Airline Reservations Systems Help Your Business Fly

Airline Reservations Systems Help Your Business Fly

As online travel technology solutions continue to advance, more and more people are using some type of flight reservation system to research and book their air travel arrangements. Whether looking to just book airline tickets to visit friends or for a business trip, there are online air booking solutions in the market that can help easily guide even a novice user through the entire process of researching and booking and airline reservation. There are countless airline reservation systems and booking engines in the market today.

A little up front research of all the options available will save you loads of time and aggravation in the long run. Choosing the best application for your business can be a critical decision and should be considered carefully. There are airline booking systems designed to meet the requirements of just about anyone selling travel online, but finding a solution with the right combination of product features and content for your business is the key. A good place to start may be to evaluate the way you currently make airline bookings and identify any improvements you would like to see or can be made there. Ask yourself whether your business is operating as efficiently as it could when it comes to making airline reservations. Are your products priced competitively and are they easily available for your clients to book? Has the technology your using today kept pace with today’s advancements or your competitors?

As consumers continue to shift just about all their purchases to online sales, you may want to make sure your online booking engine is mobile ready so you can avoid the need to develop a separate, expensive dedicated Mobile APP in the future. For this you will want to make sure the Flight reservation system you choose is built using responsive technology that automatically adjusts the Users screen size based on the type of device they are using.

Consider how your customers like to research and book their airline reservations. Whether your customer prefer to research and book their flight arrangements online or speak with an experienced travel professional, a flight reservation system should be designed to be easy to use for travel agents and consumers as well. Researching and booking an airline ticket online today should be as easy as just a few clicks of the mouse and the application should be simple in design and not require the end User to input too much information or remember complicated formats.

Access to live pricing and availability is key in order to provide your customer the most accurate and up to date information about their flight. Access to the right airline content and lowest available fare can be critical in today’s price sensitive marketplace, so a flight booking engine that can simultaneously search multiple content sources via a live connection for the best price can be an extremely valuable feature to have.

Choosing a flight reservation system with the right combination of options for your business can be a critical decision. Finding a technology partner that will help you reach today’s mobile consumer with the content they are looking for can be just as important.

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Airline Systems Continue To Evolve

Airline Systems Continue To Evolve

The days when making a flight reservation with an airline was a time consuming and complex process seems like a distant past. Today just about anyone can make an airline reservation quickly and easily using an online air booking engine. Whether consumers use an airline website or one of the many booking tools offered by an online travel agencies, they are just a few clicks away from having their air travel arrangements confirmed and ticketed. The airline reservation system you choose for your business can be critical with many having been a driving force in the automation of online travel bookings as these systems have evolved over the years.

Today’s online booking engines can help your business reduce it’s overall administrative costs while expanding your customer base and increasing your revenues. Online sales have proven to be one of the most cost effective ways of serving customers and the tools available today are better than ever. Today’s airline reservation system is the result of decades of upgrades and enhancements that now include features like advance and/or preferred seat selection, choice of meal preference and special service requests.

And as the world went crazy embracing mobile technology, so did the airline systems. Travelers can now make their flight arrangements using the device they choose, including their mobile phone or tablet. The increasing popularity of the air mobile app has been driven by a population that is always on the move and prefers not to carry their laptop with them. Mobile Apps can also provide a great “branding” opportunity your business so all your customers need to do today is to download the air booking mobile app on their cell phone and log-in to your booking engine. The features of an air mobile app not only enable any travel agent to cater to their clients on the move, but most mobile apps can take full advantage of the powerful features and functionality offered by an online booking engine.

And it’s not only consumers that enjoy these simple to use applications, they are so easy to use that travel agents can be trained quickly and have them selling faster. Gone are the days when an agent had to understand complex GDS formats to check flight availability and price options. The airline reservation systems of today have streamlined this process and reduced the amount of time it takes to complete a booking. Robust business management and reporting tools also give an agency owner the powerful information and control they need to manage their business in today’s competitive marketplace.

