a requester for service from a departure location to an arrival location, a set of flights from the departure location to the arrival location is identified using the current status of the plurality of aircraft to form a set of potential flight choices. A cost analysis is performed on the set of potential flight choices to form a set cost results. A portion of the set of potential flight choices is selected based on the set of cost results to form a set of planned flights. The set of planned flights is presented to the requester.05-07-2009
20090164261SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE BAGGAGE CHECK-IN - A computer-based baggage transportation system includes a client computer and an attendant. The client computer is coupled via a network to a server computer and is configured to check in baggage and passengers from a property that is remote from a common carrier departure location. The attendant is cross-utilized with the remote property. That is, the attendant performs remote common carrier check-in services as well as remote property services. The attendant has met federal agency approval standards for common carrier check-in services.06-25-2009
20120197670ONLINE RESTAURANT SYSTEMS FOR FORECASTING BEHAVIORS OF LATE CUSTOMERS - This invention is provided to forecast behaviors of late customers. In one embodiment, a system including a plurality of mobile equipments is provided. In the embodiment, the system includes a mobile equipment of a first customer and a mobile equipment of a second customer. The system also includes an apparatus comprising a computing processing unit configured to process memory units stored to execute instructions by the processing unit.08-02-2012
20080306780Method for internet supported and completion of travel services - A travel selection and booking system is provided, that facilitates the selection of different travel offerings for the customer, realizes better utilization of capacities and often avoids cancellations and otherwise necessary re-bookings. This is achieved by offering a dynamic, customized internet site to each individual traveler, with pre-defined specifications given by his company or travel agent. In it he defines and arbitrarily changes his travel preferences and actual requests. Processed with an integrated parametric search engine, tour propositions and itineraries can be generated, evaluated and refreshed, so to allow easy research for options and updating or final booking.12-11-2008
20130218608Pre-Fixe.com.TM.- A World Wide Web Industry-Specific Gateway and Venue to Sell Merchant Products and Services Online - This environmentally friendly System Method and software package powered by Pre-Fixe.com is specifically designed to offer an ongoing solution that enables Merchants within specific industries, (starting with the restaurant industry) to sell their goods and services online from a single portal. Through this invention, multiple Merchants are invited to create their own automated Microsites and shopping carts to sell a uniquely designed Suite of E-Products comprised of: E-Gift Certificates, Customized Event and Group Dining Software, Ongoing Pre-Fixe™ Menus and Pre-Fixe™ it Menus, Special Offers, a proprietary All-Inclusive Dining Calculator Software and custom industry search filters. The System Method includes a backend management area called “My Account” for Merchants, Consumers and Pre-Fixe Administration to view and manage historical purchases deduct and issue credits, re-gift and reward loyalty. Printing to redeem credits is not necessary.08-22-2013
20130218609SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING AND RATING RENTERS - An application for a system of tracking and assessing rentals includes entering renter information regarding a renter and entering rental assessment data regarding at least one rental at a client computer and transferring the renter information and the rental assessment data from the client computer to a server computer system. In the server computer system, an overall assessment is created from the rental assessment data and the renter information, the rental assessment data and the overall assessment is stored in a database record associated with the renter.08-22-2013
20130218614Extended Web enabled Business to Business Computer System for Rental Vehicles Services - An Internet-enabled rental vehicle reservation management method and system are disclosed. Via the system and method, rental vehicle transactions corresponding to replacement rental vehicle reservations can be managed throughout their operational lives over the Internet and through a plurality of graphical user interface screens, whereby teams of users are organized into work groups to share in the management of the reservations.08-22-2013
20090326993Time Delimited Multiple Admission Method and System - Systems and methods are disclosed for providing a provision of access to services. A time delimited, multiple use ticket/admissions card is provided that controls admission to services offered by participating service providers. The ticket/admissions card is issued to a ticket holder, and the card is valid for a certain amount of uses, where each use should be completed during a certain period of time. The first use of the card, for example, should be completed within a first time period, and if the first use is not completed during this first time period, then the first use expires; the second use of the card should be completed within a second time period, and if the second use is not completed during this second time period, then the second use expires. In this way, the ticket/admissions card provides a time delimited, multiple use scheme to control allowed admittance to authorized services.12-31-2009
20090326990METHOD FOR MANAGING CUSTOMER-BASED AVAILABILITY FOR A TRANSPORTATION CARRIER - A customer-based availability method for a service provider such as a transportation carrier is disclosed. This method provides programmable logic to allow predetermined request types and service types to be defined. Associations are then formed between request types and service types. When a request is received from a potential customer to book a service, it is automatically determined whether the request is included within one of the request types. If so, it is automatically determined whether that request type is associated with a service type that includes the requested service. If this is the case, the request is allowed to book the service regardless of whether the service is considered to be unavailable, or the sale of the service is otherwise restricted.12-31-2009
20080319804System and method of global electronic market of educational services in the Internet - A system and a method of global electronic market of educational services in the Internet are provided. The method of operating a global electronic market of educational services for consumers of educational services and educational establishments via the Internet includes registering the consumers of educational services and the educational establishments; providing information regarding offers of the consumers of educational services and the educational establishments to the registered consumers of educational services and educational establishments accordingly; selecting partners in the market of educational services based on the provided information; holding competitions for student's vacancies; conducting contracts between consumers of educational services and educational establishments; providing additional services of the system of global electronic market of educational services.12-25-2008
20080319806Mealtime commerce and publishing in a geo-spatial environment - A method, apparatus and system of mealtime commerce and publishing in a geo-spatial environment are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes generating a community network of user profiles, each user profile of the user profiles associated with a specific geographic location, generating meal events, each meal event of the meal events associated with a user profile of the user profiles, associating a first user with a first user profile, generating a first display view to include a three dimensional map view embodied by the community network and representation of a meal event associated with a second user profile of the user profiles represented at a location in the three dimensional map view associated with the specific geographic location of the second user profile of the user profiles, and simultaneously representing other user profiles adjacent to the second user profile in the three dimensional map view.12-25-2008
20090024423System and Method for Automated Vehicle Tracking - A system and method for enhancing revenue of vehicle dealerships by increasing both the number of service appointments made by customers at the dealership as well as the number of those appointments which are kept by customers. A computer automated, Internet-based method is provided for supervising the appointment making and the service providing process at vehicle service locations. Service department activity at multiple service locations maintained by a single dealership or by multiple dealerships can be monitored so that material and labor resources can be efficiently allocated and managed between the multiple locations.01-22-2009
20090083080Method, apparatus and program product for facilitating transfer of group meeting contracts - A method for facilitating transfer of meeting contracts between parties includes providing a database of records of contracted meetings at hotels that are available for transfer. A search engine is provided for searching the contracted meeting records database according to entered criteria, the search engine operable to identify available contracted meeting records which meet the entered criteria. Access to the search engine is provided via a computer network. Upon execution of a given search including criteria entered by a searching user, the searching user is provided, via the computer network, with contracted meeting records information concerning at least one matching contracted meeting record which meets the entered criteria of the given search, if such a matching contracted meeting record exists.03-26-2009
20090281843CALENDAR SCHEDULING SYSTEMS - Calendar scheduling systems are described. In one embodiment, a client system receives an input, within a calendar application program, to schedule an event, the input specifying at least one of the event, a representation of a location for the event, or metadata of a physical facility at the location, and the client system transmits the input to a calendar server to determine an availability of at least one physical facility at the location and receives and presents data specifying the availability of at least one physical facility at the location. The client system may further cause an invitation to be sent to attendees of the event. Other systems and other methods are also described.11-12-2009
20090248457System and Method for Providing Travel Schedule of Contacts - One embodiment provides a method, that may be implemented on a system, for providing the travel schedule of traveler's contacts. One embodiment of the method comprises receiving a travel itinerary for a traveler; identifying at least one travel segment option corresponding to the travel itinerary of the traveler; identifying from one or more of the traveler's sets of contacts, one or more contacts that have selected the travel segment option identified for the traveler; and presenting for selection the travel segment option for the traveler, and presenting the one or more contacts that have selected the travel segment option identified for the traveler.10-01-2009
20110145024COMPUTERIZED PLATFORM FOR SELLING TICKETS FOR SPORTING EVENTS THAT TAKE PLACE IN A STADIUM - A system for ordering tickets for sporting events that are taking place in a stadium is provided herein. In an early bird stage, a seat allocation function calculates an amount of seats in the stadium for each fan club and offers it as a service order. Parameters of the seat allocation function are constant and variable for each ticket order. A seat allocation is performed for each specified combination of the sporting event of the team that the fan admires versus other teams. The ticket order is provided as a service order to fans who wish to reserve a seat and to pay official price for the ticket in case the team the fan admires will play in the specified sporting event. A ticket is sold in an official price for every ticket service order, and seats for each fan club are being allocated in separate zones of the stadium.06-16-2011
20090063207SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXCHANGING EVENT TICKETS - A method of exchanging event tickets may comprise determining a monetary value of at least one event ticket offered for redemption by a ticket holder, assigning a number of points equivalent to the monetary value of the at least one event ticket, and offering the number of points to the ticket holder in exchange for the at least one event ticket. A system is also provided for exchanging event tickets.03-05-2009
20090083086SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AND RESERVING AIRLINE SEATS - The present invention relates to a system and method for selecting and reserving airline seats. The system or method transmits information relating to available seats on one or more airplanes traveling a flight segment of a trip to an application running on a general purpose computer for display to an end user. The system or method also provides one or more pages that include an interactive seating map showing information relating to the available seats on the one or more airplanes. Through the interactive seating map the end user can select one or more available seats. The interactive seating map may provide additional information on the one or more of available individual seats when triggered by, for example, a mouse placed over one of the available individual seats.03-26-2009
20090083085SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AND RESERVING SETS OF SEATS - The present invention relates to a system and method for selecting and reserving sets of seats in a venue. The system and method transmit information relating to sets of available seats in a venue to an application running on a general purpose computer for display to the end user. The system and method also provide a page that includes an interactive seating map showing information relating to the sets of available seats. Through the interactive seating map the end user can select one or more available seats or sets of seats. The interactive seating map may provide additional information on one or more of the sets of available seats in response to a user interaction with the seating map, for example, when the user places a mouse over one of the sets of available seats.03-26-2009
20090083083SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING COHERENCY OF DATA ENTRIES - The present invention relates to a system and method for maintaining coherency of data entries related to seat information obtained from remote venues. The method handles queries regarding seat status, including information indicating seat availability. Information obtained based on the queries are transmitted to a first general purpose computer for display to a first user. Upon receiving, from the first general purpose computer, selections by the first user, the system or method creates in the database a temporary record based on the selections and requests a confirmation of the selections by the first user. Once the first user sends the confirmation, the system or method locks entries in the database, preventing a second user from selecting any seat confirmed for the first user. The system or method also includes transmitting, to a second general purpose computer, information to be displayed to the second user indicating seats selected by the first.03-26-2009
20120078668SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR QUEUING ACCESS TO NETWORK RESOURCES - One embodiment of the present invention provides apparatus and methods for queuing access by large numbers of Internet or other network-based users to networked systems and resources with limited capacity. In one example embodiment, a queuing system provides user access to network resources, such as that of a ticketing system. A ticket queue queues a request received from a client system. A request processing module causes the client system to repeatedly transmit messages to the system during a first period, and in response to determining that the client system has ceased transmitting messages during the first period, the request is remove from the queue and/or cause the request goes unfulfilled.03-29-2012
20120078667METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR COMPUTER AIDED EVENT AND VENUE SETUP AND MODELING AND INTERACTIVE MAPS - Described are systems and methods for designing certain aspects of an event venue and for communicating information regarding the event and the event venue to others. Certain embodiments provide a dynamic seat map via which an operator can assign certain characteristics to specific seats and/or seating sections. Certain embodiments generate interactive maps for users, via which information from a plurality of sources may be integrated and visually displayed. The user may specify certain criteria, and the interactive map may identify to the user seats and/or sections that match such criteria. Certain embodiments provide an interactive seat map via which users can select seats and share information.03-29-2012
20110231212INTERNET BASED CHECK IN SYSTEM AND BAGGAGE DROP - The present specification describes a check in system for checking a passenger onto a flight. An indication of the airline and a passenger's reservation code is sent from a kiosk to a remote computer system using communications that are sent through the internet. On receipt of these details the remote computer system accesses the airline reservation system and requests a copy of the passenger name record, again using communications that are sent through the internet. The data in the passenger name record is used to check in the passenger at the kiosk. It is also used to assess whether the passenger's baggage is outside the baggage allowance for the ticket. The passenger is able to pay any fees at the kiosk further using communications that are sent through the internet. The specification also describes a baggage drop system using a similar process to issue baggage tags.09-22-2011
20090204450SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AND RESERVING TIME SLOTS FOR AN APPOINTMENT - The present invention relates to a system and method for selecting and reserving time slots for an appointment. The system or method transmits information relating to a plurality of available individual time slots for an appointment to an application running on a general purpose computer on the wide area network for display to the end user. The system or method also provides a graphical user interface that includes an interactive map showing information relating to the available time slots for the appointment. Through the interactive seating map the end user can select one or more available time slots. The interactive seating map may provide additional information on the one or more of available individual time slots when triggered by, for example, a mouse placed over one of the available individual time slots.08-13-2009
20090204449Assigning and Managing Patron Reservations for Distributed Services Using Wireless Personal Communication Devices - A system and method for assigning and managing patron reservations to one or more of a plurality of attractions receive reservation requests at personal communication devices (PCDs). Reservation requests are transmitted to a computer associated with the selected attraction, which determines a proposed reservation time based on information describing the attraction, the patron, previously-made reservations maintained in a virtual queue, and the current state of a physical queue associated with the attraction. Proposed reservation time is transmitted to the PCD for confirmation or rejection by the patron. Confirmed reservations are entered in the virtual queue. Patrons are alerted by the PCD when their reservation time is approaching.08-13-2009
20080262880OPTIMIZED 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
20080262879SHORT-TERM HOUSING RENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - As will be discussed in greater detail herein, a short-term housing rental management system and method provides tools for housing property managers, owners, renters, and others to better facilitate processes involved with offering and renting housing on a short-term basis. The system adds a more dynamic nature to pricing to be adaptive to changing conditions regarding such factors as timing and demand for particular short-term rental properties. Among other things, the system uses yield management to establish proper margins in rental pricing to increase returns from a rental event while seeking to increase occupancies. The system allows for short-term housing inventory to be offered simultaneously under more than one approach. For instance, the system could offer the short-term housing opportunity for a no commission approach, a merchant approach, and an agent approach.10-23-2008
20090106056UNIVERSAL BUSINESS TO MEDIA RESERVATION SYSTEM - A computer network based universal reservation system (CNBURS) architecture that enables reservations between one or more service providers and one or more customers relating to offers of services by the service providers. In one embodiment, the architecture of the CNBURS includes a scheduling agent system, one or more service offering systems and one or more marketplace systems. The scheduling agent system receives one or more offers of services available for reservation. Each service offering system enables service providers to define the offer(s) of services available for reservation. Each marketplace system receives the offer(s) of services from the scheduling agent system, presents the customers the offer(s) of services, receives reservation requests from the customers, and communicates received reservation requests to the scheduling agent system. The scheduling agent system communicates the offer(s) of services from the service offering system(s) to the marketplace system(s) and processes reservation requests received from the marketplace system(s).04-23-2009
20090106055COMPUTER NETWORK BASED UNIVERSAL RESERVATION SYSTEM - A computer network based universal reservation system (CNBURS) that enables clients to schedule reservations for services provided by service providers. In one embodiment the CNBURS includes a single universal reservations processing center (URPC), one or more service offering systems (SOSs) and one or more marketplaces. The URPC receives service offers defined by the service offer providers. Each SOS enables service offer providers to define one or more service offers. Each marketplace system receives the service offer(s) from the URPC, presents the clients the service offer(s), receives reservation requests from the clients relating to the service offer(s), and communicates received reservation requests to the URPC. The URPC communicates the service offer(s) from the one or more SOSs to the one or more marketplace systems and processes reservation requests received from the one or more marketplace systems.04-23-2009
20090204451SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AND RESERVING ROOMS AT A VENUE - The present invention relates to a system and method for selecting and reserving rooms at a venue. The system or method transmits information relating to a plurality of available individual rooms at a venue to an application running on a general purpose computer on the wide area network for display to the end user. The system or method also provides a graphical user interface that includes an interactive map showing information relating to the available rooms at the venue. Through the interactive seating map the end user can select one or more available rooms. The interactive seating map may provide additional information on the one or more of available individual rooms when triggered by, for example, a mouse placed over one of the available individual rooms.08-13-2009
20090210262METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATED TRAVEL - Methods and apparatus for arranging travel according to various aspects of the present invention operate in conjunction with one or more computers. The computer may automatically identify appointment data associated with a scheduling application. The computer automatically researches one or more travel arrangements according to the appointment data.08-20-2009
20090210261System and Method for Multi-Modal Travel Shopping - One embodiment provides a method, that may be implemented on a system, for obtaining a starting point and a destination point for a traveler; identifying multiple options of transportation modes to travel from the starting point to the destination point, and identifying a costs and travel time associated respectively with each transportation mode to travel from a departure terminal to an arrival terminal; identifying respectively for each transportation mode, a costs and travel time associated with local transportation from the starting point to a departure terminal, and identifying a costs and travel time associated with local transportation from an arrival terminal to the destination point; presenting to the traveler for selection, the multiple options of transportation modes to travel from the starting point to the destination point, including costs and travel time associated respectively with each option of transportation mode, including local transportation from the starting point to the departure terminal, from the departure terminal to the arrival terminal, and local transportation from the arrival terminal to the destination point; receiving a selection of a transportation mode and reserving the transportation associated with the respective transportation mode.08-20-2009
20090210264Conversation Mode Booking System - A system to book events such as trips are discloses. The system provides a conversation mode that allows a booking to be created within retentive storage in a portable format. In one embodiment, this portable format is a string written in eXtensible Markup Language (XML). This format may be stored to a database using a single database access operation. According to another aspect of the system, a user may ignore selectable portions of the booking as the booking is being created such that an entire booking need not be discarded when it is determined that a single service or informational element included in that booking is no longer needed.08-20-2009
20090210263GOLF COURSE TIME MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A system is provided for tracking and visually displaying golf reservations in a computer-implemented environment. The system provides a display with a grid or array of times arranged according to golf hole numbers. A reservation designator, by its location on the grid, identifies a start time and start hole, and includes an identifier to identify one or more golfers corresponding to a reservation. The duration of the game associated with reservation designator is estimated based upon golf course parameters. The reservation designator thus visually indicates a predicted location of the players corresponding to a golf game reservation. Additionally, the system may provide for tracking and sales of green fees and merchandise.08-20-2009
20090254383SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ALLOCATING RESOURCES USING SPOT MARKET AND DERIVATIVE MARKET TECHNIQUES - A method for controlling access to a system of finite resources with excess demand employs a two stage admission process. Subscribers are first admitted based on an initial bid price and resource availability. The market price is determined by the highest bid price among the rejected arrivals in the current batch. Admitted subscribers are then given the option to secure continued access to the resource by accepting a fee-based reservation. The fee for the reservation is determined in a manner which is fair to the reserving subscriber, as well as all other subscribers, in that the reservation fee is priced to provide access at a cost which prevents arbitraging opportunities. If the current market price exceeds a non-reserved subscriber's bid price, that non-reserved subscriber is displaced. If the current market price exceeds a reserved subscriber's bid price, that reserved subscriber's reservation is activated and access to the resource continues. In the case of a communications system having a finite number of access lines, the reservation fee is based on the bid price from the subscriber and the duration of the requested reservation.10-08-2009
20090248456NOTIFICATIONS AND REPORTS IN A RESERVATION SYSTEM - Computer-implemented methods and systems can provide notifications and reports over a network about lodging associated with an event.10-01-2009
20090259498SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AND RESERVING SEATS USING A TOUCH SCREEN DEVICE - The present invention relates to a system and method for selecting and reserving seats using a touch screen device. The system or method transmits first data to an application running on a personal computing device, the first data including information descriptive of available individual seats at the venue, the first data processed by the application to generate a graphical user interface on the personal computing device that comprises an interactive seating map representing individual seats at the venue. The system or method also receives from the personal computing device second data representing one or more seats selected by a touch screen input. In addition, the system or method receives over the network from the personal computing device third data representing payment information.10-15-2009
20090254385SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING AIRLINE SEATS - The present invention relates to a system and method for displaying airline seats. The system or method transmits data to an application running on a general purpose computer, the data including information descriptive of available individual seats on one or more airplanes, the data processed by the application to generate a graphical user interface on the general purpose computer that comprises an interactive seating map representing individual seats on the one or more airplanes, the data processed by the application to generate an additional display of information about one or more of the individual seats in response to a user interaction with the graphical user interface, the interaction being triggered when placing a mouse over a portion of the graphical user interface.10-08-2009
20090254384SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AND RESERVING AIRLINE SEATS - The present invention relates to a system and method for selecting and reserving airline seats. The system or method receives first data representing payment information over the network from a general purpose computer. The system or method also transmits second data to an application running on the general purpose computer, the second data including information descriptive of available individual seats on one or more airplanes, the second data processed by the application to generate a graphical user interface on the general purpose computer that comprises an interactive seating map representing individual seats on the one or more airplanes, the second data processed by the application to generate an additional display of information about selection of seats in response to a user interaction with the graphical user interface, the interaction being triggered when placing a mouse over a portion of the graphical user interface. In addition, the system or method receives from the general purpose computer third data representing one or more seats selected by one or more mouse clicks.10-08-2009
20090254382Dynamic Rate Management System for Golf Facilities - A method for dynamically pricing rounds of golf utilizing a price matrix based on customizable parameters, whereby the rates may be structured in a way as to incite golfers to reserve tee times in advance and wherein said price matrix displays to a user simultaneously a plurality of different rates and associated rate amounts that are associated with a selected tee time.10-08-2009
20100185470AUTOMATED RESERSVATION SYSTEM WITH TRANSFER OF USER-PREFERENCES FROM HOME TO GUEST ACCOMODATIONS - When a user reserves guest accommodations the user programmable settings of the appliances of the user's home network are transferred to the appliances of the guest accommodations. The settings can be stored in a file on the user's computer system or on an accessible external system such as the internet. Alternatively, or in addition, when the user makes a reservation, the home network can query appliances connected to the home network to determine the user programmable settings of such appliances.07-22-2010
20080262878SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR GENERATING AND UPDATING A CACHE OF PRICE AND AVAILABILITY INFORMATION FOR TRAVEL PACKAGES AND COMPONENTS - Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for generating, updating, and managing a cache of price and availability information for a plurality of travel packages and components. The cache of price and availability information may then be searched by an online travel planning service to provide customers with a list of available travel products. More particularly, embodiments of the present invention provide a cascading cache system including a cache of price and availability data related to travel components and a cache of price and availability data related to travel packages. Changes made to the component cache can affect information stored in the package cache, and changes made to the package cache can affect information stored in the component cache. Furthermore, the cache system updates the package and component caches based on information received from a purchase of a package or component, as well as by proactively polling one or more travel reservation systems.10-23-2008
20120197671METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RESERVING PARTIAL SEATS - A seat reservation system and method in which a first user requests a reservation computer to reserve a first regular seat and a first partial seat for an event. A second user requests the reservation computer to reserve a second regular seat and a second partial seat for the event. The reservation computer then matches the first partial seat reservation request with the second partial seat reservation request to generate a middle seat reservation request for the event. The reservation computer assigns a first seat, a middle seat, and a second seat consecutively in a single row to the first user and the second user in fulfillment of the first user reservation request for the first regular seat and the first partial seat and the second user reservation request for the second regular seat and the second partial seat.08-02-2012
20100262440AUTOMATED RESERVATION AGENT - In a method consistent with the technology disclosed herein, the system receives a text message from a mobile phone and parses the text message into at least a first data field and a second data field, where the first data field is a start date for the service, and the second data field is an end date for the service. The service is then booked from the start date to the end date.10-14-2010
20100262441SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FACILITATING THE SALE OF A TRAVEL PRODUCT - A system and method for facilitating the sale of travel products is disclosed. The system receives travel inquiries from requesters for preferred travel products (10-14-2010
20080215382RECEIVING A REQUEST TO RESERVE A SERVICE - Methods and corresponding system are provided herewith that, in at least one embodiment, include the act or acts of: receiving a request to reserve a service that is provided by a restaurant. The request to reserve is for a particular time and a particular date and the service comprises at least one of: (i) preparing a consumable good that is consumed at the restaurant's location; (ii) preparing a consumable good that is received at the restaurant's location; or (iii) preparing a consumable good that is delivered to a location external to the restaurant's location. The methods and system also include comparing the particular time requested with a schedule associated with the restaurant. The schedule comprises a list of times that are available for reservation. The methods and system also include determining an availability of the request to reserve; and outputting an indicia that the request to reserve the service has been accepted or denied.09-04-2008
20100191549ICAFE PRE-ORDERING - Technology for pre-ordering (e.g., pre-fetching content) at a shared computing premise is described. The technology can enable a user to locate and reserve an available seat at a shared computing premise (e.g., an iCafé). A service can transmit to the user a list of nearby iCafés or available seats that is ranked or ordered based on various criteria. The selected iCafé may pre-fetch content. The iCafé may also provide the pre-fetched content on removable media so that the user does not need to view all the pre-fetched content only at the iCafé. The iCafé may provide a search and/or document notification service and perform searches, download documents, and check for changes to specified documents even when the user is not logged on or using a computer at the iCafé. After the documents are retrieved and stored, the iCafé may send a notification to the user.07-29-2010
20100191550SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF HANDLING TRAVEL PRODUCTS ONLINE - Systems and methods for searching and distributing online travel products are disclosed. One such method, performed by a travel distributor, includes receiving a search request from a customer describing a travel product of interest to the customer. The method further includes submitting the search request to each of a plurality of travel product providers. Each of the travel product providers have an agreement specifying a revenue split for each travel product offered by the provider to the distributor. The method further includes receiving a search result. The received search result includes at least a portion of the plurality of travel products as a result of the search request. The method further includes selecting one of products in the search result as a best choice for the customer, and selling the selected travel product online to the customer.07-29-2010
20100169131System and Method For Providing Customized Travel Guides and Itineraries Over a Distributed Network - A system and method are disclosed for providing a customized travel guide and customized travel itinerary, combining segments from multiple travel service providers. The system programmatically creates itineraries, checking for time constraints and interferences. Travelers prioritize activities allowing for a traveler to instruct the service to expand or shrink the trip time to include all activities of highest priority, or vice versa. In addition, the service can make recommendations for activities and scheduling based upon the traveler's profile, other traveler's ratings and recommendations, and similar user profiles. Output can be used in an offline mode, or, upon connecting to the online service, take advantage of automatic alarms and updates should the planned activities data change. With the addition of a GPS locating device, or through tracking the dates of travel, the system is able to present the traveler with only the data most relevant to their location while traveling.07-01-2010
20120197672System and Method for Improved Rental Vehicle Reservation Management - A method and system are disclosed for managing a rental vehicle reservation based at least in part on automated processing of vehicle repair data corresponding to a disabled vehicle that is related to the rental vehicle reservation. A preferred method and system can also automatically schedule a callback reminder for the rental vehicle reservation based at least in part on the received vehicle repair data.08-02-2012
20100228577POST-BOOKING TRAVEL ASSISTANCE AND ORGANIZATION - To address post-booking and other issues, an application may be run on a user device, such as a mobile device, to provide improved, real-time travel organization and messaging. Some embodiments may also be configured to create, maintain, update, and delete a trip container to which trip content can be automatically or manually associated. In some instances, a user may be required to pay a fee to download the application and/or be required to pay a periodic subscription fee to facilitate ongoing functionality of the application. In addition to or instead of downloading the application, hardware (e.g., circuitry), firmware and/or other particular machine components can be configured to implement some or all aspects of the application.09-09-2010
20100228576NETWORKED BARCODE VERIFICATION SYSTEM - Systems and methods are described for barcode verification. Optionally, a barcode scanner/imager is coupled to a verification system over a network. The verification system receives over the network barcode data associated with an item, such as a ticket, and associated information. The verification system uses the barcode data and associated information to determine if the barcode is valid and corresponds to an identified event. The verification system transmits a verification result.09-09-2010
20110131073METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING SPECIAL AND PARATRANSIT TRIPS - A computer based method for managing special needs transportation, including receiving, using a processor for at least one specially programmed computer, data from a plurality of agencies having at least one vehicle available for providing transportation for clients with special needs. The data includes manifests for the at least one vehicle. The method uses the processor to: receive a request for transportation for a client; generate a visual representation of how the request affects the scheduling and capacity for agency vehicles; enable access by the agencies to the data, the request, and the visual representations; receive an offer from a respective computer system for an agency from the plurality of agencies to provide a vehicle to provide the transportation requested in the request; modify the data to incorporate changes to the data for the agency due to providing the vehicle; and transmit information regarding the request to the vehicle.06-02-2011
20100217630SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REMOTE VEHICLE RENTAL - An automated vehicle rental system with individual vehicle transmitting sensors for keeping track of vehicle mileage, fill state of vehicle fuel tank, and localized position status in a rental lot. Sensors are linked to the vehicle odometer reading and to the vehicle fuel tank float sensor with compensation for types of driving and fuel fill-ups which affect float level readings. The sensors are integrated with or are linked with communicating tags operable in a defined site for ultimate communication of stored vehicle related sensor data, vehicle location and type to a central data base for automatically completely effecting check out, charges and state of vehicle readiness for renewed rental. The transmitting sensors are adapted to avoid interference between sensors of other vehicles during multiple transmissions. Also included is an in-vehicle check out and payment device operatively linkable to the transmitting sensor of the vehicle.08-26-2010
