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Travel APIs on RapidAPI

Top 9 Best Flight & Travel APIs (Updated for 2021)

By Team RapidAPI // April 23, 2021

API's (Application Programming Interface) are tools for building software applications.

They show software components on how they can interact.

You are probably using it right now and aren't even aware.

Widespread adoption of smartphones and other handheld devices have made it a hot topic in our current market.

Without API's, the digital experience that consumers encounter today would be entirely impossible.

So, what problem do API's solve?

Generally, API's create the rules that programmers ought to utilize so that they can interact appropriately with a programming language.

The software allows the consumer to access data in real time.

The API acts as an intermediary between the actual source of the data and what the user eventually views on their smartphone or computer.

There are very many API's that serve different market niches and traveling API's are one of the most popular.

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What is the best travel and flight API?

After reviewing over 47 travel and flight APIs, we found these 9 APIs to be the very best and worth mentioning:

  • Skyscanner Flight Search API
  • Amadeus Trip Purpose Prediction API
  • Hotels.com API
  • TripAdvisor API
  • webcams.travel API
  • Booking API
  • Airports Finder API
  • IATA and ICAO Codes API

Our Top 9 Best Travel APIs for 2021

List of our top picks for best travel apis, 1. skyscanner flight search.

With Google Flights API's deprecation, Skyscanner saves the day as a great flights API alternative.

The Skyscanner API lets you  search for flights and get ticket prices from Skyscanner's database.

You can also get live quotes directly from ticketing agencies.

  • Browse Dates - returns the cheapest dates for a given route
  • Browse Quotes - returns the cheapest price quotes
  • Browse Routes - returns the cheapest routes

Skyscanner API Key

Get a free API Key on RapidAPI for the Skyscanner Flight Search API.

Skyscanner API Cost & Pricing

The Skyscanner API is a free to use travel API on RapidAPI.com.

Read more about Skyscanner API here .

Skyscanner Flight Search

2. Amadeus Trip Purpose Prediction

The Trip Purpose Prediction API by Amadeus uses AI trained on Amadeus historical trip booking data to predict whether a given itinerary is for a business trip or a vacation.

Check out their other APIs:

  • Flight Delay Prediction
  • Airport On-Time Performance

3. Hotels.com API

The Unofficial Hotels.com API provides data that allows you to search for hotel rooms, pricing, facilities, policies, locations, and much more using their RESTful service.

Hotels API is a freemium-based plan which allows for 500 monthly free calls. Higher-tiered plans are available for heavier users.

4. TripAdvisor

The unofficial TripAdvisor API by APIdojo has a very comprehensive API that offers the same data you see on the official site, including:

  • Questions & Answers
  • Restaurant Data
  • Attractions
  • and much more.

Learn how to use the TripAdvisor API here .

5. webcams.travel

The webcams.travel API gathers webcams from around the world and makes them accessible to developers through their REST API. Developers can use this API to enrich their website or app with free webcam content.

Functionality

  • Return a list of webcams within a given lat long coordinates
  • Get webcams by category
  • Get webcams by continents
  • Get webcams by country
  • Get webcams by ID
  • Get webcams by radius
  • Get webcams by properties

The webcams.travel API allows you to get quality & maintained content, a timelapse player for free via the RapidAPI interface.

  • and other hotel data

The Booking API is the perfect API to enrich your website or app with hotel data.

The Booking API has a freemium pricing model that allows up to 500 free API requests per month. Higher priced plans are available as well.

7. Airports Finder

The Airports Finder is an application and REST API that allows you to find airports that are near a given location.

It also provides airport search within a certain region.

Users can provide a location and radius in km to find where they can fly from and to. The airport lookup API can be integrated with other apps and services to get data you need.

8. IATA and ICAO Codes

The IATA and ICAO Codes API provides insights into specific airlines by IATA code.

  • low cost carrier status
  • and website

This API is complete free to use on RapidAPI.

9. TrailAPI

  • Hiking Trails
  • Mountain Biking Trails
  • Campgrounds
  • Ski Resorts

TrailAPI Pricing

The TrailAPI is a freemium API that allows developers 500 free API requests/day and 10 map data requests/day. Paid plans are available for higher usage.

Google Flights API

What about the google flights api.

Google Flights is a solution Google provides that allows you to search “cheap flights in seconds, explore destinations on a map, and sign up for fare alerts.” Their API (also known as QPX Express) allows developers to access this data to search and compare airline flight prices.

You'll find some Google Flights API alternatives in this API collection .

How Are APIs Relevant in Traveling?

Travelers desire to have all possible traveling options at hand.

Well, a travel API makes this possible.

It consolidates multiple web services that allow you to access different deals.

People can today make a reservation in an "all-in-one-place" platform that has revolutionized the user experience making everything more straightforward.

In basic terminology, a traveling API allows a traveling website or application owner to integrate third-party GDS (Global Distribution System) feed into the booking mechanism of their website.

Instead of a browser having to leave your site to pay for a particular service, they complete everything including payment on a single platform.

A travel API allows you to integrate third-party GDS/Wholesaler inventory/feeds into the booking engine on your site. So when a customer makes a search to book a flight or a hotel on your site, they won't be redirected to another site and the payment will be collected by you. - Source

  • Skyscanner Flight Search.
  • Hotels.com API.
  • TripAdvisor.
  • webcams.travel.
  • Airports Finder.
  • IATA and ICAO Codes.
Skyscanner offers an unprecedented dataset via their Developer API, and we can’t wait to see what our community builds on top of it. All of Skyscanner’s amazing flight data API will now be available to developers directly on the RapidAPI platform via a single click. - Read more here .

Google Flights had an API, but it is was deprecated on April 10th, 2018.

Check out the Skyscanner API - completely free to use on RapidAPI .

Summary: Best Travel APIs for Developers

Related resources.

  • How to use an API
  • How to create an API

Complete List of the Best Travel APIs

  • - Understand the reason for a trip with Amadeus AI APIs. The Trip Purpose Prediction API uses AI trained on Amadeus historical trip booking data to predict whether a given itinerary is for a business trip or a vacation. Provide travelers with a personalized experience by understanding their motivations.
  • Flight Delay Prediction - Help flyers avoid delays with Amadeus AI APIs. The Flight Delay Prediction API uses A.I. trained on Amadeus historical flight delay data to give the probability that a given flight will be delayed by: under 30min., 30-60min., 60-120min or +120min./cancelled.
  • Airport On-Time Performance - Help travelers avoid airport delays with Amadeus AI APIs. The Airport On-time Performance API uses A.I. trained on Amadeus historical airport data to predict the overall percentage of on-time flight departures from a given airport on a given day.
  • TripAdvisor - These APIs help to query realtime Flights prices, Hotels booking, Restaurants, Attracting locations, etc…
  • Hotels - Hotels API helps to query rooms, price, facilities, policities, etc information from many hotels around the world as on official site.
  • ADSBexchange.com - Data for Live Air Traffic and Flight locations via ADS-B/MLAT - This API for non-commercial, personal use only.
  • ADSBx Flight Sim Traffic - ADSBexchange.com traffic feed for flight simulators
  • AirHex - AirHex is a service with daily updated supplemental travel content, which includes airline logos, airline check-in URL's and handy purified IATA database
  • TimeTable Lookup - This method returns OTA compliant timetable data. From an airport to an airport for a specific date or date range.
  • AirportsFinder - Airports Finder is an application and REST API that allows you to find airports that are near a given location. It also provides airport search within a certain region. Users can provide a location and radius in km to find where they can fly from and to. The airport lookup API can be integrated with other apps and services to get data you need.
  • BART - The BART API gives you access to pretty much all of the BART service and station data available on the BART website.
  • Booking - Booking API helps to query rooms, price, facilities, policities, etc information from many hotels around the world as on official site.
  • British Airways Flight Info - British Airways is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom and its largest airline based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations
  • Daily Fuel Price - India - Get prices of Petrol and Diesel in India. Prices are updated DAILY. Please report bugs.
  • Evercam Public Cameras - Returns a list of publicly discoverable cameras from within the Evercam system.
  • Flight Bookings - We're providing developer-friendly API's to major low cost and full service carriers with capabilities to search, price and book flights realtime. We directly dive into the inventory of airlines and GDS partners.
  • Flight Data - Dates are accepted in the formats YYYY-MM and YYYY-MM-DD.
  • geolocation.ws - Browse geolocated Creative Commons photos taken from Panoramio, Flickr and Wikimedia Commons websites. Registered users can add one or more tags describing image content.
  • Google Maps Geocoding - Geocoding is the process of converting addresses (like "1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA") into geographic coordinates (like latitude 37.423021 and longitude -122.083739), which you can use to place markers on a map, or position the map.
  • GoogleMapsDistanceMatrix - Calculate travel distance and time between destinations.
  • Great Circle Mapper - Use Great Circle Mapper to calculate the air distance and flight time between all airports worldwide.
  • Hipmunk - API to query realtime Flights prices, Hotels booking
  • Holiplus - Hotels, Tours and Car rental in Cuba
  • IATA and ICAO - IATA ICAO airports airlines airplanes and much more data. A powerful API of all aviation data. Our tools contain Flight Track, Airport Timetables, Flight Routes and all the information about airports, airlines, airplanes and so much more!
  • IATA and ICAO Codes - Airline Codes and Rich Content (Beta)
  • IATACodes - An API to get IATA codes database and more.
  • Indonesian Train Schedule - Jadwal Kereta - This API is free to use as we host it in free appharbor. You can add up to your 5 favorite origin-destination. We get the data from tiket.kereta-api.co.id. So as long as we do not violate their rules, you can still have the data.
  • iRail - Search for train trips in Belgium using the iRail API. You can search for train departures in a certain station and search for all the stations in Belgium.
  • IRCTC and Indina Railway - We have created this API to help out the developer looking for railway API and we are not affiliated to indian railways in any form and this is not an official API also.
  • Kajak - API to query realtime Flights prices, Hotels booking and Cars hiring
  • Qtravel Search v1.0 - Qtravel.pl is a full-text search engine of vacation packages provided by Polish tour operators.
  • Railway Trains - India - Search Indian Railway trains by either train number or it's name.
  • Route Planner Apis - A set of apis to solve common vehicle routing problems including: simple vrp, capacity constrained vrp (cvrp), multiple pickup-delivery cvrp, and others.
  • SEPTA - Provides hackathon-style access to the SEPTA API. Allows introspection of the SEPTA locations and routes, and provides basically-realtime data on delays, alerts, vehicles, and routes.
  • Skyscanner Car Hire Live Prices - Retrieve live prices for car hire providers.
  • Skyscanner Flight Search - The Sky Scanner API lets you search for flight & get flight prices from Skyscanners database of prices, as well as get live quotes directly from ticketing agencies.
  • Such Flight - Flight Search API. Searches in Airblue. Other flights coming soon PIA, Shaheen Air.
  • TrailAPI - Information and photos for tens of thousands of outdoor recreation locations including hiking and mountain biking trails, campgrounds, ski resorts, ATV trails, and more.
  • Travel Advisory - This is a simple REST API that replies with an UTF8 encoded JSON Object. This API provides you with a daily updated list of country advisories. These advisories contain a risk value which describes how dangerous a country is from a travellers perspective. This data is available for every country.
  • Tripit - TripIt organizes travel plans into an itinerary that has all of your trip details in one place.
  • Tsaboin Cams - With our API, you can extend your projects (check terms and conditions for more details) by connecting to our servers for traffic details around bus-stops and for live traffic cams.
  • UberDelivery - Request an Uber delivery from within your app
  • UberRide - Request an Uber ride from within your app.
  • webcams.travel - The World's Largest Landscape Webcam API
  • World Airports - Find a list of airports matching the search string with Airport Name, Code or Location.
  • Zumata - ZUMATA is a new approach in B2B travel API's. In a few simple steps, you can be getting real-time travel pricing, availability and booking worldwide via simple API calls.
  • OurAirport Data Search - Search through the OurAirport.com .csv data files with this hosted and blazing fast REST API. Data files are updated once a month. All fields in the CSV are returned by the API.

