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How do companies like skyscanner vet their flight API application? What are the requirements an applicantion must have?

For a developed but un-marketed startup website that have 0 visitors, how to maximise the chances skyscanner will provide flight API?

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Mark Xu

asked  May 30, 2019

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Olexander Kolisnykov, Editor at AltexSoft

answered  May 31, 2019

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Hello Mark,

We don’t have direct experience with Skyscanner, so it’s hard to tell how exactly their vetting process works. But it’s true that they don’t reply to everyone and may expect some traffic before letting you use their products.

You may try working with GDSs that support small businesses with a handful of APIs. Amadeus, for instance, has flight APIs that are free for test environments, have a limited number of free calls, and fees once this threshold is exceeded.

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Mark Xu

answered  May 31, 2019

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Thanks for the reply. I am trying to monetise my travel website. Amadeus API does not support commercial use. Of course, there are other commercial flight APIs, but skyscanner's looks a bit more comprehensive.

Btw, I receive over a dozen of identical email notification regarding a new answer to this question. This sounds like a bug that may cause people to block your email services.

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Olexander Kolisnykov, Editor at AltexSoft

answered  Jun 4, 2019

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Thank you for bringing the email issue up! Regarding Amadeus, they’ve recently updated their API portal and claim that Self-Service APIs can be used for production and commercial purposes. Have you also checked Kiwi API?

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Mark Xu

answered  Sep 11, 2019

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Yes, their API has low entry requirement, but I often find their prices incompetitve.