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Techtalks: Traveltech

About Traveltech

It’s overwhelming how much technology transforms the way we travel. Mobile check-ins increase customer satisfaction tenfold, content from travel brands helps travelers make a final decision about destinations, and the whole 83 percent of millennials don’t bother about personal data sharing as long as it gives them the desired personalization. AR tours, data-driven flight shopping, Alexa in hotel rooms – this is just the tip of the TravelTech iceberg. Here, on Techtalks, you can discover new opportunities for your travel business, ask about the integration of certain technology, and of course – help others by sharing your experiences and reviews. Let’s grow the TravelTech community together.
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AltexSoft Team

answered  Nov 1, 2018

Amadeus has two API packages: Web Services and Travel Innovation Sandbox. The former is created for students or startups, as an exploration stage before the actual production. Amadeus Web Services also has two sets of APIs: Self-Service and Enterprise.

Self-Service is also a testing-only environment, but the production usage promises to be available soon. To try it out, review Amadeus’ catalog of REST/JSON APIs and then create an account in the Developers portal. In your personal profile, you will automatically get an API key that allows you to start testing APIs right away.
Enterprise APIs require requesting an access. The approval takes longer to receive, but you will get access to the full Amadeus API catalog. You can read about each API in the Enterprise stack here.

As for examples, see Aladdin Travel – a travel management company that uses Amadeus GDS to organize corporate and student travel. There’s also Titan Travel that specializes in escorted and solo tours. It switched to Amadeus exclusively after unsuccessfully trying to handle Galileo systems also.

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Ted Brierley

answered  Jul 30, 2020

Hi Olexander
One more question you may be able to help with...although I suspect it'll be difficult to answer.
In the google hotel Ads API, if I understand it correctly, google requires connected hotels to provide all pricing data for a period of 30 days for each length of stay between 1 and 7 days. Do you know if google applies rate limiting to developers who may want to query this data?
Thanks
Ted

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AltexSoft Team

answered  Dec 11, 2018

It depends. There’s no single best flight API. Your choice depends on the specific problem you’re trying to solve (e.g. enable flight and fare search, or track flight status with departure and arrival times, or enable flight booking). Generally, there are two basic options: source data from global distribution systems (or GDSs, the major, worldwide flight aggregators) or directly from airlines. In some cases, you can check APIs by tech providers like FlightStats.

If you need the widest airline coverage and you want to implement flight booking, check GDS APIs by Sabre, Travelport, and Amadeus. Each of them covers about 400 active airlines. They search for flights and low fares, and do booking and ticketing. The problem with this approach is that some airlines like Lufthansa set surcharges for booking through GDSs because they want to encourage direct booking or direct cooperation with resellers.

So, the option is to integrate and partner directly with each airline you need. That, however, presents an even larger number of problems as there are only about 40 airlines that have standardized XML-based APIs and each of them is slightly different. So, the engineering effort may be enormous. On the bright side, with direct connections, you get the widest ancillary booking support, seat selection, baggage customization options, etc. The most balanced approach to flight search and booking is to combine GDSs with some direct integrations.

If your goal is general info without booking capabilities, you may not need GDS or direct integration. The first place to go for fresh flight fare data is ATPCO, the main fare distribution provider. The largest pool for timetables, routes, and connections is provided by Innovata, a travel tech company. Also check FlightStats and Flightradar24 for flight and airport details like delay indexes, arrivals and departures, aircraft equipment, airport FIDS, flight status, etc.
If you need something simple and don’t want to go through raw airline data, you may contact OTAs or metasearch platforms to integrate their APIs. The key provider here is Skyscanner, but also consider Expedia or Kiwi.

For more details, have a look at our travel API's articles.

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Chinny Anthony

answered  Feb 16, 2021

Good evening all
Please how do i create a flight booking, after getting data from flight offers, will i use the array i got from flight offers into "flight-orders"?
I have done all the process of flight search and my challenges now is the process of booking, please help

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Mark Xu

answered  Sep 11, 2019

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

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Foysal md

answered  Jul 13, 2019

ABH Trabill is one of the best travel agency management software. It has everything to operate back office of a travel agency. By this software you can manage your sales, office expenses, client ledger, vendor ledger, refund system, passport management and many more.

To operate this software you don’t need to know the pure accounting system. If anybody has small knowledge about computer operating system, he can easily operate this software.

List of module

Sales or invoice
Money receipt
Quotation
Refund
Vendors
Accounts/ cashbook
Client
Passport management
Dynamic product add system
Office expenses (Head, sub head wise)
Report like sales, collection, expenses, profit/loss, daily or monthly financial statement, product ledger, sales person commission, etc.
User management like sales, accounts, owner.

Hotel information API?

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Nadia Severino

answered  Jan 2, 2021

You can use the Hotel Search API to get:
1) Hotels in any city.
2) Prices from multiple OTAs like Booking.com, Agoda, Expedia, etc.
3) Search according to radius or budget.
4) Earn competitive advantage straightaway by tracking top OTAs.
 

How to get car rental API?

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AltexSoft Team

answered  May 29, 2019

The main providers of car rental APIs are global distribution systems (GDSs): Sabre, Amadeus, and Travelport. You should contact them directly to gain access and receive and API key.

It may be a challenging task for a small business to get full access to GDSs solutions, so you can consider traveltech providers that support car rental connection like Trawex or Travelpro.