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March 13, 2021 at 8:02 am

Cities API, from the beloved travel site RoadGoat, provides inspiring context about towns, cities, regions, and countries (neighborhoods coming soon). Content includes hand-picked high-quality photos, known-for tags (such as foodie or LGBT-friendly), editorial descriptions, Covid stats, safety rating, budgetary rating, and more. It also provides stats from RoadGoat’s user community, such as average rating.

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Back in 2017, TripAdvisor and comScore suggested that travelers make 10 to 34 website visits on average to book their trips. While this seems like a lot for booking hotels, for instance, travelers visit only 4.4 unique websites, according to the study by Fuel and Flip.to . People prefer to make their reservations through ‘all-in-one-place’ platforms. They’ve reshaped user experience unifying and eventually simplifying it for average travelers. One of the reasons is that travel industry players have become a lot more open to sharing data with each other. A good example of this is Uber which in 2014 allowed third parties to incorporate Ride Requests functionality in their applications. Today, your local sightseeing app can let users commute from one landmark to another without switching apps.

Travel APIs: main types and how they work

In tech terminology, the key to this growing connectivity is an API . An application programming interface allows for sharing data streams and functionalities between different systems. APIs work as control panels for developers to link software components without dealing with source code.

What is an API? Connections and principles explained

API principles explained.

What does this mean for the travel industry? If you run a hotel business, you can let your customers rent a car straight from your website by integrating your booking website with available local car rental services. This may put a car-rental commission in your pocket or just spare your customers the trouble of browsing the web to rent a car. So, let’s talk about the most important types of APIs used to unify travel industry features and information. Warning, it’s going to be a long read, so you may hop to one of the 13 sections that seem interesting by navigating the menu to the right if you’re on a desktop:

  • Flight search and booking by GDSs and OTAs

NDC integration for merchandising and rich content

  • Flight data, schedules, and fares

Direct hotel booking with PMSs and channel managers

  • Hotel booking with aggregators: GDSs, connectivity providers, and switches
  • Wholesale hotel booking with bed banks
  • Partner hotel booking with OTAs
  • Hotel mapping
  • Car rental booking
  • Business travel management and expense tracking
  • Reviews and ratings
  • Tours, attractions, and experiences
  • Public transportation

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Flight search and booking APIs by GDSs and OTAs

Main users: OTAs, TMCs, travel application providers Read more here: Flight and air booking APIs , GDSs compared , Low-cost booking APIs There are generally two main types of players that can help you with travel search, availability, and booking. The first one includes global distribution systems (GDSs), the main aggregators in the industry. They go together with “aggregators of aggregators,” the systems that are built on top of GDSs to merge their offers. The second group consists of online travel agencies that have affiliate programs to help smaller players enter the market. To learn more about flight distribution, check our video:

How airline distribution works | Global Distribution Systems | New Distribution Capability (NDC)

Flight distribution in a nutshell (by the way, subscribe to our channel. We’ll be releasing more such explainer videos)

global distribution systems comparison

GDS market shares differ across regions

leading gdss in numbers

Amadeus flight APIs

Amadeus is one of the major GDSs and originates from Europe. In November 2018, the company launched a new portal Amadeus for Developers with sets of air, hotel, and other travel APIs. (We use the word “sets” because there’s no single API for all data services available.) In this section, we’ll focus on flight APIs. Fran Romero, Head of Open Innovation Programs at Amadeus, made comments to AltexSoft about the platform: “ The Amadeus for Developers is designed to speed up innovation and to inspire new ideas by empowering those at the forefront of travel, offering quick and easy access to travel APIs, and fostering collaboration across the community of developers. Through the portal, developers can take advantage of Amadeus APIs alongside the tools, resources, and support they need to build and launch their applications quickly.” Currently, Amadeus APIs are shipped in two flavors. Self-Service APIs meet the needs of startups and travel businesses with no IATA or ARC certification. These APIs use JSON format for data exchange and modern REST architecture which makes them easy to integrate. As Alvaro Navarro, a Developer Advocate at Amadeus, notes, “The Self-Service APIs are designed to be used not only for prototyping, but also for commercial purposes, and the access to production is fully automated with self-service processes.” The suite allows you to

  • search and compare flights and fares (including lowest fares, most booked destinations, cheapest dates, and so on);
  • book flights; and
  • analyze flight prices, predict arrival and departure delays, and more (AI-based services)

However, ticketing can only be done through consolidators, and you don’t get access to negotiated or corporate fares. Self-service APIs support only public fares. Enterprise APIs target mature businesses building large travel applications. The Enterprise subscription connects you to nearly 200 APIs, including

  • new REST APIs from the Self-Service suite; and
  • older SOAP APIs that rely on the XML data format and provide broader functionality. For example, only this catalog gives you access to flights operated by low-cost airlines.

Learn more about the subject from our Practice Guide to Amadeus API Integration .

Sabre flight APIs

Sabre is another major GDS and the pioneer in the world of automated booking. There are literally hundreds of Sabre APIs in REST and SOAP formats that cover pretty much the same set of functions that Amadeus provides. In terms of flight distribution, Sabre offers:

  • flight search, including alternate dates or airports, basic fares, rules, etc.;
  • flight booking and ticketing;
  • payments and pricing;
  • reservation management (itineraries, PNRs , etc.)
  • seat maps; and
  • reporting and data analytics (e.g., top destinations, low fare history, and others)

If you’re considering Sabre API integration, you can contact us. In September 2020, AltexSoft became Sabre’s authorized development partner after we had completed a number of integrations for agencies and other businesses. Read our article Sabre API Integration: Hands-On Experience with a Leading GDS to dive deeper into details.

Travelport flight APIs

Travelport unites three GDS systems: Apollo, Worldspan, and Galileo. Unlike Amadeus and Sabre, it provides a single point of access to the inventory of the three GDSs that preserve their brand names. Travelport Universal API uses SOAP/XML formats and embraces

  • air shopping and booking;
  • fares and ancillaries;
  • air content and merchandising; and

Travelport also offers RESTful JSON API  collections that generally overlap with the Universal API, but are more lightweight, faster, and optimized for mobile search and booking. In terms of flight services, they cover

  • air search and booking,
  • ticketing, and
  • payment support.

If you want to dive deeper into the difference between GDSs, read our dedicated GDS article . Besides GDSs, you can try working with other aggregators.

Travelfusion API

Travelfusion is a flight and accommodation aggregator that works with over 400 low-cost carriers and scheduled airlines. The company offers

  • Direct Connect XML API that ensures real-time availability and a fully automated booking process; and
  • Fast API , a new and lightweight product for rapid integration with any platform and creating a wide range of solutions, including widgets and mobile services.

Flight search and booking functionality can be also provided in JSON format. Besides that, Travelfusion actively supports the IATA NDC initiative.

Kiwi.com is a Czech OTA known for its powerful flight search engine that connects to about 750 airlines, including over 250 low-cost carriers . The platform also provides virtual interlining services — in other words, it combines separate flights into seamless itineraries. After registration, you can use their set of APIs to

  • find carrier IDs and logos;
  • acquire data on locations (cities, airports, and more);
  • search for itineraries — one-way and return flights, multiple city trips, and the cheapest routes possible (NOMAD feature);
  • book flights and order baggage; and
  • confirm payments and process refunds.