20100217629COMPUTER-BASED RIGHT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM - An automated ticket auctioning system receives and evaluates bid information records received from a plurality of remote terminals. Each bid information record corresponds to at least one bid for one or more desired seats at a venue. Each bid information record may also include a plurality of additional bids identified for different seats in the venue. The separate bids in each bid information record are prioritized. The automated ticket auctioning system includes a central controlling computer operable to receive the bid information records and determine, in order of priority, whether any of the bids in a bid information record is accepted. If one bid in a bid information record is accepted, all lower priority bids in that bid information record are dismissed.08-26-2010
20100217628INTERLINE REVENUE SHARE OPTIMIZATION METHOD - A carrier's interline revenue share optimization method in which the carrier is involved in several interline multi-segment journeys with other partner carriers. Each of the involved carriers operate at least one segment of the interline multi-segment journeys and each of these journeys is associated with a fare. The interline revenue share optimization method utilizes a computer system and includes the steps of a) receiving and storing in data structured storing elements of the computer system memory, input data that includes a fixed set of tickets including the journey and the associated fare, a fixed set of prorate factors, a fixed set of partner carriers' interline rules, a set of carrier's interline rules, an interline revenue share determining algorithm and an optimization algorithm, b) defining the variables to optimize, c) splitting the fares of the tickets between the carrier and the partner carriers and calculating an objective function as the carrier's interline revenue share, d) optimizing the objective function and obtaining the optimized set of carrier's interline variables by utilizing a processor of the computer system and e) providing via an output device of the computer system the optimized set of carrier's interline variables.08-26-2010
20100241467SECURE COMMERCE AND ASSET/SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A Secure Commerce and Asset/Supply Chain Management system and method provides displaying, commerce, asset management, global logistics, Customs declaration and recycling services for any user at anytime, anywhere with available communication network. Wireless sensors/identifier/computer/communicators, 2D graphic identifier, artificial intelligent and pervasive network communication/computing technologies are used to provide a user/friendly space. The user can interact with the system with mobile/wearable devices, or with movements/sounds made by his/her body. Embedded invisible sensing/computing/communication modules and/or holistic 3D virtual computing can be used to enhance user's experience. Major components of the system include an Intelligent Display Unit (IDU, 09-23-2010
20100250290SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TOKEN-BASED TRANSACTIONS - A computer system enables creation of tokens and token-based transactions with participating point-of-sale vendors. User information, revenue source information, and reservation information corresponding to a physical property are compiled and processed to generate a token code. The token code uniquely corresponds to the user and is associated with a revenue source and the reservation information. The token code is disposed on a tangible token object to create a token suitable for transaction.09-30-2010
20130218610Method and System for Aggregating Travelers to Transact Air Travel Reservations - A method and system for aggregating travelers to transact air travel reservations with air travel suppliers, whereby travelers can purchase seats for private air travel on a per-seat basis and suppliers can solicit travelers on a central forum on a per-plane, per-flight basis. The method and system incorporates at least one database and a reservation engine in the form of one or more computers. The method and system is operable to receive flight information from air travel suppliers and display the information over the internet in the form of one or more Web pages. The method and system is further operable to receive reservation requests from travelers viewing the Web pages, and aggregate the requests to enable travelers to collectively purchase private air travel.08-22-2013
20130218612Universal Ticketing and Payment System - A remotely-accessible computer system allows a purchase to establish an account and then purchase admission to live events or venues. The system provides the purchaser with a pass containing data identifying the account established for the purchaser which account contains information about purchased admissions. The pass can be used to gain access multiple events. The purchaser presents the pass at the entrance to the event and a reader reads the identification data and forwards it to the system. The system checks that the purchaser has purchased entry to the particular event and provides a signal to the event indicating whether admission to the event should be allowed or refused.08-22-2013
20110022426GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE BASED AIRLINE TRAVEL PLANNING - Graphical user interface (GUI) based methods and systems to generate and revise travel itineraries, including to permit a user to input or select multiple sequential travel destinations and corresponding dates in a calendar based GUI, to generate a travel itinerary using default itinerary parameters, to display the travel itinerary and user configurable itinerary parameter within the GUI, and to revise the travel itinerary in response to user configured itinerary parameters. An itinerary parameter may be configurable to apply to a selected portion of the itinerary or to the entire itinerary. User selectable options may be displayed in a natural language format. User input may be performed with relatively few actions, and may be performed exclusively or nearly exclusively with a pointing device.01-27-2011
20110022422VEHICLE KEY SYSTEM AND METHOD - A vehicle key system and method which reduces problems with key management, distribution, and collection. The system includes a computer for completing a vehicle rental transaction involving one of a plurality of different vehicles, for determining an encrypted code associated with a vehicle security system of the one vehicle, and for storing the encrypted code in a reusable programmable key to limit use of the key to operating the one vehicle during a rental period defined by the vehicle rental transaction.01-27-2011
20100191552APPARATUS, METHOD AND ARTICLE TO FACILITATE PROPAGATION OF CURRENT APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY IN A NETWORK ENVIRONMENT - This disclosure generally relates to networked computing environments, and particularly to propagating current appointment availability of service providers to potential or existing clients of the service providers in a network environment. In some cases, currently available appointment availability of one or more service providers are provided in a manner that includes computer executable instructions that allow potential or existing clients to book one or more of the propagated appointments that are currently available.07-29-2010
20090177502System for matching drivers with customers seeking to hire a driver - A server computer is programmed or adapted to register drivers and customers. Registered customers log into the system and generate booking inquiries which are received by the system. In response to a booking inquiry, the system searches among registered drivers for available drivers corresponding to the request and presents to the customer a list of available drivers. The system may receive a booking request selecting one of the available drivers for hire. The booking request is added to a booking request list for the selected driver, and a voice message is generated and forwarded to the selected driver indicating receipt of the booking request and alerting the selected driver to log in to the system to review new booking requests. When a driver logs in to the system, a list of pending booking requests is provided, allowing the driver to accept or decline any of the pending booking requests.07-09-2009
20090319306SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VENUE ATTENDANCE MANAGEMENT - A system and method for managing attendance at a venue such as a fair, theme park, state park, and the like, is generally disclosed. The venue may having a plurality of different attractions managed at least in part by a computerized operational venue management system that interacts with one or more patrons having a mobile communications device (e.g., cell phone, PDA, Blackberry®, and the like). The patron may receive show information, for example, and remotely select options including ticket purchases for a show or attraction. Payment may also be authorized remotely, and an electronic ticket(s) may be provided. Moreover, real-time updates may be sent to the mobile communications device to provide ongoing information about the attractions such as show times, available tickets remaining, time to navigate to an attraction, and so forth.12-24-2009
20090006142System and Method for Tracking Spending Based on Reservations and Payments - One embodiment provides a method, that may be implemented on a system for obtaining a schedule of bookings made by a user through an electronic service portal; obtaining a schedule of payment transactions to pay for bookings, the payment transactions comprising one or more of a credit card payment, a cash payment, or a payment via a cash card or debit card; and using the schedule of bookings made via the electronic service portal to identify payment transactions reimbursable to the user from a separate entity and generating an expense report of the reimbursable payment transactions.01-01-2009
20120143639System and Method for Optimizing the Utilization of Space - A system and method for providing a service allowing a user looking for an available space to access a secure network and specify parameters defining the user's requirements for the available space, while allowing other users to broadcast space information regarding spaces they are about to depart from, where space is a three-dimensional volume or position that can be occupied or vacated. Users communicate with the secure network which is comprised of dedicated and/or external data sources and servers, using electronic devices to retrieve and broadcast real-time and future space information so that users may conduct space exchanges either by paying and receiving set amounts for an available parking space or by bidding on an available parking space. Users can also rate the space exchange according to whether or not they were satisfied or dissatisfied with the transaction.06-07-2012
20090112641METHOD FOR PROVIDING OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS - A method of renting out one or more rooms by a Provider is disclosed. The Provider acquires a block of one or more rooms from one or more overnight accommodations operator for a long term basis and enters information on the rooms into a computer database. The Provider then sets a price for a room in a geographic area at a consistent price. Upon the request of a potential Customer, the Provider searches the database for room availability and rents the room to a Customer, wherein the proceeds from the room rental are payable to the Provider.04-30-2009
20090112640Method for providing overnight accommodations - A method of renting out one or more rooms by a Provider is disclosed. The Provider acquires a block of one or more rooms from an overnight accommodations operator for a long term basis. The Provider then sets a price for a room in a geographic area at a consistent price. The Provider then rents the room to a Customer, wherein the proceeds from the room rental are payable to the Provider.04-30-2009
20090112638System and Method for Virtual Queuing - A system for virtually queuing at least one passenger onboard a mobile platform is provided. The system includes a source of user input that enables the at least one passenger to request to be placed in a virtual line. The system also includes a queuing control module that generates queue data that includes at least one next passenger in the virtual line from a list of the at least one passenger requested to be placed in the virtual line. The system further includes a notification control module that notifies the at least one next passenger that the at least one passenger is next in the virtual line based on an operating condition associated with the mobile platform.04-30-2009
20110040585TICKETING SYSTEM - A system for providing tickets to a user terminal (02-17-2011
20130132130DYNAMIC COST ANALYSIS AND OVERBOOKING OPTIMIZATION METHODS AND SYSTEMS - A computer based system for maximizing revenue by determining an optimal quantity of a product to be sold is disclosed. The system determines the optimal number of seats to be sold for a flight based upon the flight's capacity and forecasted costs associated with the flight. The forecasting is based upon probabilistic distribution models takes into account passenger itinerary data, passenger and market historical data, whether a passenger has flown on a previous leg of an itinerary, the ripple denied boarding effect of reaccommodating a denied passenger. The system evaluates the potential effect of double selling a unit of inventory (e.g., seats), Downstream inventory control, revenue management and reservations systems may use the optimization data to affect the operation of the airline.05-23-2013
20130132131OVERBOOKING AND UPGRADE SOLUTION METHODS AND SYSTEMS - A computer based system for maximizing revenue by determining an optimal quantity of a product to be sold is disclosed. The system determines the optimal number of seats to be sold for a flight based upon the flight's capacity and forecasted costs associated with the flight. The forecasting is based upon probabilistic distribution models takes into account passenger itinerary data, passenger and market historical data, whether a passenger has flown on a previous leg of an itinerary, the ripple denied boarding effect of reaccommodating a denied passenger. The system evaluates the potential effect of double selling a unit of inventory (e.g., seats). Downstream inventory control, revenue management and reservations systems may use the optimization data to affect the operation of the airline.05-23-2013
20130132132OVERBOOKING AND COST MINIMIZATION METHODS AND SYSTEMS - A computer based system for maximizing revenue by determining an optimal quantity of a product to be sold is disclosed. The system determines the optimal number of seats to be sold for a flight based upon the flight's capacity and forecasted costs associated with the flight. The forecasting is based upon probabilistic distribution models takes into account passenger itinerary data, passenger and market historical data, whether a passenger has flown on a previous leg of an itinerary, the ripple denied boarding effect of reaccommodating a denied passenger. The system evaluates the potential effect of double selling a unit of inventory (e.g., seats). Downstream inventory control, revenue management and reservations systems may use the optimization data to affect the operation of the airline.05-23-2013
20130132133METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MOB BOOKING OF HOTEL ROOMS - A computer-implemented method for an online travel agent to book hotel rooms over a computer network may comprise generating at least one collection of hotels and presenting the generated at least one collection of hotels to potential guests over the computer network; accepting, over the computer network, bookings from at least some of the potential guests to a selected one of the presented at least one hotel collection; grouping potential guests having booked a selected collection of hotels and sharing at least one common guest characteristic into a mob; conducting a reverse auction with participating ones of the plurality of hotels of the selected collection of hotels for bookings of the mob, and awarding the bookings of the mob to the participating hotel of the selected collection of hotels having won the reverse auction.05-23-2013
20130132135Kennel System - A kennel system to be used commercially at hotels, resorts or during travel of the pet owner. The purpose of the kennel system is to allow pet owners to bring their pets with them to a hotel, hostel, resort or similar place of travel. The kennel system is largely automated and is monitored and controlled by the owner so that the hotel owner would be able to maintain the facility with a minimum of staff involvement. The owner would have total control of the care of the pet, using the automated features of the unit and controlled through a remote computer system. The kennel system includes indoor and outdoor exercise areas and secure physical access to the pet by the owner, who can take the pet out of the unit at any time for additional exercise and play time with the pet. The kennel system can be composed of singular or multiple kennels and includes automated food and water dispensers, and an automated waste cleaning system. The kennel system includes an online booking system for advance booking of a kennel linked to an advance booking system for the owner's lodging. Such online booking system would provide kennel occupancy information and booking options either through an independent online booking system or available through existing commercial sites.05-23-2013
20130132136SPORTS AND CONCERT EVENT TICKET PRICING AND VISUALIZATION SYSTEM - A system and method for displaying seat inventory at a venue and facilitating planning of ticket prices for events at the venue is presented. Methods to predict total revenue for an event are described. Also presented are systems and methods for determining at what price and when to release so-called ‘flex’ price tickets during an on-sale using the sales velocity and sales/inquiry ratios. Determining demand of seats from secondary markets is also described with methods to use the demand for either repricing the seats in the primary market or presenting ‘best value’ seats to a prospective purchaser.05-23-2013
20130132137Online Registration and Block Tracking for Travel Wholesalers, Agencies and Hotels - A system and method for providing reservation capabilities to a reservation or property management system via a plurality of Internet web sites. Each booking party is directed to a web site containing common content and content specific to the type of booking party, such as a travel agent, wholesaler, or traveler. The system ensures the complete and accurate collection of data regarding a customer and the customer's reservation request through the use of distributed software components and association with customer profiles. Each booking party may create or modify customer profile information to be associated with reservations. The product or service provider may establish and maintain its own set of commission rates, fee amounts and discount values for each type of booking party, thereby allowing the provider to control accuracy and completeness of reservations, as well as revenue flow to the booking parties.05-23-2013
20100312587COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED METHOD FOR MANAGING ELECTRONIC TICKET REQUESTS - A ticketing management system and computer implemented method for managing ticket requests is provided including a request management system, configured to receive ticket requests and allocate tickets to purchasers, a back-end office ticketing system, configured to record ticket requests and a fulfillment center configured to receive the ticket requests from the back-end office ticketing system and deliver the tickets to the purchasers. The request management system includes a shopping module. The shopping module is configured to receive at least one primary request for an event and storing the primary request, receive at least one alternate request for an event and storing the alternative request and allocate events to a user based on the primary request and alternative request selections.12-09-2010
20100305981SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING VOUCHER DATA - Methods and systems for providing voucher data for a booked activity are provided. One provided embodiment includes receiving a first request at a server, the first request including a first facility identifier and having been generated using a first device that is located at a facility corresponding to the first facility identifier, which facility is remote from the server, and selecting a first set of data from a database based on the first facility identifier. A first response is generated based on the first set of data and the first request, and the first response is transmitted to the first device. A first purchase confirmation is received at the server, the purchase confirmation being generated based on the first response received at the first device, and first voucher data is provided based on the first purchase confirmation.12-02-2010
20100305983Providing Travel Information Using Cached Query Answers - Systems and techniques for presenting travel information to a user are described. A code that includes predetermined travel parameters specified by the user is included in a web page. Access to the web page by a user is detected. A travel query is populated with the predetermined travel parameters and a variable parameter based on identification information associated with the user. Cached travel options that are obtained from prior queries and that satisfy the travel query are presented to the user.12-02-2010
20100305982SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING, SELECTING AND PURCHASING SERVICES - The system comprises a user interface (12-02-2010
20090070155AUTOMATED METHOD TO MANAGE RENTAL UNITS, HOTEL ROOMS, OR GUEST SUITES - A method to manage a plurality of guest rental units, wherein the method provides a plurality of guest rental units, wherein each guest rental unit comprises one or more bed rooms and a bath room. The method further disposes a different rental kiosk adjacent to, and associated with, each guest rental unit, displays on each rental kiosk a vacancy status for a designated guest rental unit, and accepts a rental payment at each rental kiosk for a designated guest rental unit. In certain embodiments, the method displays upon request the availability of a rental unit in accordance with a previous reservation made by the traveler. The kiosk displays this availability, and upon approval of the travelers credit card, assigns a room or rental unit to the traveler and enables said travelers credit card to also enable a locking device on the room or rental unit to permit entry to the traveler.03-12-2009
20130144667SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REMOTE VEHICLE RENTAL WITH REMOTE VEHICLE ACCESS - An automated vehicle rental system with individual vehicle transmitting sensors for keeping track of vehicle mileage, fill state of vehicle fuel tank, and localized position status in a rental lot. Sensors are linked to the vehicle odometer reading and to the vehicle fuel tank float sensor with compensation for types of driving and fuel fill-ups which affect float level readings. The sensors are integrated with or are linked with communicating tags operable in a defined site for ultimate communication of stored vehicle related sensor data, vehicle location and type to a central data base for automatically completely effecting check out, charges and state of vehicle readiness for renewed rental. The transmitting sensors are adapted to avoid interference between sensors of other vehicles during multiple transmissions. Also included is an in-vehicle check out and payment device operatively linkable to the transmitting sensor of the vehicle.06-06-2013
20110213629CAR SHARING - Among other things, through an online site, owners of assets and borrowers of assets can arrange sharing transactions with respect to the assets. Online confirmation is provided to the owners and the borrowers that the arranged sharing transactions have been covered by insurance. Completion of the arranged sharing transactions is managed using information from electronic devices associated with the assets.09-01-2011
20110010206Method, Apparatus, and Program for Pre-Selling Tickets to Effect a Booking of an Event - An apparatus, method, and program for pre-selling tickets to determine whether to book an event or activity, and for facilitating the sale of those tickets. Consumers who pre-purchase a ticket are plainly notified if an event has not yet been booked. They are also shown the progress toward the likely booking of the event. A successful pre-sale of tickets triggers the booking of the event. An unsuccessful pre-sale results in the event not being booked. Consumers who help effect an event booking may be given privileges over those who purchase traditional tickets for the same event after it has already been booked.01-13-2011
20110010205TRAVEL FARE DETERMINATION AND DISPLAY IN SOCIAL NETWORKS - A travel planning, travel fare determination and travel fare display in social networks is disclosed. A contact information retriever retrieves information associated with one or more contacts in a user's social network, and determines locations of the contacts using the retrieved information. The contact information retriever provides the contacts' locations to a booking engine. The booking engine determines travel fares from the user's location to contacts' locations and provides the travel fares to a user interface generator. The user interface generator generates a user interface that displays the contacts' profiles together with travel fares to their respective locations. The user may then use the user interface to proceed with booking travel to a contact's location.01-13-2011
20100332267System and Method for Preventing Multiple Online Purchases - A method for preventing redundant purchases of limited items includes steps for providing a commerce client to a user, receiving (a) financial information of the user and (b) a device identifier from a device the user is using to run the commerce client, the device identifier being based on one or more of user-configurable and non-user-configurable parameters of the user device, determining whether a previous transaction has been made with the device associated with the received device identifier, and disallowing the device from executing further transactions for a predetermined period of time. The method may be executed by an apparatus such as a computer server or stored as a series of instructions on a computer readable medium.12-30-2010
20110029335RECEIVING A REQUEST TO RESERVE A SERVICE - Methods and corresponding system are provided herewith that, in at least one embodiment, include the act or acts of: receiving a request to reserve a service that is provided by a restaurant. The request to reserve is for a particular time and a particular date and the service comprises at least one of: (i) preparing a consumable good that is consumed at the restaurant's location; (ii) preparing a consumable good that is received at the restaurant's location; or (iii) preparing a consumable good that is delivered to a location external to the restaurant's location. The methods and system also include comparing the particular time requested with a schedule associated with the restaurant. The schedule comprises a list of times that are available for reservation. The methods and system also include determining an availability of the request to reserve; and outputting an indicia that the request to reserve the service has been accepted or denied.02-03-2011
20110029333SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AND CALCULATING TIME OF SERVICE - A system and method for organizing, controlling and managing a queue at a service center are disclosed. The system according to one embodiment comprises a main processing unit to calculate parameters regarding time of service, at least one peripheral processing unit, a customer queue number feed device to provide customers in a service center with an indication of their position in line for a certain service, a service number display means, a line progress display means, and at least one service point, provided with a service point terminal to provide to the peripheral processing unit information regarding the progress of service. The peripheral processing unit may be in active communication with the main processing unit, with at least one service point terminal at each service point, and with the customer queue number feed device, to collect information regarding time of service.02-03-2011
20090063206System and methods for selecting event tickets - A system is provided that enables customers to search for event tickets for purchase. A computer interacts with the user to allow the user to specify criteria for event tickets the user wishes to purchase. The system presents relevant event ticket results, and provides filters for the user to further refine those search results. The user selects an event, and then selects tickets for that event. Ticket availability is shown, with seat locations indicated directly on an interactive venue map. For purchase, the user is directed to the selling ticket provider.03-05-2009
20100145741Event management system with grouping feature - A system for organizing ground transportation of airline passengers arriving for an event is disclosed. The event management system includes a memory, a computer display; a data entry component that receives passenger data including names of passengers and flight information and stores the passenger data in an application specific format; and a group scheduling component that allows a user to set parameters including VIP status, time windows, vehicle types, and number of passengers allocated for vehicle type, and provides passenger groupings based on flight information and on user-set parameters. Also disclosed is a computerized method for organizing ground transportation of airline passengers arriving for an event.06-10-2010
20110125538Apparatus and method for selling a ticket to an event and/or to a portion of an event or venue - A computer-implemented method, including receiving and storing, with a first computer, information regarding an available ticket for a portion of an event prior to a start, completion, or conclusion, of the event or when an individual is leaving a venue of the event or leaving during the event, wherein the individual or another individual initiates or establishes a communication link with the first computer or a second computer using a first communication device, processing information regarding a ticket request or a ticket option request using the information regarding an available ticket, generating a ticket availability message or ticket option availability message, and transmitting the ticket availability message or ticket option availability message to a second communication device associated with a second individual before a completion or a conclusion of the event.05-26-2011
20090076863Designated user enabled retailing system - The present invention relates to a user enabled product and service fulfillment system in which a cell phone is used to enter prompts for products and services. The system of the present invention enables users to regularly receive products and or services that are routinely ordered without the necessity of having to re-enter such products or services each time a user connects with the system. The user may also supplement each order with available additional products or service offerings which are not routinely ordered by the user.03-19-2009
20110071863SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AIRLINE SEAT RESERVATIONS - This invention relates to an electronic means by which people can select the exact seat or seats they want for any type of event or reserve an appointment for any activity. More specifically, a customer or a ticket re-seller or a venue operator can go, for example, to the internet and select the event or activity for which he wants a ticket or tickets or reserve a time and reserve and order the exact seat or seats or the time of his choosing directly online. The seat or seats or reserved time he selects is then removed from the inventory for that activity or event and made not available for any other buyer and such is so indicated by a graphical representation or other such indicator on the online map or picture representing availability of seating or time for that event.03-24-2011
20110087506Seat allocation to passengers on an aircraft - A customer seating system for allocating seats to a group of customers, adapted to calculate a satisfaction value for each available seat, for each customer characterized in, that said system is further adapted to compute a global satisfaction value for each seat, said global satisfaction value is the sum of the previously calculated satisfaction values for the customers of the group, provide seating arrangements according to one of the predetermined geometrical shapes corresponding to the group, determine the group of seats matching said predetermined shape that gives the maximum average global satisfaction value, assign the corresponding seats to the group of customers.04-14-2011
20100235201Booking System and Method - A method enabling owners of websites to monetize their local listings by implementing online bookings, reservations or orders using an interactive voice recognition (IVR) system. A user of a web-based interface requests a booking or order by entering parameters, for example, name of the restaurant, number of people, date and time. The software of the present invention calls the restaurants telephone using the IVR and confirms or rejects (refuses) the booking. The invention allows for the payment of commissions for originating or facilitation of bookings or orders or the registration of participating restaurants. The booking service is paid by the restaurant for successful bookings. Credit is made for cancelled or no-show bookings. The invention includes a loyalty points system that rewards frequent users of the booking service.09-16-2010
20100191551SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ACCESSING HOTEL SERVICES USING A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - This is directed to systems and methods for integrating hotel services in a single application available to a portable electronic device. Using the single application, a user can access and control hotel services before arriving at the hotel, upon arriving at the hotel, in the hotel room, in the local vicinity, and after leaving the hotel. Such services can include, for example, checking-in and checking out, purchasing in-room dining or in-room entertainment, making reservations at local restaurants or local attractions, scheduling hotel guest reminders, and controlling room setting either within the room or outside of the room.07-29-2010
20120035965SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND MACHINE-READABLE STORAGE MEDIA FOR INTERFACING WITH A COMPUTER FLIGHT SYSTEM - Provided herein are systems, methods and machine-readable media for interfacing with computer flight systems. For example, one embodiment is described wherein an unknown and/or changing inventory of aircraft, potentially including aircraft owned or operated by third parties, is managed to provide flight schedules, fare structures, and reservation inventories to computer flight systems. Another embodiment is described wherein aircraft inventory is allocated dynamically and/or adjusted in real-time in response to bookings of seats on aircraft flights in the flight schedule. Another embodiment is described wherein aircraft inventory may be changed by suppliers of aircraft, including changes to costs for using a portion of the inventory (e.g., using an aircraft for a day), and a management system may modify booking class inventories on one or more flights in the flight schedule in response.02-09-2012
20120245966PARKING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Various arrangements for managing one or more parking facilities using a parking management server are presented. The parking management server may permit day users, lessees, parking facility managers, and group tenants (e.g., entities renting groups of parking spaces) to lease, reserve, and manage parking spaces within parking facilities. User accounts maintained by the parking management server may permit parking fees to be paid remotely by users such that payment is not required to be made at a parking facility. Further, a user's vehicle may be identified using license plate recognition, such that additional hardware does not need to be added to a vehicle for a user account to be established.09-27-2012
20090313053Guest Relationship Management System - A method for implementing a guest profiling program that utilizes guest profiles, which. are developed and expanded by information gathered from various sources and managed in a central Guest Relationship Management System (GRMS). The GRMS is a web-architected internet application. The primary interface between the GRMS and hotel systems is a connection to each hotel's property management system (PMS). The GRMS extracts data from PMSs. PMS data is updated to the central GRMS for processing. The core application logic includes capabilities to identify reservations with attributes and to match guest reservations extracted from each hotel's PMS with profiled guests. Both automated and user-initiated data manipulation processes utilize the central GRMS profiles and PMS data to generate outputs designed to increase the quality and timeliness of services and to assist marketing efforts. The web-based architecture of GRMS enables consistent data sharing and processing capabilities with a plurality of hotels.12-17-2009
20090313054Graphical Travel System for the Internet - A graphical user interface for a travel system allows the beginning and end points to be selected, and then displays a line indicating the travel, and calculates fares.12-17-2009
20100063854System and method for providing location-based data on a wireless portable device - There is provided a wireless portable device for providing location-based data to a user in a defined geographical area including a plurality of points of interest, the wireless portable device comprising a wireless transmitter, a wireless receiver, and a display. The wireless transmitter can transmit location information to a wireless server over a wireless network. The wireless receiver can receive location-based data relating to a point of interest from the wireless server periodically and automatically, based on the location of the wireless portable device. By optimizing map routes and schedules using the location-based data and user preferences including wish lists, the wireless portable device can provide helpful recommendations via the display, enabling the user to plan an efficient schedule of activities in the defined geographical area optimized by walking distance, queue wait times, booking and arriving at reserved events, and/or by other user preferences.03-11-2010
20090216570TRAVEL RESERVATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method to identify Small and Disadvantaged Business (SDB) travel suppliers and account for the SDB expenditures. SDB suppliers submit their information to the system for inclusion in an SDB database. Initially, the suppliers self-certify their status. Status may be subsequently verified by the system operator or a third party. Certified SDB data is supplied to the Global Distribution System (GDS) and/or travel companies and agents. SDB status is used as a search attribute by travelers and travel managers. Reports may be provided to travelers and travel managers regarding spending with SDB businesses. Reports also may be provided to SDB businesses.08-27-2009
20090216569COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SERVING ELECTRONIC CONTENT - A network system for serving digital content to a graphical user interface of a user device is provided. The system includes a database storing user data including user preferences and events in a calendar of a system user; a processor configured to automatically scan the database to determine an event scheduled for a predetermined window of time; to automatically determine the event is associated with travel by the user and access one or more travel services, and to prepare content conveying a travel package customized to the event of the user; and a server to serve the content for presentation by the graphical user interface.08-27-2009
20090216572Conversation Mode Booking Method - A method to book events such as trips are discloses. The method provides a conversation mode that allows a booking to be created within retentive storage in a portable format. In one embodiment, this portable format is a string written in eXtensible Markup Language (XML). This format may be stored to a database using a single database access operation. According to another aspect of the method, a user may ignore selectable portions of the booking as the booking is being created such that an entire booking need not be discarded when it is determined that a single service or informational element included in that booking is no longer needed.08-27-2009
20090216568GUARANTEED REVENUE AT ELECTRONIC TICKET ISSUANCE AND MODIFICATION - The invention relates to a method for automatically checking revenue in connection with transportation ticket purchases such as airline tickets. A request for issuance or follow-up processing of the ticket is received at an E-ticket server, said request comprising the fare data of the journey. A real time check is then performed so that a fare check status of at least some of the data of the fare data of the ticket is returned.08-27-2009
20110178828SALE DECISION METHOD AND SALE REQUEST EVALUATION METHOD - A sale decision method and a sale request evaluation method are disclosed to increase the revenue by selling available products. The sale decision method is applied in a sale decision system that includes an input module, a database module, a decision computation module, and an output module. The sale decision method comprises a sale request receiving process, a sale decision making process, and a sale decision output process. The input module receives a sale request, the decision computation module produces a sale decision, and the output module outputs the sale decision. In addition, the sale request evaluation method is applied in a sale request evaluation system that includes an input module, a database module, a sale request evaluation module, and an output module to determine the quotation of price for a sale request.07-21-2011
20110178827System for maximizing profit from public sale of tickets for a ticketed public event - A computer-implemented method for allocating a plurality of tickets to seats in a venue to a plurality of ticket purchasers, comprising the steps of forming a ranking of said seats from most desirable to least desirable, accepting a plurality of bids by one or more bidders for tickets to said seats, forming a ranking by monetary value of said bids from highest to lowest, and matching said seat ranking to said bid ranking, wherein the highest bid is assigned the most desirable seat and the lowest bid is assigned the least desirable seat.07-21-2011