There’s also some support at online travel agencies (Skyscanner, Priceline, etc). To access those, you normally must use affiliate partner contacts. Finally, one of the largest car rental suppliers, Avis, has a public API.

Besides APIs, many suppliers support affiliate links and banners, if that works for you. You may check car rental connectivity options in our article in more detail.

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Maryna Ivakhnenko, Copywriter/Editor at AltexSoft

answered  Dec 13, 2019

Hello,

You’ve come to the right place.

We at AltexSoft specialize in travel-related APIs integration. Only recently, we’ve rebuilt an OTA’s booking engine with Amadeus GDS integration.

Our sales team will be in contact with you shortly to discuss the details.

Revenue Management System

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peter parker

answered  Sep 16, 2021

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Francisco Mir

answered  Jan 26, 2021

Hi Ivan!
Thanks a lot for your answer. I really appreciate your time and disposition ????????
I need some guidance and support here, since I am trying to solve a project my company is facing right now. 
I explain, in case you can help me out in any way.
The issue...
 
I am building an app for an airline X that shall get the booking reference of a flight booked by the client, and based on that information, the app shall get specific information: 
- Flight Information
- Personal Information of the passenger(s)
- Bag allowance ==> How many bags can be checked in
We can assume that the permissions from the airline are granted.
 
I thought this check could be done with a GDS like Amadeus. Or since I would be working directly with the airline company, I don't need a GDS in between?
 
I really appreciate your support and look forward to getting your feedback from this message!
Take care Ivan and have a nice day!
 
Cheers,
Francisco

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Nadia Severino

answered  Feb 18, 2020

You can use Flight Price Comparison API, which will help you to get prices from more than 70 vendors  & airlines. You can search for any route or for any cabin class(Economy, Business, First , etc) and for any type of journey(One-Way or Return). It also offers a FREE pack with 100 requests. Definitely check it out.

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Nadia Severino

answered  Feb 18, 2020

Well, you can use Hotel Price Comparison API for that purpose. It compares more than 200 Hotel OTAs like Booking.xom, Exoedia, Agoda, Priceline, Orbitz, TripAdvisor, ZenHotels, Hotels.com, MMT, HRS, etc. It provides JSON response with all the hotels in a city with top 6 cheapest vendors. You can either search for a city or a particular Hotel. This API will help you get what you are looking for.

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Nadia Severino

answered  Feb 18, 2020

You can use Flight Price Comparison API, which will help you to get prices from more than 70 vendors  & airlines. You can search for any route or for any cabin class(Economy, Business, First , etc) and for any type of journey(One-Way or Return). It also offers a FREE pack with 100 requests. Definitely check it out. Not just that it also provide Flight tracking API with coordinates, speed, weather, altitude and other stuff. It provides Autocomplete API, Airport Schedule API and IATA code API. It's the last Flight API you will ever need.

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Nadia Severino

answered  Feb 18, 2020

You should use Hotel Price Comparison API for Hotel and FLight API for Flights. They both compare prices from several vendors to provide Hotel and flight prices respectively from multiple vendors.

What is white label travel API?

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AltexSoft Team

answered  Oct 1, 2019

White label and an API are two different solutions which serve a similar purpose - communication between the two platforms.

White label is a ready-made unbranded template that you can deploy on your website and it will link you to the provider of certain services. So now your customers won’t need to leave your site as they can access what they need from your page. Additionally, you can tailor a white label to match your brand. This way your customers won’t tell that it’s not a part of your website but a third-party template.

An example of a travel white labeled product is a template solution by Expedia that allows for adding their accommodation bookings to your website. You can read more about it in our article about Expedia Partner Solutions.

Working in the back end, an API pulls out the requested data from external servers and displays it on your side in your way. This means that you design your own interface and use the data only. When deciding on a travel API, you can check our article with the major APIs on the travel market.

Of two options, API involves a more sophisticated integration but at the same time, it’s more adjustable. Prior to getting at it, answer yourself whether you do need an API for this specific product. Oftentimes it turns out that a white label solution will do for you. And with minimal tech resources (the company you take the white label from, does the work for you) you can quickly include a travel solution in your platform.

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teamindia webdesign

answered  Dec 5, 2019

Hotelbeds is the good choice among the hotelspro and hotelbeds. Hotelbeds is the best in the travel industry , it  connects 35,000 travel intermediaries in more than 120 source markets to travel providers in over 180 countries who represent more than 120,000 hotels, 21,000 transfer routes, and 12,000 activities.

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Ted Brierley

answered  Apr 17, 2019

Hi Olexander
Sorry I didn't reply sooner and thank you for your detailed answer which has helped explain the differential between numbers of deployed channel management products versus numbers of hotels presented within the larger OTAs.
Best regards
Ted
 
 

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Maryna Ivakhnenko, Copywriter/Editor at AltexSoft

answered  Nov 18, 2019

Hi Cho
 
Yes, Travelpayouts looks like a nice option. Rome2Rio doesn’t have booking capability. It has search only.
 
If you’re fine with affiliate programs, also check Skyscanner, Allmyles, and KIWI. You may also consider Booking.com and Expedia affiliate programs, but they mostly address accommodation booking.

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mukul khanna

answered  May 20, 2021

I am a developer, i am trying to book a room with payment as well. and I also want to add my own commission on that amount. the commission amount I will charge from the customer.
How can I do that can you pls help me!