Besides that, KIwi.com APIs allow you to connect air and ground routes making train and bus transfers to and from an airport a part of the itinerary.

FlightsLogic Flight API

FlightsLogic Flight API provides flight data, seat availability, fares, and payment features. It connects travel agencies, tour operators, B2B travel platforms, and other businesses to over 200 low-cost carriers and over 700 GDS airlines. The API can be integrated with Android and iOS apps and websites.

Main users: OTAs aiming at distributing rich content, larger OTAs, innovative travel application providers Read more here: NDC connections and APIs Besides traditional flight booking, there’s a growing trend of flight merchandising advanced by airlines and IATA . New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard based on XML allows carriers to offer rich content (images, reviews, seat maps, etc.), a broader set of ancillaries, and personalization — things that were limited in GDS-centered distribution. Initially, NDC was considered the way to bypass GDSs entirely and build carriers’ own APIs to directly connect to OTAs and TMCs ( travel management companies ). But things have changed and today there are three main ways to use NDC, including connections implemented by GDSs. GDSs NDC. Unsurprisingly, global distribution systems aren’t excited about losing their market. While it’s hard to find actual NDC API documentation, you may directly contact Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport for NDC connection purposes. In most cases, NDC capabilities aimed at travel agencies and other resellers are in development, while GDSs focus more on helping airlines build NDC pipelines on their sides. We elaborate on how to implement NDC technology for airlines in our dedicated article. NDC by tech providers. A number of the industry's leading technology companies like ATPCO, SITA, and Farelogix which we’ll talk about below have worked with airlines to build NDC APIs for them. NDC by airlines. Many airlines embarked on offering NDC APIs themselves. These include Lufthansa , British Airways , Flydubai , Air France-KLM , Singapore Airlines , and others. Now, let’s reference some key APIs you can try for NDC.

Amadeus NDC

Amadeus provides NDC capabilities in their Enterprise subscription, via XML/SOAP APIs. Upon establishing this integration, you’ll be able to:

  • search for NDC flight offers and combine them with non-NDC content;
  • get prices and enable users to customize flights;
  • create bookings (orders) and generate booking references (PNRs); and
  • handle payments and ticket issuance.

Currently, you can search for and book rich content from American Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air France-KLM, and Qantas (the last is still in piloting mode.) More carriers are to be added soon — including British Airways, Iberia, United Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, and Cathay Pacific. Note that some carriers require separate seller agreements to deliver NDC offers.

Sabre provides NDC connectivity via Offer and Order APIs. Yet, to use them you need special credentials, so contact your Sabre Account Representative for assistance. Once you gain access to NDC-enabled APIs, you’ll be able to

  • shop for airline NDC and non-NDC air offers (including LCC flights), hotels, and car rentals;
  • validate prices;
  • create, view, change, fulfill and cancel orders (the API doesn’t support ancillaries though); and
  • refund tickets where fare rules allow for this.

Depending on a specific airline, you can get rich content and personalized bundles. While carriers push their offers in XML – which is what NDC requires – Sabre provides the REST/JSON interface for using them. Keep in mind that NDC-enabled APIs are in development and as of this writing they only work with rich content from Avianca Group , Qatar Airways , Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines. The NDC connection with American Airlines is expected to go live in April 2023.

Travelport NDC

Travelport made NDC content accessible via their Air APIs, in addition to standard GDS offers. Currently, only four carriers have NDC integrations with the GDS — namely, American Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines. To shop and book NDC offers, you have to negotiate this type of connection with both Travelport and the airline itself. The NDC will empower you to

  • shop for different air products including branded fares (net fares are accessible via GDS connection only) and ancillaries (paid bags, carbon offset , etc.);
  • confirm pricing for air search results (required for LCCs and some NDC carriers);
  • retrieve frequent flyer details (available for Qantas only),
  • reserve paid seats during the initial booking session;
  • create reservations and issue tickets during the initial booking session;
  • modify a passenger name (for American Airlines only) and itinerary; and
  • void, cancel, exchange, and refund tickets.

NDC APIs here support both XML and JSON formats being also RESTful .

ATPCO Routehappy content and NDC

Routehappy APIs offer content for sales channels. These JSON APIs provide information about amenities and distribute product and ticket attributes from 300 airlines. Some of this data comes via NDC channels. All Routehappy content can be divided into three groups:

  • UPAs (Universal Product Attributes) -- images, cabin descriptions, seat infographics, language translations, etc.;
  • Amenities -- food and beverages, Wi-Fi, seatback videos, power outlets, etc.; and
  • UTAs (Universal Ticket Attributes) -- all ticket rules, including consolation allowances, upgrades, priority check-in, etc.

tfFlight API by TravelFusion

tfFlight API is a one-stop solution for booking flights and ancillaries from LCCs, full-service carriers, and consolidators. It claims access to all low-cost airlines currently existing. The API supports NDC, sourcing rich content from 42 carriers.

Duffel Flights API

Duffel is a London-based startup that links travel distributors to over 300 carriers via a unified Flights API. It maintains direct connections with nearly 30 carriers, while all others are accessible through Travelport GDS. The company promises the easiest and fastest integration process possible, with almost instant access to functionality needed for selling flights. Besides search and booking, the API enables you to

  • add extra and post-booking baggage,
  • pick seats (yet, this function is available not for all airlines),
  • change and cancel orders,
  • collect card payments,
  • add loyalty program accounts, and
  • request private fares.

The API works with LCCs, GDS, and NDC content. Yet, some features are still under development and not available for all airlines. The API maintains direct connections with 30 carriers, while all others are accessible through Travelport GDS.

Verteil API

Verteil is an NDC aggregator dedicated to replacing legacy airline distribution scenarios with direct bookings. Its unified API connects travel agencies to rich content from 33 airlines. Though capabilities may differ from carrier to carrier depending on their NDC readiness, the standard set of available features includes:

  • shopping for flights, branded fares, and ancillaries (seats, meals, baggage, and more);
  • support for frequent flyer programs,
  • multi-payment options (credit cards, Verteil wallet, PayPal, and so on);
  • Book Now, Pay Later scenario;
  • automated itinerary modification, ticket re-issuance and cancellation, and void and refund workflow.

Note that travel agencies will automatically get access to inventory from all new airlines onboarded.

HitchHiker Flight API

The HitchHiker API distributes flight fares and ancillaries from 6 GDSs and 20 NDC airlines and connects directly to 120 airlines, including low-cost carriers. Besides ancillaries and fares, it allows for flight booking, reservation management, and payment. The API is also available as a SaaS solution.

Accelya (ex-Farelogix) NDC

Accelya is a leading provider of financial and analytics services in the airline sector. For example, it developed and maintains BSP link , the interface that allows travel agencies and carriers to access the IATA billing system — Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP.) In 2020, the company expanded its portfolio through the acquisition of Farelogix — a tech company pioneering NDC. Their FLX NDC API serves as a single gateway enabling airlines to distribute rich content across different sales channels. Currently, the API fuels the FLX Passenger Platform that spans the entire cycle of air merchandising and attracts over 25 percent of the world’s NDC traffic. It serves about 20 NDC-powered airlines — including Lufthansa Group, United Airlines, American Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, LATAM, WestJet, Air Canada, Olympic Air, and Aegean Airlines. Travel agents and other businesses can tap into NDC content via an interface called SPRK as well as an API connection for distributors .

Flight data, schedules, and fares APIs

Main users: OTAs, TMCs, data science, and analytics groups working in the travel industry Read more here: Flight and air booking APIs Some OTAs and travel application providers strive to help travelers after the booking is completed. For instance, the in-flight support app that we developed for Fareboom helps travelers with timely notifications before a departure, tracks flight status, and alerts about delays. Others attract customers with additional features such as flight price predictors . To deliver such services, you have to retrieve in-depth details about schedules, connections, fares, weather, and more. So, the final group of air travel-related APIs embraces connectivity options that help gather technical and specific flight data. For instance, Cirium (now owns Innovata and FlightStats) and OAG are global sources of flight scheduling data. And ATPCO is the main provider of fares, as airlines submit them directly to ATPCO, which in turn offers this data to GDSs and OTAs. Most of this information comes from the key technical players on the market. But let’s also mention one fare aggregator (or metasearch engine) — Skyscanner.

Skyscanner APIs

GDSs send general flight data, while Skyscanner provides more precise fare returns for a lower cost. To use Skyscanner API you need to enroll in an affiliate program. If you pass the vetting process, you get access to a set of APIs for free. Once you reach a certain revenue threshold, the service allows you to negotiate a commission based on your traffic and market proportion. While Skyscanner also provides car rental and hotel APIs, its strong point is its flight fare search. It comes in two main versions. Browse Flight Prices. This set ships the cheapest quotes from cached prices for an aggregated variety of origin-destination and time-frame queries, meaning that you can set up a flex search. The drawback is the cache doesn’t update frequently for less popular route and date combinations. If the prices change, sometimes your users won’t be able to see fresh info. Live Flight Prices. The live pricing API, on the other hand, returns exact fares for any given moment. But you must query the exact time and route to retrieve prices. This feature comes in handy whenever you need to compare prices for specific dates and routes. The default response format in both cases is XML, but you can switch to JSON.