20110099036Systems and methods for offering, scheduling, and coordinating follow-up communications regarding test drives of motor vehicles - Systems and methods are provided for electronically offering, scheduling, and/or coordinating follow-up communications regarding test drives of motor vehicles. For example, in some embodiments of the present invention, computer-implemented systems and methods are provided for electronically scheduling a test drive of a motor vehicle for an end-user and facilitating a motor vehicle purchase or lease by the end-user subsequent to the test drive.04-28-2011
20100070313Ticket Distribution System - A system is provided for facilitating the distribution of unused theater tickets. The system includes a central distribution processor to which theater patrons are provided access for determining the availability of theater tickets and purchasing available theater tickets at a discounted rate. The system further includes a plurality of remote ticket offices of distinct theaters linked to the central distribution processor, the remote ticket offices including interface software compatible with the central distribution processor for facilitating the uploading of relevant ticket information to the central distribution processor. The interface software further provides a user interface through which the plurality of remote ticket offices selectively enter available theater ticket information which is subsequently uploaded to the central distribution processor for access and purchase by theater patrons.03-18-2010
20110099038RESERVATION SYSTEM - In a lodging reservation site, since the number of rooms of respective hotels allotted to each of lodging reservation sites is restricted, when users gather to a specific site, the users cannot reserve vacant rooms in the specific site despite another sites have vacant rooms. Searched objects for vacant rooms in a lodging reservation site server are extended from allotted hotel rooms to web sites managed by the hotels. Situation where reservation is not made even with a vacant room is prevented and it is possible to make reservations based on actual number of remaining rooms of hotels.04-28-2011
20110082714Dynamic Reallocation of Seats in Rail Travel Using RFID Technology - Tickets with RFID devices are issued to train passengers. Once the passengers board the train, the number and location of vacant seats is determined based on signals from the RFID devices detected by RFID readers configured within the passenger compartments of the train. Seating information is displayed on screens fitted in each compartment. This is done at or after the train reaches every major station, facilitating wait-listed passengers to occupy any vacant seats that become available.04-07-2011
20100125467SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A TRAVEL PLANNING APPLICATION AND A HOTEL BOOKING PROVIDER - Described herein is a system and a method for communication between a travel planning application and a hotel booking provider, using standard interfaces compliant with OpenTravel Alliance (OTA) specification for electronic exchange of business information among all sectors of the travel industry. The standard interfaces allow the integration of hotel booking providers supporting different booking processes. The interfaces are implemented in an exchange infrastructure (XI), which is a part of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. The communication between the travel planning application and the hotel booking providers is accomplished by extensible markup language (XML) messages exchanged over simple object access protocol (SOAP).05-20-2010
20130159030TICKETING SYSTEMS AND METHODS INCORPORATING INTERACTIVE SEATING CHARTS - Ticketing systems and methods, as well as related computer product programs, provide efficient and user-friendly seat selection by incorporating realistic seating charts. An advantageous ticketing system may include data related to a physical layout of a venue. The ticketing system may generate a three-dimensional model of the venue, from which one or more seating charts may in turn be generated. A user may search the ticketing system for seats based on customized user search parameters, which may include searching across multiple performances. In response to the user search, the ticketing system may provide an interactive three-dimensional seating chart depicting a relatively accurate seat layout based on the venue data. The user may manipulate the seating chart to view the venue from various perspectives, and the user may select seats from the seating chart. Other embodiments of the ticketing system are also disclosed herein.06-20-2013
20110153374REWARD TRAVEL MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE AND METHODS - There is disclosed reward travel management software. In an embodiment, reward travel management software includes airline search results by airfare, the airline search results by reward points/miles fare, and a recommendation between the airfare and the reward points/miles fare by a recommendation engine. In another embodiment, reward points/miles management software includes auto rental search results by cash/credit card cost, the auto rental search results by reward points/miles cost, and a recommendation between the cash/credit card cost and the reward points/miles cost by a recommendation engine. In one embodiment, reward points/miles management software comprising product or service search results by cash/credit card cost, the product or service search results by reward points/miles cost, and a recommendation between the cash/credit card cost and the reward points/miles cost by a recommendation engine. Other embodiments are also disclosed.06-23-2011
20120035966SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND MACHINE-READABLE STORAGE MEDIA FOR INTERFACING WITH A COMPUTER FLIGHT SYSTEM - Provided herein are systems, methods and machine-readable media for interfacing with computer flight systems. For example, one embodiment is described wherein an unknown and/or changing inventory of aircraft, potentially including aircraft owned or operated by third parties, is managed to provide flight schedules, fare structures, and reservation inventories to computer flight systems. Another embodiment is described wherein aircraft inventory is allocated dynamically and/or adjusted in real-time in response to bookings of seats on aircraft flights in the flight schedule. Another embodiment is described wherein aircraft inventory may be changed by suppliers of aircraft, including changes to costs for using a portion of the inventory (e.g., using an aircraft for a day), and a management system may modify booking class inventories on one or more flights in the flight schedule in response.02-09-2012
20110077983FLIGHT CHECK-IN VIA A TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORK - Flight check-in systems and associated methods are disclosed. A passenger is able to check in with an airline by initiating a call to a phone number designated for flight check-in. A flight check-in system receives the call initiated by the passenger and identifies a number (e.g., a phone number) based on the call. Based on the number, the flight check-in system identifies a flight reservation associated with the passenger. Subsequently, the flight check-in system generates a virtual boarding pass based on the flight reservation, and sends the virtual boarding pass to a gate at an airport for the passenger to board a flight.03-31-2011
20120303394LIMOUSINE DRIVER MANAGEMENT APPLICATION - A program adaptable to be run on a tablet computer or other mobile device, and which includes a microprocessor, random access memory, non-volatile memory, such as a hard drive or flash drive, a keyboard or other input means, a wireless communication means, such as Wi-Fi or 3g or 4g, and a display panel. The system provides a set of work tools for use by a limousine driver or concierge, including a guest greeting sign, calendar for trip planning and contact information, notepad, airport, or other real-time transport information, fleet control, passenger entertainment means, curb-side check-in, and promotional messaging.11-29-2012
20120203580Method and Apparatus for Tracking Repair Facility Performance for Repairs Relating to Replacement Rental Vehicle Transactions - Systems and methods for tracking repair facility performance in a replacement rental vehicle context are disclosed. Various operations for adding and subtracting credits from a repair facility virtual bank account are disclosed. Adjustments to credit totals can be based on repair facility performance with regard to an individual vehicle repair or a plurality of vehicle repairs.08-09-2012
20130166336System for On-site Management of an Event - A system includes a first portable, ruggedized, and waterproof case. The first portable, ruggedized, and waterproof case includes a router and a switch. The system further includes a computing system connectable to the switch. The computing system includes a first memory for storing first ticket information and a first set of instructions. The computing system further includes a first processor that, upon execution of the first set of instructions, receives a ticket identifier scanned from a ticket. The first processor also compares the ticket identifier to the stored first ticket information. Based on the comparison, the first processor further generates an indication of validity of the ticket. The first processor further transmits the indication of validity of the ticket.06-27-2013
20100280853HOLISTIC MULTIMODAL TRANSPORT APPARATUS AND METHOD - A method and an apparatus for providing a transportation route to a user are provided. Travel information from the user, a plurality of transportation route goals ranked in a specified order by the user, and attribute information of a plurality of transit modes from a transit information system are received by the central system. An optimized transportation route is determined for the user through a correlation of the plurality of ranked transportation route goals and attribute information that corresponds to the received travel information. The transportation route comprises one or more of the plurality of transit modes. The optimized transportation route is transmitted to the user.11-04-2010
20110153373TWO-LAYER DATA ARCHITECTURE FOR RESERVATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS - A reservation management system includes at least one processing node that includes a memory and a processor. The at least one processing node further includes a set of reservation processing and transaction modules that manage and process reservation requests and inquiries. At least one general purpose database is communicatively coupled to the at least one processing node. The at least one general purpose database includes a set of pre-allocated tables of fixed length records. At least one persistent storage device is communicatively coupled to the at least one processing node. The general purpose database persistently stores the set of pre-allocated tables of fixed length records on the at least one persistent storage device.06-23-2011
20110251861COMPUTER BASED METHOD OF MANAGING, SAVING FOR, AND ARRANGING TRAVEL - The invention is a computer-based method of saving for and booking travel arrangements. The method includes a full service travel website and computer accessible interest bearing bank account that is set up for the express purpose of saving funds for future travel. The method includes a reward system that allows users to pay for travel with the savings account funds, interest from the account, and the rewards points.10-13-2011
20100004958SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTELLIGENTLY REROUTING STRANDED TRAVELERS - A method is disclosed to intelligently reroute stranded travelers. The method includes receiving in a computer, a message from a customer containing preferences for travel services, including willingness to accept alternative travel services, and storing the preferences in a customer database. The method then includes receiving in the computer, a message from the customer containing a trip plan that includes at least one segment with a desired mode of transportation, a desired departure location, a desired time, and a desired destination, and storing the trip plan in the customer database. The method then includes receiving in the computer, a message from at least one travel service, including available scheduling for the at least one segment, and data for alternative times and modes of transportation, and storing the available scheduling and the data. The method then includes receiving in the computer, a message from the customer agreeing to the available scheduling for the at least one segment. The method then includes receiving in the computer, a message from the at least one travel service, that the agreed to scheduling for the at least one segment has become unavailable. The method then includes accessing the preferences and the data. The method then includes determining acceptable alternative times and modes of transportation from the data and the preferences for the at least one segment. The method then includes automatically scheduling one of the acceptable alternative times and modes of transportation for the at least one segment. And finally, the method includes sending a notification to the customer of the automatically scheduled alternative time and mode of transportation for the at least one segment.01-07-2010
20110153375Method and System for Managing Rental Vehicle Reservations with User Authorization Limits - An Internet-enabled rental vehicle reservation management method and system are disclosed. Via the system and method, authorization limits can be assigned to the users who create and manage replacement rental vehicle reservations through the system, where these authorization limits impose financial commitment monetary limits that the users can make on replacement rental vehicle reservations over a specified period of time. In an exemplary embodiment, these authorization limits are customized on a per user basis.06-23-2011
20120203582System and Method for Improved Rental Vehicle Reservation Management - A method and system are disclosed for managing a rental vehicle reservation based at least in part on automated processing of vehicle repair data corresponding to a disabled vehicle that is related to the rental vehicle reservation. For example, a preferred method and system can automatically compute from the vehicle repair data an amount of time that is likely to be needed by a repair facility to complete repairs to the disabled vehicle, which in turn can drive more accurate management of an authorization period for the rental vehicle reservation.08-09-2012
20120203581System and Method for Improved Rental Vehicle Reservation Management - A method and system are disclosed for managing a rental vehicle reservation based at least in part on automated processing of vehicle repair data corresponding to a disabled vehicle that is related to the rental vehicle reservation. For example, a preferred method and system can automatically compute from the vehicle repair data an amount of time that is likely to be needed by a repair facility to complete repairs to the disabled vehicle, which in turn can drive more accurate management of an authorization period for the rental vehicle reservation.08-09-2012
20090240536SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AND RESERVING AIRLINE SEATS - The present invention relates to a system and method for selecting and reserving airline seats. The system or method receives first data representing payment information over the network from a general purpose computer. The system or method also transmits second data to an application running on the general purpose computer, the second data including information descriptive of available individual seats on one or more airplanes, the second data processed by the application to generate a graphical user interface on the general purpose computer that comprises an interactive seating map representing individual seats on the one or more airplanes, the second data processed by the application to generate an additional display of information about one or more of the individual seats in response to a user interaction with the graphical user interface, the interaction being triggered when placing a mouse over a portion of the graphical user interface. In addition, the system or method receives from the general purpose computer third data representing one or more seats selected by one or more mouse clicks.09-24-2009
20080243561Electronic mail based travel document check-in system - A system and method for a check-in procedure includes a reservation system, a customer loyalty system, and a self-service check-in system, which are connected to an e-mail capable device, for use by a customer, through an Internet or other public computer network. The self-service check-in system then sends a customer an e-mail notification, to which the customer can perform a check-in procedure by sending a reply e-mail. The self-service check-in system verifies the reply sent by the customer and sends the customer an e-mail confirmation that includes check-in information.10-02-2008
20080243563Web Enabled Business to Business Computer System for Rental Car Services Including Data Display Functionality - 4 - An Internet enabled, business-to-business computerized transaction system is disclosed in its preferred embodiment for use in providing rental car services for high volume users and comprises an Internet web portal through which the high volume user may access an integrated business computer network for the rental vehicle service provider. The rental vehicle services provider computer network is configured to interconnect a geographically diverse plurality of branch offices, cataloguing their available rental vehicles and schedules for same as well as handling all transactional data relating to its business. The Internet web portal provides ubiquitous connectivity and portability for a multi-level business organization who regularly places high volumes of rental purchases with its business partner. Utilizing the method and apparatus of the present invention large volumes of rental transactions may be placed, monitored, altered during performance, and closed out with financial accounting and payment being made virtually without human intervention.10-02-2008
20090012823Configuring Office-Specific Security Parameters Using Office Profiles - In general, techniques for configuring blacklist handling via regional profiles of reservation and departure control system (RDCS) are described herein. More specifically, a RDCS is disclosed for use in creating operational profiles. A global profile may be dynamically defined to determine operational aspects of a transportation carrier that are common to all office of that carrier. Office profiles are dynamically defined to determine operational aspects that are specific to that office location. In this manner, the operation of each office may be tailored to the specific location. Moreover, the operational aspects are not “hard-coded”, but instead are readily selectable by an authorized end user. According to one aspect, local management of blacklists is supported by the profiles.01-08-2009
20090187435SECURITY METHODS EMPLOYING DRIVERS LICENSES AND OTHER DOCUMENTS - Driver's licenses and other security documents include one or more machine-readable features, each conveying plural bits of information. These features are used in a variety of ways to increase security, and/or to enhance functionality. In one embodiment, data encoded on a driver's license is used at airport check-in, to link to a state DMV database and obtain information by which the document, and its custodian, can be authenticated. In like fashion, a license can be used to authenticate a bearer and/or his/her age prior to the sale of alcohol or tobacco products. In other embodiments, different elements of a driver's license (e.g., the substrate, photo, text data, and machine-readable data) are logically bound together (e.g., interlinked through payloads conveyed by different machine-readable features) as a deterrent against counterfeiting. Driver's licenses can be similarly logically bound to personal checks and other documents. Many other arrangements are also disclosed.07-23-2009
20100198626SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ACCESSING SHOPPING CENTER SERVICES USING A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - This is directed to systems and methods for enhancing a user's experience at a shopping center. In some embodiments, an integrated application available on an electronic device can provide information for promotional and available sales of goods and services, allow a user to browse and search through available content providers of the shopping center, such as parking, restaurants, and clothing stores, to purchase content based on the personal needs of a user. In some embodiments, an application available on an electronic device can check for the availability of particular items and show ratings or reviews for stores carrying the items. In some embodiments, In particular, the integrated application can provide a “heat map” to indicate popular areas of or items in a mall.08-05-2010
20110258006SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ANCILLARY OPTION MANAGEMENT - A computer-implemented method and/or system of ancillary travel option management comprising: receiving, by at least one booking and/or expense management application, travel request data for at least one traveler; retrieving, by the at least one booking and/or expense management application, at least one primary travel product and/or service option, each at least one primary travel product and/or service option from at least two providers meeting at least some of the criteria of the travel request data; determining, by the at least one booking and/or expense management application, at least one ancillary option and at least one price for the at least one ancillary option related to the at least one primary travel product and/or service; and presenting the at least one ancillary option and the at least one price for the at least one ancillary option with the at least one primary travel product and/or service option.10-20-2011
20110258005SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ANCILLARY TRAVEL VENDOR FEE EXPENSE MANAGEMENT - A computer-implemented method and system for ancillary travel vendor fee expense management comprising: receiving, by at least one expense management application, travel expense transaction data, said travel expense transaction data further comprising at least one expense transaction attribute; generating, by the at least one expense management application, at least one travel expense transaction record, wherein said at least one travel expense transaction record includes said expense transaction data, and storing said at least one expense transaction record in an expense transaction database; determining, by at least one ancillary fee module which analyzes the at least one expense transaction attribute, whether the at least one expense transaction corresponds to a travel event, a fee for an ancillary good or service offered by a travel vendor, or a fee for an ancillary good or service offered by a travel agency; presenting the at least one expense transaction record on a computerized user interface contained within at least one expense management application, wherein it is indicated whether the at least one expense transaction is at least one ancillary fee; and, adding the at least one expense transaction record to an expense report.10-20-2011
20090006144Ticket Use System and Ticket Use Method - A ticket use system having a high safety and a high operability and suited to be put into practical use. In the ticket use system, a strap tag storing first identification information is given to the user. When reservation of a reserved seat is made through a cellular phone, the reservation content is displayed, and a card tag storing second identification information is given to the user. The strap tag and the card tag are used as tickets. When the user registers seat type information through the cellular phone at the reservation and when the seat type information represents a nonreserved seat, the first identification information is stored as ticket authentication information in a ticket DB. When the seat type information represents a reserved seat, the second identification information is stored as ticket authentication information in the ticket DB.01-01-2009
20080319805METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VALIDATING OPEN BASIS RESERVATION AT LODGING - A method of doing business, and related system, for a pre-reservation on an open basis, namely for a guaranteed room on a future unspecified date or future unspecified dates at lodging, which belongs to a group of pre-selected lodgings in a designated geographic area, where the open basis reservation can be converted to a guaranteed room on a specified date or dates. The method and system are useful in one or both of a disaster/emergency or absence of a disaster/emergency.12-25-2008
20100324946TELECONFERENCE SUPPORT SYSTEM - A teleconference support system, establishing a teleconference among conference rooms, includes teleconference apparatuses, and a connection server including a conference venue information storage, a conference start judgment unit, and a teleconference apparatus connection unit. Each teleconference apparatus, disposed in each conference room, is provided with an image taking unit, a sound taking unit, a display unit, and an audio output unit. The connection server connects the teleconference apparatuses to transmit and receive information among the conference rooms. Each teleconference apparatus includes a person identification information acquisition unit to obtain person identification information identifying individual. The conference venue information storage stores conference information including person identification information of expected teleconference participant. The conference start judgment unit determines whether each teleconference satisfies a conference start condition using the person identification information. The teleconference apparatus connection unit connects teleconference apparatuses when the teleconference is determined to satisfy the conference start condition.12-23-2010
20120203579SYSTEM FOR BOOKING A TIME PERIOD FOR UTILISING A TIME BASED SERVICE OR RESOURCE - A system for booking a time period includes at least one provider arrangement on which a resource/service provider can indicate one or more available time periods within which they are able to provide a resource or service, and a plurality of user portals. Each user portal indicates which time periods of the service or resource provider/s are available to be booked on that portal by a user and facilitates booking of an available time period by a user. A synchronization and communications arrangement facilitates direct communication between the provider arrangement and each user portal in real time over a communication network to communicate the booking of an available time period on a the portal by a user to the provider arrangement and the other portals. This updates the available time periods on the provider arrangement and the user portals and removes each booked time period from the available time periods.08-09-2012
20120203578METHOD, SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT TO STORE EVENT INFORMATION AND CORRESPONDING EVENT AVAILABILITY INFORMATION - Methods and systems to store event information and corresponding event availability information. An event record and a corresponding availability count record may be stored together in a hash table, at an index computed from event information. Alternatively, event records may be stored in a first hash table at indexes computed from corresponding event information, and availability count records may be stored in a second hash table, at indexes computed from contents of the availability count records. Event records in the first hash table may include pointers to availability count records in the second hash table. To retrieve an availability count record for an event, the event information may be hashed with the first hash function to determine an index of the first hash table at which the event record and associated pointer are stored. From the pointer, the associated availability count record may be retrieved from the second hash table.08-09-2012
20110166897PARKING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF EMPLOYING SAME - The present invention is directed to a system and method for pairing lessors and lessees of parking spaces and generating a profit from each transaction. The system and method are employed over computing means and includes an option for charging a municipality an administrative fee for establishing the system within the municipality.07-07-2011
20110054956Matching System for Ride Reservation Platforms - The invention relates to a system capable of electronically matching transportation reservations with existing, new, or potential reservations, so that the orders can be combined, the reservation shared between requesting parties, utilization and management of transportation provider inventory and costs can be optimized, and savings opportunities for customers may be provided. Costs may also be divided proportionally based on a combination of distance and/or time traveled, or other cost accrual methods per riding party, and split/billed electronically via the reservation system. The system can operate as a standalone reservation repository or in concert with one or many existing reservation providers.03-03-2011
20110054955System and Method for Placing Orders - A system and method for placing orders at restaurants utilizing a customer's personal communication device. The system and method provide for efficient ordering and subsequent payment by the customer. The system and method allows customers to register upon entering a restaurant thus allowing the customers to subsequently place one or more orders for food and drinks via a cellular phone, laptop, or other personal communications device.03-03-2011
20110054954Passenger Check-In Finalization - This document describes a computer-implemented method for facilitating a check-in finalization process for a travel passenger. The method includes receiving one or more check-in parameters related to a check-in procedure for a passenger checking in for a travel segment, and determining from the received check-in parameters a check-in workflow status corresponding to which of a plurality of steps of the check-in procedure have been completed. The method also includes identifying one or more finalization actions that are available for finalizing the check-in procedure based on the check-in workflow status. The method further includes determining a primary finalization action from the one or more finalization actions, the primary finalization action being the finalization action most likely to be taken to finalize the check-in procedure. The method also includes providing for display on a user interface the available finalization actions, where the primary finalization action is pre-selected on the user interface.03-03-2011
20110054953Travel Passenger Check-In - This document describes a computer-implemented method for guiding a user through a travel check-in procedure. The method includes receiving passenger identification information associated with a passenger checking in for a travel segment, and determining a check-in status of the passenger using the passenger identification information. The method also includes generating a check-in workflow based on the check-in status of the passenger. The method further includes providing for display on a user interface a current step in the check-in workflow, the current step corresponding to a current action in the check-in workflow to be completed by a user, and upon request of the user to continue to a next step in the workflow, providing for display on the user interface the next step in the check-in workflow, the next step corresponding to a next action in the check-in workflow to be completed by the user.03-03-2011
20110054952REMOTE CHECK-IN SYSTEM - An illustrative method for performing a remote check-in service includes receiving accommodation information, where at least a portion of the accommodation information originates from an accommodation provider. The accommodation information includes key information corresponding to an accommodation for a customer. A key is provided to the customer for the accommodation based at least in part on the key information. The key is provided to the customer at a first location of the customer, where the first location is remote from a second location of the accommodation provider.03-03-2011
20110015955SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXCHANGING LOYALTY POINTS FOR ACQUISITIONS - Systems and methods are provided for facilitating an acquisition from a merchant, whereby payment for the acquisition is made at least partially through automated redemption of loyalty points from a loyalty account. In particular, information is received at a loyalty point exchange system from the merchant. The information may include loyalty data indicating that the acquisition was paid for using a transaction card account that is to be reimbursed using loyalty points from the loyalty account. The loyalty account is debited by an amount equal to a currency value of the acquisition and the transaction card account is credited the amount charged for the acquisition. Loyalty points may, alternatively, be used to directly pay for purchases without the steps of charging and crediting a transaction card.01-20-2011
20110022425Automated Internet Based Interactive Travel Planning and Management System - An interactive rapid response Internet accessed air travel management system. The system includes a web-based planning and reservation interface system and an interactive access device. The system responds to details of a member's desired travel, to thereafter act in real time to contact the domains of associated travel service providers to arrange for every aspect of the member's trip, from airline and hotel reservations, ticket issuance, and ground transportation, to restaurant and theater reservations, and any other travel related needs of the member. The system stores identification information to verify access device possession to prohibit unauthorized use of the system and to provide security pre-clearance to system members.01-27-2011
20110022423METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TRANSMITTING ALERTS ON HOTEL DEALS - Disclosed herein are methods and systems for transmitting hotel deal alerts. In one embodiment, a deal alert service receives a request to periodically receive hotel related deals satisfying a specific criteria, such as being from one or more geographic locations. Based on a frequency of the periodic basis, the deal alert service generates a list of hotel deals and sends it to the user during each frequency cycle. The deal alert service transmits the list of hotel deals using a specific transmission mechanism indicated by the user. Additionally, each list item of the list of hotel-deals includes a hyperlink to a primary source offering the hotel and the saving-deal. Upon selecting a list item of the list of hotel-deals, the user is transported to an entity associated with the primary source, through which the user is able to complete a transaction to book a hotel room and receive the posted saving-deal.01-27-2011
20110264474SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RESERVING AND PURCHASING EVENTS - A system and method enables a customer to purchase a package of time-sensitive events over a computer network. Customer requests are received over the network to view a package of events for possible purchase. The customer may be queried to determine when the customer is available to ensure that the events are available to the customer. Events are displayed to the customer in a manner to ensure that selected events do not overlap with one another. Displayed events for purchase may be filtered based on customer preferences.10-27-2011
20110071862COLLABORATION AND TRAVEL ECOSYSTEM - Methods, systems and apparatuses related to providing, among other things, a collaboration and travel ecosystem are discussed herein. For example, various tools and functionality may be provided that assist a client in determining the availability of telepresence equipment, the cost to use the telepresence equipment, the potential return on investment for money spent traveling as compared to conducting a telepresence event, among other things. In some embodiments, a user interface may be presented to a client that presents various information associated with, e.g., the telepresence equipment and/or facilitates the booking of the telepresence equipment. One or more backend systems may be used to, for example, coordinate the booking of a telepresence event and/or the booking of traditional travel events. In some embodiments, business rules and/or other types of data may be generated, received, maintained and/or received by the backend system(s).03-24-2011
20100293013METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ORDERING, LOADING AND USING ADMISSION TICKETS - Method and system for ordering, loading and using tickets ordered from a reservation center through transmission of order data that includes a number assigned to a mobile communications terminal. The ordered ticket is received via a mobile radio network at the mobile communications terminal, and the ticket is stored. A reading device receives ticket information contactlessly from the mobile communications terminal, and an authorization of a user of the mobile communications terminal is decided based on the ticket information.11-18-2010
20100293011METHOD AND SYSTEM OF BOOKING MANAGEMENT - A method of generating an offer for resources, such as a hotel room, which meets a customer request and satisfies at least one customer preferences to a predetermined extent, the method comprising: receiving a customer request for one or more resources meeting one or more requirements; searching for a set of resources which meet one or more of the requirements; determining one or more customer preferences from a set of business rules; determining an order of importance for the one or more customer preferences; applying the most important customer preference to the set of resources to select the resources which satisfies the most important customer preference to a predetermined extent so as to produce a revised set of resources; and creating an offer for presentation to a customer from the revised set of resources such that the customer may select an offer for purchase.11-18-2010
20110137691Method and System for Reducing Carbon Emissions Arising from Vehicle Travel - Methods and systems for facilitating efficient travel management in a manner such that the carbon emissions produced by vehicle travel are reduced are disclosed. Different vehicle travel modes under consideration for use to satisfy a travel plan are evaluated and selected based at least in part on their relative environmental impacts such that an aggregate reduction in carbon emissions can be achieved via a judicious selection of vehicle travel modes used to carry out a vehicle travel plan.06-09-2011
20110137692SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BOARDING PASSENGERS BASED ON VALUATION DATA - Systems and methods for boarding passengers on flights or other transportation according to bids and/or locations received from the passengers are provided. Passengers seeking to fly standby on an undersold flight can submit a bid representing the amount they are willing to pay to board the flight. The airline can determine the number of seats available on the flight, and board the highest bidding passengers until the flight is full. Similarly, passengers willing to be bumped from an oversold flight can submit a bid representing the incentive the passengers are willing to accept to be bumped from the flight. The airline can then bump the lowest bidding passengers until a sufficient number of passengers have been bumped from the flight. Airlines also can determine the locations of passengers and transmit offers or counter-offers for standby fares or bump incentives based on the locations.06-09-2011
20110137690SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING CONTEXT-BASED MOVIE INFORMATION - Systems and methods are provided for generating context-based movie information. For example, a movie application on an electronic device can obtain show times of a movie from multiple movie theaters. In some embodiments, the movie application can combine one or more show times into a single time slot in order to condense the number of show times that are displayed. Furthermore, the movie application can provide slot labels corresponding to each time slot based on one or more context-sensitive factors (e.g., current time of day, current location, one or more upcoming calendar events, and the like). As a result, the movie application can provide a user with a condensed view of the most accessible show times based on current context.06-09-2011
20110137689ENHANCED LOCAL AND SOCIAL SERVICES FOR ATM BANKING MACHINES - Automated teller machine in banking has user-interactive interface. The user interface provides both banking functions and social functions. The social functions include interactive information regarding location-based services and events, and include social networking services. Operations of the social functions include making restaurant reservations, purchasing show or game tickets and chatting with other bank customers at a respective ATM. The bank may generate revenue from local area services advertising on ATM's and from supporting customer-user chat sessions.06-09-2011
20100121661CHARTERED FLIGHT SWAPPING BUSINESS MODEL - The present invention relates to a passenger swapping reservation system and method using a chartered transportation means, and more particularly, to a passenger swapping reservation system and method using a chartered transportation means, wherein a chartered transportation means can be inexpensively and conveniently reserved on-line to meet international flight and/or travel demands without using scheduled routes, such as previously opened flight routes, of traveler transportation means. A passenger swapping reservation system and method using a chartered transportation means of the present invention is a passenger swapping reservation system and method including at least one reservation server connected to a plurality of clients through an on-line network.05-13-2010
20100121662System and Method of Booking Transportation - A system and method for booking transportation that enables passengers to equally share the cost of the transportation by consolidating their itineraries. Passengers select or create a flight listing that defines the requested air travel, where others can view and join the flight listing. Upon the occurrence of an event, all joined passengers are notified of the cost of traveling the flight listing and given the opportunity to accept or reject the flight listing. If one or more passengers reject the flight listing, the cost per passenger is recalculated and passengers are notified again until all passengers accept or reject the flight listing. The cost for each individual passenger is the total cost of traveling the flight listing divided by the total number of joined passengers.05-13-2010
