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This Week on BNET (Nov 17 – 21)

AirTran, Baggage, Delta, Technology

AirTran Follows Delta with First Bag Fee
It wasn’t much of a surprise when AirTran followed Delta’s fee for a first checked bag, but it is surprising it took nearly a week to do it.

Attending PhoCusWright This Week
I’m spending the week at the PhoCusWright conference, so I’ll have plenty of updates on what I learn as the week goes by.

First Impressions from the Travel Innovation Summit
The first sessions of the Travel Innovation Summit are over. Here’s a brief look at the companies that presented at the beginning of the day.

Vacation Rentals Take Over the Travel Innovation Summit
The last half of the morning focused on vacation rental websites and there were a lot of them. It’s an area that definitely needs some help online, but not all of these will be successful.

Travel Planners Overwhelm the Afternoon at the Travel Innovation Summit
The afternoon was filled with online trip planners. You know, those sites that say they’ll inspire you if you enter what type of trip you want? Interesting for some, but it’s now a very crowded space.

Sabre Finally Figures Out A La Carte Shopping
I’ll have more about this on Cranky, but Sabre has finally caught up to 5 years with the ability to include bag fees, etc into the purchase process. It’s about time.

And The Travel Innovation Summit Finalists Are . . .
The 32 semifinalists have been narrowed down to six. See who made the cut.

Busy Day at the Show
I met with all kinds companies including TripIt, FareCompare, Kayak, and more. Come see what I learned in each meeting.

Mobile Travel Assistants Become More Useful
A great mobile application should become instantly popular. We took a look at a couple of them at PhoCusWright this week.

Interactive Mobile @dvertising Surprisingly Wins Travel Innovation Summit
Interactive Mobile @dvertising won the Travel Innovation Summit this week, but I’m not convinced that it will work. Click to see why that’s the case.

Wrapping Up PhoCusWright
The week is over, so here are just a few thoughts now that I’m done.

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