Cirium and FlightStats APIs

Another popular API in this segment is provided by FlightStats, a global flight tracker and travel applications provider owned by Cirium. FlightStats APIs combine two main products. FlightStats Flex APIs. This suite allows you to get actual and precise flight data in English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese. The set includes

  • Flight Status and Track API providing detailed information on a flight’s schedule, delays, gates and terminals, real-time position, speed, and more;
  • Historical Flight Status API delivering historical data on departure/arrival times, delay calculations, equipment type, etc.;
  • Schedules API with information on upcoming flights;
  • Connections API returning direct and connecting flights between two airports;
  • Airlines API for important details about carriers — such as IATA/ICAO codes and current status;
  • Airports API for IATA/ICAO codes, addresses, locations, time zones, and other data on airports;
  • Equipment API enabling you to search for information on aircraft equipment;
  • Alerts API to send notifications triggered by flight status and other changes;
  • Delay Index API reporting on the current delay level in a specific airport;
  • Ratings API to define which flights are more likely to be on-time between given airports;
  • Weather API focusing on current weather conditions; and
  • FIDS API returning data necessary for flight information display system (FIDS) located in airport terminals, hotel lobbies, and other places.

APIs follow the REST design, supporting JSON, JSONP, and XML formats as well as SOAP protocol. FlightStats Trips APIs . This set focuses on the ability of travel providers to improve the itinerary experience of their customers by keeping them informed about their trips. These include alerts about important changes, especially delays, cancellations, and other travel disruptions to enable proactive reactions to these events. FlightStats APIs are known in the development community as well-documented and coherent. They allow for deep customization to tailor travel software to specific business and UX needs.

OAG is another major player in the flight schedules market. It currently has four REST APIs:

  • Flight Info returns schedules and granular status data showing all changes during the flight;
  • Schedules enable near real-time access to data on schedules;
  • Flight Info Alerts provides near real-time scheduling changes; and
  • Flight Info Connections returns weekly updates on passenger and cargo flight connections.

OAG content covers 97 percent of flights worldwide, and its APIs power such innovative products as Uber Reserve (a tool for pre-booking a ride up to 30 days in advance), Air Black Box (a virtual interlining engine), and Global Pilot Source (a recruitment platform connecting pilots and airlines.)

SITA is one of the major flight market technology providers that offers a decent set of APIs that mostly revolve around airport, baggage, and boarding information. Via SITA APIs, you can get timely information on

  • airports (location, IATA/ICAO codes),
  • flights (including real-time data),
  • weather at a particular airport; and
  • the average waiting time in a specific area of the airport (customs queue or security line).

SITA Flex APIs allow you to create mobile apps interacting with Self Baggage Drop Devices, Self Boarding Gates, scanners, and other airport technologies . Boarding Pass API streamlines the creation and distribution of mobile boarding passes. And Bagjourney API facilitates baggage tracking using a bag tag number or passenger surname. Yet, this functionality is available only if you have an agreement with a particular airline.

Main users: Larger OTAs, metasearch engines, niche OTAs, travel application providers Read more here: Best Hotel Booking APIs , Channel management in hotels APIs If you’re new to the world of hotel room distribution, spend five minutes to understand how the ecosystem works before diving deep into the APIs. We’ve made a video for that. If you know the basics, just skip our explainer.

How travel systems talk to each other | Hotel Booking System | Travel APIs

How hospitality booking works (if you haven’t subscribed after the first video, now's a great time to do it)

With that out of the way, let’s begin the next section, the name of which may sound a bit misleading because direct hotel booking is possible only if you connect to the  hotel's central reservation system . But the next step on the journey to being direct is channel management. Direct connection via property management (PMS) and central reservation systems (CRS). A PMS is the main software environment for hotels. It usually includes reservation capabilities (CRS) and other modules that don’t work with distribution but help with internal hotel operations, like point-of-sale systems or front desk . As you may have guessed, direct connectivity via PMSs requires quite a lot of investment, because there are dozens of PMSs on the market and you may need integration with several of them if you want to have a large inventory.

Hotel Property Management System (PMS): Functions, Modules & Integrations

More on how PMSs work

If you’re considering direct integration with hotels, check our article on  Opera by Oracle PMS integration . It’s one of the largest PMS providers out there. Connection via channel managers. Channel managers are systems that integrate with PMSs on one side and with online travel agencies or other distributors on the other. The main purpose of a channel manager is to allow hotels to distribute their properties across several channels (OTAs, TMCs, etc.), hence the name. As a travel distributor, you can connect with channel managers given that certain hotels want to distribute with you and advocate your integration. The largest channel managers may feature thousands of hotels. Considering the nature of these connections, it’s still almost direct integration as channel managers just pass the information without adding their commissions for bookings. We won’t describe any direct integrations with PMSs, but let’s have a look at a couple of notable channel managers.

SiteConnect API by SiteMinder Channel Manager

SiteMinder is one of the largest channel management providers for hotels. It allows hoteliers to connect their properties to the leading OTAs and GDSs via the cloud interface, increase direct bookings , and analyze performance. While their packages can be extremely useful for hotels that strive for market visibility, SiteMinder also has SiteConnect API that mostly addresses OTAs and other end-user providers.

Cloudbeds API

Cloudbeds is another large player in the channel management market with about 20,000 hotels in its portfolio. Cloudbeds has a REST API that exchanges data on guests, reservations, and so on in JSON. Besides, CloubBeds gives access to their APIs to application developers who integrate Cloudbeds software with third-party services.

Hotel booking APIs by aggregators: GDSs, connectivity providers, and switches

Main users: OTAs, metasearch engines, travel application providers Read more here: Best Hotel Booking APIs The second group of suppliers can be called aggregators. They collect data from many sources, including hotels, wholesalers (that we discuss below), and aggregators which can be generally broken down into two major groups. Global Distribution Systems. While GDSs are more focused on air travel, they feature quite a lot of hotels since corporate travel management companies (TMCs) tend to stick with GDSs and it was a sound move to include hotel inventory as well. While GDSs generally have large hotel inventories, they may miss some segments that are of little interest to corporate travelers. Another drawback is that GDSs tend to have poor content, low-res images, and incomplete descriptions and amenity lists. Connectivity providers and switches. Another major group of suppliers covers different types of aggregators that get data on hotel reservations, room availability, and other content across many different sources. Sometimes aggregators work directly with hotels; sometimes they connect to other middlemen. But usually, they have both. Going to aggregators is a smart move if you need a large inventory. One of the subtypes of these aggregators is switches, the systems that in many ways are similar to channel managers. They connect to the hotel's central reservation systems and reroute data from suppliers to distributors, allowing both to have a single point of contact, a switch. The main difference is that channel managers require you to agree to integration with a hotel directly, while switches can negotiate with you not involving hotels. Sometimes, the terms switch, aggregator, and connectivity provider are used interchangeably.

Hotel Aggregator API by MakCorps

MakCorps has been collecting information about hotel prices of different vendors since 2010. . Its Hotel API covers not only current rates but also reviews, ratings, and other data from over 200 OTAs including Booking.com, Agoda, Expedia, and Hotels.com. Besides that, MakCorps offers historical hotel pricing data which enables travel agencies, hotel chains, and other clients to understand buying patterns and other trends and adjust rates to secure a competitive advantage. . All data is received in XML format but MakCorps transfers it into JSON for customer convenience.

RateGain and Dhisco Switch

DHISCO Switch by RateGain is a global switch that enables the one-to-many distribution of hotel rooms connecting main OTAs, travel agencies, metasearch engines, and GDSs with hotel chains. Currently, the service has access to 125,000 properties from over 1,000 channels.

DerbySoft: connectivity APIs for booking and content

DerbySoft is a connectivity provider that acts as a single point of contact both for hotels and travel sellers. It maintains a network of 750 partners including

  • large hotel groups (Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Accor, and more), PMSs like Oracle Opera or TravelClick,
  • destination management companies ,
  • online travel agencies, and
  • other distributors.

To initiate the connection process, choose businesses you want to link and complete the online form.

Wholesale hotel booking: APIs by bed banks

Main users: OTAs, metasearch engines, travel application providers Read more here: Bed Banks Compared , Best Hotel Booking APIs Bed banks (or wholesalers) are among the main sources to access hotel booking and content. Wholesalers purchase inventories in bulk and then resell them to distributors. This allows hotels to efficiently manage their revenues and fill up rooms, while bed banks get access to inventory at lower rates.

Hotelbeds APIs

Hotelbeds is one of the largest accommodation, transfers, and activities distributors. Its API Suite covers more than 120 markets globally operating in about 185 countries. There are three main hotel-related APIs that Hotelbeds suggests, connecting to about 300,000 hotels worldwide. Hotel Content API . This API returns both static and dynamic information. Static info includes hotel descriptions, pictures, addresses, etc. The dynamic part retrieves data that can be changed at any moment: availability details, prices, fees, etc. Hotel Booking API . The API works in combination with the previous one enabling all aspects of the booking procedure, from requesting room availability to receiving booking lists and making cancellations. Hotel Cache API . This API is aimed at providing massive amounts of data for travel packages or flex room searches. Thus, the API returns a specific snapshot of data captured at a given moment.

WebBeds API: JacTravel, Destinations of the World, and others

WebBeds is the second largest bed bank, boasting a portfolio of 430,000 hotels in over 16,000 destinations, not to mention thousands of transfer services, excursions, and attractions. It owns several smaller wholesalers including  Lots of Hotels (LOH) , FIT Ruums , Sunhotels , and Destination of the World (DOTW)   as well as two niche brands:

  • JacTravel DMC specializes in the UK, France, and key mainland European destinations; and
  • UmrahHolidays International organizes religious travel to Saudi Arabia.

OTAs, tour operators, and other travel providers can tap into WebBeds inventory through their branded booking websites or API connectivity (contact them directly via an online form for more details.) Sunhotel has a separate XML API connecting to 368,000 properties in 120 countries.

Bonotel API

Bonotel is a niche wholesale distributor that is solely targeted at luxury and boutique hotel rooms. Currently, Bonotel API accesses more than 2,600 travel suppliers globally that operate within the luxury segment and offer access to hotel content and data. To explore the API that Bonotel suggests, you should contact the supplier directly.