20100121660Architecture and system for displaying schedule and route information - An architecture and system generating interactive web-based flight schedule displays is disclosed. In accordance with the embodiments of the invention the interactive web-based flight schedule graphically displays flight schedules using modules that include flight bars positioned along a time-line grid to graphically represent a duration time, a departure time and arrival time of a corresponding scheduled flight. The modules also may include functionalized end points on the flight bars that designate a departure location and an arrival location of the corresponding flight and one or more stop boxes where necessary to indicate a stop-over. The interactive web-based flight schedule displays include any number to function links and controls that allow a viewer to obtain detailed flight information and/or organize flights according to a selectable criteria before purchasing a flight.05-13-2010
20120310680METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPTIMIZING REVENUE MANAGEMENT IN A TRAVEL ENVIRONMENT - A method of allocating capacity in a vehicle, such as an airplane, which vehicle has a scheduled departure time and a predetermined starting and finishing location and where the capacity includes an inventory of passenger spaces which can be sold to a user is disclosed. The method includes determining at a predetermined time before the scheduled departure time, the number of currently available passenger spaces. The method further includes determining if any of the available passenger spaces can be made available for alternative uses. The method further includes receiving a request for available capacity in the vehicle from a third party to carry a load of cargo having a measure. The method further includes converting the available passenger spaces into an equivalent load having said measure based on a predetermined conversion factor. The method further includes allocating the equivalent load a required capacity. The method further includes updating the number of available passenger spaces now available in the inventory on the basis of the equivalent load and the conversion factor.12-06-2012
20110093300Method of Processing Travel Ticket Data - The invention relates to a method of processing data from a travel ticket, whereby the data stored in the ticket comprise contract instances, i.e. data relating to the use of a transport service. The inventive method comprising the following steps consisting in: reading a pre-selection file which contains a record of each stored contract instance, each record comprising at least one selection field and a pointer to reference a contract instance; and preparing a pre-selection list from the data read in the pre-selection file, said pre-selection list referencing the stored contract instances by order of preference. In this way, the contract instance data can be read in said order of preference, thereby accelerating processing speed since it is not necessary for all of the contract instance data to be read.04-21-2011
20100174568METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VALIDATING OPEN BASIS RESRVATION AT LODGING - A method of doing business, and related system, for a pre-reservation on an open basis, namely for a guaranteed room on a future unspecified date or future unspecified dates at lodging, which belongs to a group of pre-selected lodgings in a designated geographic area, where the open basis reservation can be converted to a guaranteed room on a specified date or dates. The method and system are useful in one or both of a disaster/emergency or absence of a disaster/emergency.07-08-2010
20090292566Yield Management of Configurable Restaurants - Program products, apparatuses, and methods that manage a reservation yield in a manner accounting for and utilizing the option to dynamically reconfigure resources are disclosed. Application may lead to a more efficient use of the resources and an increase in revenue. For example, the reservation yield of a restaurant and of hotel or lodging establishments may be managed in a manner that accounts for the potential to reconfigure table layout and room layout, respectively.11-26-2009
20110191126EXTERNALLY-MOUNTED APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE ACCESS - A person-to-person vehicle reservation system for providing distributed access control for a plurality of owner-shared vehicles is disclosed. The system uses access codes managed by an electronic system and for electronically providing access to the plurality of vehicles via smart keys. The system comprises a vehicle database for storing a mapping of vehicles to vehicle access codes; a reservation database for storing a mapping of vehicles to availability information for the vehicles; a reservation request module for receiving reservation requests over a network and for assigning vehicle reservations; and an administrative user module for receiving availability information from administrative users having administrative access to at least one vehicle. The reservation request module is operable to securely transmit a vehicle access code to an electronically-programmable smart key, which provides access to a lockbox holding an ignition key of a vehicle assigned by the reservation request module.08-04-2011
20100030592TRANSMITTING INFORMATION FROM A MOBILE DEVICE TO A POINT OF SALE OR POINT OF USE - A mobile device includes a light source and a light source controller. Data to be transmitted to a point of sale or point of use is obtained by the mobile device, and the light source controller controls the light emitted by the light source to emit light in a blinking pattern that simulates light that would be reflected to a laser scanner when a laser scanner is reading a barcode corresponding to the data to be transmitted. The light, emitted in the blinking pattern, is detected by a laser scanner which then decodes the data represented by the blinking pattern to obtain the data transmitted from the mobile device.02-04-2010
20100030590CENTRALIZED MULTI-PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A multi-location management system for hospitality locations includes a multi-unit building connected to a remote control center as an outsourced operation geographically relatively removed from the multi-unit buildings. The center controls several multi-unit buildings for security, occupancy data, vacancy data, and reservation data. There is control of the status of individual units concerning whether access doors to respective units and common areas are open or closed. A centralized guest registration function, guest registration process for any one of a plurality of hotels, and a centralized guest check-in/check-out function are processed at the remote control center. A personal identification number (PIN) is usable for multiple lodging establishments.02-04-2010
20100030589SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING RATING DATA TAGGED TO EXPENSE REPORT ITEMS - A system and method of processing rating data tagged to expense report items that generates an expense report form including at least one line item expense record to be filled out by a user, the at least one line item expense record including at least one tagged expense information field. Input is received from the user and is entering into corresponding expense fields of the at least one line item expense record. The entered input is stored with the at least one line item expense record, and is later processed with a plurality of line item expense records to generate and output one of report data and at least a portion of a travel itinerary based on a plurality of stored tagged expense information. The tagged expense information fields includes one of a transportation information field and a specific business information field, a rating field, a free form comment field, and a rater identification field.02-04-2010
20100023357Conditional Purchase Offer Management System - A conditional purchase offer (CPO) management system is disclosed for receiving CPOs from one or more customers, such as airline passengers, and for evaluating the received CPOs against a number of CPO rules defined by a plurality of sellers, such as airlines, to determine whether any seller is willing to accept a given CPO. A CPO is a binding offer containing one or more conditions submitted by a customer for purchase of an item, such as airline travel, at a customer-defined price. A CPO rule is a set of restrictions defined by a given seller, such as an airline, to define a combination of restrictions for which the seller is willing to accept a predefined price. The CPO rules may be securely stored by one or more servers. The CPO management system permits a seller to correct for forecasting errors, if necessary, or other competitive forces which have produced excess capacity, by providing inventory for sale to CPO customers.01-28-2010
20100017237TRAVEL-RELATED METHODS, SYSTEMS AND DEVICES - A method for sharing travel-related information over a network includes enabling a user access travel-related information on a data storage device. The data is generated and transmitted by a system hosted any of several different social networking platforms. The method includes retrieving the travel-related data for multiple users over the network and displaying different maps which visually indicate the data. A method for displaying travel options includes displaying a map, enabling a user to designate travel criteria, enabling the user to change the criteria, and updating a visual representation of the search results concurrently with the user's criteria change. A method for searching reviews includes filtering reviews based on a degree of correspondence between a searcher and the personality profiles of the different reviewers.01-21-2010
20110119097FACILITY UTILITY ENHANCEMENT SYSTEM - A system and method of use for enhancing the utility of facilities suitable for presentation and viewing of Intellectual Property (IP). The system includes a rights management system for storing and managing information relating to IP having information associated therewith including IP-Owners and terms of use of the IP including royalties; a facility availability database system for storing and managing information relating to the availability of the facility; an audience contacting system for enabling a stakeholder to contact individuals targeted by the stakeholder as the audience for viewing the IP; a booking system enabling the stakeholder to arrange exhibition of the IP at the facility at specific times and terms; an information database for storing information relating to stakeholders and individuals of an audience; and a revenue determination, collection, accounting and royalty distribution system.05-19-2011
20110119099ASSIGNING AND MANAGING PATRON RESERVATIONS FOR DISTRIBUTED SERVICES USING WIRELESS PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES - A system and method for assigning and managing patron reservations to one or more of a plurality of attractions receive reservation requests at personal communication devices (PCDs). Reservation requests are transmitted to a computer associated with the selected attraction, which determines a proposed reservation time based on information describing the attraction, the patron, previously-made reservations maintained in a virtual queue, and the current state of a physical queue associated with the attraction. Proposed reservation time is transmitted to the PCD for confirmation or rejection by the patron. Confirmed reservations are entered in the virtual queue. Patrons are alerted by the PCD when their reservation time is approaching.05-19-2011
20110119098Ticketing System - In order to expand the area of application of a ticketing system that works based on a virtual ticket, a method for operating a ticketing system is proposed, in which a virtual ticket is generated, a user-dependent access code is allocated to the virtual ticket, the virtual ticket is stored together with the access code, the access code is stored in a separate data memory, and the virtual ticket is accessed by entering the access code stored in the separate data memory at an entry point of the ticketing system provided for this purpose.05-19-2011
20100030593SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ONLINE TRAVEL-RELATED SERVICES COUPLED WITH TARGETED ADVERTISING - A system and method for providing online services for air travelers coupled with providing targeted advertising for online advertisers. More particularly, the invention allows air travelers to select online their seats, seatmates, or both, while at the same time allowing advertisers to target these travelers based on any combination of user attributes made available from their flight information and personal profiles.02-04-2010
20090326991GPS AND WIRELESS INTEGRATED FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A fleet management system has a chauffeur or driver module and a communication and positioning module associated with each fleet vehicle, and a backend monitoring and control system located at a fleet data center in communication with each vehicle. The system monitors each trip automatically and generates time stamps at the start of a trip, a pick up location, a drop off location, and return of the vehicle to a garage at the end of a trip. Vehicle status information is collected and stored along with timestamps. The information is used to generate billing and payroll accounts, and also in monitoring conditions of fleet vehicles and generating alerts as needed. Turn-by-turn route instructions are provided to drivers by voice output on request.12-31-2009
20100057501IN-ROOM GUEST INTERACTIVE SYSTEM - The present invention provides a compelling new guest facing interactive system. Screens displaying a virtual desktop application that sits in rooms allowing guests to interactively browse and book services at leisure. The system carries rich content including video. It can be configured to provide traditional room services and also excursions and activities provided by external providers. It can also be integrated with mobile phone.03-04-2010
20110307279METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RESERVING FUTURE PURCHASES OF GOODS AND SERVICES - A method and system for reserving future purchases of goods or services using plural electronic options. The purchased electronic options are automatically exercised upon completion of an electronic purchase transaction for a desired good or service associated with the purchased electronic option and a final purchase price automatically adjusted based on exercising the electronic option. The final purchase price is adjusted based on electronic option terms as well as other factors including reward points, loyalty points, etc.12-15-2011
20080201178ON-DEMAND TRAVEL MANAGEMENT SERVICE AND PLATFORM - The present invention contemplates an easy-to-use, cost-efficient, and flexible travel booking service and travel management platform. The travel booking service is a unique, subscription-based service that offers subscribers access to the fullest extent of travel service suppliers and also the lowest possible price. The travel management platform allows users to complete all steps of searching for and booking travel arrangements through the convenience of email. Once booked, travel arrangements are automatically calendared into the user's calendar. Optional plug-ins allow the user to filter search results based on existing calendar commitments, receive notifications when new calendar entries conflict with travel arrangements, and make travel arrangements directly through the user's calendar application rather than email.08-21-2008
20120041792CUSTOMIZABLE POPULATION SEGMENT ASSEMBLY - The presently described technology provides a mechanism for allowing custom targeted segments to be defined by parties outside of a content delivery system. Segments include collections of users grouped together based on common characteristics wherein targeted content is provided to a user based on her assignment to a segment. The present technology allows a content provider, as an example, to define a custom segment, thereby creating a grouping of users suited to receive the content provider's content. In some embodiments, a user interface is provided to the content provider, which includes all available characteristics, and value ranges corresponding to the characteristics. The content provider selects from among the characteristics and values corresponding to the characteristics to create a definition of a custom segment.02-16-2012
20120150572SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTEGRATED TRAVEL AND EXPENSE MANAGEMENT - A method and system, comprising: a network; at least one terminal coupled to the network; and at least one server coupled to the network. The server comprises a program that comprises: retrieving travel data records corresponding to travel requests; retrieving expense data records reflecting expense transactions; comparing the expense; data records to the travel data records; and determining a likelihood that the expense data records match the travel data records.06-14-2012
20090171700SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EVENT SLOT NEGOTIATION - A method and computer program product for receiving a slot request, from a second respondent having a second seniority level, for an original event slot that was previously reserved by a first respondent having a first seniority level. The second seniority level is compared to the first seniority level. If the second seniority level exceeds the first seniority level: the reservation of the original event slot by the first respondent is cancelled, and the event slot request for the original event slot by the second respondent is accepted.07-02-2009
20110106573AUTOMATED MEETING SCHEDULING - An improved meeting scheduling system that automatically proposes a reduced cost available meeting room for a meeting based on the invited attendees and locations of available meeting rooms. A reduced cost available meeting room may be the meeting room to which the attendees as a whole are presumed to be nearest in distance at the time the meeting begins. In addition to the proximity or distance of each of the attendees to the available meeting rooms, other relevant data concerning the attendees may be factored by the meeting scheduling system such as the hierarchy of an attendee in relation to the other attendees, attendee security access privileges to a particular location, and the distances between attendees.05-05-2011
20110106574Query Widening for Query Caches for Travel Planning Systems - A query cache for travel planning includes a cache database that stores query results and a cache test mechanism that receives a travel planning query and uses the query to find a result in the cache database and if a result is found returns the result, the result including a set of answers each answer in the set having a flight and a fare useable with the flight.05-05-2011
20080275740Priority seat management system, priority seat management method, and program storage medium storing program thereof - When a priority passenger detector located at a ticket gate detects priority data transmitted from a priority data storage device 11-06-2008
20120066015METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AN ONLINE RESERVATION SYSTEM FOR SERVICES SELECTABLE FROM MULTIPLE CATEGORIES - The present invention teaches an online reservation system providing services of multiple categories of service providers. A user may enter the online reservation system by clicking on a button either embedded in a directory services search result for a particular service provider or located on a particular service provider's website. Alternatively, a user may search for service providers through the online reservation system by entering criteria such as category of service, pricing, rating, location, or time and day of availability of the service. Both users and service providers receive electronic confirmation and reminders for the booked appointments. Service providers may integrate all of their appointments with a calendar maintained by the online reservation system. The system automatically collects client data and may provide accounting services.03-15-2012
20120066014Method and Apparatus for Facilitating a Transaction Between a Buyer and One Seller - A seller server receives an offer which specifies a type of product (e.g. a seat on a flight), at least one condition (e.g. destination and date of departure), and an offer price specified by a buyer. The seller server also receives an associated payment identifier that specifies a financial account, such as a credit card account. The payment identifier essentially “guarantees” the offer in that the seller may receive payment from the financial account even if the buyer attempts to renege. The seller determines whether to accept the offer, based on various factors such as the offer price and the availability of appropriate products to satisfy the conditions of the offer. If the offer is accepted, payment is provided to the seller using the payment identifier.03-15-2012
20120066013SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THEME PARK LINE QUEUE MANAGEMENT - The present disclosure describes a method for managing theme park ride lines by providing an identifying device to a guest, the device configured to uniquely identify the guest, using the identifying device to ascertain an amount of time a guest spends at a predetermined location and reducing the amount of time a guest spends in a line queue for a predetermined ride by the amount of time the guest spends at the predetermined location. A system for managing theme park ride lines is also provided.03-15-2012
20120004937Reservation System with Graphical User Interface - Techniques for providing a reservation system are provided. The techniques include displaying a scalable visualization object, wherein the scalable visualization object comprises an expanded view element of the reservation system depicting information in connection with a selected interval of time and a compressed view element of the reservation system depicting information in connection with one or more additional intervals of time, maintaining a visual context between the expanded view and the compressed view within the visualization object, and enabling a user to switch between the expanded view and the compressed view to facilitate use of the reservation system.01-05-2012
20120004936METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FACILITATING ANCILLARY SERVICES - Methods, systems and computer-readable mediums are provided for facilitating ordering ancillary services while implementing various policies and business rules and providing granular reconciliation of data. Travel information associated with a user is received from a computer reservation system. The method requests ancillary service content based upon the travel information. The ancillary service content is associated with the travel information. The system presents travel information and ancillary service content to the user and receives an ancillary service order from the user based upon the ancillary service content. The user receives confirmation of the service order and travel data is matched and associated enable detailed reconciliation and visibility into services ordered.01-05-2012
20120209641EVENT OPERATING SYSTEM USING MULTIFUNCTIONAL CHARACTER SOUVENIR AND EVENT OPERATING METHOD UTILIZING SAME - Disclosed are a system for operating an event using a multi-functional character souvenir and a method for operating the event using the same. The system includes a character souvenir including a Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) tag device, an information storage chip, a cash charging chip, and an acoustic output device; a composite reader reading and processing data information and cash charging information stored in the character souvenir, and including an information receiver, an information transmitter, and a settlement processor; and an event operator server receiving, storing, and managing the data information read and processed by the composite reader. The method includes an event participation requesting step, a price charge requesting step, an information inputting step, a cash charging step, an event affiliated corporation establishing step, a visitor participation information collecting step, a festival result information processing step, and a post marketing step.08-16-2012
20120209638Method and Apparatus for Improved Customer Direct On-Line Reservation of Rental Vehicles - Disclosed herein is a reservation booking website wherein customers who plan to travel via general aviation (GA) are provided with a GA reservation creation path that is responsive to their GA travel needs.08-16-2012
20120209636SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FACILITATING AND ARRANGING AIR TRAVEL - A system to facilitate group travel on non-commercial aircraft is provided having an aircraft operator database on an electronic medium that can have a listing of registered, independent, and non-commercial aircraft; the aircraft operator database can further have a registry of non-commercial aircraft available to accept a group for an identified trip segment; a grouping service can be provided having access to the aircraft operator database via a computer network that can provide formation of the group to travel and communicate the group to the aircraft operator; and the grouping service can transmit a group acceptance of the group by the aircraft operator.08-16-2012
20090083082INDIVIDUAL SEAT SELECTION TICKETING AND RESERVATION SYSTEM - This invention relates to an electronic means by which people can select the exact seat or seats they want for any type of event or reserve an appointment for any activity. More specifically, a customer or a ticket re-seller or a venue operator can go, for example, to the internet and select the event or activity for which he wants a ticket or tickets or reserve a time and reserve and order the exact seat or seats or the time of his choosing directly online. The seat or seats or reserved time he selects is then removed from the inventory for that activity or event and made not available for any other buyer and such is so indicated by a graphical representation or other such indicator on the online map or picture representing availability of seating or time for that event.03-26-2009
20110029334METHOD FOR FACILITATING PERSONALIZED OR CUSTOMIZED TASKS BASED ON IMAGES CAPTURED VIA A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE - Methods are presented for use with a wireless communication device. A digital image of an event venue is captured via a wireless communication device. The digital image of the event venue is displayed to the user. The wireless communication device interacts with the user to select the digital image. At least one task option corresponding to a customized or personalized event task is displayed. The wireless communication device interacts with the user to select the customized event task. The digital image is transmitted to a server system along with data indicating the customized or personalized event task to identify the event venue via the server system, based on the recognition of the event venue in the digital image, and not based on the recognition of an optical code. Event information is received and displayed, based on the recognition of the event venue to facilitate the customized event task.02-03-2011
20120046977Automated Ticket Selling System Having a Maximum Price Setting - A buyer may submit a listing containing a description of an item desired to be purchased, such as an airline ticket, to an operator of an automated selling system. The automated selling system may be accessible via a computer network. The listing may contain a maximum price at which the buyer is willing to purchase the item. Sellers designate listings for which they submit bids to the operator. The floor price applicable to a given listing may be determined from the highest floor price submitted by the eligible sellers for that listing. If only one seller submits a bid, and the bid is less than or equal to the price submitted by the buyer, that seller is selected to make the sale and provide the item. If there are multiple eligible sellers, the sale is awarded to a seller after applying predefined system rules.02-23-2012
20120010912SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPTIMIZING THE SCHEDULING OF RESOURCES ON AN AIRPLANE - A system and method for enabling passengers to swap seats with other passengers, so that they may obtain seats that appear to be unavailable because they are occupied. Passengers use interfaces to specify their desire and/or willingness to switch seats, including to get better seats, give up their seats for compensation, sit together and/or sit with other passengers, sit away from certain types of passengers, sit next to an empty seat, and the conditions, if any, for switching. A processor runs an algorithm reassigning passenger seats based on the conditions inputted at the interface. Passengers are notified of their new seats, and may be charged or compensated for switching seats.01-12-2012
20120010910SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPTIMIZING THE SCHEDULING OF RESOURCES ON AN AIRPLANE - A system and method for enabling passengers to swap seats with other passengers, so that they may obtain seats that appear to be unavailable because they are occupied. Passengers use an interface to specify their desire and/or willingness to switch seats, and the conditions, if any, for switching. A processor runs an algorithm reassigning passenger seats based on the conditions inputted at the interface. Passengers are notified of their new seats, and may be charged or compensated for switching seats.01-12-2012
20120116825METHODS AND SYSTEM MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO PLACE AN INDIVIDUAL PUBLIC VEHICLE AT THE DISPOSAL OF A USER - Method for placing one vehicle of a group of individual public vehicles at the disposal of a user, the said method being characterized in that it comprises the following steps: receiving from each individual public vehicle information including the geographic position of the vehicle, creating a database including the information of the geographic positions of the vehicles, receiving a request to place a vehicle at the disposal of the user in a position, using the database to identify a vehicle available in this position or close to this position, and sending the user the information relating to the actual exact position of the available vehicle.05-10-2012
20120016697CONFIGURATION AND INCENTIVE IN EVENT MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENT PROVIDING AN AUTOMATED SEGMENTATION OF CONSIDERATION - This disclosure relates to configuration and incentive management in an event management environment providing an automated segmentation of consideration. The method may include incentivizing a set of users to promote a reservation of a ticket associated with an event on a event management server. The method may also include publishing a set of details associated with the ticket on the event management server, and generating a reselling agreement promising a consideration between a first user who may be a seller of the ticket, and a second user who may be a promoter of the event. The method may further include automatically generating a split of a ticket price purchased through a third user to the second user and the first user based on a set of agreed terms of the reselling agreement.01-19-2012
20120016699SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INVENTORY MANAGEMENT - Computer-implemented systems and methods provide for attribute-based inventory management. In the attribute-based inventory management, any one or more discrete attributes of an inventory item can be used to manage the inventory item. Management of the inventory item includes, for example, identifying the availability of the inventory item and identifying a rate to be charged for the inventory item. This attributes-based model for inventory management is highly flexible and scalable.01-19-2012
20120016698SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ALLOCATING INVENTORY - Computer-implemented systems and methods provide use an allocation process for allocating inventory items based on categories and attributes associated with the inventory items. The systems and methods allocate the inventory in accordance with a predefined hierarchy of the categories and attributes so as to effectively balance current reservations while accounting for overbook and/or retention criteria. The systems and methods facilitate the tracking of upgraded inventory reservations relative to non-upgraded inventory reservations. The inventory allocation can occur in real time and/or in accordance with a user-defined schedule. The inventory allocation can be substantially automated.01-19-2012
20120016696Home-based Money Transaction Method - A home-based money transaction method includes steps of asking money transaction by a consumer by inputting a money transaction request to a transaction device, which is located in the customer's address, validating the money transaction request by a sale server, approving the money transaction request by a money transaction entity and transferring money, the amount of which is specified in the money transaction request to a merchant that is specified in the money transaction request. The transaction device provides data for geographic location in which the transaction device is located. In the validating step, the sale server authenticates the identity of the transaction device by comparing the geographic location data of the transaction device with the address of the consumer. The data may be provided with a GPS, IP address, MAC address. A device ID associated with consumer data further provides authentication means.01-19-2012
20100169130SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR PRIORITIZING AND PROCESSING UPDATED INVENTORY INFORMATION FOR EVENT LISTINGS - A system and methods for prioritizing and processing updated inventory information for event listings are described. In one embodiment, a network-based system may receive updated ticket information from a seller for multiple event listings, categorize the updated ticket information from the seller by event, prioritize event categories comprising updated ticket information in accordance with a prioritization policy, and process a prioritized event category comprising updated ticket information for a particular event listing out-of-order with respect to one or more other event categories comprising previously-received updated ticket information for other event listings. Other embodiments are described and claimed.07-01-2010
20120022901Preference Seating System - Improved techniques and systems for assigning resources in a service industry are described herein. These techniques and systems replace the first-come-first-served model traditionally used in airline seating, restaurant table placement, entertainment venue ticketing, hotel room location, and other industries with a two-part system incorporating virtual tracking of available resources and a rules-based assignment system for allocating the available resources amongst the customers. Such a system allows optimization of the resource allocation from a customer perspective (who can select resources based on personal preferences) and from a service provider perspective (who can monetize certain resources and/or allocate the resources to best meet other business goals, such as loyalty preservation, operational requirements, efficiency, etc.).01-26-2012
20120022900RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT EXCESS CAPACITY MANAGEMENT AND PRESENTATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method and system of retail establishment excess capacity management and presentation are disclosed. In one embodiment, a computer implemented method includes creating a search result based on criteria of a patron user using a processor. The search result includes an excess capacity across any number of establishments matching the criteria. The method also includes identifying an establishment when a selection of the patron user is processed responsive to the search result. Further, the method includes confirming a reservation of the patron user at the establishment with a payment authority and the establishment, and adjusting the excess capacity based on the reservation.01-26-2012
20080281643Competitive Availability Tools - A competitive, availability prediction system for predicting relative, competitive availability of seating on an airline flight is described. The system includes an availability predictor that predicts seating availability on a competitive flight, an availability system that produces an actual availability response for a flight and decision logic that compares the predicted answer from the availability predictor and the potential answer from the availability system to establish a decision with respect to actual availability.11-13-2008
20110093302SYSTEM FOR AND METHOD OF ORDERING FROM A CONCESSION DURING AN EVENT - A system for and method of ordering from a concession during an event is presented. The system and method may include receiving customer data associated with a customer during an event ticket purchase transaction, associating the customer data with customer seating data that indicates a location of the customer's seating during an event, providing menu data to a customer system that is associated with the customer, and receiving, from the customer system, order data that indicates a concession order from the customer via a network.04-21-2011
20110093301SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NEGOTIATING A SHARED FLIGHT ITINERARY - A system and method whereby an air charter brokerage service enables users with similar or matching travel plans to find each other to directly negotiate a shared flight itinerary using a web-based negotiation software application. The air charter brokerage service further enables users to directly book the shared itinerary using a web-based negotiation software application, whereby the air charter brokerage service provides a charter aircraft for the shared flight itinerary.04-21-2011
20080275741METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AN ONLINE RESERVATION SYSTEM FOR SERVICES SELECTABLE FROM MULTIPLE CATEGORIES - The present invention is a method and system for an online reservation system providing services of multiple categories of service providers. A user may enter the online reservation system by clicking on a button either embedded in a directory services search result for a particular service provider or located on a particular service provider's website. Alternatively, a user may search for service providers through the online reservation system by entering criteria such as category of service, pricing, rating, location, or time and day of availability of the service. Both users and service providers receive electronic confirmation and reminders for the booked appointments.11-06-2008
20120209639FUNCTION SPACE RESERVATION SYSTEM - Systems and methods to provide an availability and price determination, in response to a request for function space, to a user in real-time. For one embodiment, a request for a function space is received at a digital processing system that contains availability information and a set of pricing rules for one or more function spaces. The request includes a plurality of criteria. An availability of the requested function space is determined based upon the availability information and one or more of the criterion. A price for the requested function space is determined based upon the set of pricing rules and one or more of the criterion.08-16-2012
20120209637Method and Apparatus for Improved Customer Direct On-Line Reservation of Rental Vehicles - Disclosed herein is a reservation booking website for rental vehicle reservations wherein the functionality of managing customer profiles/accounts is expanded upon to provide customers with greater control over the profile data stored in their associated personalized accounts/profiles, particularly in connection with the “favorite” or “preferred” branch locations for rental vehicle reservations that are stored in the customer profiles/ accounts.08-16-2012
20120158441Air taxi logistics system - An air taxi system comprising means for dynamically optimizing travel by real time assessment of relevant factors between an origination street address and prospective origination airports, between prospective origination airports and prospective destination airports, and between prospective destination airports and a destination street address.06-21-2012
20120123812EVALUATING CUSTOMERS - Scarce resources, such as goods and/or services, can be allocated to customers according to score values associated with each customer that is a candidate to receive such resources in order to achieve an optimal allocation of resources, as determined by a business or other entity or organization that provides the goods and/or services. Each score value is generated automatically according to a set of predetermined rules based on profile information associated with the customer, including attributes of the customer, and based on information regarding goods and/or services purchased by the customer. A current context is used to determine an event and/or an event class, and the set of rules associated with the event or event class is used in generating the score value for one or more customers that are implicated by the current context, such as individuals affected by or eligible for the event.05-17-2012
20110071861Online nationalized & localized ads (text, image and video) self-creation solutions; online nationalized and localized store set up and shop solutions; and online shop together and network solutions - Revolutionary online shopping together; online nationalization and localization commercial text, image and video advertising; online nationalization and localization shopping and others have been invented.03-24-2011
20120158443METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING TICKET INFORMATION IN PORTABLE TERMINAL - A method for transmitting ticket information of a portable terminal includes: receiving the ticket information including common information, one or more individual information, and authentication information corresponding to each of the individual information; displaying the ticket information by using the common information and the individual information when a request for transmitting the received ticket information to another terminal is made; making a request for transmitting an area corresponding to a specific individual information in the displayed ticket information; and generating ticket information in identifiable form including common information, a specific individual information, and authentication information corresponding to the specific individual information to transmit the generated information.06-21-2012
20120158442SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING A DYNAMIC OPTIMAL TRAVEL SOLUTION - A system and method for generating a dynamic optimal travel solution is disclosed. The method includes receiving an optimal travel solution and receiving consumption data, wherein the consumption data includes an actual market share. The method also includes receiving quality of service index data (QSI), wherein the QSI includes a maximum realistic market share, and generating a dynamic optimal travel solution, in response to the optimal travel solution, the consumption data, and the QSI.06-21-2012
