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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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Ivan Mosiev, Solution Architect at AltexSoft

answered  Jan 22, 2021

Hi, Francisco!
Thank you for your question and feedback

First of all, let me draw your attention to the fact, that from API point of view your request is not correct. {flight-orderId} you can see in Amadeus API reference for bookings management is not a PNR. This is an order ID, you can find this order ID in /booking/flight-orders response when you create a booking using POST verb. This is Amadeus internal identificator that is required to get PNR information using self-service or enterprise REST API of Amadeus.

However your assumption about access issue is also correct. You can not retrieve any PNR from GDS without appropriate permissions and not always PNR that passengers see on their tickets are the same PNRs that can be retrieved from Amadeus. If several systems are involved in the booking process, (say, an OTA booked a flight via Sabre, but an airline operating the flight hosts its CRS in the Amadeus system), each of them generates its own booking reference to the file with flight details. 
So, to work with a certain flight order in Amadeus, you have to enter the record locator (6-character code) returned particularly by Amadeus  — not the PNR number you see on the e-ticket or in the booking confirmation e-mail.

Please contact us in case you have more questions, we will be happy to help you with GDS integration for your business

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Anthony Roux, Developer Relations Manager at Amadeus

answered  Feb 25, 2021

Hi Saikat,

The Self-Service APIs offer 2 different environments:
- Test environment: free of charge but limited (limited number of API calls per month and access to a subset of the production data). Good for prototyping and testing.
- Production environment: No restriction on the number of API calls and access to production live data without restrictions with a pay-as-you-go business model.
 
Moving from test to production is fully automated on the portal, no need to contact Amadeus for this.

Cheers,
Anthony

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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.

Hotel information API?

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Saloni Saxena

answered  Jan 20, 2022

Hello Everyone ,

The Hotel Search Api I would recommend are -

  1. Amadeus
  2. Sabre
  3. HotelBeds
  4. Bedsonline
  5. Travellanda
  6. Travel Boutique Online

These are some of the hotel Search API I would suggest. If anybody wants to know more about HotelApi go through this link  .

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george kol

answered  Jul 24, 2022

In order to integrate flight api integration in your website, you need to contact to GDS or wholesaler for getting the flight api.

a) api can be either JSON or WSDL Format.

b) you can check api in postman and create a structure

c) then you can create classes in your project and then start implement in the website

d) once integrated you can go for certification for getting live details.

 

 

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Mark Xu

answered  Sep 11, 2019

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

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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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.

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Olexander Kolisnykov, Editor at AltexSoft

answered  Oct 26, 2022

I’m sorry for the slow response. If you have IATA ID, you can try negotiating the Amadeus Enterprise partnership. It has wider API support across regions.

If you don’t, try contacting consolidators. We had a positive experience with Mondee. If Mondee doesn’t work, check other consolidators. Here’s our article with several consolidator options to consider. You may also check Travelfusion. They must have ticketing covered and you don’t necessarily need IATA ID. 

Let me know if that helps! 

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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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Saloni Saxena

answered  Mar 28, 2022

As per my outlook The best flight API are :-

  1. Amadeus
  2.  Flightapi
  3. Sabre
  4. Mystifly
  5. TravelPort
  6. Travelfusion

These are the api that I would suggest . Hope this information will help you . To know more about flight api go through this following link .

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Saulius Chomentauskas

answered  Feb 14, 2022

I am using Nobeds property management system API. It has Airbnb, Booking, Expedia and other channels accesible via API

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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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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.

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William Hruska at TestingXperts

answered  Aug 30, 2022

The four largest GDSs are: Amadeus, Sabre, Travelport (which is the parent company of Apollo/Galileo and Worldspan). Literally hundreds of airlines can be logged into a single GDS system, to which thousands upon thousands of travel agents globally have access.
 
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Saloni Saxena

answered  Feb 14, 2022

Ok so per my reccomendation there are some flight apis that are best i.e

  • Amadeus
  • flightapis
  • Travelport
  • Sabre
  • Mystifly
  • TravelFusion

To know more details about api integration check out this link provided.

 

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Saloni Saxena

answered  Jan 21, 2022

So I will recommend the best flight api from which you can book flights and Simply get the seating information and details about number of flights .

The best flight api I would suggest are -

  1. flightapis.com
  2. Amadeus
  3. Sabre
  4. Mystifly
  5. TravelPort
  6. TravelFusion

These are the top 6 Flight API I would suggest.

Hope this information will help you. To know more details about API integration go through this link .

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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 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.