Travco XML API

Travco , one of the oldest hotel wholesalers, focuses on the European market and provides accommodation and ancillary bookings from over 12,000 hotels at over 1000 destinations. Their XML API gives access to hotel properties (including hotels, resorts, and retreats) and travel ancillaries (like transfers, tours, and restaurants). Also, this API allows for displaying content in nine languages.

HPro Travel (HotelsPro)

HPro Travel (formerly HotelsPro) is a bed bank with a focus on tour operators and travel agencies, selling properties of different sizes and types, including resorts and luxury hotels. You can also source travel ancillaries. It provides access to over 1,000,000 hotels across 70,000 destinations. Other available inventory types include car rentals, transfers, tours, attractions, and events. The bed bank offers hotel APIs that support REST and JSON. Coral API allows you to get up-to-date inventory and hotel information, cache results, check availability, book rooms, and cancel reservations. Cosmos API returns hotel static data — information on properties and locations, images, room, and meal types, and more. You’ll find a detailed description of these wholesalers in our dedicated article.

Partner rooms reservations: APIs by Expedia and Booking.com

Main users: small OTAs, non-hospitality travel providers, channel managers, property management systems Read more here: Expedia Partner Solutions , Booking.com Partnership The final option to connect to multiple hotels is to partner with big OTAs and use their inventory . Yet, you need to have a significant volume of bookings to be vetted by large players since they are typically not interested in integrations with startups and small businesses. There are two main players dictating the rules of the OTA market: Booking Holdings (Booking.com, Kayak, Momondo, etc.) and Expedia (Expedia.com, Hotel.com, Trivago, etc.) If you mostly look at hotel booking, it’s worth working with both. Not all APIs are publicly available and you’ll have to become their partner to fully leverage their capacities. The two giants have their partnership networks. Expedia Partner Central is aimed at hotels and Expedia Partner Solutions at online travel agencies and other travel software providers. Booking.com supports APIs for smaller travel agencies and channel managers.

Expedia Partner Central

Expedia APIs are built with the idea of streamlining property updates both for hotels and ultimately Expedia end users. Availability and Rates API . This set of APIs helps hotels automate booking by instantly updating property rates on all Expedia points, changing availability, and sending notifications as soon as someone reserves a room through the Expedia network. Note that it can’t be used alone: You must also integrate either the Booking Notification API or Booking Retrieval/Confirmation set of APIs to automatically send updates to your CRS or PMS. All other APIs can’t be integrated without Availability and Rate API and Booking Notification or the Booking Retrieval/Confirmation APIs in place. This rule applies to

  • Product API that allows you to retrieve property-level information, read, edit, and create room types, rate plans, and amenities;
  • Deposit API for reading, creating, updating, and removing a property’s deposit policy;
  • Image API for adding and deleting property images as well as editing metadata; and
  • Property API to add and update content about property attributes, policies, and fees.

There is also a standalone Compliance API that supplies data about regulations in the region where properties are listed.

Expedia Rapid API

The Expedia Partner Solutions API named Rapid is created for online travel agencies that want to incorporate hotel booking support into their products. The Rapid API will allow for:

  • receiving geographic definitions and property mappings for over 600,000 regions;
  • retrieving property IDs and content;
  • getting live rates and availability for over 700,000 properties globally; and
  • booking and booking management (changing and canceling reservations).

You can also access the Vrbo (formerly HomeAway) inventory, which is an alternative travel OTA that connects travelers with homeowners in about 190 countries. Over 600,000 Vrbo single-room vacation rentals are exposed via Rapid API. (Not to be outdone, another leading player in the vacation rental market, Airbnb, provides an API for owners of single properties who want to employ Airbnb booking capacities.) Additionally, there’s an affiliate program at Orbitz , which is a travel metasearch and aggregator belonging to Expedia. Their engine allows for sourcing about 260,000 bookable properties and over 400 airlines.

Booking.com APIs

Booking.com provides two sets of services - for their affiliate partners and for channel managers. Currently, Booking.API for affiliates allows for retrieving and booking hotel rooms from the Booking inventory. You may use only accommodation data without booking capabilities, sending visitors to Booking.com. If you want to process bookings on your side, you must be PCI-compliant . Booking Connectivity APIs are an entirely different beast. This set of APIs is created for channel managers and property management system providers. You may meet them in the video above. Basically, if you build channel manager software, these APIs are a must... given that you want to connect your clients to Booking.com. You may check their documentation . In brief, Connectivity supports

  • rates and availability,
  • reservations,
  • promotions, and
  • problem reporting.

You can read more about Booking, com APIs and other partnership solutions in our dedicated article. Another OTA owned by Booking Holdings is Agoda . It’s worth contacting the Agoda team separately to understand how their supply differs from what Booking already offers.

Priceline API

Priceline focuses on OTAs and tech suppliers that help their customers find travel-related data. Currently, the Priceline Partner Solutions API allows for retrieving and booking:

  • cars for rent,
  • vacation packages, and
  • travel insurance plans.

Owned by Booking Holdings, Priceline leverages a separate collection of travel deals which includes 980,000 properties and exclusive discounts. Learn more about how to start building an API connection on their website.

Hotel and room mapping APIs: GIATA and Gimmonix

Main users: OTAs and TMCs receiving hotel data from multiple sources Read more here: Hotel Mapping Tools Explained If you’re sourcing hotel data from multiple suppliers — for instance from two bed banks, or from a bed bank and a couple of aggregators — inevitably, some of the properties will duplicate as most suppliers have intersecting inventories. The problem is, different suppliers may have different naming conventions for hotel IDs and room types. And you don’t want your users to see the same property with slightly different room naming and prices in search results. You have to solve the mapping problem, i.e. map and remove duplicates of the same hotels, rooms, and content coming from different sources. There are APIs and systems that can help you with this task.

GIATA is a hotel content management provider. Their solution to the mapping problem is creating so-called MultiCodes. GIATA has universal IDs that are mapped to different codes, geocodes, and addresses from over 500 suppliers, including bed banks, OTAs, operators, etc. MultiCodes data is available via XML API . They also have room-level mapping API that addresses descriptions and other hotel content.

Gimmonix Mapping.Works APIs

Mapping.Works is a set of APIs that help both property owners and OTAs map their inventories. Unlike GIATA, the provider employs ML-based text analysis to extract meaning from various inventory descriptions and also operates on two levels of mapping: hotel mapping and room mapping.

Car rental APIs: Rentalcars.com and CarTrawler

Main users: OTAs, travel applications providers, hotels, airlines Read more here: Car Rental APIs As you’ve noticed, multiple players on the market are bundling their services with car rentals. GDS systems and main OTAs already support car rentals.

Rentalcars API

Rentalcars.com owned by Booking Holdings is currently the largest provider in the sphere. If you look at embedding car rental support only into your website, it’s worth considering their services as Rentalcars works across about 60,000 locations in 163 countries. Rentalcars offers two main options:

  • put a customizable banner on your website, or
  • become a Rentalcars Connect partner and then leverage available technology through the API.

The first option obviously isn’t an API and eventually, your users will be landing on Rentalcars.com to complete their reservation. The second option, on the other hand, isn’t limited to a single API. The connect partners can utilize full-blown Rentalcars product integration and services including dynamic widgets, search panels, etc.

CarTrawler API

CarTrawler is a fully B2B service that connects over 2,000 travel agents, travel retailers (OTAs), and international airlines with local car rental suppliers. Currently, the company operates in 43,500 locations in 190 countries. You can learn about integration options by applying for a partnership agreement . Also, there are car rental APIs by tech service providers , which you can study in more detail in the linked article.

Business travel management and planning APIs from SAP Concur

Main users: applications providers that target business travelers, OTAs Read more: Corporate Travel Management Software , Corporate Travel Management Companies The main player in the business travel market is SAP Concur. The company offers a cloud-based travel management platform that helps enterprises manage trips, track travel expenses, book flight seats and hotel rooms, and rent cars.

SAP Concur API

Uber Concur integration

Concur integration into the Uber app. Image credit: Uber

All apps with SAP Concur API integration are featured in the dedicated App Center .

Tripit is a product by SAP Concur which doesn’t limit its target audience to business travelers only and aims at all types of users. The system consolidates a user’s travel data like hotel, flight, and restaurant confirmations and turns it into a neatly organized itinerary. Also, they provide weather data and points program information. Tripit API works pretty much the same as the main SAP Concur API. For instance, it allows for embedding an “Add to Tripit” link on the travel booking confirmation page of your website or adding Tripit travel plans to a website or application, enabling users to configure itineraries through Tripit without leaving your platform.

Reviews and ratings: TripAdvisor Content API for social proof

Main users: OTAs, hotels, travel applications providers We’ve covered the best UX practices in booking and reservations websites . One of the main points is that 70 percent of people look at about 20 reviews before they book travel or accommodation services online. This social proof is hard to achieve with your own reviews system if you are a hotel, for instance, or another property provider. But TripAdvisor is a trusted source containing over a billion reviews and opinions. Tripadvisor's Content API allows businesses to incorporate reviews, opinions, and other data that the service collects from its users. The platform works with accommodations, restaurants, and attractions providing the following types of content about different locations (hotels, restaurants, attractions, and points of interest) through their API:

  • location details (name, address, and rating),
  • location photos (up to 5 high-quality images),
  • location reviews (up to 5 most recent reviews),
  • location search (up to 10 locations found by the given query), and
  • nearby location search (up to 10 locations found near the given latitude/longitude).

TripAdvisor supports 29 languages and covers over 8 million locations globally.