20120123813SPORTS AND CONCERT EVENT TICKET PRICING AND VISUALIZATION SYSTEM - A system and method for selecting inventory pricing for an event at a venue is disclosed. The method comprising determining a rate at which a first inventory of seats have sold for an event at a venue. The method further comprising calculating a demand for a second inventory of seats as a function of the rate at which the first inventory of seats sold, the seats of the first and second inventories being comparable in quality. provides a user interface to one or more client devices that displays the data. The method further comprising calculating a demand for a second inventory of seats as a function of the rate at which the first inventory of seats sold, the seats of the first and second inventories being comparable in quality.05-17-2012
20120158444METHOD, APPARATUS AND ARTICLE-OF-MANUFACTURE FOR THE CREATION, ISSUANCE, TRADING, AND EXERCISE OF REFUND OPTIONS FOR ATTENDANCE RIGHTS - Computer-related methods, apparatus, and/or articles of manufacture to permit/facilitate the creation, marketing, and/or distribution of options to purchase tickets or obtain refunds to a particular future event, particularly an elimination format competition, when the chosen competitor's qualification for such a game is currently uncertain, but where the uncertainty will be resolved prior to the commencement of the particular future event.06-21-2012
20120179500SYSTEM FOR CONCURRENT OPTIMIZATION OF BUSINESS ECONOMICS AND CUSTOMER VALUE - A computer-implemented system and method for an airline to enhance customers' experience. A computer-implemented service is operated that delivers to a customer an option to upgrade on up to n of m selected products, where n is less than m. Information is recorded in a data store, pertaining to said option. In addition, a system is operated to define each of the n chosen products, whereby after each of the n chosen products is defined, the customer can be upgraded to said chosen product. The information pertaining to said defined products is recorded in a data store.07-12-2012
20100094669Conditional Purchase Offer Management System - A conditional purchase offer (CPO) management system is disclosed for receiving CPOs from one or more customers, such as airline passengers, and for evaluating the received CPOs against a number of CPO rules defined by a plurality of sellers, such as airlines, to determine whether any seller is willing to accept a given CPO. A CPO is a binding offer containing one or more conditions submitted by a customer for purchase of an item, such as airline travel, at a customer-defined price. A CPO rule is a set of restrictions defined by a given seller, such as an airline, to define a combination of restrictions for which the seller is willing to accept a predefined price. The CPO rules may be securely stored by one or more servers. The CPO management system permits a seller to correct for forecasting errors, if necessary, or other competitive forces which have produced excess capacity, by providing inventory for sale to CPO customers.04-15-2010
20120123811Interactive live political events - An interactive political event allows clients to provide feedback to political candidates speakers and/or event producers relative to the event being observed. Feedback options include shout outs, emotapplause, and voting. Ticket scarcity management system adjusts event marketing, and/or ticketed sales methodologies, which include free and paid to maintain optimal conditions for an interactive political event. Multiple video/audio streams of an interactive event are simultaneously distributed as part of a broadcast to enable switching between streams by the online audience members and/or users without interruption of the presentation of the event and may include additional data relative to a candidates and/or speakers history and/or position with respect to issues being debated and/or discussed.05-17-2012
20100070312Universal Ticketing and Payment System - A remotely-accessible computer system allows a purchase to establish an account and then purchase admission to live events or venues. The system provides the purchaser with a pass containing data identifying the account established for the purchaser which account contains information about purchased admissions. The pass can be used to gain access multiple events. The purchaser presents the pass at the entrance to the event and a reader reads the identification data and forwards it to the system. The system checks that the purchaser has purchased entry to the particular event and provides a signal to the event indicating whether admission to the event should be allowed or refused.03-18-2010
20100250292System and Method of Providing Travel-Related Tools for Use with Transportation Services - A computer system makes reservations for transportation services. Vendor information for rental resources is stored in a central database. A customer makes a reservation inquiry. The central database is searched to find availability of the rental resources for the reservation inquiry. A rate is calculated for the rental resources based on customer-supplied and vendor-supplied information, as well as public sources. The availability of the rental resources and rates are reported to the customer. The customer selects the desired rental resources. The customer selection is confirmed with the vendor. An estimate of charges is provided initially and then updated following the customer's use of the reserved rental resources. Vendor payments are aggregated for multiple reservations. Travel-related tools are provided for the customer while utilizing the reserved rental resources. If one vendor cannot service a customer, the system transfers the reservation to another affiliated vendor.09-30-2010
20100250291METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE SALE OF AIRLINE-SPECIFIED FLIGHT TICKETS - An unspecified-time airline ticket representing a purchased seat on a flight to be selected later, by the airlines, for a traveler-specified itinerary (e.g., NY to LA on March 3rd) is disclosed. Various methods and systems for matching an unspecified-time ticket with a flight are also disclosed. An exemplary method includes: (1) making available an unspecified-time ticket; (2) examining a plurality of flights which would fulfill the terms of the unspecified-time ticket to determine which flight to select; and (3) providing notification of the selected flight prior to departure. The disclosed embodiments provide travelers with reduced airfare in return for flight-time flexibility and, in turn, permits airlines to fill seats that would have otherwise gone unbooked. Because of the flexibilities required of the unspecified-time traveler, unspecified-time tickets are likely to attract leisure travelers unwilling to purchase tickets at the available published fares and, at the same time, are likely to “fence out” business travelers unwilling to risk losing a full day at either end of their trip. Moreover, the flexibilities required of the unspecified-time traveler need not be limited to a departure time; the flexibilities may also include the airline, the departing airport, the destination airport, or any other restriction that increases the flexibility afforded the airline in placing the traveler aboard a flight. The disclosed embodiments thus permit airlines to fill otherwise empty seats in a manner that stimulates latent and unfulfilled leisure travel demand while leaving their underlying fare structures intact.09-30-2010
20120173292RESERVABLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING GROUPS - An electric vehicle charging network server establishes electric vehicle charging reservation groups. The electric vehicle charging network server is coupled with multiple electric vehicle charging stations that each include one or more charging ports and are owned by a charging station host. The server receives input from the charging station host to configure an electric vehicle charging reservation group. The server configures the electric vehicle charging reservation group according to the received input. The configured electric vehicle charging reservation group includes multiple charging ports and allows a limited number of electric vehicle charging group reservations that are each applicable to all of the charging ports that are part of the configured electric vehicle charging reservation group.07-05-2012
20120221362System and method for managing group ticket procurement - The present invention is a business method that is a process for coordinating the sale of tickets to groups of people who want to sit together at the event, but pay for their tickets separately. Specifically, the invention is a method of providing group tickets to an event of interest, comprising selecting an event of interest; screening an inventory of seats for the event to create a list of available tickets; choosing from the list, tickets that meet a set of predetermined criteria; and processing the purchase of one or more group tickets by each group member, using information supplied by said group member.08-30-2012
20120221363SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING HOTEL INFORMATION - When searching for accommodations, although one or more accommodations may satisfy factors or criteria set by a traveler (e.g., a user), the traveler may desire to locate an accommodation that is also in a convenient area. A convenient area may be an area in which a concentration of points of interest (POIs) is high. For example, a traveler on a leisure trip may desire to stay at a hotel that is in an area with a relatively high concentration of restaurants or tourist attractions, or as a traveler on a business trip may desire to stay at a hotel near an airport or convention hall. Thus, some example embodiments provide accommodation search results to one or more users based on a concentration of points of interest. The accommodation search results may be provided graphically, textually, or any suitable combination thereof.08-30-2012
20120166232Customer managed restaurant information system - A restaurant information system includes a point-of-sale (POS) device constructed and arranged for identifying a customer at a restaurant, an amount owed for food or other items purchased at the restaurant, a financial services provider, and a restaurant customer service of which the customer is a member. A network server is associated with the restaurant customer service, and is configured to access a personal customer file created by the customer. The POS device is configured to prompt and receive a customer entry including a review or other comments concerning the restaurant, and to address the customer entry to the network server for writing in the customer's personal file. The network server may also be configured to compile a searchable database reflecting customer entries made in a number of different customer files.06-28-2012
20120166231METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR COMPUTER AIDED EVENT AND VENUE SETUP AND MODELING AND INTERACTIVE MAPS - Described are systems and methods for designing certain aspects of an event venue and for communicating information regarding the event and the event venue to others. Certain embodiments provide a dynamic seat map via which an operator can assign certain characteristics to specific seats and/or seating sections. Certain embodiments generate interactive maps for users, via which information from a plurality of sources may be integrated and visually displayed. The user may specify certain criteria, and the interactive map may identify to the user seats and/or sections that match such criteria. Certain embodiments provide an interactive seat map via which users can select seats and share information.06-28-2012
20120316900METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CREATING A CUSTOM TRACK - A method for creating a custom track is described. A selection of at least one artist, venue, and track of a live musical performance having at least one complete song for selection by the user is provided. A selection by the first user of the at least one artist, venue, and track is received. At least one clip associated with the at least one selected artist, venue, and track is displayed. The first user is allowed to create a first custom track from the at least one clip by selecting at least a portion of the at least one clip to be included in the first custom track and a start time and an end time of the at least a portion of the at least one clip within the first custom track.12-13-2012
20120215571System and Method for Online Self-Badging - A computer-implemented method for self-registration by an attendee for an event, wherein the attendee accesses via the internet a log-in screen for the event organizer and inputs personal information required for that event. The event organizer provides to the attendee via the internet registration and payment information, and the attendee registers and pays fees for the event. Following confirmation of receipt of payment and registration, the attendee generates a badge electronically. The event organizer generates a document containing the badge; the attendee prints the document, cuts the badge from it and takes the pre-printed badge to the event. The event organizer verifies the badge and mates it with an event-specific badge holder that coordinates with the badge to serve as a credential valid for use at the event.08-23-2012
20120215570SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MATCHING AN OFFER WITH A QUOTE - Described is a system and method that satisfies offers from customers with quotes from suppliers in a way that increases the likelihood of achieving an acceptable match. The system is configured to receive an offer for a product. The system queries in parallel multiple suppliers for rate quotes on the desired product. Each of the suppliers is ranked according to the lowest rate quoted by each supplier. The supplier quoting the lowest rate is selected as the winner of the offer. The system may then evaluate any other rate quotes provided by the winning provider. The system may satisfy the customer's offer with the winning provider at a higher rate than the winning rate quoted, up to the customer's offer.08-23-2012
20120215569Method, system and computer program to provide fares detection from rules attributes - In one aspect thereof the exemplary embodiments provide a data processing system that includes at least one data processor; at least one memory connected with the data processor and that stores computer software that is executable by the at least one data processor; at least one database storing a plurality of fares and rules establishing conditions under which at least one of the fares can be applied; and an interface to at least one user and configured to receive from the user a fare inquiry. The data processor is configured with the computer software to cause the data processing system to receive a fare inquiry that contains at least one rule attribute, to perform a first search to determine rule data applicable to the at least one rule attribute, and to perform a second search using the rule data to retrieve a list of fares that are applicable to the rule data.08-23-2012
20100205018SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING INVENTORY - A system and method for managing inventory data are provided. A travel server obtains inventory data from one or more inventory suppliers and stores the inventory data as SKU group, SKU and SKU inventory records. The travel server utilizes the SKU group, SKU and SKU inventory records. The travel server utilizes the SKU group, SKU and SKU inventory records to process user requests for available inventory and supplier inventory action requests.08-12-2010
20100205017Automated Transportation Call-Taking System - An automated, scalable call-taking system integrates with existing telephony infrastructures and enables, through use of speech recognition, DTMF detection, text-to-speech (TTS), and other related software or hardware, the inputting, access, and retrieval of information to and from multiple back-end dispatch and booking systems without the need for a human operator.08-12-2010
20120136682Engine, System and Method for Maximizing Long-Term Value of Products or Service Items - A software engine, system and method is disclosed for increasing long-term value of at least one item supplied by at least one service provider. The engine, system and method follows a rules set that includes information relating to personal information of potential bidders and bids of the potential bidders. The engine, system and method arrives at a list of recommended bids and reports the list to the service provider.05-31-2012
20110184769SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLANNING, SCHEDULING AND MANAGING ACTIVITIES - The invention relates to computer based methods and systems for planning, managing and scheduling of the participation of users, be they individual or groups, in an exponential smoothing manner with respect to activities at, e.g., a mega amusement park (“MAP”) or other venue.07-28-2011
20110184768AUTOMATICALLY DETERMINE SUGGESTED MEETING LOCATIONS BASED ON PREVIOUSLY BOOKED CALENDAR EVENTS - A method and system for determining suggested meeting locations based on previously booked calendar events is described. One aspect of the invention involves: receiving a meeting request including one or more participants, determining preferred meeting locations based on previously booked calendar events for at least some of the participants, determining suggested meeting locations based on the preferred meeting locations, and preparing them for presentation. The determining may be based on historical calendar activity or on previously booked calendar events during a time period corresponding to the request. Locations used most often by all the participants, or just one important participant, such as the meeting requestor may be preferred. Sometimes locations near the previously booked calendar events occurring before or after the meeting request time are preferred. Sometimes locations near the participant's base locations are preferred. Sometimes locations used by groups of a similar size are preferred.07-28-2011
20100174567MOBILITY ASSISTANCE SYSTEM - Apparatus (07-08-2010
20120215573METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR REDUCING BURST USAGE OF A NETWORKED COMPUTER SYSTEM - Methods and systems for reducing burst usage of a networked computer system are described herein. In an embodiment, resource requesters can request, within a time window, resources over a computer network before the resources are available. The resources can then be allocated in batch mode when the resources are available. Thus, resource requests do not have to be processed in real-time, and resource requests can be received before the resources are available.08-23-2012
20120215572STORAGE RESERVATION AND MANAGEMENT - A user interface being configured to display a plurality of icons representing physical items, display a drag region, provide an option for the user to select items for storage in a storage unit by dragging and dropping the icons onto the drag region, display an estimated amount of storage space to store the selected items, display an estimated cost to store the selected items, provide at least one or an option for the user to self-deliver the selected items, provide an option for the user to select options associated with the storage of the selected items, receive identify information from the user, receive payment information from the user, and provide a confirmation to the user.08-23-2012
20100299163METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RECOGNIZING CUSTOMER BY HIS MOBILE PHONE - A customer recognition method and system using a mobile phone is provided. When a customer enters a communication area of an access point (AP) of a service provider, the AP communicates with a Bluetooth communication device of the customer's mobile phone, searches for BDA information of the customer, and transmits the BDA information to a local search server. The local search server extracts valid information of the customer and transmits the extracted information to a central server. The central server confirms reservation information on the customer, determines attendant information, creates customer recognition information by linking the customer information and the attendant information, and transmits the customer recognition information to an attendant of the service provider. A terminal of the attendant of the service provider receives the customer recognition information and externally displays the customer information so that the attendant of the service provider may use the customer information.11-25-2010
20130173315PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH PROXIMITY-BASED CONTENT SYNCHRONIZATION - Systems are provided that support millimeter-wave wireless communications between hosts and electronic devices. A host may be formed using a personal computer associated with a user or computing equipment associated with a public establishment. Content can be automatically synchronized between the host and the user's electronic device over a millimeter-wave wireless communications link in a communications band such as a 60 GHz wireless communications band. Synchronization operations may be performed based on user content preferences. Content preference information may be gathered explicitly from a user using on-screen options or may be gathered by monitoring user media playback activities and media rating activities. The content preference information may be transmitted automatically from an electronic device to a host when the electronic device is brought within range of the host. Synchronization operations may be performed automatically when a user is in proximity of a point-of-sale terminal or ticketing equipment.07-04-2013
20100049556INTERNET MEDIATED BOOKING AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM - The invention relates to a system for providing and pricing travel product inventory contained in external databases not under the control of the operator and additionally comprises ghost databases which are a mirror of the external databases. The system further comprises an information manager adapted to receive search criteria from a user and to apply pricing rules to the search results which determine the final display price quoted to the user. The information manager thereafter filters the priced search results by a productmaster UID to group the same actual travel product inventory as supplied by different suppliers, into a single search result, and then provides the grouped results to the user connected to the system via the communications module.02-25-2010
20120179498APPLICATION OF SPATIAL DIMENSION TO CRUISE SEARCH AND CABIN SELECTION - A user interface that improves the cruise line itinerary research and selection process by integrating an interactive geographical display that is able to display multiple cruise line itineraries thereby reducing the number of page reloads during the user interaction with the user interface. Further, the user interface improves the cruise line cabin selection process by integrating spatial dimension data into cabin search results across cabin types and/or categories.07-12-2012
20120179497Method for auditing a bag drop in a transportation departure control system - The invention relates to a method and system for auditing a bag drop in a transportation departure control system. The invention enables to check the consistency of information about numbers of dropped bags obtained from a boarding pass and from computerized baggage collection equipment. Security warnings are triggered each time a discrepancy is detected.07-12-2012
20100274595Ticket Management System and Method using Pre-Sales Keys - A ticket management system and method drives customer traffic in pre-ticket sales activities by issuing keys to potential ticket purchasers prior to the beginning of ticket sales for an event. Upon reading a key, the present invention provides for the issuance of one or more ticket opportunities to the potential ticket purchaser who has presented the key. Keys can be obtained online or in person at retail establishments, for example. By offering keys for ticket opportunities, retailers and event sponsors can generate foot traffic, Internet traffic and visibility for their commercial offerings. The present invention can be implemented, in one embodiment, with an electronic ticket managing system and a computer such as a retail kiosk, for example.10-28-2010
20100010839ONE-WAY LIKE DISPLAY OF ROUNDTRIP FARES - A method of evaluating outbound and inbound fare amounts out of a plurality of roundtrip fare recommendations is disclosed. Intended to be displayed in a one-way like display, roundtrip fares are first obtained from a fare-driven availability engine receiving inputs from an online user of a travel website. Further recommendations are deduced by combining the above roundtrip fare recommendations in order to obtain a first improved list of recommendations which comprises more outbound and inbound fare combinations. Then, one-way fare amounts are determined for each combination from the first improved list of recommendations. A second improved list of recommendations, comprising outbound and inbound fare amounts evaluated on the basis of the initial roundtrip fare recommendations, is generated. Outbound and inbound fare amounts can thus be shown in a one-way like display of roundtrip fares to the online user of the travel website.01-14-2010
20120253855CAPTURING A FUTURE LOCATION OF AN ONLINE USER - A method and a system are provided for capturing a future location of a user. In one example, the system receives user data including plans for one or more future locations of one or more users. The system identifies a particular user who is associated with one or more users who plan to go to a particular future location. The system then provides to a particular user device a suggestion for the particular user to be at the particular future location. The particular user device is presumably operated by the particular user.10-04-2012
20090326992METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR NETWORK-ENABLED VENUE BOOKING - Method and system for network-enabled means to book a venue. Via a network, a bidding sub-system is deployed for providing information related to a venue to a subscriber and receiving a bid from the subscriber to book the venue for a future event. Information related to a received bid is posted via electronic means and provided to a venue representative who represents the venue and desires to receive a bid via the network for booking the venue. Through a venue representative control sub-system, the venue representative is able to select a bid to book the venue for a future event hosted by a subscriber who placed the selected bid via the bidding mechanism.12-31-2009
20120221364FEE ALLOCATOR SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system is provided for automatically billing a designated account for fees associated with the costs of tickets and other similar services. Passenger Record Number data and similar data is provided through a Computerized Reservation System and an accounting system to a Fee Allocator program which automatically interprets the data, determines appropriate fees based on the data and a user profile, and bills the fees to an appropriate account based on the user profile. Billing data provided to the account also facilitates the process of reconciling the fees to the travel ticket costs. Enhanced descriptive billing statements can be created simplifying the process of reconciling fees to the travel ticket costs.08-30-2012
20120259667RESERVATION METHOD AND SYSTEM WITH IMPROVED PNR HANDLING - The method and system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention allows storing and proposing a list of saved quotes, referred to as “Offers”, together with the PNR. These Offers once created can be communicated to the passenger, so he could access them and make his choice in a cross-channel, interactive dialog with the proposing agent. Standard PNR have been enhanced to accommodate quotations/offers on top of firm bookings. As well as making the search efforts of the user persistent and re-usable, the inclusion of quotation in the PNR makes them accessible via all the distribution channels and gives to this invention a full cross-channel dimension. This new functionality represents as well a huge enhancement in the Travel Agent work flow, since the saving of all the pre-booking activity is now automated and traceable, by the agent himself (for follow-up and confirmation purpose) and eligible for sending to commonly used Mid-Office and reporting systems.10-11-2012
20120259669SYSTEM AND METHOD OF GENERATING INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MAPPING INTEGRATION OF TRAVEL PLANS - A system and process for the selection, distribution, and display of travel information. Flight or other travel data is disseminated from an administrative “back end” system to a mobile personal computing device. Flights and ancillary services such as car rentals and hotel rooms may be booked directly from said mobile computing device. The system and process allows flight data to be selected based upon destination, flight origin, airline, and flight path. An interactive map allows users to quickly and easily plan routes or alter travel plans on the go.10-11-2012
20120265561ONLINE MARKETPLACE METHODS FACILITATING LOCAL COMMERCE - A method for online electronic commerce including defining, by a processing unit executing logic, vendor parameters for each at least one of goods and services offered by each vendor, receiving consumer search queries, comparing, with the processing unit executing logic, the vendor parameters with the consumer search queries, and displaying to the consumers for purchase consideration the vendor parameters compatible with the consumer search queries. In some examples, the vendor parameters include a vendor defined product category, a product description, and one or more of local pickup parameters and local delivery parameters. In some examples, the consumer search queries include a consumer desired product category and one or more of local pickup preferences and local delivery preferences.10-18-2012
20100312586Generation of Travel-Related Offerings - The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a computer-implemented process for providing a travel-related offer for a travel passenger that includes receiving a request for a travel reservation system to initiate a travel reservation for a passenger. The travel reservation system may include passenger name records (PNRs) that each correspond to a passenger and may store reservation information for the passenger. The process may also include transmitting a passenger identifier to a customer feedback module, which may include customer profiles with data related to passengers' satisfaction with past service. The customer feedback module may be used to identify a customer profile associated with the passenger identifier and generate a travel-related offer based on the data related to the passenger's satisfaction with the past service provided to the passenger. The travel-related offer may be presented via an interface.12-09-2010
20130173316Mobile Ticket Application - A method of providing virtual tickets on a mobile communications device running a customized app. The app connects to a central server via a wireless network to purchase a transportation ticket that is valid for travel on a selected route for a selected period of time. The ticket is paid for by an electronic payment. An encrypted copy of the ticket is stored on the mobile device. When used, the app checks if the terms and conditions of the ticket are being complied with before being displayed. If the ticket is compliant, a copy of it is displayed on the mobile devices screen along with a corporate identifier, the selected route and a unique identification string. If the ticket is not compliant, the display is overlaid with a red cross or some other indicator of invalidity.07-04-2013
20080300927System and method for automatically generating an airplane boarding pass for a traveler returning a rental car - The invention provides a system and method for integrating rental vehicle return with airline boarding pass generation. The system includes a rental identification tag located on a rental vehicle and a tag reader located at a rental vehicle return facility for reading and identifying the rental vehicle identification tag when the rental vehicle enters a range of the tag reader. The system additionally includes a database containing information linking a traveler to the rental identification tag and to airline reservation information of the traveler and a computing system communicating with the database and the tag reader to locate the airline reservation information of the traveler based on the identification provided by the tag reader. The system also includes a boarding pass generator for generating a boarding pass based on the airline reservation information upon receiving an instruction from the computing system.12-04-2008
20080300926Method and system for allowing user check-in - A method for changing the state of a pre-booked ticket from a first booked-state to a second check-in state, wherein the method includes a mobile device communicating through an IM communication system with a check-in desk service. The mobile device also comprises an identification instrument for a user, said check-in desk service having access to the pre-booked ticket. The method comprises the steps of connecting the mobile device to an appropriate network in order to communicate with the check-in desk, sending the identification instrument through the IM communication system to the check-in desk in order to access to the pre-booked ticket, requesting to change the pre-booked ticket state from booked to check-in and receiving an electronic boarding pass on the mobile device to access to a boarding gate.12-04-2008
20080300925Computer implemented method for managing electronic ticket requests - A ticketing management system and computer implemented method for managing ticket requests is provided including a request management system, configured to receive ticket requests and allocate tickets to purchasers, a back-end office ticketing system, configured to record ticket requests and a fulfillment center configured to receive the ticket requests from the back-end office ticketing system and deliver the tickets to the purchasers. The request management system includes a shopping module. The shopping module is configured to receive at least one primary request for an event and storing the primary request, receive at least one alternate request for an event and storing the alternative request and allocate events to a user based on the primary request and alternative request selections.12-04-2008
20120265563SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMOBILE COLLISION REPAIR - The claimed invention relates to new and improved means for coordinating automobile collision and mechanical repair services. The claimed invention is also adaptable for use with restoration and aftermarket installation services. More specifically, the claimed invention relates to use of a secure website to offer an exclusive, comprehensive and convenient concierge style auto repair solution for modern lifestyle type customers.10-18-2012
20120265564SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ASYNCHRONOUSLY SELLING EVENT TICKETS - Systems and methods for a group of people to purchase tickets are described. The group of people does not necessarily have to purchase such tickets at the same time, yet are able to sit together at the event as a group.10-18-2012
20110004497System and Method for Offering, Tracking and Promoting Loyalty Rewards - Data to define a travel rewards promotion is received over a network. The travel rewards promotion comprises traveler eligibility criteria and travel rewards criteria. At least one traveler is selected where the travel itinerary of the respective traveler matches traveler eligibility criteria for the promotion. The traveler is notified that he or she is eligible for the travel rewards promotion, the notification comprising a representation of the travel rewards criteria. A travel rewards promotion total is then compiled for the traveler and the traveler is notified of his or her respective promotion rewards total. In one embodiment, the traveler's current context is determined and matched to promotion alert criteria. The traveler is then altered, over the network, that a travel rewards promotion is available to the respective traveler in the respective traveler's current context, the alert comprising a representation of the travel rewards criteria.01-06-2011
20110004496System and method for arranging a meeting time for a commuter with a transit system - A system and method for arranging a meeting time for a commuter with a transit system is disclosed. The method includes communicating the commuter's travel path, advance notification time, and contact information to the transit system. The commuter is informed via the commuter's contact information of an estimated arrival time for a transit vehicle in the transit system at a selected stop on the commuter's travel path. This enables the commuter to arrive at the selected stop based on the estimated arrival time. A transit vehicle driver is notified when the commuter has arrived at the transit vehicle on the commuter's travel path. The transit driver can then proceed with the commuter on the transit vehicle.01-06-2011
20120265562De-synchronization monitoring system and method - A method and a system are provided to analyze passenger name records (PNRs) stored in a PNR database (DB). The method includes automatically analyzing each action performed on a PNR stored in the PNR DB. When an action results in an occurrence of a de-synchronization event between the PNR and a corresponding electronic ticket, the method further includes automatically changing a status in the PNR from Established to Orphan. If a final status of the PNR is determined to be Orphan, the method sets a flag in the PNR to enable at least the display of information to an agent, where the displayed information is based on data included in the PNR and is displayed automatically to an agent, and at least indicates the occurrence of the de-synchronization event and a reason for the occurrence of the de-synchronization event.10-18-2012
20120265565SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING SEAT RESERVATIONS - This invention relates to an electronic means by which people can select the exact seat or seats they want for any type of event or reserve an appointment for any activity. More specifically, a customer or a ticket re-seller or a venue operator can go, for example, to the internet and select the event or activity for which he wants a ticket or tickets or reserve a time and reserve and order the exact seat or seats or the time of his choosing directly online. The seat or seats or reserved time he selects is then removed from the inventory for that activity or event and made not available for any other buyer and such is so indicated by a graphical representation or other such indicator on the online map or picture representing availability of seating or time for that event.10-18-2012
20110046989SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROTECTING PRICES - A method and system for protecting prices is provided. The price protection system increases consumer confidence when making purchases by reducing the risk associated with fluctuating prices. The price protection system receives a purchase specification from a consumer. Next, the price protection system determines the risk that the prices of items matching the purchase specification will change and reports a protected price to the consumer that represents the price that the price protection system will protect based on the determined risk for a protection period. Finally, the price protection system receives a request from the consumer to purchase protection of the protected price.02-24-2011
20110046988AUTOMATED TAXI DISPATCHING SYSTEM USING TELEPHONE NETWORKS - A vehicle for hire request system and method are provided and operate via a telephone network. A plurality of independent vehicle hire entities (A,B,C,D,E) participates and each has its own plurality of vehicles for hire. A unique telephone number is provided for use by an intending hirer so that when called a request for a vehicle for hire can be processed through a trigger component (02-24-2011
20120323614WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AND MANAGING CLIENT INTERFACE FOR AREA-SPECIFIC PROCESS - A method enables a communication between a process client and a wireless process server to carry out an area-specific process in an area. The method includes a step of transmitting it message from a wireless process server to a wireless communication device operated by the process client. The message includes information related to the area-specific process for enabling the process-client to better arrange time before the area-specific process is scheduled to carry out in the area. In a specific embodiment, the wireless communication server sends a message to notify the process client about a location and an estimate time for the process client to carry out the area-specific process. In another preferred embodiment, the communication system enables the process client to employ a wireless communication device owned by the process client.12-20-2012
20120323612METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR COMPUTER AIDED EVENT AND VENUE SETUP AND MODELING AND INTERACTIVE MAPS - Described are systems and methods for designing certain aspects of an event venue and for communicating information regarding the event and the event venue to others. Certain embodiments provide a dynamic seat map via which an operator can assign certain characteristics to specific seats and/or seating sections. Certain embodiments generate interactive maps for users, via which information from a plurality of sources may be integrated and visually displayed. The user may specify certain criteria, and the interactive map may identify to the user seats and/or sections that match such criteria. Certain embodiments provide an interactive seat map via which users can select seats and share information.12-20-2012
20120323613SPORTS AND CONCERT EVENT TICKET PRICING AND VISUALIZATION SYSTEM - A system and method for displaying seat inventory at a venue and facilitating planning of ticket prices for events at the venue is presented. Methods to predict total revenue for an event are described. Also presented are systems and methods for determining at what price and when to release so-called ‘flex’ price tickets during an on-sale using the sales velocity and sales/inquiry ratios. Determining demand of seats from secondary markets is also described with methods to use the demand for either repricing the seats in the primary market or presenting ‘best value’ seats to a prospective purchaser.12-20-2012
20120271668Open Date Ticketing Method and System - A system and method is disclosed for selling open date ticket packages to selected events of a season of sporting or other events. A package of tickets is purchased in advance of the season with a predetermined number of open date tickets for a selected section or sections of the stadium. The tickets in the package are not date specific and not limited as to how many tickets of the package can be redeemed for attendance at a single event. During a window before each eligible event of the season, open date ticket holders may redeem tickets online for the upcoming event. One or all of the tickets of the package, or any number in between, can be redeemed for any specific event. Each redeemed ticket is assigned a seat and provided with the right to attend the event for which the open date ticket was redeemed.10-25-2012