Things-to-do APIs: tours, attractions, experiences, and restaurants

Main users: OTAs, local travel providers, travel applications providers Read more here: Tours and Attractions APIs , Restaurant Reservation APIs Like hotels, tours-and attractions (T&A) supply is broad. There are OTAs and niche companies that specialize in connecting travel agents with suppliers, suggesting interfaces, APIs, or both options to configure and source tours. On top of that, these services let you configure custom travel packages that include T&A, accommodation, and even car rentals. To get more information on tours and attractions APIs , check out our comprehensive article on the topic. There are two main sources for finding attractions and things to do for your customers. These are

  • local services like London Theatre API , and
  • larger vendors that aggregate and share data combined with ticket purchasing support.

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Bókun is a tourism reseller platform that partly operates as a marketplace where local travel providers and property owners connect with OTAs and agents. In addition, it provides channel management services. Bókun API allows travel agencies to

  • get a list of activities;
  • check availability, capacity, and pricing for an activity;
  • book activities;
  • edit booking details; and
  • cancel bookings.

This set of features enables configuring custom travel packages via the API interface.

TrekkSoft API

TrekkSoft focuses solely on tours and activities. The company provides graphical interfaces for local T&A companies and tourism offices. TrekkSoft API can be configured to supply resellers with all available T&A, including booking capacities.

Rezdy is another T&A service for channel management that connects suppliers with travel agents and travel agencies. It offers three REST APIs . Agent API allows OTAs and other resellers to query products by tour operators, check their availability and pricing, and make bookings and cancellations. Supplier API is designed for tour operators who sell their products via the Rezdy platform. It lets them manage their inventory and booking capabilities. RezdyConnect API serves external suppliers who have their own booking platforms. The API facilitates reselling their products via Rezdy channels. It pulls availability and pricing from a supplier’s system and returns bookings and cancellations.

While Rezgo may look like a common T&A channel management solution, it provides an open-source frontend booking engine fueled by Rezgo API . It supports both XML and JSON formats and is dedicated to building T&A booking solutions that don’t exceed 4,000 requests per hour.

Ticketmaster APIs

Ticketmaster is the largest events booking provider in the market. It covers concerts, festivals, plays, and sports across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, other European countries, and more. The service claims to reach about 230,000 events worldwide. Back in 2016, it released multiple APIs to let third parties embed the Ticketmaster events search and booking support into their products. There are two main Ticketmaster APIs. Discovery API is aimed solely at an information search. You will be able to source events, filter them by location, and type, and retrieve images. There’s also International Discovery API for European events. It doesn’t work for the UK, Ireland, the US, and Canada. Partner API allows your customers to directly book and buy tickets from your resource. But unlike Discovery API, it’s not open: You have to enroll in the Ticketmaster affiliate program to use it.

Ingresso TicketSwitch API

Ingresso platform provides information on events and seating availability from over 60 global distributors and supports ticket booking and purchasing. Ingresso sources data and sends reservations directly through venue ticketing systems, which ensures real-time updates. Its API is used by Amazon Tickets.

Viator APIs

Viator is a T&A agency acquired by Tripadvisor in 2014. The OTA accesses over 300,000 experiences around the world, including unconventional ones (e.g. “real Prague, a 3-hour tour to see the reverse side of the city”). Its Affiliate API allows you to merchandise Viator inventory, complementing your offerings with tours and activities. However, Viator will handle customer service and transactions. If you want to preserve more control over the booking process, opt for their Merchant API (the implementation takes up to 3 months while Affiliate API can be integrated within 1-4 weeks).

GetYourGuide API

GetYourGuide is another T&A OTA that accesses about 33,000 activities in more than 2,500 destinations. GetYourGuide’s power side is linking specific attractions and activities with locally related ones. For instance, Manhattan cruises will be connected with Empire State Building visits. If you’re a local travel provider, the service requires you to have live-streaming T&A availability. GetYourGuide API is available to partners only.

Klook is a T&A provider that mostly focuses on Asian tours with destinations ranging from China and Shanghai to Japan and Singapore. The company suggests OTAs enroll in an affiliate program and get access to the T&A database via either a SaaS solution or an API.

Musement API

Musement is a wide-range T&A platform that combines attractions, tours, nightlife activities, local food and wine places, sports, and music events. The company’s partners can integrate with a REST API to sell products from the Musement catalog containing more than 5 thousand deals in 300 cities in 60 countries around the world.

Tiqets is an agency that focuses on the digital distribution of museum and attraction tickets. It offers OTAs, travel site owners, and other travel distributors two types of REST/JSON APIs for accessing and booking 4,500 products and 2,500 venues in 250 popular destinations across 50 countries. The Tiqets API enables distributors to become mediators between end customers and ticket sellers. The Partner API is for those who want people to buy tickets right on their own platforms. After integration, you can retrieve general information on activities, events, and destinations, check availability, and book and cancel tickets.

OpenTable API

OpenTable maintains access to over 50,000 restaurants worldwide. The main option for those who want to add table bookings to their services is to become OpenTable partners and use their API . It will allow you to source all OpenTable options, but users will still book through OpenTable.com. Once you reach over 100 monthly reservations as an affiliate, you will be able to leverage revenue-sharing opportunities. However, not all applicants are becoming partners. That’s why there’s an unofficial OpenTable API. It supports the same set of data and doesn’t require contacting OpenTable directly. If the restaurant industry is your primary interest, check out our article on restaurant reservation APIs .

Public transportation: APIs to support the get-around experience

Main users: global and local travel application providers Read more here: Public Transport APIs Not all travelers rent cars. And with the recent trend of making cities more pedestrian-friendly, especially in Europe, the use of public transport is a big part of the travel experience. As we mentioned, Uber has its own API to incorporate the “request the ride” function into third-party applications. Today the API is used in such familiar products as Google Maps, Transit App, and TripAdvisor. What about public transport APIs ? (Check the link for more detail.) There are multiple options to consider.

Google APIs

Embedding Google Maps is quite common today. The Google APIs are open, well-documented, and widely used across industries. However, Google also provides APIs for tracking public transport routes and schedules. General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) . The API is used by both application providers and – very importantly – transit agencies that share public transport data to let users instantly configure their get-around experience. This API sends static-only data, which means users can see schedules and routes, but can’t track disruptions. GTFS Realtime . As the name clearly states, this extension to the main service aims at providing real-time data coming from transit agencies about delays and schedule changes. While this sounds great, you can’t expect it to work in the lion’s share of locations around the world. So, it's worth considering local alternatives if you build apps and want to deliver extra value with real-time public transport updates.

Local APIs from owners and consortiums

You can expect to find decent APIs from companies operating in your target regions. While the quality and standards alignment of these APIs vary, they can provide real-time updates and even additional information like the availability of car sharing or bikes near a railway station. Some examples of these are APIs from Dutch Railways and French National Railways , which update information about disruptions and engineering work in real time. Sometimes the APIs are born as a result of a consortium of data owners and reusers. One such example is OpenTripPlanner , the API providing an in-depth understanding of city transportation.

How to choose the right travel API

We’ve covered just the tip of the available travel API iceberg to provide you with basic information on the integration capabilities that the travel community shares. So, regardless of whether you use one of the products mentioned above or look for something specific, there are general recommendations for choosing a suitable API for your travel business. Look at popularity. ProgrammableWeb suggests looking at Google Trends to understand how popular the product is. Popularity isn’t only a proof of quality but also the foundation for a community that builds around a product. The more developers use the API, the more pitfalls your team will be able to resolve through communication with fellow engineers. Another good sign is a dedicated forum letting developers discuss issues there. Check API marketplaces. The travel API market is already a large one, and there are dedicated marketplaces emerging. For instance, Yappes , one such platform, provides an interface to search for and evaluate popular APIs. Currently, it has around 60 travel APIs, both public and private. According to Rajagopal Somasundaram, CTO and co-founder at Yappes, the platform has the potential to become “ the largest aggregator of the Travel APIs and a platform which provides seamless Discovery and Distribution of Travel related APIs. This will be achieved by providing API Discovery, API Creation & Hosting, API Distribution, and Deal Rooms (License/Price/Terms&Conditions Negotiations) ”. Evaluate documentation. Look for elaborate documentation with FAQs. Some providers don’t showcase the documentation upfront, requiring additional contracts. If the documentation is not public, make sure that you’ll be able to play with a demo. Expedia, for instance, allows you to try its public APIs right in the documentation section. Check for standards compliance. Even though an API may provide a great feature list and functionality, ensure that your developers have checked the main REST and SOAP standards compliance. Consider customization. How customizable is the API or a set of them? Must you use the entire bundle or you can choose specific data records that you want to retrieve? FlightStats, Sabre, and Amadeus APIs are well-recognized for their customization potential. Notice limitations. These may be regional, language, or partnership-related limitations. Most owners provide this information, asking you to contact their support teams or describing what kinds of limitations are there. As the world and the travel industry grow more connected application programming interfaces appear. The right approach to working with them defines whether you source the right data and eventually deliver enough value to your customers. Interested in travel APIs? Check our other pieces on the topic: Flight and air booking APIs Airport transfers APIs and solutions NDC connections and APIs Low-cost booking APIs Hotel APIs Bed banks (wholesalers) Hotel mapping providers Rail booking APIs Car rental APIs Tours and attractions APIs Channel management in hotels APIs Custom channel management in hotels APIs Public transportation APIs Restaurant and table reservation APIs

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Expand your reach and connect to the world through our vast network of suppliers, encompassing air travel, hotels, cruise lines, payment services, and ancillaries.

Our extensive supplier network includes renowned names such as Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival Cruise, NCL, MSC, Princess, HAL, Disney, Azamara, Virgin Voyages, and many others. You can access a wide range of options and offerings from these industry-leading cruise lines.