20090319304EVENT SCHEDULING METHOD AND SYSTEM - A computer implemented method, apparatus and program product automatically schedule events by generating templates of participant pairings based on scheduling stipulations, preferences or other constraints. The generated templates do not typically include any time or location information, which is later combined with the template to form the schedule. Constraints used to generate the template pairings may include secondary match-ups, or pairings, that do not meet a primary preference of a participant. Other constraints may include weighted time slot designators, repeat pairings, crossover games between different leagues, as well as meeting times. The template feature enables constraints to be satisfied before the parings are associated with times.12-24-2009
20100145742Event management system with manifest synchronizing feature - A system for organizing flight information for passengers attending an event is disclosed. The system includes a memory, a computer display, a synchronization component that maps passenger information from a user format into an application specific format and stores mapped passenger information, and a flight validation component that validates flight information in stored passenger information. The synchronization component scans passenger information in a user format, identifies headers specifying required information, and assign headers to required information that does not have a header. Also disclosed is a computerized method for organizing flight information for passengers attending an event.06-10-2010
20110238454Entertainment Event Ticket Purchase and Exchange System - An electronic ticket exchange system has a market-making system by which patrons submit bids over a limited time period for seats of different quality. A trading system provides for a secondary market in which patrons who have purchased tickets for an event can sell them to other patrons. All of the rights associated with a ticket, such as entry into the venue, are stored in electronic form. An electronic venue entry control system verifies that a person owns an electronic ticket property right, and authorizes the privileges associated with the ticket, such as entry to the venue. A seating system is employed to determine an optimal seating configuration based upon patron-specific preferences, after the initial sale of tickets and prior to entry into the venue.09-29-2011
20100198627SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING BIBLE BASED TRAVEL - A system, method and device is provided for enabling Biblical based travel planning, comprising a web portal engine, a Biblical travel server, a Biblical database, a travel database, and a communications network, wherein the Biblical database includes data relating to Biblical sources.08-05-2010
20120278113SYSTEM AND RELATED METHOD FOR EVENT RESERVATION - A computer-based reservation system and method is provided, for event reservation such as bottle service at nightclubs. The system is configured to present to a user via digital communications with a client device, a listing of nightclubs in response to a reservation search received from the user. The reservation search can include location and date. The system provides the listing to include nightclubs within the requested location having availability on the requested date and pricing for bottle service. The system enables the user to select a nightclub from the list to secure a reservation. The system further configured to secure a bottle-service reservation for the user at a selected nightclub based upon terms to include date, price, and a bottle minimum, agreed upon by the user and the selected nightclub, in which reservation details are transmitted to the user and the selected nightclub via digital communications.11-01-2012
20120089426Techniques for automated profile-based transaction processing - Techniques for automated profile-based transaction processing are provided. A customer uses a cloud-based service to establish one or more transaction profiles. When that customer subsequently accesses a self-service device to perform a transaction, the cloud-based service is automatically contacted and the transaction is automatically completed on behalf of the customer at the self-service device using a particular one of the customer's transaction profiles.04-12-2012
20120089425Trip monitoring and inferential location based services - Techniques for trip monitoring and inferential location based services are provided. Itineraries for trips of a customer are monitored. As transactions complete in the itineraries, inferences are made to infer the geographical locations for the customer. The inferred geographical locations are used along with preferences for the customer to deliver customized content to the customer and to perform one or more automated actions on behalf of the customer associated with next transactions of the itineraries.04-12-2012
20120089424TRAVEL INFORMATION SYSTEM - An electronic travel booking system is disclosed, wherein the booking system is configured to display locations of interest on an electronic map. An input analysis module 04-12-2012
20120330694REVENUE INTEGRITY MANAGER - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for monitoring booking data are disclosed. In one aspect, a method includes retrieving booking data from a computer-readable storage device and processing the data using an analyzer of a plurality of analyzers to generate at least one score. In addition, the method includes comparing a value of the at least one score to a threshold value, determining that the value exceeds the threshold value. The method further includes generating an event in response to determining that the value exceeds the threshold value, the event indicating a presence of one or more criteria that generated the data, and transmitting the event to a computing device to be displayed to a user of the computing device.12-27-2012
20120095790Computer-Implemented System And Method For Managing On-Street Valet Parking - A computer-implemented system and method for providing basic valet parking through centrally-managed parking services is provided. Motor vehicle parking spaces are managed through a server. Smart parking devices physically proximate to the parking spaces are interfaced to the server. Vehicle occupancy sensors also physically proximate to the parking spaces are interfaced to the server. Parking availability indicators associated with the parking spaces are interfaced to the server. Use the parking spaces is reserved for a valet service. A reservation request for the parking spaces is accepted through the server for use by the valet service for a period of time. Occupancy of the reserved parking spaces by a motor vehicle through the nearest vehicle occupancy sensor is sensed during the time period. Availability of each parking space is indicated through the nearest parking availability indicator throughout the time period based upon the current time and use by the valet service.04-19-2012
20120330697METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR VALIDATING REAL TIME NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS - Methods and systems for managing network communications are described. An example resource management system includes a communications manager configured to access information regarding communication protocols used by corresponding broker systems and to provide message translations based on an origin and/or destination of the message to be transmitted. A message processor is coupled to the communications manager and is configured to serialize incoming and/or outgoing broker messages and to facilitate queuing of incoming and outgoing message traffic with broker systems. A communications configurer is configured to track one or more communication attributes of broker systems and changes thereto to ensure communications between the resource management systems are broker systems are conducted in accordance with the communication attributes of the broker systems. A communications rules provider is configured to determine which broker system is to be communicated with in order to fulfill a resource request.12-27-2012
20120330696Car Sharing - Among other things, through an online site, owners of assets and borrowers of assets can arrange sharing transactions with respect to the assets. Online confirmation is provided to the owners and the borrowers that the arranged sharing transactions have been covered by insurance. Completion of the arranged sharing transactions is managed using information from electronic devices associated with the assets.12-27-2012
20120330695Apparatus, System and Method for Purchasing a Product - A system. The system includes a computing device which includes a processor and a ticket module communicably connected to the processor. The ticket module is configured to transmit information regarding a purchased product to a mobile computing device communicably connected to the system. The information includes at least one authentication feature which allows an electronic representation of the purchased product to be authenticated based solely on a visual inspection of the electronic representation. The information also includes control data for controlling the generation of the electronic representation of the purchased product.12-27-2012
20120330693METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A PRE-SHOPPING RESERVATION SYSTEM WITH INCREASED SEARCH EFFICIENCY - The method according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention provides a pre-shopping reservation tool which allows storing entire catalogues of air travels from many providers, while ensuring a high cache accuracy at limited operational costs. The system makes use of the fares knowledge to merge identical travel recommendations coming from different travel providers (airline, travel agencies) when possible, i.e. when fares are public and not negotiated for a specific travel provider. This prevents redundant prices to be stored in the system and improves its cost effectiveness. The system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention relies on several dedicated data analysis engines to optimize the cost of data pre-computations while at the same time maintaining good data accuracy.12-27-2012
20110320227SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR MAPPING PRICE AND LOCATION OF TICKETS IN AN EVENT VENUE - A system and methods for mapping price and location of tickets in an event venue are described. An interactive event venue seat map is provided by a network-based system that implements an online marketplace for tickets for upcoming events. The interactive event venue seat map enables sellers to view pricing information and transaction information for both sold and current event listings for any section or zone in an event venue. The interactive event venue seat map allows sellers to browse and click on sections to see sold and listed data for any section and zone in the event venue and to compare a proposed sale price to available pricing information of sold and current event listings in comparable sections. Other embodiments are described and claimed.12-29-2011
20120101859ONLINE RESERVATION SOFTWARE - An online reservation system, characterized by a transient reservation status of “pending” having an associated time limit. An inquiry on a specific one of the resources via the user interface triggers the pending status for the specific one of the resources and blocks other users from reserving the specific one of the resources for the associated time limit. The reservation status of the specific one of the resources is updated to “reserved” if payment is effected within the associated time limit. The reservation status of the specific one of the resources is updated to “unreserved” if payment is not effected within the associated time limit.04-26-2012
20120101858METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TARGETING MESSAGES TO TRAVELERS - A computer-implemented system and method for targeting messages to a traveler, comprising processing information associated with: receiving a request from a device of the traveler for itinerary information; utilizing geographic information, comprising itinerary information, to determine where the traveler is currently and/or is projected to be during a given time period; categorizing the geographic information and traveler information about the traveler from a database of travel and expense activity into a category; matching the category for the geographical information and/or traveler information about the traveler against a category for available targeted messages to determine if there are any matches; and transmitting targeted messages that have a category that matches a category for the geographical information and/or traveler information to the device of the traveler; wherein traveler information from the database of travel and expense activity is utilized to help determine what products and/or services travelers purchase when they travel.04-26-2012
20120290337METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SHARING DEMAND-RESPONSE DATA - A system and method for sharing demand-response data is provided. The system includes a communications interface and storage. The communications interface enables communication with transit operator systems of transit operators. The storage stores customer profiles from the transit operators for customers thereof, the customer profiles including customer data. Computer-executable instructions are executed by at least one processor of the computer system for synchronizing said customer profiles with said transit operator systems11-15-2012
20120290336SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING EVENT-RELATED INCENTIVES - Systems, methods, and devices for providing event-related incentives are provided. For example, a device for managing an electronic event ticket may include a processor configured to run an electronic ticket management application, a memory device configured to store data associated with the electronic ticket management application, an electronic display configured to display at least a portion of the data associated with the electronic ticket management application, and an input/output interface configured to receive an electronic ticket and the data associated with the electronic ticket for management by the electronic ticket management application. The electronic ticket management application may be configured to enable the electronic device to gain entry to an event and to obtain at least one other event-related benefit after the electronic ticket is received by the input/output interface.11-15-2012
20120290341Method and Apparatus for Customer Direct On-Line Reservation of Rental Vehicles Including Deep-Linking - A method and apparatus are disclosed for expediting how rental vehicle reservations can be booked by employing deep-link uniform resource locators (URLs) that encode aspects of a rental vehicle reservation transaction to relieve users of a need to enter reservation data themselves when booking a rental vehicle reservation.11-15-2012
20120290339COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RESOURCE ALLOCATION - Systems and methods are described for processing queue data and for providing queue messaging over a network. An illustrative queuing system includes a first queue configured to hold resource requests from a plurality of users, and program code stored in computer readable memory configured to determine or estimate whether a resource requested by a first resource request submitted by a first requester will be available when the first resource request will be serviced, and to transmit a message over a network to the first requester indicating that the requested resource will not be available when the queued request is serviced if it is estimated or determined that the requested resource will not be available when the first request is serviced.11-15-2012
20120290338System and Method for Electronic Reservations, Booking, and Payments - The present invention is a system and method for electronic reservations providing the ability to send and confirm bookings directly into a point of sale (POS) terminal. The POS can be either or both internal or external to the system. Additionally, Affiliate programs are included in the system. The system allows both advertising and booking managers to control the advertising and booking of time specific opportunities and services and the user to pay for the services provided by the system. The system also handles the distribution of payments and benefits to the Affiliates, Service Providers and Customers.11-15-2012
20130024223SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGEMENT OF ELECTRONIC WALLET DATABASES - A system and method for management of electronic wallet databases is provided. In one embodiment portable electronic devices are deployed having a universal wallet application and a wallet data file associated with the application. The wallet data file is configured to maintain a plurality of different types of wallet artifacts in the form of data records. Dynamic content in association with each data record can be generated as each data record is accessed.01-24-2013
20120290340METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR FACILITATING CONCURRENT PURCHASE OF ANY COMBINATION OF TICKETS, CONCESSIONS AND MERCHANDIZE FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTING EVENTS LEVERAGING WEB, MOBILE DEVICES AND SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS - The preferred embodiment of the present invention is directed to a method, system and apparatus to automate the sale and purchase of entertainment tickets along with concessions and/or merchandize, individually or as a package, in the electronic media comprising web, mobile apps and social media channels.11-15-2012
20100211419Systems and Methods to Present Travel Options - Systems and methods to present travel options in response to a search request. In one aspect, after a computer system receives a search request from a user, the computer system determines a plurality of travel options in response to the search request. The computer system then presents the travel options using a chart having a dimension graphically representing travel times of the travel options, such as in a Gantt chart with a graphical timescale, which may have a representation of an analog clock.08-19-2010
20100211418BAGGAGE TAGGING SYSTEM AND METHOD HAVING DATA FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES - A baggage tagging system in which a tag used for air travel includes—in addition to data about the air travel—data and information for travel using another mode of transportation, such as, a boat, train, or bus, or a destination other than an airport destination. Information for both the air travel and the second transportation mode are contained on a single baggage tag. Multiple tags are, therefore, not needed.08-19-2010
20100198625 METHOD OF DELIVERING AT LEAST ONE PHARMACEUTICAL TO A CLIENT - A method of delivering at least one pharmaceutical to a client, the method comprising the steps of providing a travel itinerary of the client to an order management system, the itinerary including at least one destination; providing a prescription for the at least one pharmaceutical to the order management system; the order management system matching the travel itinerary and the prescription together and then issuing at least one order to at least one pharmaceutical supplier for delivery of the pharmaceutical to the destination before the arrival of the client for collection by the client.08-05-2010
20130013350OFFER BASED RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS - A system for offer based restaurant reservations comprises a processor and a memory. The processor is configured to: receive a request for a reservation including a set of attributes such as a date or date range, a time range, a location, a cuisine, and a party size; determine a set of available reservations based on an actual table availability for the date, time, and the party size; determine one or more offers based on the date, time, and the party size; determine an overlapping subset between the set of available reservations and the one or more offers; and provide an indication of the overlapping subset. The memory is coupled to the processor and is configured to provide the processor with instructions.01-10-2013
20130013355SECURE NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION (NFC) TRANSACTIONS WITH AUTHENTICATION - A method for transmitting data between a mobile communication device and a server. The method includes running a mobile application on the mobile communication device. The mobile application is hosted on the mobile communication device through the server as a Software as a Service (SaaS). The method further includes transmitting data associated with the mobile application between the mobile communication device and the server, in which transmission of the data between the mobile communication device and the server is monitored through the server.01-10-2013
20130013354SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING SEAT RESERVATIONS - This invention relates to an electronic means by which people can select the exact seat or seats they want for any type of event or reserve an appointment for any activity. More specifically, a customer or a ticket re-seller or a venue operator can go, for example, to the internet and select the event or activity for which he wants a ticket or tickets or reserve a time and reserve and order the exact seat or seats or the time of his choosing directly online. The seat or seats or reserved time he selects is then removed from the inventory for that activity or event and made not available for any other buyer and such is so indicated by a graphical representation or other such indicator on the online map or picture representing availability of seating or time for that event.01-10-2013
20130013353PEER TO PEER TRANSFER BETWEEN TWO MOBILE DEVICES WITH EMBEDDED NFC - A method for configuring a mobile communication device to perform transactions using a second communication channel that is different from a first communication channel through which the mobile communication device sends voice data. The method includes attaching a secure element to the mobile communication device. The secure element includes a memory storing an application, a processor configured to execute the application stored in the memory; and a wireless transceiver configured to send transaction data associated with the executed application through the second communication channel to a terminal that is remote from the mobile communication device.01-10-2013
20130013352CONDUCTING AN NFC TRANSACTION WITH A MOBILE DEVICE - A method for configuring a mobile communication device to perform transactions using a second communication channel that is different from a first communication channel through which the mobile communication device sends voice data. The method includes attaching a secure element to the mobile communication device. The secure element includes a memory storing an application, a processor configured to execute the application stored in the memory; and a wireless transceiver configured to send transaction data associated with the executed application through the second communication channel to a terminal that is remote from the mobile communication device.01-10-2013
20130013351INVENTORY SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR - An inventory control system is disclosed. The system comprises: an inventory server for storing inventory parameters defining one or more products; an availability server arranged to receive an availability request for a product; broadcasting means for broadcasting updated inventory parameters from the inventory server to the availability server; wherein the availability server determines the availability of the requested product by comparing one or more product parameters to one or more inventory parameters in response to the availability server receiving an availability request.01-10-2013
20130013349METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTING TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES - A method and apparatus for selecting travel related services. The method includes the step of determining a plurality of travel related services that a consumer of such services can select for their own use. Each service has a start and end date. The services are stored in a database from which they are published to consumers. Consumers may then select the services of interest to them. Should a consumer not be able to use the selected service within its start and end date, the consumer may make the service available to other consumers for selection. An associated apparatus is provided to implement the process.01-10-2013
20130018681System and Method for Boarding Passengers Based on Bids - Systems and methods for boarding passengers on flights or other transportation according to bids received from the passengers are provided. Passengers seeking to fly standby on an undersold flight can submit a bid representing the amount the passengers are willing to pay to board the flight. The airline can determine the number of seats available on the flight, and board the highest bidding passengers until the flight is full. Similarly, passengers willing to be bumped from an oversold flight can submit a bid representing the incentive the passengers are willing to accept to be bumped from the flight. The airline can determine the number of passengers that must be bumped from the flight, and bump the lowest bidding passengers (i.e., those willing to accept the least costly incentive) until a sufficient number of passengers have been bumped from the flight.01-17-2013
20130018680Method and System for Providing and Administering Online Rental Vehicle Reservation Booking Services - A system and method is disclosed herein for customizing pages of a rental vehicle reservation booking website with deep-links for specialized rental vehicle reservations. The specialized rental vehicle reservations may comprise reservations for a division of a customer entity and/or promotional offer reservations. Multi-division and multi-offer pages can also be defined for the website through an administrative tool.01-17-2013
201300186793D version of self-changing a hotel, motel, resort room , a theater, stadium or an arena seat & business solution for their businesses - A revolutionary self-choosing a hotel, motel, resort room, a theater, stadium, or an arena seat online and business solution for their businesses are invented. The customer can check any available rooms on different floors in a hotel, motel or resort and the seats in a theater, stadium or an arena. A hotel, motel, resort, theater, stadium and arena can be any one in a city or out of a city. The e-commerce web application contains two modules. One is for the customer. The other is for the business' internal use. Both of them will be developed by computer language either .net, java or other named language. The web application will be carefully integrated with the current businesses' system. .Net or java or other named language is computer development language. They contain logic rules, packages, procedures, and triggers along with other development tools. The consumer and the hotel, motel, resort, entertainment and sports businesses will take different steps before they can reach the desired results. The results can be a room is reserved, a ticket is bough or the backbone management tasks are taken etc.01-17-2013
20110161121Method, System, and Article for Management of Travel - A method, system, and article for management of travel and travel related matters. Both a source and a designation are selected, together with the associated departure and arrival information and the mode of transportation. A geographic region affected by a health related event is identified, and then employed to determine if a craft in support of the selected travel has been or is intended to be in the identified region. Exposure to the identified health related event may be mitigated by supporting an amendment to the mode of transportation.06-30-2011
20130024221TRANSACTIONS USING AN NFC TERMINAL - A method for configuring a mobile communication device to perform transactions using a second communication channel that is different from a first communication channel through which the mobile communication device sends voice data. The method includes attaching a secure element to the mobile communication device. The secure element includes a memory storing an application, a processor configured to execute the application stored in the memory; and a wireless transceiver configured to send transaction data associated with the executed application through the second communication channel to a terminal that is remote from the mobile communication device.01-24-2013
20130024220DATA TRANSFER FROM A NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION TERMINAL TO A REMOTE SERVER - A method for configuring a mobile communication device to perform transactions using a second communication channel that is different from a first communication channel through which the mobile communication device sends voice data. The method includes attaching a secure element to the mobile communication device. The secure element includes a memory storing an application, a processor configured to execute the application stored in the memory; and a wireless transceiver configured to send transaction data associated with the executed application through the second communication channel to a terminal that is remote from the mobile communication device.01-24-2013
20130024219METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ZONED ADMISSION TO PERFORMANCE EVENTS - A method and a device are disclosed including a software or physical admission certificate configured to allow admission of a spectator to a special admission zone with a view to a performance stage for a predefined duration of time. The special admission zone is usable by multiple spectators in multiple successive time periods during the same performance. In various embodiments, the special admission zone is created by partitioning a general admission zone adjacent to the performance stage. In other embodiments, the special admission zone may be constructed as a “catwalk” around the stage to provide elevated viewing. In still other embodiments, the special admission zone may be formed near indoor or outdoor stages. In various embodiments, the admission certificate may be embodied in a computing device such as a smartphone, while in other embodiments the admission certificate may be in the form of a RFID equipped wristband.01-24-2013
20130024218APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXPEDITED EVENT ACCESS - A computer implemented method and apparatus of the present invention relates to the creation of a tangible result in the form of a priority access ticket with identifiable information for providing priority access to artistic performances, concerts, sporting or other cultural events at stadiums or other venues. The method may comprise receiving a request for priority access to a venue for a customer, collecting customer information required to provide priority access to the venue responsive to receipt of the request, verifying availability of priority access for the customer based on the collected customer information, receiving payment for the requested priority access, and providing a visually perceptible priority access ticket responsive to the verification of availability of priority access.01-24-2013
20130024217System and Method for Improving Dynamic Availability Computation - A system to determine an availability of a travel solution includes an interface to receive a request from a travel provider that can provide a travel solution fulfilling the request, the request including an origin, a destination, a date and a time. The system further includes at least one data processor configured with at least one non-transitory memory storing computer program code. Execution of the computer program code causes the at least one data processor to query a first database to determine at least one competing travel provider that that can provide another travel solution fulfilling the request, to query a second database to determine a lowest available fare charged by the identified at least one competing travel provider, and to query a third database to obtain an adjustment factor for use in computing an adjusted yield value for the travel solution of the travel provider01-24-2013
20130024216APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXPEDITED EVENT ACCESS - A computer implemented method and apparatus of the present invention relates to the creation of a tangible result in the form of a priority access ticket with identifiable information for providing priority access to artistic performances, concerts, sporting or other cultural events at stadiums or other venues. The method may comprise receiving a request for priority access to a venue for a customer, collecting customer information required to provide priority access to the venue responsive to receipt of the request, verifying availability of priority access for the customer based on the collected customer information, receiving payment for the requested priority access, and providing a visually perceptible priority access ticket responsive to the verification of availability of priority access.01-24-2013
20130024222SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC LOCKS - A reservation system for managing access to access controlled locations by issuing an access code that is valid at a particular lock for a particular time. The reservation system includes a standalone lock that has a processor, clock and memory. The processor of the lock checks an access code entered at a given time against the access codes stored in the memory to determine if they are valid for the given time provided by the clock. The reservation system also include a management module that receives a booking and issues an access code. A user interface is provided for a user to interact with the functions of the management module. The invention also includes a method of booking an access controlled location, a method of monitoring an access controlled location, an a standalone lock for an access controlled location.01-24-2013
20090125341Coordinating and managing the rental of parking spaces - An internet-based parking space reservation and transaction method is provided that includes an internet platform having a server to provide a computer program to operate a virtual marketplace for parking transactions. At least one parking space lessor contacts the virtual marketplace to place a parking space in an available state and information including a money account, a space location, available time, and cost. At least one parking space lessee contacts the virtual marketplace to reserve the parking space and information including a money account, desired location, and beginning and ending lease time. A parking space availability list is provided to the lessee, having location and pricing. A lease agreement and fee exchange occurs when the lessee selects a desired the space. A fee to a money account of the marketplace is provided, where the lessor apportions a predetermined amount of the associated fee to the virtual marketplace money account.05-14-2009
20130173314SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A MARKETPLACE FOR SPACE RENTAL - Systems and methods for providing a space rental marketplace are provided. In some embodiments, space providers list spaces available for rent with a space management system. Each space may be associated with one or more activities to be performed during the rental. Each type of activity may include pre-activity, during-activity, and/or post-activity services that may be scheduled through the space management system at the time of scheduling the rental. Space providers may add new types of activities to the space management system to be associated with their rental space. Recurring rentals may be scheduled. In some embodiments, the space management system automatically ensures that complex scheduling requirements, such as predetermined amounts of certain types of renters, may be fulfilled.07-04-2013
20130173318Method, Apparatus and System for Perpetual Cyber Value Add Discount Process - Method system, and apparatus for perpetual cyber value add discount process are provided. The method includes: A method for Perpetual Cyber Value Add Discount Process, comprising identifying a number of available tickets for a service provided by an organization which will be unused, selling the available tickets to a customer prior to the start of the service for which the ticket is bought, generating a sale confirmation number to the customer which allows the customer to access the service, and sending the sale confirmation number information to the customer and the organization providing the service.07-04-2013
20130173319SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR MAPPING PRICE AND LOCATION OF TICKETS IN AN EVENT VENUE - A system and methods for mapping price and location of tickets in an event venue are described. An interactive event venue seat map is provided by a network-based system that implements an online marketplace for tickets for upcoming events. The interactive event venue seat map enables sellers to view pricing information and transaction information for both sold and current event listings for any section or zone in an event venue. The interactive event venue seat map allows sellers to browse and click on sections to see sold and listed data for any section and zone in the event venue and to compare a proposed sale price to available pricing information of sold and current event listings in comparable sections. Other embodiments are described and claimed.07-04-2013
20080255890TICKETING SYSTEM - A ticketing system is disclosed and comprises a computing facility. The facility is operable to (i) receive an order, for goods and/or services of a provider, transmitted to the facility by a remote input device; (ii) ascertain if the goods and/or services ordered are available from the provider in sufficient quantities to permit the order to be filled; (iii) transmit to the remote input device, if goods and/or services availability has been ascertained to be insufficient to fill the order, a notification as to non-availability; and (iv) if goods and/or services availability has been ascertained to be sufficient to fill the order, satisfy the order.10-16-2008
20080255889System and method for ticket selection and transactions - A system and a method for selecting tickets on-line according to one or more parameters by the user. Optionally and preferably, the user is also able to purchase the tickets on-line as well. According to preferred embodiments of the present invention, the user may optionally and preferably search on-line for a ticket according to a plurality of parameters, including but not limited to, price, dates/times, exact show, type of show and/or type of seat. Optionally and preferably the user is able to view available tickets through the secondary market, preferably simultaneously with tickets in the primary market and more preferably while also viewing one or more discounts. More preferably, the original and current ticket prices of a ticket in the secondary market are indicated to the user. The user may also optionally and preferably view at least the available tickets on one or more seating charts and/or maps, which are more preferably interactive. The user may also optionally interact with a theater community.10-16-2008
20080249814Web Enabled Business to Business Computer System for Rental Car Services - 3 - An Internet enabled, business-to-business computerized transaction system is disclosed in its preferred embodiment for use in providing rental car services for high volume users and comprises an Internet web portal through which the high volume user may access an integrated business computer network for the rental vehicle service provider. The rental vehicle services provider computer network is configured to interconnect a geographically diverse plurality of branch offices, cataloguing their available rental vehicles and schedules for same as well as handling all transactional data relating to its business. The Internet web portal provides ubiquitous connectivity and portability for a multi-level business organization who regularly places high volumes of rental purchases with its business partner. Utilizing the method and apparatus of the present invention large volumes of rental transactions may be placed, monitored, altered during performance, and closed out with financial accounting and payment being made virtually without human intervention.10-09-2008
20080249813System and Method for Providing Consumer Rewards - An automated consumer rewards/incentive program that accepts a registration of a consumer. The registration entitles the consumer to receive the benefits of the incentive program. To track the fulfillment of reward earning criteria established by member businesses, the registration includes information indicative of a credit card of the consumer. The system uses the credit card information to determine when member customers perform a transaction at a member business. When a member customer performs a transaction at a member business using the registered credit card, the system and method examines the credit card transactional information to determine if the consumer fulfilled the requirements of the incentive program for the member business. If the transactional information indicates that the consumer fulfilled the criteria of the rewards program of the member business, the consumer is rewarded in accordance with the benefits of the incentive program.10-09-2008
20080235065Methods and Apparatus for Implementing a Flexible Multi-User Advance Reservation System Where Reservation Requests are Specified in Terms of Multiple Options and Where Each Option Has an Associated Business Value - The present invention concerns methods and apparatus for implementing a multi-user advance reservation system where reservations are specified in terms of flexible constraints, inflexible constraints and business values. The specification of reservations in this manner allows an entity managing the reservation system to arbitrate among reservations received from a user population with a view toward maximizing business value across the user population. In methods and apparatus of the present invention, penalties and rewards associated with various reservation outcomes can be specified in reservations to assist in business value maximization. In an example, a reservation having a low business value may be declined when there is a significant possibility that a reservation having a high business would be submitted during the pendency of service delivery to the user issuing the reservation with a low business value.09-25-2008