In addition, we provide support for Sabre, Travelport, and Amadeus, ensuring seamless integration with global distribution systems. Working closely with major hotel providers like Hotelbeds, Expedia, Stuba, TBO, Getabed, Bonotel, and numerous others, we offer access to an impressive array of hotel inventory.

With our comprehensive supplier network, your travel business can confidently offer a diverse range of travel services, enabling you to cater to the unique preferences of your customers and enhance their overall travel experience.

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Experience the immense power of our API , seamlessly integrating a vast array of leisure travel suppliers. With our award-winning booking platform product, you can effortlessly integrate it into your own system and harness its capabilities.

API stands for Application Programming Interface. It is a set of rules and protocols that allows different software applications to communicate and interact with each other. APIs enable the exchange of data and functionality between different systems, allowing developers to integrate and leverage the capabilities of external services, libraries, or platforms into their own applications. With APIs we can provide a standardized way for different software components to interact, enabling seamless communication and collaboration between diverse systems and applications.

Building your own booking engine from scratch and achieving integration with multiple suppliers can be a time-consuming and complex process. Each supplier has its own unique requirements and intricacies, making integration a challenging task. However, our travel API provides a shortcut to this process. By utilizing a straightforward set of XML requests, you gain the ability to search for and book products offered by our extensive list of integrated suppliers. Additionally, you can access details of existing bookings, create, and retrieve customer information, retrieve information-rich cruise and hotel content, and much more.

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Say goodbye to the years of development and hurdles associated with integrating multiple suppliers individually. Our travel API streamlines the entire process, saving you time and effort. Through our API, you gain quick access to a wide range of supplier offerings, enabling you to provide your customers with a comprehensive selection of travel options.

Effortless XML Requests for Seamless Functionality

With our travel API, integration becomes hassle-free. Through simple XML requests, you can effortlessly search for desired products, make bookings, retrieve crucial booking details, manage customer information, and access valuable cruise and hotel content. The ease of integration allows you to focus on enhancing your own system while leveraging the extensive capabilities of our suppliers.

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Our travel API not only facilitates booking functionality but also offers access to information-rich content. This includes detailed cruise and hotel information that enriches the customer experience and aids in their decision-making process. By utilizing our API, you can provide a seamless booking experience with up-to-date information from a wide range of integrated suppliers.

Experience the Efficiency of our Integrated Supplier Network

By leveraging our extensive leisure travel supplier integration, you gain a powerful advantage in the travel industry. The efficiency and breadth of our supplier network enable you to offer your customers a diverse range of travel options, streamline the booking process, and deliver a superior booking experience.

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Travel Tek empower your travel business with seamless API integration. Our robust API works tirelessly behind the scenes, enabling travelers to effortlessly search for and book a wide range of travel services.

Whether you’re a travel agent, tour operator, or a travel website, our Travel API integration equips you with the tools to offer your customers a comprehensive booking platform. From flights and hotels to car rentals and travel deals, our API ensures that you have access to an extensive inventory of travel suppliers.

Our Travel API is designed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of your operations. By integrating our API into your systems, you can streamline the booking process, allowing travelers to book flights, hotels, and car rentals with ease. The seamless integration ensures that you can provide your customers with real-time availability and competitive pricing, making their travel experience convenient and enjoyable.

Stay Ahead in the Travel Industry with Traveltek's Powerful Travel API

As a leader in the travel industry, Traveltek has established itself as a trusted partner for tour operators and travel agents worldwide. Our Travel API empowers you to tap into a vast network of flights, hotels, and car rentals, enabling you to offer your customers a diverse range of options. Whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday or an adventurous city break, our API ensures that you can cater to the unique preferences of every traveler.

With our Travel API, you can stay ahead of the competition and unlock new opportunities in the ever-evolving travel industry. Our powerful booking engine iBos , integrated with our API, enables you to deliver personalized travel experiences and secure the best deals for your customers. It’s a comprehensive solution that empowers you to thrive in a competitive market.

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Are you a tour operator looking to expand your reach and collaborate with third-party technology companies? Our API serves as your gateway, providing seamless access to your inventory for these external partners. The best part is that our API follows a standardized format across all Traveltek customers. This means that any third party who has integrated our API for another company will be able to effortlessly support your inventory as well.

Empower Your Trade Partners with Advanced Capabilities

By integrating our travel API, you empower your trade partners to search for real-time availability, retrieve your comprehensive content and descriptions, and make bookings using credit cards or on account. This streamlined process ensures smooth collaboration and efficient transactions between your tour operation and the technology companies accessing your inventory through our API.

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With our API integration, you can expand your distribution network and open doors to new sales channels. By providing third-party technology companies with easy access to your stock, you enhance your market visibility and increase the chances of securing bookings from a wider customer base. Our API acts as a catalyst for growth, enabling you to tap into new opportunities and maximize your revenue potential.

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At Traveltek, we firmly believe that your booking and customer data belongs to you. We value your independence, which is why our API provides you with full access to this data. With our API integration, you can seamlessly sync your data with external systems, retrieve information, and generate your own reports. You also have the flexibility to add new booking data from sales made through other channels. If you’re currently managing your website independently or through another web hosting company, our travel API enables you to incorporate live pricing and booking functionality effortlessly.

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Embrace Flexibility and Expand Your Offerings

Our API integration opens doors to flexibility and expansion. Whether you’re managing your website or collaborating with another web hosting company, integrating our travel API enables you to incorporate live pricing and booking functionalities effortlessly. This means you can offer a dynamic and comprehensive booking experience to your customers, ensuring they have access to real-time pricing information and the ability to make bookings seamlessly.

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How Can It Help Your Business?

Travel APIs have taken off in a big way in recent years, but what, exactly, is a travel API? More importantly, how can it help your travel brand?

In simple terms, APIs or Application Programming Interfaces allow developers to connect networks, individual devices, and information streams. Travel APIs provide access to desired travel content such as flights, hotels, transfers, payment gateways and many more. This includes shop and book, payment, rich content and branding.

Traveltek provides the travel trade with a wide range of API services that both provide valuable content and deliver consolidated super itineraries.

Why Use an API?

Utilising APIs can undoubtedly provide value to travel agency brands; there are a few key benefits that make their use a no-brainer for travel businesses looking to provide a more dynamic user experience.

  • Reduction of operational costs –  using an API can save travel businesses significant time and resource, both in terms of development and maintenance and in man-hours for operational staff. For many companies, cost reduction opportunities are to be found in the elimination of manual activities. For example, time spent by staff manually sourcing flight details or hotel information for clients can quickly add up while using an API to deliver the relevant information negates this.
  • Increase speed to market –  an API can help to cut lengthy development processes. Using modern, open and well documented APIs can help you get to market quicker by consuming structured data via easy to use methods. This means you can focus upon delivering great user experience to clients and travellers, rather than getting stalled by technical complexity.
  • Enhancing your reputation –  a simple one; the better the user experience for your customers, the more likely they are to speak positively on their experience and return for their next trip. Using APIs can ensure you provide travellers with all the information they need, in one place.

With more leisure travel suppliers integrated than any other platform on the market, Traveltek’s API provides you with a huge amount of power, allowing you to harness the strength of our award-winning booking platform and integrate it with your own system.

With over 300 suppliers integrated, Traveltek’s API empowers you to do more business. From the world’s biggest travel suppliers to local, niche providers, you’ll have access to the industry’s largest community of buyers and sellers worldwide.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a travel api.

A Travel API (Application Programming Interface) is a set of tools and protocols that allows different software applications to communicate and exchange data with each other. In the context of travel, a Travel API enables seamless integration of travel services such as flights, hotels, car rentals, and more into third-party systems, empowering travel businesses to offer comprehensive booking solutions.

How does Traveltek's Travel API work?

Traveltek's Travel API works by connecting your travel business systems with our extensive network of travel suppliers and content. Through the API integration, you gain access to real-time availability, pricing, and booking capabilities for flights, hotels, car rentals, and other travel services. This enables your customers to search for, compare, and book travel options directly from your platform.

What benefits does Traveltek's Travel API offer to my travel business?

By integrating Traveltek's Travel API, your travel business can streamline operations, offer a wider range of travel options, enhance the booking experience for customers, and gain a competitive edge in the industry. The API enables you to access a vast inventory of flights, hotels, car rentals, and more, while providing real-time availability and pricing information. It empowers you to deliver personalized travel experiences and improve customer satisfaction.

Can I customize Traveltek's Travel API to match my branding and website design?

Yes, Traveltek's Travel API is highly customizable, allowing you to match the branding and website design of your travel business. You can tailor the API integration to reflect your unique brand identity, ensuring a seamless and cohesive user experience for your customers.

Is Traveltek's Travel API suitable for both travel agents and tour operators?

Yes, Traveltek's Travel API is designed to cater to the needs of both travel agents and tour operators. Whether you specialize in individual travel bookings or group tours, our API can provide you with the necessary tools and functionalities to meet your specific requirements.

How can I get started with Traveltek's Travel API?

To get started with Traveltek's Travel API, simply reach out to our team through the contact information provided on our website. We will guide you through the integration process, understand your business needs, and help you leverage the full potential of our Travel API to enhance your travel business.

Can Traveltek's Travel API be integrated into an existing booking system?

Yes, Traveltek's Travel API can be seamlessly integrated into your existing booking system. Our team of experts will work closely with you to ensure a smooth integration process, allowing you to leverage the power of our API while maintaining the functionalities of your current booking system.

Is technical support available for Traveltek's Travel API integration?

Yes, Traveltek provides comprehensive technical support throughout the integration process and beyond. Our dedicated support team is available to assist you with any queries or technical issues you may encounter, ensuring a smooth and successful integration of our Travel API into your travel business.

How can Traveltek's Travel API help me stay competitive in the travel industry?