20080228533MULTI-TIERED FLEET MANAGEMENT CACHE - A method of providing reservation status relating to a group of objects includes providing a database for containing (i) availability data describing availability of at least one of the group of objects, and (ii) reservation data describing allocation of at least one of the group of objects. The availability data and the reservation data are stored in sparse form. The method further includes extracting, from the database, availability data and reservation data corresponding to a predetermined period of time, and combining the extracted availability data and reservation data to form windowed data in a dense format. The method also includes receiving the windowed data and providing the windowed data in a bit-vector view, and sampling the windowed data in the bit-vector view to produce sampled data. The sampled data provides the reservation status as a static view of the windowed data in the bit-vector view.09-18-2008
20080228532GUEST RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A method for implementing a guest profiling program that utilizes guest profiles, which are developed and expanded by information gathered from various sources and managed in a central Guest Relationship Management System (GRMS). The GRMS is a web-architected internet application. The primary interface between the GRMS and hotel systems is a connection to each hotel's property management system (PMS). The GRMS extracts data from PMSs. PMS data is updated to the central GRMS for processing. The core application logic includes capabilities to identify reservations with attributes and to match guest reservations extracted from each hotel's PMS with profiled guests. Both automated and user-initiated data manipulation processes utilize the central GRMS profiles and PMS data to generate outputs designed to increase the quality and timeliness of services and to assist marketing efforts. The web-based architecture of GRMS enables consistent data sharing and processing capabilities with a plurality of hotels.09-18-2008
20110246248SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING TRIP REQUESTS - A system and method for planning trips and for processing trip requests that utilizes a centralized network for facilitating travel reservations and/or services. The system includes multi-purpose point of service terminals that provide a plurality of modules for various travel related applications such as an integrated e-mail booking module, a computer telephony integration module, a super passenger name record database, a customer database, a trip planning module, a customer relationship management module, a workflow module, and a low fare search module.10-06-2011
20110246247Restaurant inventory management - A system for inventory management comprises a processor and a memory. The processor is configured to receive restaurant reservation information. The processor is further configured to determine a first list of combinations and permutations of possible reservations available for one or more time periods based at least in part on the restaurant table configuration information. The processor is further configured to determine a second list of combinations and permutations of possible reservations available for the one or more time periods, wherein the second list removes combinations and permutations that are not available due to a selection of a reservation from the list. The memory is coupled to the processor and configured to provide the processor with instructions.10-06-2011
20110246246Method and System for Managing Vehicle Travel - Methods and systems for facilitating efficient travel management are disclosed. Exemplary embodiments comprise a processor configured to make selections from among a plurality of vehicle travel modes based on a vehicle travel mode selection rule using, at least in part, received travel plan information. In a preferred embodiment, this selection can be based on any of a number of factors, including monetary costs and carbon emissions associated with different vehicle travel mode options.10-06-2011
20110264475SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ARBITRATING THE SELECTION AND RESERVING OF AIRLINE SEATS - This invention relates to an electronic means by which people can select the exact seat or seats they want for any type of event or reserve an appointment for any activity. More specifically, a customer or a ticket re-seller or a venue operator can go, for example, to the internet and select the event or activity for which he wants a ticket or tickets or reserve a time and reserve and order the exact seat or seats or the time of his choosing directly online. The seat or seats or reserved time he selects is then removed from the inventory for that activity or event and made not available for any other buyer and such is so indicated by a graphical representation or other such indicator on the online map or picture representing availability of seating or time for that event.10-27-2011
20130144664METHOD FOR SELLING TICKET BY AUCTION AND SYSTEM THEREOF - Provided are a system and a method for selling a ticket by auction. The system includes: a bidding price input unit which receives the number of tickets sold in the auction and bidding prices from accessed bidders; an auctioned rank calculator which calculates auctioned ranks estimated when the auction is ended, by using the bidding prices of the bidders and calculating an expected lowest successful bidding price which is a bidding price to be input by the bidder so that the bidder is a successful bidder, by using a total number of tickets sold; and an auctioned price calculator which calculates an auctioned price of each successful bidder of the auction when the auction is ended, wherein if the bidder bids at a price lower than the expected lowest successful bidding price, the bidding price input unit does not accept bidding of the bidder.06-06-2013
20130179199SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GRANTING ACCESS TO DIGITAL CONTENT USING ELECTRONIC TICKETS AND TICKET TOKENS - Systems and methods for granting access to digital content using electronic tickets and ticket tokens in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. One embodiment includes a processor, and memory configured to store an electronic ticket, and a ticket token. In addition, the processor is configured to authenticate a merchant server, receive a request for a ticket token for a specific piece of content from the merchant server, generate a ticket token that expires after a predetermined time period, associate the ticket token with an electronic ticket, send the ticket token to the merchant server for delivery to a user device, receive a request to access the identified piece of digital content from the user device, where the request includes the ticket token, send the electronic ticket and access information to the user device, and expire the ticket token.07-11-2013
20130179200METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISTRIBUTING EXCESS ENTERTAINMENT INVENTORY - A method and system for “papering the house”, i.e., distributing excess entertainment inventory, integrates with the new capabilities of social networking sites and mobile computing. First, a number of units of excess entertainment inventory are apportioned. A first user profile is generated and associated to a first user. A set of Tokens is then allocated to the first user. Next, a subset of Tokens allocated to the first user is selected as eligible to receive a portion of the excess inventory. Finally, records of the first user, the first user profile, the number of units of excess entertainment inventory, and the set of Tokens allocated to the first user are stored in a computer-readable medium.07-11-2013
20130179201SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO OPTIMIZE MEDIA PRESENTATIONS TO A SEATED AUDIENCE - A computing apparatus is configured to customize media presentation on a display device positioned in the vicinity of a plurality of seats positioned within an access-controlled seating area. The display device is configured to serve media content to users seated in the seats, based on an aggregated spending profile of the users in the seats. The users occupying the seats may be identified via the tickets purchased using account information of the users, via the users checking into the seating area using the account information of the users or the tickets purchased using the account information of the users, and/or via transactions of the users for purchases made by the users within the area or for in-seat purchases.07-11-2013
20130144660ELECTRONIC MAITRE D' - A device may receive reservation information from a user via a user device. The reservation information includes information identifying a user or a user device and information identifying one or more resources that include a first resource. The device may also select the first resource based on the reservation information, determine whether the user device will take less than a threshold time to arrive at a premises, and notify a device associated with a member at the premises when the device determines that the user device will take less than the threshold time to arrive at the premises. The member is to prepare the first resource.06-06-2013
20130173317EVENT BOOKING SYSTEM - A system and method alleviates a risk of booking an undersold event by facilitating an agreement between a performer and a venue operator, a performer and a promoter, or a venue operator and a promoter on tentative ticket reservations for consumers. If a threshold relating to the tentative ticket reservations is achieved, then the event is booked, each tentative ticket reservation is executed, and the consumer is charged. If the threshold is not achieved, the event is abandoned and each tentative ticket reservation is cancelled.07-04-2013
20080215384Negotiated Reservation for Vacation Rental Homes - System and method for reserving and booking vacation rental properties. The method may include receiving first user input from a first user to a website requesting reservation of a vacation rental property. The first user input may include contact information. The method may further include providing the first user input to a second user regarding the requested reservation of the vacation rental property. The contact information may be usable to contact the first user. The method may include receiving second user input specifying a reservation of the vacation rental property. The reservation may include reservation dates and a reservation price. The reservation may be provided to the first user, and payment information may be received for the reservation.09-04-2008
20080215381System and Method for Electronic Group Tour Reservation - A method and system for an electronic group tour reservation allows reservation of several components of a tour for an entire group. The method includes receiving hotel reservation request from a user. The method includes receiving activities information from the user. The method includes placing queries to the network of hotels for rates and availabilities. The method includes placing queries to a plurality of activities providers for rates and availabilities. The method includes receiving hotel rates and availabilities from the hotels. The method includes receiving activities availabilities and rates from the activities provider. The method includes presenting hotel rates and availabilities and activities rates and availabilities to the user.09-04-2008
20080215380Passenger Transportation System and Method for Obtaining Tickets in Such a System - A method for obtaining tickets for journeys in a passenger transportation system (VSY) which comprises stations (S09-04-2008
20130090956PROACTIVE DELIVERY OF RELATED TASKS FOR IDENTIFIED ENTITIES - A search engine database is utilized to identify “entities”, or things for which there exists associated discrete, objective information. For hosted information that is independently available, the entity detector independently accesses such information and identifies entities. For information that has defined potential entities, such as entertainment or lifestyle information such defined potential entities are provided to the entity detector to verify, with reference to the search engine database, whether they are entities. Once entities have been identified, a related task generator, with reference to the search engine database, identifies tasks that are related to the identified entities. Such tasks include informational tasks, economic tasks, time-sensitive and location-sensitive tasks. The identified entities and related tasks are provided to applications, with metadata quantifying confidence, relationship, importance, location and time sensitivity, and the like, thereby enabling those applications to proactively provide selects ones of that information to users.04-11-2013
20130090957WAITING LINE TRANSACTION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - An automated waiting line transaction management system that provides customers the option of queuing up and waiting in the standard venue line for goods and/or services or purchasing a pass to bypass the normal line. A merchant sets pass prices, and at the point of purchase, a time sensitive code is sent to the customer for use at the venue to gain priority access thereto.04-11-2013
20130090959RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT AND RESERVATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A system and method for offering and managing reservations for restaurant or other reservation-based services is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving reservation data regarding available reservations for restaurants, and receiving a search request and payment information from the user. A subset of the available reservations matching the search request is determined using the open reservation data. The method further includes receiving a request from a user to make a reservation corresponding to an available reservations matching the search request, storing data indicating that the requested reservation is assigned to the user, and receiving a change in status for the reservation during fulfillment of the reservation. The method also includes receiving data regarding items ordered during fulfillment of the reservation, and providing the data regarding items ordered during fulfillment of the reservation for display to the consumer on a mobile device during fulfillment of the reservation.04-11-2013
20130090958MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE INTERACTIVE APPLICATION METHOD AND MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE INTERACTIVE APPLICATION SYSTEM - The present invention provides a mobile electronic device interactive application method and a mobile electronic device interactive application system. The mobile electronic device interactive application method comprises: broadcasting at least an information on a display device; utilizing a mobile electronic device to generate at least a signal according to the at least an information, wherein the mobile electronic device at least has a telecommunication function or a wireless network function; and utilizing an interactive device to receive the at least a signal and to perform an interactive operation according to the at least a signal via a network. The mobile electronic device interactive application system comprises: a display device, a mobile electronic device, and an interactive device, wherein the interactive device comprises: a broadcasting module and an interactive module.04-11-2013
20130096963CHECK-IN SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS - A check-in system and method for lodging establishments which facilitates faster check-in. An example method includes creating a record of a reservation for a prospective guest including contact information associated with a mobile communication device of the prospective guest, determining from the record that the first night of the reservation is within a predetermined number of days, sending a message to the mobile communication device of the prospective guest using the contact information, the message including a check-in reminder and a hyperlink to a check-in web page, providing the check-in web page to the mobile communication device in response to selection of the hyperlink by the prospective guest, receiving check-in information entered into the check-in web page by the guest from the mobile communication device, and providing a confirmation web page including confirmation details of the reservation and a confirmation code containing reservation information.04-18-2013
20130096961System and Method for Electronic Ticket Exchange and Delivery - A system and method are described to electronically exchange seat tickets before or during an event in a way that eliminates the need to print or possess a paper ticket for a new seat while ensuring authenticity of the new electronic seat ticket. The system and method overcome current logistical constraints of upgrading a ticket during an event, and offers event attendees an option for exchanging their previously purchased ticket before or during an event.04-18-2013
20130096962SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANAGING PROMOTIONS OF DIFFERENT GOODS OR SERVICES AT LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS - A system and method of managing promotions of different goods or services at lodging establishments which is directed to reducing distressed inventories of a variety of different goods or services offered at the lodging establishments. An example method includes connecting to different property systems which manage sales of goods or services, obtaining reservation data and guest data from the different property systems, comparing the reservation data to predetermined thresholds to determine distressed inventories of the goods or services of the property systems, obtaining promotions directed to the distressed inventories, determining customers to receive the promotions of the distressed inventories, and sending the promotions to the customers.04-18-2013
20130096966PRESENTING POINT OF INTEREST INFORMATION USING A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - Systems and methods of using a mobile communication device to present information related to a point of interest. A method comprises receiving, at a mobile device, an input relating to a point of interest; receiving, at the mobile device, transmission of data regarding volume of business at the point of interest; and causing the mobile device to present information based on the volume of business at the point of interest.04-18-2013
20130096965METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RESERVING FUTURE PURCHASES OF GOODS OR SERVICES - A method and system for reserving future purchases of airline services using electronic options. The electronic options are used to reserve plural different types of airline services including selection of: a desired seat row location, a desired seat location in a desired row location, a plural adjacent seats in a desired row, a plural adjacent seats in a plural desired rows, a desired location in an overhead bin to store carry-on luggage, a priority boarding sequence, a priority exiting sequence, priority pre-flight baggage handling, priority post-flight baggage handling, cancellation and change privileges for a purchased airline ticket, a priority list position in a stand-by list and/or a priority list position for an automatic upgrade to a first class seat, business class seat or other non-economy seat and/or other airline services.04-18-2013
20130096964SEAT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a seat management system and method designed to use a wireless communication means for managing seats in a public space, which can perform operations including: a personnel management operation using a radio frequency identification (RFID) system or a barcode system; a seat reservation operation using a multimedia kiosk with internet connection; and an operation of user login and management using at least one control unit. With the aforesaid system, the use rate of devices available for public usage in the public space can be increased while allowing any user to easily reserve a device or acknowledge the device is under usage, so that not only the service quality of the public space can be improved and the work load of the same is relieved and shared by the seat management system, but also the utilization efficiency of the public resource is enhanced.04-18-2013
20130103436MANAGING RELATIONSHIPS AND/OR INTERACTIONS BETWEEN VOTERS AND CANDIDATES - The present disclosure includes systems and methods for providing an application or website that manages relationships and interactions between any of voters, members, candidates, committees, and/or organizations, Voters or members may perform functions such as view volunteer opportunities, apply for volunteer opportunities, contribute to campaigns, purchased tickets to events, respond to polls, upload content, send information to social media outlets, and join and follow candidates, committees, and/or organizations. Campaigns, committees, and/or organizations may perform functions such as sell tickets to events, manage campaign contributions, setup polls, send content to subscribers, and set contribution limits, such as those required by election laws or regulations.04-25-2013
20130103434Global Maximization of Time Limit Revenues by a Travel Provider - The invention relates to a computer-implemented method and system to generate travel booking option related data, including a step of calculating a time limit value for an option to reserve a travel reservation for some period of time, without making a payment to issue a ticket, and also calculating an option fee amount, where the time limit value and the option fee amount are jointly calculated to maximize a revenue gain of the travel provider.04-25-2013
20130103435METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR BOOKING TRAVEL TICKETS - A system for booking travel tickets in an airplane includes an interface, and a client server having a bid receiving unit, an evaluating unit, and a booking unit. The interface is configured to display a set of travel information (corresponding to one or more pre-identified travelers) to one or more users. The bid receiving unit is configured to receive one or more bids from the users for a travel ticket corresponding to the displayed set of travel information. The evaluating unit is in communication with the bid receiving unit, and is configured to identify at least one bid from the bids as a winning bid and a corresponding user as a winning bidder. The booking unit is configured to communicate with one or more of airline servers and the evaluating unit, and to book the travel ticket. Further, disclosed is a method for booking travel tickets in an airplane.04-25-2013
20110313797CONTEXT AWARE OFFICE SPACE LOCATOR - The system and method provide an efficient system for scheduling office space at a site. A request is received to schedule an office space at the site. Communications and/or relationships with the person who requested the office space and other person(s) are identified. A communication can be any type of communication such as emails, voice calls, social network postings, scheduled conference rooms, and the like. A relationship can be any type of relationship such as being in the same group, being on the same project, and the like. A location(s) at the site that is associated with the other person(s) (e.g., another person's office location, a conference room location, etc.) is used to schedule the office space. This way, the office space that is scheduled is more centrally located in regard to those people with whom the requestor of the office space will be meeting/working12-22-2011
20110313799DISTRIBUTION SERVICES RESERVATION INTEGRATION - Systems according to embodiments of the present invention include a core adapter module configured to receive reservation information from a reservation system in a first format useable by the reservation system, a web service module configured to identify a provider system based on the reservation information and to place the reservation information into a second format useable by the provider system, and a distribution module configured to send the reservation information in the second format to the provider system. Methods according to embodiments of the present invention include receiving reservation information from a reservation system in a first format useable by the reservation system, identifying a provider system based on the reservation information, processing the reservation information to place the reservation information into a second format useable by the provider system, and sending the reservation information in the second format to the provider system.12-22-2011
20130124234INTELLIGENT SEAT RECOMMENDATION - Ticket recommendations are provided based on user preferences, which can include user-set preferences and preferences based on user history. Preferences are compared with ticket information such as comments by other users of specific seats and areas, price, location near friends of the user, location near venue establishments, etc. After a ticket is purchased, recommendations of areas outside the venue may be provided to the user. In another embodiment, a user is presented with advantages and/or disadvantages of events outside the original event of interest.05-16-2013
20110313798SHORT-TERM HOUSING RENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - As will be discussed in greater detail herein, a short-term housing rental management system and method provides tools for housing property managers, owners, renters, and others to better facilitate processes involved with offering and renting housing on a short-term basis. The system adds a more dynamic nature to pricing to be adaptive to changing conditions regarding such factors as timing and demand for particular short-term rental properties. Among other things, the system uses yield management to establish proper margins in rental pricing to increase returns from a rental event while seeking to increase occupancies. The system allows for short-term housing inventory to be offered simultaneously under more than one approach. For instance, the system could offer the short-term housing opportunity for a no commission approach, a merchant approach, and an agent approach.12-22-2011
20130124237EFFICIENT INDEXING AND CACHING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR METASEARCH - Techniques are provided for a metasearch infrastructure. The metasearch infrastructure supports one or more of the following: hotel matching, backend support of user queries, frontend support for user queries, a cache layer that groups or organizes cached data in storage based on hotel location, scoring and ranking on the client side, experiments and rankers, duplicate booking prevention, blacklisting hotels, and indexing that utilizes a document-independent data structure to store index values.05-16-2013
20130124236ELECTRONIC TICKET SYSTEM - The present invention is an electronic ticket system. A server is provided with a member platform, a member database, a ticket platform and a ticket database. The member database stores account information of a plurality of members and a characteristic code corresponding to each account. The ticket platform provides the functions of sale and verification of each type of tickets. The ticket database stores ticket information of a plurality of tickets and a characteristic code corresponding to each ticket. A ticket checking device is used by each service unit to read a characteristic code in a characteristic code carrier provided by the member, and then send it to the server to be contrasted with the ticket information and characteristic code stored in the ticket database. Moreover, the verification result is displayed on a warner, and thereby whether the service corresponding to the ticket should be provided is determined.05-16-2013
20130124235METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING AND USING A PRICE SUMMARY - Systems for managing pricing proposals and associated options in the travel industry with respect to the provision of travel services or products. The system is capable of communicating with a booking engine and a global distribution system (GDS), and is operable by a reservation agent. An itinerary pricing User Interface determines an itinerary for one or more predetermined passenger, segment, and option combinations, sends one or more informative pricing requests to the GDS, and receives as a result of the requests one or more pricing proposals for each predetermined passenger, segment and option combination from the GDS. A pricing summary module and User Interface stores each pricing proposal, such that the one or more pricing proposals are available for subsequent use. The pricing summary User Interface provides an intuitive representation of the one or more pricing proposals in order to compare the pricing proposals.05-16-2013
20090198528System and method providing market mechanisms for trading in forward contracts on heterogeneous goods - System and method for trading in forward contracts exchangeable for tickets to events. A computerized exchange of the box office provides for trading forward contracts exchangeable for tickets to events. Instructions direct a central processing unit to receive bid and ask requests for forward contracts wherein each bid and ask includes a tickets description, match bid records against ask records using a matching criteria including instructions to match multiple asks or unreleased ticket inventory to satisfy one bid by aggregating tickets descriptions from the multiple asks or unreleased ticket inventory to satisfy the tickets description in a bid record, and upon close of the virtual market in forward contracts, delivering from the issuer to a holder of forward contracts, tickets corresponding to each respective forward contract ticket description.08-06-2009
20130132129NO-SHOW FORECAST METHODS AND SYSTEMS - A computer based system for maximizing revenue by determining an optimal quantity of a product to be sold is disclosed. The system determines the optimal number of seats to be sold for a flight based upon the flight's capacity and forecasted costs associated with the flight. The forecasting is based upon probabilistic distribution models takes into account passenger itinerary data, passenger and market historical data, whether a passenger has flown on a previous leg of an itinerary, the ripple denied boarding effect of reaccommodating a denied passenger. The system evaluates the potential effect of double selling a unit of inventory (e.g., seats). Downstream inventory control, revenue management and reservations systems may use the optimization data to affect the operation of the airline.05-23-2013
20130132128OVERBOOKING, FORECASTING AND OPTIMIZATION METHODS AND SYSTEMS - A computer based system for maximizing revenue by determining an optimal quantity of a product to be sold is disclosed. The system determines the optimal number of seats to be sold for a flight based upon the flight's capacity and forecasted costs associated with the flight. The forecasting is based upon probabilistic distribution models takes into account passenger itinerary data, passenger and market historical data, whether a passenger has flown on a previous leg of an itinerary, the ripple denied boarding effect of reaccommodating a denied passenger. The system evaluates the potential effect of double selling a unit of inventory (e.g., seats). Downstream inventory control, revenue management and reservations systems may use the optimization data to affect the operation of the airline.05-23-2013
20130144661METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PREPARING AND CONDUCTING PROMOTIONAL PRESENTATIONS AT GEOGRAPHICALLY REMOTE LOCATIONS - A computer program, method, and system for organizing and conducting product or service demonstrations may be implemented with a computer system operated by or for an agent or other person or entity that organizes product or service demonstrations and a plurality of mobile phones or other portable electronic devices operated by event personnel or other persons who staff or otherwise run the product or service demonstrations. Each mobile phone may be provisioned with an event management program that receives information and data from the computer system, provides instructions and other information to an event personnel using the mobile phone, receives inputs from the event personnel while a product or service demonstration is being performed, and transmits information and data back to the computer system.06-06-2013
20130144663Online and Offline Authentication for Instant Physical or Virtual Access and Purchases - A customer enters his mobile phone number to logon to a third-party website without a username or password. A Short Message Service (SMS) Applications-Programming Interface (API) sends the phone number to a SMS control system that authorizes the logon by sending a SMS text message or secure hypertext transfer protocol (HTTPS) request to the customer's mobile phone or mobile device requiring customer to respond by SMS or HTTPS. When the customer replies to the SMS message with an approval code such as a Personal-Identification-Number (PIN), the SMS control system approves the logon to the third-party website. An admittance gate at an event such as a concert or movie may also get the customer's phone number and use the API to activate the SMS control system to exchange SMS text messages to authorize admittance. A pre-paid ticket in an admittance queue is redeemed in the customer's account.06-06-2013
20130144662SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VIEWING AND PURCHASING REMOTELY ACCESSIBLE PURCHASABLE ITEMS IN OR ON DISPLAYS GENERATED BY A HOST APPLICATION - Systems and methods enable users to browse purchasable items and conduct payment and purchasing transactions within the a single UI environment of a host application, without navigating to a separate application to complete the transaction. Purchase of purchasable items can be implemented using a computing device. A first user interface can be generated, including purchasable item listings. The purchasable item listings can be received by the computing device. A single host application displays the first user interface including the purchasable item listings on a display. A second user interface based at least in part on a user selection can be generated including a purchase and/or payment web page. The purchase and/or payment web page can be received by the computing device. The single host application can display the second user interface, as well. A payment transaction can proceed based on purchase information input into the one or more input fields.06-06-2013
20130144665METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR COMPUTER AIDED EVENT AND VENUE SETUP AND MODELING AND INTERACTIVE MAPS - Described are systems and methods for designing certain aspects of an event venue and for communicating information regarding the event and the event venue to others. Certain embodiments provide a dynamic seat map via which an operator can assign certain characteristics to specific seats and/or seating sections. Certain embodiments generate interactive maps for users, via which information from a plurality of sources may be integrated and visually displayed. The user may specify certain criteria, and the interactive map may identify to the user seats and/or sections that match such criteria. Certain embodiments provide an interactive seat map via which users can select seats and share information.06-06-2013
20130144666METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR COMPUTER AIDED EVENT AND VENUE SETUP AND MODELING AND INTERACTIVE MAPS - Described are systems and methods for designing certain aspects of an event venue and for communicating information regarding the event and the event venue to others. Certain embodiments provide a dynamic seat map via which an operator can assign certain characteristics to specific seats and/or seating sections. Certain embodiments generate interactive maps for users, via which information from a plurality of sources may be integrated and visually displayed. The user may specify certain criteria, and the interactive map may identify to the user seats and/or sections that match such criteria. Certain embodiments provide an interactive seat map via which users can select seats and share information.06-06-2013
20100280854System And Method For Matching Participants In A Rideshare Program - A method and system for matching participants in a rideshare program is provided. A participant rating is identified in a rideshare environment. A rideshare participation score is generated for the identified participant. The identified participant is assigned to a rideshare transaction with at least one other participant in the rideshare program based on the rideshare participation score.11-04-2010
20110218831Informational Kiosk System and Method of Using Same - An informational kiosk system used to request travel routes and retrieve points of interest. The invention comprises of a kiosk with a central console and an upper display the screen. The central console comprises of a lower display screen used to interact with users through an advanced input system. A user interfaces with an interface software to input requirements for desired points of interest to be transmitted to a central server. Route directions, maps, and coupons are received back from the central server for the user and printed out on a printed map. The interface software comprises of a plurality of interface screens allowing the user to select criteria for points of interest along with routing options.09-08-2011
20090030744ELECTRONIC-TICKET TRANSFER SYSTEM AND ELECTRONIC-TICKET TRANSFER METHOD - An electronic-ticket transfer system includes a first portable terminal 01-29-2009
20090070156Visitor parking system and method - A method of managing a visitor parking facility available to a plurality of users is described, the visitor parking facility comprising: a plurality of visitor parking bays, and a barrier for controlling the entry to and exit from the visitor parking facility of visitor vehicles. The method of managing the visitor parking facility available to a plurality of users comprising the steps of: registering a plurality of users, and storing user information; for each of the plurality of users limiting the number of visitor parking bays the user can book; receiving a request from a user to book a vehicle parking bay for a vehicle; booking a vehicle parking bay for the requesting user if the request is a valid request; storing the booking; and controlling the barrier to allow entry to and exit from the facility for a vehicle having a booked vehicle parking bay. The method also includes making statistical information on user usage of the visitor parking facility available. A system implement the method is also described.03-12-2009
20110213630METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RESERVING AND CONTROLLING ACCESS TO PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AT A REMOTE LOCATION VIA A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK - This invention is a method and system for reserving and controlling access to products and services at a remote location via a communications network. In one or more embodiment, a user uses a client computer to select desired products and services. The system returns a price offer for the packaged products and services. Upon acceptance of the price offer, the selection of products and services is forwarded to an operations center for the building of an event regarding the redemption of the products and services. The system allocates a time frame for the redemption of each of the products and services as well as determining the order of redemption, based on polling a plurality of users desiring the same products and services in an event. The information generated by the operation center is then forwarded to a location for the redemption of the products and services. Access to the goods and services is then controlled by using machine readable labels coupled with interrogation devices for the relating of users to information regarding the user's reservation.09-01-2011
20090076862AUTOMATED SPLIT TICKETING - An enhanced travel search tool aimed at providing travel opportunities includes a ticket splitter operating from a list of flight connections provided by a front-end flight search engine. The ticket splitter comprises a unit for valuating all ticket partitions generated from the provided list of connection flights and a tree of split criteria updated in a cache for determining the partitions and attributing to each partition a probability value of obtaining a split-ticket solution. The ticket splitter also includes a unit for selecting those of the valuated partitions that have a probability value higher than a defined threshold and provides a sorted list of recommended partitions to a back-end fare search engine to price all the selected partitions including a reference single-ticket solution. Travel search tool offering of travel opportunities is enhanced by automatically including multi-ticket travel solutions.03-19-2009
20100287009DISCOUNTED RESTAURANT RESERVATION DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM - A system is provided for marketing restaurant reservations during non-peak periods by offering promotions through a central distribution system. The system includes a central distribution processor to which consumers are provided access for determining the availability of discounted restaurant reservations and purchasing discounted restaurant reservations. The system also includes a plurality of remote restaurants linked to the central distribution processor, the remote restaurants including interface software compatible with the central distribution processor for facilitating the uploading of relevant discounted restaurant reservations to the central distribution processor. The interface software further provides a user interface through which the plurality of remote restaurants selectively enter available discounted restaurant reservation information which is subsequently uploaded to the central distribution processor for access and purchase by consumers.11-11-2010
20110251862Ticket Segmentation - Techniques to segment a ticket into at least two ticket segments for a customizable event experience are disclosed. Events can have natural break points or event segments such as innings, periods, quarters, halves, or acts. In accordance with the claimed subject matter, a ticket can be segmented into a ticket segment for each of the event segments. Event factors, progression, and demand information can be monitored to allow or deny access to a ticket segment, set pricing, filter ticket segments, or adjust ticket segments. Furthermore, as the event progresses, analysis can continue and the ticket segments can be dynamically updated accordingly.10-13-2011
20130151294METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR COMPUTER AIDED EVENT AND VENUE SETUP AND MODELING AND INTERACTIVE MAPS - Described are systems and methods for designing certain aspects of an event venue and for communicating information regarding the event and the event venue to others. Certain embodiments provide a dynamic seat map via which an operator can assign certain characteristics to specific seats and/or seating sections. Certain embodiments generate interactive maps for users, via which information from a plurality of sources may be integrated and visually displayed. The user may specify certain criteria, and the interactive map may identify to the user seats and/or sections that match such criteria. Certain embodiments provide an interactive seat map via which users can select seats and share information.06-13-2013
20130151295METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR COMPUTER AIDED EVENT AND VENUE SETUP AND MODELING AND INTERACTIVE MAPS - Described are systems and methods for designing certain aspects of an event venue and for communicating information regarding the event and the event venue to others. Certain embodiments provide a dynamic seat map via which an operator can assign certain characteristics to specific seats and/or seating sections. Certain embodiments generate interactive maps for users, via which information from a plurality of sources may be integrated and visually displayed. The user may specify certain criteria, and the interactive map may identify to the user seats and/or sections that match such criteria. Certain embodiments provide an interactive seat map via which users can select seats and share information.06-13-2013
20130151296ASSIGNING AND MANAGING PATRON RESERVATIONS FOR DISTRIBUTED SERVICES USING WIRELESS PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES - A system and method for assigning and managing patron reservations to one or more of a plurality of attractions receive reservation requests at personal communication devices (PCDs). Reservation requests are transmitted to a computer associated with the selected attraction, which determines a proposed reservation time based on information describing the attraction, the patron, previously-made reservations maintained in a virtual queue, and the current state of a physical queue associated with the attraction. Proposed reservation time is transmitted to the PCD for confirmation or rejection by the patron. Confirmed reservations are entered in the virtual queue. Patrons are alerted by the PCD when their reservation time is approaching.06-13-2013
20130151289System and Method for Providing Enhanced Information at the Inventory - A computer-implemented travel reservation and booking system includes a reservation system and an inventory system coupled to an output of the reservation system to receive notifications from the reservation system. The inventory system has an output coupled with an inventory display system. The reservation system includes at least one data processor operating under control of software instructions stored in at least one memory to receive passenger name records (PNRs) associated with a particular segment and date and, for each received PNR, to determine if the received PNR has been priced or not. If the received PNR has been priced, then considering the actual price. If the received PNR has not been priced then the at least one data processor estimates a price and further operates to prorate the actual price or the estimated price to obtain prorated prices for each segment and date.06-13-2013
20130151290Computer-Implemented Method and System to Respond to an Availability Computation Inquiry - A computer-implemented method to generate travel-related data includes steps of, in response to receiving an inquiry for a multi-segment travel solution at an Inventory System of a reference travel provider, sending a request to an Inventory System of an operating travel provider, the request including Revenue Control data of the reference travel provider; receiving from the operating travel provider a response to the request, the response including Revenue Control data of the operating travel provider and being formulated in accordance with the Revenue Control data of the operating travel provider and the Revenue Control data of the reference travel provider; and formulating a response to the inquiry at the Inventory System of the reference travel provider using at least the Revenue Control data of the reference travel provider, the response received from the operating travel provider and the Revenue Control data received from the operating travel provider. The Revenue Control data is real-time data that includes one or more of Bid Prices, Yields, Fares and Inventory Controls and is conveyed within interactive cascaded messages.06-13-2013
20130132134Worldwide Billboard that includes a worldwide event search engine, a worldwide service search engine, a mechanism for posting and announcing events and services, a mechanism for uploading information regarding services and events, a mechanism for writing comments regarding services and events, a mechanism for making reservation for services and events, a mechanism for giving grades to the services and events - A Worldwide Billboard that includes a worldwide event search engine, a worldwide service search engine, a mechanism for posting and adding events, services, information regarding services and events, comments regarding services and events, a mechanism for making reservation for services and events, a mechanism for grading to the services and events. Basically, this invention functions based on time and location (place). The current invention performs a search for services and events based on their time of occurrence and place of occurrence. This is a search for what is happening in a specified time, and in a specified district, specified country or the world. Users have access to all required information around the world in one website, information such as events, available services, people's comments, and critique's reviews.05-23-2013
20130151291System and method for building on-demand aviation trip - A method and a system for building an on-demand aviation trip are provided. The system automatically identifies a set of service requirements and clearance requirements for a given trip, and handles tasks involved in arranging service providers for the set of service requirements to allow scheduler to self-build the trip. The system further obtains necessary information to automatically populate necessary forms to obtain the required clearances for the trip. Service requests and confirmation for the service requests are archived with reference to the service requirement of the trip and the parties relevant to the requests and confirmation are provided with real-time notification for receipt of such communications. The system also employees an online auction scheme to promote competition among the service providers to provide the schedulers with higher quality of service at lower price.06-13-2013
20130151292FUNCTIONAL PORTABLE DEVICE FOR EVENT ACCESS AND DELIVERY - The utility of a portable consumer device is extended by allowing account holders the ability to gain entry into access-controlled venues using a portable consumer device that is associated with an account that was used to purchase the admission or tickets to the event at the access-controlled venue. Merchandise or other goods and services may be pre-purchased by the consumer. Pre-purchasing may occur at the time that the price of admission is paid or before entry into the venue. The portable consumer device may be validated at the entrance to the access-controlled venue. After the consumer's entry into the venue, an arrival notification alert may be triggered to provide additional goods or services. For example, when a consumer successfully enters the venue using the consumer portable device, the pre-purchased items may be delivered to the consumer location at a specific time.06-13-2013
20130151293RESERVATION SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - Some embodiments include a reservation system for electric vehicle charging station and method of using the same as disclosed herein. Other embodiments of related systems and methods are also disclosed.06-13-2013
20100293012METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING AN OPTIMAL LOW FARE FOR A TRIP - A method for determining an optimal fare for a trip comprising a departure location, an arrival location, the method comprises the following steps: sending a request for the trip wherein the request comprises a departure location, an arrival location and a corresponding fare for the trip; automatically modifying the request by searching in a predetermined database to determine a set of additional requests wherein each comprises at least one of the departure location, the arrival location or one or more additional locations which may form at least a part of the requested route wherein the predetermined database comprises said additional requests and a corresponding fare for each additional request; selecting one or more additional requests to form one or more alternative requests which include at least on of the departure location or the arrival location as the request; calculating the up to date fares for each alternative request in order to determine a resulting fare for each alternative request; comparing the fare and the resulting fares in order to determine the lowest resulting fare for the trip.11-18-2010
20120259668SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR INTEGRATING FAN EXPERIENCES USING SMART DEVICE TECHNOLOGY - A holistic and integrated system that utilizes smart phone and similar technology to enhance the experience of a consumer of goods, services, and/or entertainment as it relates to sporting, music, dining, and gambling activities. This solution is the combination of a smart phone device and similar mobile computing device with a connection that facilitates activities digitally that have commonly been executed using other means. Once a consumer enters into the ecosystem, they can participate in a virtual social media playground that allows them to order goods or services as well as participate in a competitive game atmosphere. The consumer will gain recognition and awards based on their frequency of visits, the amount of money spent, their participation in games, as well as other activities. The awards can be traded for virtual or actual goods, merchandise, or services at a later date.10-11-2012
20100318387SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THE ELECTRONIC DISTRIBUTION OF TRIP RELATED INFORMATION - Methods for distributing trip related information on board passenger carrier are presented. In some embodiments, a method for distributing passenger trip related information includes storing and updating passenger information, seat information, vehicle timing information, and/or any other travel information in a Departure Control System. Changes to the stored information may be forwarded to a Passenger Information Delivery and Display System Server through a communication network. In some embodiments, a Passenger Information Delivery and Displayer client system may utilize a computer-implemented method for collecting, retrieving, and displaying the information stored the Departure Control System.12-16-2010
20100318386SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING RESERVATION REQUESTS FOR ONE OR MORE INVENTORY ITEMS - A system and method for managing reservation requests for one or more inventory items are provided. A user reservation request is obtained and processed to identify inventory data matching the reservation request. Reservation transaction, reservation items and reservation inventory records are generated corresponding to the user reservation request. If the transaction can be completed, a confirmation is sent to the user and a notification is sent to a supplier.12-16-2010
20100318385METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ASSIGNING SEATS ON BOARD COLLECTIVE MEANS OF TRANSPORT - A method for assigning seats on board a collective means of transport, for example an aircraft belonging to a airline company, includes the step of providing a data bank accessible to the transport company and containing the demographic data of the passengers, accompanied by personal profiles deriving from information supplied by the passengers themselves and indicating their personality, interests, and preferences. The personal profiles, possibly integrated with further contingent information supplied by each passenger in relation to specific needs or wishes correlated to the booking, are processed to determine mutual compatibility of the passengers booked on the same means of transport. The seats on board the means of transport are then assigned according to the mutual compatibility of the passengers thus determined.12-16-2010
20100318384METHOD OF PURCHASING A TICKET FOR A JOURNEY ON TRANSPORTATION MEANS - A method of purchasing, paying for and validating a journey wherein the traveler books the journey via a mobile telephone, on the Internet or at a booking terminal of a travel agency. The method includes starting in a superordinate data system including a database an account K that can be billed and a number A. The parameters K and A are stored in the database. An identification unit including an identification number R is transferred to the traveler and is stored in the database coupled to the parameters K and A. The traveller purchases a journey L by connecting his phone to the data system, in which L is stored in the database coupled to the stored identification number R. A validation unit reads the identification number R. A check is carried out in a database to ascertain that a journey L tied to the identification number R has been purchased. A signalling device indicates whether or not a journey L has been bought.12-16-2010
20120284066Method and Apparatus for Geographic-Based Communications Service - An apparatus includes memory and a processor. The processor is operable to receive identification information of a user from a portable computing device. The processor is also operable to access the memory to identify a previous trip record based on the identification information of the user and to identify a user preference based on the previous trip record. The processor is further operable to generate reservation information based on the user preference, where the reservation information is associated with a requested trip of the user.11-08-2012
20120284065SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONDUCTING SALES - Disclosed are systems, computer-implemented methods, and tangible computer-readable storage media for conducting sales. The method embodiment receives a time agnostic inquiry with at least one parameter from a user associated with a sale of an item, identifies one or more discount items that satisfy the inquiry, identifies comparable items for each discount item at nondiscount rates dynamically using real-time data, presents one or more comparable groups, each comparable group including one discount item and the respective comparable items, and furthers the sales process based on user input responding to the presented one or more comparable groups. Also disclosed is a method further including receiving a request from the user for multiple sub-items associated with the item, and engaging in a dialog with the user to enable payment for each of the sub-items with one of multiple payment types. The user can indicate a set of personalized comparable items.11-08-2012
20120284064COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RESOURCE ALLOCATION - Systems and methods are described for processing queue data and for providing queue messaging over a network. An illustrative queuing system includes a first queue configured to hold resource requests from a plurality of users, and program code stored in computer readable memory configured to determine or estimate whether a resource requested by a first resource request submitted by a first requester will be available when the first resource request will be serviced, and to transmit a message over a network to the first requester indicating that the requested resource will not be available when the queued request is serviced if it is estimated or determined that the requested resource will not be available when the first request is serviced.11-08-2012
20120284063SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A TRAVEL ECOSYSTEM WITH SHARING OF SOCIAL TRAVEL PREFERENCES - The present invention generally relates to web based travel platforms. Specifically, this invention relates to a system and method for providing a web based travel platform that allows travel agencies, agents, suppliers and vendors to communicate and collaborate within a single global platform and share social travel preferences.11-08-2012
20120284062METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AN IMPROVED RESERVATION SYSTEM OPTIMIZING REPEATED SEARCH REQUESTS - The method according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention allows an improved travel request service to end-users who request proposals for a trip from a Global Distribution System (GDS). This uses a new travel request which comprises a wider range for each search parameter than previous travel requests from the prior art. The new travel request includes many different ranges of parameters in the same travel request whereas the prior art travel request has to be repeated for each different requested value for each search parameter. The method according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention provides a combination of two modules, a master module and a worker module, to carry out the improved travel request service.11-08-2012
20130159026Digital Ticket Issuance, Exchange and Validation Systems and Methods - The invention provides, in some aspects, a digital ticketing system, comprising first and second digital data devices (e.g., cell phones, PDAs, etc.) that are coupled, at least intermittently, with a server via a network. The server responds to a request, e.g., from the first digital data device, by electronically issuing to it a ticket (or option therefor) for use by a holder thereof in gaining a seating (or other selected attendance) at an event. The server responds to a subsequent request, e.g., by the second digital data device, by (re)issuing the ticket (and/or option) to it for use by a holder of that second device in gaining the aforesaid seating (or other selected attendance) at the event in lieu of that by the holder of the first digital data device.06-20-2013
20130159027METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TRAVEL BOOKING AND MANAGEMENT - According to some embodiments, a travel kiosk located at a travel center may receive an identifier associated with a traveler. The travel kiosk may then access travel information associated with the identifier from an application server. The travel kiosk may also receive, via a motion detector, motion information from the traveler. Travel information may then be automatically updated by the travel kiosk based on the received motion information.06-20-2013
20130159028Raising User Satisfaction in an Automated Ride Sharing System - Embodiments of the present invention may provide a various techniques for raising user satisfaction with an automated ride sharing system. In one embodiment, the system may disqualify potential passengers that will force the driver to return to a previously departed area. In another embodiment, the system may consolidate multiple stop locations to reduce the number and frequency of stops in a scheduled ride. In another embodiment, the system may select a best possible ride from a plurality of calculated rides based on user satisfaction factors.06-20-2013
20130159032SPORTS AND CONCERT EVENT TICKET PRICING AND VISUALIZATION SYSTEM - A system and method for displaying seat inventory at a venue and facilitating planning of ticket prices for events at the venue is presented. Methods to predict total revenue for an event are described. Also presented are systems and methods for determining at what price and when to release so-called ‘flex’ price tickets during an on-sale using the sales velocity and sales/inquiry ratios. Determining demand of seats from secondary markets is also described with methods to use the demand for either repricing the seats in the primary market or presenting ‘best value’ seats to a prospective purchaser.06-20-2013
20130159033Extended Web Enabled Multi-Featured Business To Business Computer System For Rental Vehicle Services - A method and apparatus are disclosed for use in connection with managing rental vehicle reservations where the authorization periods for rental vehicle reservations can be automatically extended in response to various conditions being met. In an exemplary embodiment, an authorization period for a rental vehicle reservation for a replacement vehicle corresponding to a disabled vehicle can be automatically extended based on vehicle repair data for the disabled vehicle. In another exemplary embodiment, an authorization period for a rental vehicle reservation for a replacement vehicle corresponding to a disabled vehicle can be automatically extended if an extension request is within certain predetermined limits.06-20-2013
20130159031SPORTS AND CONCERT EVENT TICKET PRICING AND VISUALIZATION SYSTEM - A system and method for displaying seat inventory at a venue and facilitating planning of ticket prices for events at the venue is presented. Methods to predict total revenue for an event are described. Also presented are systems and methods for determining at what price and when to release so-called ‘flex’ price tickets during an on-sale using the sales velocity and sales/inquiry ratios. Determining demand of seats from secondary markets is also described with methods to use the demand for either repricing the seats in the primary market or presenting ‘best value’ seats to a prospective purchaser.06-20-2013
20130159029SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING LOAD NETWORK TO ASSOCIATE PRODUCT OR SERVICE WITH A CONSUMER TOKEN - Systems, devices, apparatuses, and methods for conducting a transaction in which a consumer purchases a product or a service by providing payment to a merchant whom is not the provider of the product or service. The invention permits a consumer to present cash or a payment device (such as a credit card or debit card) to a merchant, where that merchant may be an element of a load network or payment processing network. In a typical load network transaction, the merchant would accept the cash or payment device from the consumer and use the funds provided to “load” or recharge an account of the consumer. However, instead of this use of the network, embodiments of the invention operate to allow the consumer to provide the source of payment to the merchant for a product or service offered by a third party which is accessed by the consumer using a consumer token.06-20-2013
20130185102Mobile eCommerce Ordering and Entertainment Management System and Method - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method for delivering items, comprising: upon a user launching a computer program on a device or visiting a proprietary mobile website using the device, presenting the user with a series of user-selectable events and participating venues on the device; passing menu items specific to the venue to the user's device based on criteria entered by the user; prompting the user to check out and confirm the items selected for purchase; prompting the user to enter credit card information; building a virtual order; splitting the virtual order into two streams including order detail information and credit card information; sending the order detail information to dispatch screens; automatically communicating order status to the user's device; and using the credit card information to process the order for payment.07-18-2013
20130185103SPORTS AND CONCERT EVENT TICKET PRICING AND VISUALIZATION SYSTEM - A system and method for displaying seat inventory at a venue and facilitating planning of ticket prices for events at the venue is presented. Methods to predict total revenue for an event are described. Also presented are systems and methods for determining at what price and when to release so-called ‘flex’ price tickets during an on-sale using the sales velocity and sales/inquiry ratios. Determining demand of seats from secondary markets is also described with methods to use the demand for either re-pricing the seats in the primary market or presenting ‘best value’ seats to a prospective purchaser.07-18-2013
20130191172TICKET TRANSFER - A system and method transfers a ticket from one party to another through a ticketing application in a computing device. A purchased ticket may be electronically received by the user and saved to a database accessible by the computing device. The ticket may be assigned a unique fingerprint to prevent fraudulent activity. The ticketing application receives a selection of one or more tickets to be transferred to another party. A transfer recipient (having access to the ticketing application) is identified. In one embodiment, a user may request a payment amount from the transfer recipient for the transferred ticket. Once a user has identified a transfer recipient and payment amount (if applicable), the user may then confirm and/or authorize the transfer.07-25-2013
20130191171RESERVATION CONTAINER OBJECT AND REFERENCE THERETO - A system for managing a reservation container associated with a reservation. The system comprising a controller for executing a set of instructions and a controller-readable medium storing the set of instructions which, when executed by the controller, cause the controller to: generate a unique reservation container identifier for enabling subsequent access to the reservation container; set access attributes for the reservation container; and transmit the generated unique reservation container identifier to a service caller.07-25-2013
20130191173Mobile Ordering - Methods, systems, and computer-readable media with executable instructions stored thereon for mobile ordering. An order for a selected merchant selection can be received. A unique identifier can be associated, by a computing device, to the order. Per a request from the selected merchant, the order associated with the unique identifier can be retrieved. The order can be finalized after the order has been completed.07-25-2013
20130191174METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO ADVERTISE AND SELL PRODUCTS OR SERVICES VIA A TABLE TABLET COMPUTER - Provided is a table tablet computer for facilitating a process of ordering product items and making mobile device payments. The user may select product items via interface of the table tablet computer and send an order request to a merchant. Upon receipt of an order from the merchant, the user may send a check-out request to transfer payment for the order. Once the check-out request has been received, the merchant may transmit an invoice to the table tablet computer. The invoice may include a barcode, which may be scanned by a mobile device, a barcode scanner, an external device, or any other personal digital device of the user. The barcode may encode data associated with the order. The data associated with the order may include payment data of the merchant, the product items, and a total price of the order.07-25-2013
20120010913SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING EMPTY SEAT INVENTORY ON AN AIRPLANE - A system and method for managing the inventory and distribution of empty seats to take into account the preferences of customers and the desirability of sitting next to an empty seat, and the desire of the owner of the venue to efficiently exploit empty seats.01-12-2012
20120010911SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPTIMIZING THE SCHEDULING OF RESOURCES ON AN AIRPLANE - A system and method for enabling passengers to swap seats with other passengers, so that they may obtain seats that appear to be unavailable because they are occupied. Passengers use interfaces to specify their desire and/or willingness to switch seats, including to get better seats, give up their seats for compensation, or sit together and/or sit with other passengers, and the conditions, if any, for switching. A processor runs an algorithm reassigning passenger seats based on the conditions inputted at the interface. Passengers are notified of their new seats, and may be charged or compensated for switching seats.01-12-2012
20120010909Method and system for enabling on-line travel reservations via connection to customer relationship management system, office software address book, or other electronic sources of contact information - A method and system of allowing a user to make travel reservations online via an interface between a customer relationship management (CRM) or like accessible software program intended to facilitate storage and retrieval of addresses and related information for persons, business, & other entities, such as email and other common office software address books and contact lists, where the method captures potential destination information from the CRM or other address/contact list software and presents the user with reservation options. Said options can be presented either via internet or other data transmittal method within the CRM or other software tool, or may be accomplished by sending departure, destination, and other information to a third system for display and reservation booking, either with or without sign-on to such a system. Once reservations are complete, travel data (including, but not limited to, date, time, air carrier, and traveler details) is then returned to the CRM or other software tool for tracking, travel reminders, or travel reporting purposes.01-12-2012
20120016700Method And System For Conference Room Scheduling - A method for conference room scheduling includes detecting a user in a first location, obtaining reservation information associated with the first location, determining based on the reservation information whether the first location is reserved and notifying the user whether the first location is reserved.01-19-2012
20120022902ONLINE/OFFLINE EVENT RELATED ACCESS CONTROLLED SYSTEMS WITH EVENT SPECIFIC CLOSED VENUE WIRELESS APPLICATIONS - Systems and methods for off line/online access controlled environments to implement temporal applications in wireless devices via near field communications in closed group venues; e.g., concert halls, race horse betting, and university scheduling, are disclosed.01-26-2012
20120029955Fare Rules Summarizer for Travel Planning - A user interface for a fare summary tool is described. The user interface is for display on a monitor and includes a fare evaluation result table that displays fare rule summaries for fares in slices of an itinerary. A method for producing a rule summary is also described. The method retrieves fares and fare rules for a city pair over a specified time period and evaluates the retrieved fares against the retrieve rules to return a status corresponding to pass, fail defer. The method produces a summary of the results of evaluating the rules that indicates the status of the rules for each category of rules and displays the summary on a user output device.02-02-2012
20120029954Method and apparatus using current fares for seating availability determination - A travel reservation system has an interface with system users configured to receive of availability requests from system users. The travel reservation system further includes a reservation system coupled with the interface and an inventory system coupled with the reservation system. The inventory system is configured to respond to a receipt of an availability request to obtain bid prices associated with the availability request and to obtain current fares associated with the availability request from the reservation system. The inventory system is further configured to compare the current fares to the bid prices so as to one of grant or not grant availability based on the result of the comparison. Also disclosed are related methods and computer programs.02-02-2012
20130197948METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SENDING MESSAGES - A computer-implemented method and system of sending messages, comprising: performing processing for a person associated with receiving a request for location information for the person for an effective time; performing processing associated with receiving any travel information; performing processing associated with receiving any geolocation information; performing processing associated with receiving any expense information; performing processing associated with receiving any home or office location information; performing processing associated with receiving any current schedule/delay information for scheduled travel services; performing processing associated with determining a locations of the person using the travel information; performing processing associated with determining the location of the person using geolocation information, home/office information, expense information, or current schedule/delay information, or any combination thereof; performing processing associated with receiving information related to the location of the person using the travel information; and performing processing associated with sending a message to a device utilized by the person.08-01-2013
20130197949MOBILE FOOD MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A mobile food management system includes: a controller in communication with a lot owner's user interface and one or more vendor's user interfaces; a food truck lot management application accessible through the lot owner's user interface, the food truck lot management application adapted to receive a customized rule set, the customized rule set including one or more prioritization rules associated with a food truck lot; one or more food truck lot reservation applications accessible through the one or more vendor's user interfaces, the food truck lot reservation application adapted to receive one or more reservation requests; wherein the controller is adapted to receive the customized rule set from the food truck lot management application; receive one or more reservation requests from the one or more food truck lot reservation applications; and apply the customized rule set to the one or more reservation requests to determine a booking plan.08-01-2013
20130197950TRAVEL INFORMATION SYSTEM - A travel information system which provides travelers with reaccommodation and other information to make travel easier. An example travel information system includes a computer for determining travel change information from a transportation system, for identifying travelers associated with the travel change information, and for notifying the travelers of the travel change information at a point of travel.08-01-2013
20120041793INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - Systems and methods for defining, booking and managing activities or services by a user of digital computer implemented applications and interactive displays based on time, location and theme as related to the user's local environment.02-16-2012
20090043616SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE INTERNET EXCHANGE OF GOLF COURSE TEE TIMES - The invention relates to a system and method for the Internet exchange of golf course tee times. According to the invention, system-affiliated golfers with one or more golf course tee times can offer said tee times online on the Internet when, instead of using his/her tee times, the user wishes to hand a tee time over for exchange such that it can be taken by other users of the exchange system. The system users can open as many options as necessary in order to take tee times deposited by other users in the exchange system in accordance with the tee times that he/she has previously handed over, i.e., the user can take one tee time for each tee time that he/she has previously deposited for exchange.02-12-2009
20130204648MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND MANAGEMENT METHOD - A golf course server manages the reservation status of player openings intended for members by using a reservation file. The management apparatus accesses the reservation file to acquire offer start time information. When an offer start time has come, the management apparatus accesses the reservation file again to acquire availability information, so that the management apparatus releases an offer page generated based on the acquired availability information on the Internet to offer a reservation for use of a service.08-08-2013
20130204647TICKETING SOLUTION - A system for use of an electronic ticket, the system comprising: a server arranged to: issue a ticket responsive to a passenger request; issue a bar coded travel document for passengers and segments in a reservation; generate a list of issued tickets for a predetermined vehicle, wherein the list comprises passenger ticketing information; and modify a ticket status during a period in which the vehicle is in motion to indicate use or modification of the issued ticket by a passenger.08-08-2013
20100004960METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT OF DEVICES FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRONIC PARCEL POSTBOX - There is provided a system and method for operating at least one electronic parcel compartment facility. The parcel compartment facility comprises several compartments in a number amounting to F, with which mailpieces of at least two user groups A and B having different access rights can be deposited into the compartments of the parcel compartment facility, whereby the parcel compartment facility is in communication with a central data processing unit. The occupation status of the compartments of the parcel compartment facility is transmitted to the data processing unit so that the number Y of different sizes of free compartments of the parcel compartment facility is stored in a memory of the data processing unit. The central data processing unit is also in communication with at least one mail distribution center where destination information about the mailpieces is acquired, whereby the destination information is associated with the parcel compartment facility. An exemplary method comprises specifying a period of time Z between a starting point in time and an ending point in time and storing the period of time Z in a data processing unit of the mail distribution center. The exemplary method also comprises acquiring destination information and sizes of the mailpieces in the mail distribution center using a data acquisition device. The exemplary method additionally comprises determining the X number of mailpieces whose destination information acquired during the period of time Z matches the destination information of the parcel compartment facility by the data processing unit of the mail distribution center and transmitting the number X by the data processing unit of the mail distribution center to the central data processing unit. The exemplary method further comprises comparing the number X to the number Y of free compartments and assigning X free compartments of the parcel compartment facility to a first user group A by the central data processing unit if Y≧X. The exemplary method also comprises transmitting a control command for the reservation of the X free compartments of the parcel compartment facility assigned to the first user group A by the data processing unit to a control unit of the parcel compartment facility, and subtracting the number X of reserved compartments from the number Y of free compartments for purposes of determining the number V of available compartments remaining in the parcel compartment facility. The exemplary method additionally comprises assigning at least some of the remaining available compartments V to a second user group B, if V>1 and transmitting a control command for a reservation of the compartments assigned to the second user group B from the data processing unit to the control unit of the parcel compartment facility. The exemplary method further comprises acquiring user identifications and/or mailing information through a user interface at the parcel compartment facility and associating a user and/or a mailpiece with the user groups A or B on the basis of the acquired user information and/or mailing information. The exemplary method also comprises controlling access to free compartments of the parcel compartment facility on the basis of the reservations made for the two user groups A and B and determining a point in time P by the control unit of the parcel compartment facility. The exemplary method additionally comprises canceling the reservations of compartments for the user groups A and B after the point in time P and releasing access to free compartments of the parcel compartment facility to all user groups.01-07-2010
20120095792Computer-Implemented System And Method For Offering Commercial Parking Reservations - A computer-implemented system and method for offering commercial parking reservations through flexible loading zones is provided. Motor vehicle parking spaces located in a business district are managed through a server. Smart parking devices, vehicle occupancy sensors, and parking availability indicators are interfaced to the server. Use of the parking spaces as a loading zone is reserved. A reservation request from a business is accepted. The business is confirmed as eligible. The request is granted, provided the requested parking space is available over any other reservations. Use of the loading zone is managed. The parking availability indicator is activated contemporaneous to the reservation period. Occupancy of the requested parking space is sensed through the nearest vehicle occupancy sensor. An identity of a driver is verified through the nearest smart parking device. The use of the reserved parking space is permitted upon matching the driver's identity to the business.04-19-2012
20120095791Computer-Implemented System And Method For Offering Merchant And Shopper-Friendly Parking Reservations - A computer-implemented system and method for offering merchant and shopper-friendly parking reservations through validated parking is provided. Motor vehicle parking spaces are managed through a server. Smart parking devices and vehicle occupancy sensors are interfaced to the server. Use of the parking space is managed. Occupancy of one of the parking spaces by a motor vehicle is sensed through the nearest vehicle occupancy sensor and the location of the parking space is provided to the server. An identity of the driver of the motor vehicle is determined through the nearest smart parking device and the identity of the driver is provided to the server. Use of the parking space is validated. The parking space's location and the driver's identity are retrieved at the location of a merchant. Payment for at least part of the use of the parking space from the merchant is provided through the server.04-19-2012
20130211864LUGGAGE PROCESSING STATION - A luggage processing station for registering a passenger's luggage. The station includes an injector for receiving a piece of luggage associated with the passenger. A plurality of sensors are associated with the injector. A weighing machine is also associated with the injector for weighing the luggage while in the injector. The processing station also includes a user interface for receiving various inputs for confirming that a passenger has checked-in and to display information to the passenger during processing the luggage. A controller is associated with the sensors and weighing machine and the user interface. The controller is adapted to accept the luggage if the input received via the passenger's boarding pass or identification indicate that the passenger has checked-in, feedback from the sensors indicates that predetermined criteria are met, and if feedback from the weighing machine indicates that weight of luggage is within a predetermined limit.08-15-2013
20130211863Method and System of Reverse Bidding for Facilitating the Sale of Travel Services (Auto, Air, Hotel, Bed and Breakfast) - The invention provides a new and unique process for offering and administering an Internet based reverse bidding (nontraditional) auction of travel related services whereby Buyers submit travel desire for services and Sellers of desired services compete to fulfill by bidding to provide said services based on a plurality of options which may or may not include or be limited to the lowest price. This is exactly opposite of how traditional auctions work today where Buyers bid on a Seller's product or service and where the winner is based on the highest bid of the buyer.08-15-2013