By leveraging Traveltek's Travel API, you can stay ahead of the competition in the travel industry. Our API enables you to offer a diverse range of travel services, access competitive pricing, deliver personalized experiences, and enhance the overall booking process for your customers. It equips your travel business with the tools and capabilities needed to thrive.

To find out more about how Travel API can transform your business and provide you with a truly one-stop booking engine book a demo today.

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The Complete Guide to Travel APIs in 2024: Key Opportunities for Growth

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Travel APIs have emerged as a critical technology for powering innovation across the hospitality and tourism sector. This comprehensive guide will explain what travel APIs are, their benefits, examine leading use cases amongst major brands, and provide best practices for adoption. By the end, you‘ll understand how to harness travel APIs as strategic tools to enhance customer experience and unlock new revenue streams.

Introduction: The Fast-Growing Travel API Market

A travel API (application programming interface) enables software developers to integrate directly with databases of travel data like hotel rooms, flights, rental cars and more. The API pipes this data into apps and websites in real-time.

For example, instead of a hotel website having static room rates listed, its integration with a hotel API allows displaying live rates and real-time availability obtained from the hotel‘s property management system.

The travel API market has witnessed massive growth as online booking platforms utilize these B2B connectors to streamline the lookup and reservation process. Annual travel API transactions are predicted to reach 3.6 billion by 2024 , up from 1.5 billion in 2019 according to Phocuswright.

Travel API transaction volume 2014-2024

APIs allow travel brands to quickly distribute inventory and services across channels. The result? Travel shoppers enjoy an always up-to-date view of the latest deals in one place, enabling easy comparison booking.

Let‘s examine the capabilities and applications of travel APIs across hotels, flights, rental cars and attractions. We‘ll spotlight leading examples along with tips to ensure successful API adoption.

Key Benefits of Travel APIs

Here are some of the ways travel suppliers and online booking platforms utilize APIs:

For travel suppliers:

  • Distribute inventory across 100s of online travel agencies, metasearch sites etc.
  • Enable direct bookings from search engines like Google
  • Simplify integration with third-party distribution channels
  • Receive real-time reservation updates across sales channels
  • Analyze booking data, customer trends to optimize offers

For online travel agencies & metasearch engines:

  • Provide real-time pricing and availability across travel products
  • Enable customized bundling of flights+hotels+cars into packages
  • Boost comparison shopping experience for travelers
  • Rapidly add new suppliers via API integration
  • Assemble complete trip itineraries spanning activities, tours, etc.

Research by Skift shows that travel shoppers now visit 38 websites on average before booking a trip. Travel APIs allow consolidating real-time data from numerous suppliers onto far fewer platforms, reducing search friction.

Top Travel API Use Cases

Let‘s dive into some leading applications across sectors:

1. Hotel APIs

Hotel APIs enable direct connectivity between hotel reservation systems and external sales/distribution channels via real-time data transfer. Common capabilities include:

  • Look up live room rates, room types, amenity info
  • Check real-time availability for upcoming stay dates
  • Compare prices across room categories
  • Complete new bookings and receive confirmation
  • Retrieve reservation details for a booking ID

Google Hotel API

One of the most widely adopted hotel APIs globally is the Google Hotel API . It boasts the following features:

  • Indexes 500k+ hotels in 200+ countries
  • Updates rates/availability 3x daily for near-real-time accuracy
  • Free version has basic functionality while paid tiers enable advanced features
  • Offers flexible commission models for partners
  • Powers hotel search across Google platforms like Google Travel, Google Flights and Google Maps

The Google Hotel API is used by many major online travel agencies and metasearch engines to integrate hotel search capabilities. Its extensive reach and direct tie-in with Google search makes it appealing.

Google Hotel API Integration

Providers like booking portals can also become affiliate partners to earn commission when users book via the API. Independent hotels benefit by exposing their rooms to Google‘s vast customer base. But hotels must regularly update rates/availability for best results – a time cost.

2. Car Rental APIs

Rental car APIs allow programmatic access to live inventory across leading agencies for lookup and bookings. For users, this means:

  • Review car availability across pickup locations
  • Check rates across car types/categories
  • Compare prices across rental providers
  • Reserve the best match for travel dates

Providers like Trawex offer rental car APIs combining inventory from 50+ suppliers including Hertz, Avis and Europcar:

Trawex Car Rental API

The Trawex API enables partners to integrate rental car booking capabilities via:

  • Real-time car availability checks for precise quotes
  • Single API for major brands allowing easy consolidation
  • Direct Reservations to issue confirmed bookings instantly
  • Pricing Markups to set profit margin on rentals
  • XML/JSON output for smooth integration

Partners can become an authorized reseller by subscribing to the API. Common use cases include travel marketplaces, price comparison sites, tour operators and travel management companies.

Trawex Car Rental API Integration

Rental suppliers benefit from expanded distribution reach while partners can differentiate by bundling rental cars into complete trip packages. Testing is crucial to ensure accurate quotes.

3. Flight APIs

Airline APIs empower partners to look up live flight schedules, availability, pricing and make bookings via real-time connectivity. Common capabilities:

  • Browse scheduled flights by route, dates, number of passengers
  • Check availability of seats on desired flights
  • Review real-time fare details across cabins
  • Reserve and purchase flight tickets directly
  • Access additional data like aircraft details, baggage allowance, arrival times etc.

Leading GDS providers like Amadeus and Sabre offer flight APIs with global scope:

Amadeus Flight Offers API

The Amadeus Flight Offers API enables accessing bookable flights from 500+ airlines including full-service and low-cost carriers.

Its features include:

  • Fares and availability reflecting live airline inventory
  • Optimized shopping experience via single API call
  • Retail and corporate booking use cases
  • Caching options to limit calls and costs
  • Available in test environment to refine integration

Partners can subscribe to the API for usage-based pricing. The API powers flight search and booking for many top OTAs.

Amadeus Flight API Integration

This delivers mutually beneficial scale – airlines expand their virtual shelf space while booking sites offer comprehensive flight inventory in one place. Rigorous load testing is vital before launching globally.

4. Tour and Activity APIs

Travel brands can tap tour and activity APIs to showcase available attractions, tours and events across destinations. Common capabilities include:

  • Browse things to do like museums, attractions, tours
  • Check availability and reserve spaces in real-time
  • Book rental cars, flights and hotels alongside activities for full trip planning

Providers like TrekkSoft and Ticketmaster supply leading activity APIs:

TrekkSoft API

The TrekkSoft API allows tour operators to distribute products across third-party sites. Its features include:

  • Real-time availability checks and reservations
  • Support for 50+ languages and 120+ currencies
  • PCI compliant payments via the API
  • Rate plans, discounts and promo codes -pickup locations, travel times, and more

This expands direct packaged bookings beyond a provider‘s website.

Ticketmaster Discovery API

With over 500 million tickets sold annually, Ticketmaster offers a range of APIs. The Discovery API enables:

  • Event discovery by location, keyword, genre etc.
  • 150k+ events across concerts, sports, arts and more
  • Reviews, seating maps and other event details
  • Inventory availability checks in real-time

Partners can integrate event discovery and ticketing into a cohesive trip booking workflow.

Ticketmaster API Integration

Activity APIs turn static destination content into bookable products that add value. Providers benefit from increased distribution and commissions.

Choosing the Right Travel API

Here are some key factors when evaluating travel APIs:

  • Coverage: Number of hotels, flights, rental cars, events indexed
  • Availability : How frequently is data refreshed for real-time accuracy?
  • Capability : Can you complete bookings or only search availability?
  • Cost : Per-call pricing? Monthly subscriptions? Account tiers?
  • Output : Are output formats (JSON, XML) appropriate for your usage?
  • Support : Documentation quality? Sample code? Technical assistance?

Leading GDS providers like Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport offer extensive air, car, hotel and rail APIs. But niche suppliers often have the best region-specific content.

Booking Holdings (owns Priceline, Kayak, Agoda) and Expedia Group (Expedia, Travelocity) also offer proprietary travel APIs. Evaluating your unique needs is key before selecting.

Best Practices for Travel API Success

Here are some top tips to ensure maximum value from travel API adoption:

  • Start small : Limit initial scope to a single provider or geography before expanding
  • Phase launches : Rollout new integrations incrementally to pinpoint issues
  • Test extensively : Rigorously test APIs to catch bugs before they impact customers
  • Monitor adoption : Analyze API usage metrics to refine product-market fit
  • Promote capabilities : Educate users on new features enabled by your API platform
  • Stay compliant : Ensure API usage follows terms of service and locality regulations
  • Watch dependencies : If your platform relies on external APIs, have fallback plans in case of downtime
  • Plan for scale : Stress test API loads on staging environments before launch
  • Automate post-launch : Use API testing tools to monitor performance 24/7

With the right API strategy, travel brands can provide customers seamless, accurate experiences across booking journeys.

The API-Driven Future of Travel is Here

Travel APIs have revolutionized how brands build innovative digital experiences in hospitality and tourism. By tapping into continuously updated data from diverse travel suppliers, platforms can deliver always-on convenience:

  • For customers : Comparison shop the latest deals in one place and book in minutes
  • For suppliers : Distribute inventory widely to boost bookings across channels
  • For travel marketplaces : Assemble complete trips spanning flights, hotels, cars, activities and more

From major online travel agencies down to individual hotels and tour providers, travel APIs enable businesses to focus on where they truly add value. And conceal the complexity behind sleek customer experiences.

While the capabilities are compelling, realizing the full benefits does require diligent API testing and monitoring. This ensures customers never see an outage or error caused by bad API implementations.

With a thoughtful API adoption strategy, travel brands can future-proof their platforms to meet rising digital demands. By harnessing the collective power of the wider travel ecosystem, companies can accelerate innovation and take customer service to new heights.

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