For those clients who want to control their own User Interfaces while still taking advantage of some of the powerful tools offered by an airline reservation system, Air Booking Engine API options can provide the capability for large, online travel agencies to host all Air booking user interfaces on their own server while using an Air Booking Engine API for business logic as well as live Pricing, Availability & Booking.

Finding an airline reservation system with the right combination of options for your business can be an important decision and critical to the success of your business. Finding a technology partner that will help you reach today’s mobile consumer where and how they shop for air travel can be just as important.

Content Is Key For Travel Booking Solutions

Content in Key for Travel Booking Solutions

There’s such a vast amount of travel content available today and so many different online travel booking solutions available with just a few clicks of a mouse, it is sometimes difficult to know which is the best fit for your needs. While certain booking solutions may have the functionality and features you are looking for, they may not have the supplier inventory your customers want. In other cases, you may spot an online booking solution with just the content you need, but find that it is lacking the features and functionality you require. The solution to your problems may be found with an online booking engine that has the features and functionality to properly manage your business along with flexible supplier connection capability which will allow you to access various content sources for different travel products.

If your agency is selling multiple travel products, you may want your booking engine to access hotel content using one source, but look to use a totally different connection for your airline bookings or perhaps several other sources when booking a cruise. Finding the all the right travel related content sources in a single online booking solution that has the features and functionality you need can be overwhelming to most initially or a bit of a challenge at best.

Some of the more advanced travel booking solutions even allow you to choose specific content sources by Supplier, providing the ultimate in content source flexibility. You may want to use one GDS ID to make most of your airline bookings, except for a few markets where you prefer to check another GDS ID for the fares of an air consolidator. Your air booking engine needs to be able to quickly and easily support these different connections and know when to use each. Accessing the right content source, for specific content can play a role in determining your success.

As cruise line preferred supplier relationships become increasingly important to securing the best price and commission levels, biasing the cruise line availability display to show preferred suppliers first has become an important tool for many agency owners. Some cruise lines have been quick to recognize the benefits biasing the display may bring and may offer increased commissions and marketing support to agencies with an online booking solution with this capability.

Travel booking solutions also need the ability to quickly and easily define pre-set business rules so agency owners can adjust a product selling price or promote value add offers and special deals right in the availability display. Simply put, today’s online booking engine needs to keep up with all the different specials and promotions that Suppliers make available today. Selling price adjustments and value add offers need to be easy to define and provide the flexibility to set rules by a specific supplier, travel dates, booking dates, booking channel and more.

Finding a travel booking solutions that has the functionality and content you need is an important decision for your business. Finding the right technology partner to assist you in reaching your customers where they shop can be even more important.

Airline Booking Engines Automate Business

Airline Booking Engines Automate Business

Is the airline booking engine your travel business is using designed to automate processes, increase revenues and reduce time and effort required to complete a transaction? Technology continues to evolve at lightning speed and so has the software and applications that power today’s online travel booking solutions. There are technology companies dedicated to developing applications to address the demand for travel technology solutions that automate operational processes and provide the ability to customize an “out of the box” solution to support a client’s unique brand identity. Many have researched market requirements, worked closely with customers to identify their specific needs and discovered new and innovative ways to increase revenues while reducing expenses.

Online Booking Engines are often “out of the box” solutions that are hosted by a third party technology company but allow the headers, footers and style sheets to be customized to maintain a client’s brand identity and provide a seamless online experience for customers. There are also private label versions where a technology partner can change the complete layout of an air booking engine so it is customized to meet a client’s specific requirements. And it seems like just about everything in between.

User templates are designed to streamline the selling process for Users and make it easier for agents and agency financial staff to manage bookings. Live access to airline content is often provided via Global Distribution Systems to provide the most up to date availability and pricing. Robust business management tools allow application owners to preset rules that automatically mark up or mark down a product’s selling price by airline, itinerary, class of service, travel or booking dates and more. Promotions capability allow agency owners to include specific marketing messages and value ad offers right in the availability display. Some even allow for the setup of promotional codes that can be redeemed in the booking process. Time saving administration tools that cross check bookings with Suppliers automatically compare a booking made by the airline booking engine with the Supplier’s system.

Dynamic Packaging products have become a popular option for many travel booking engines as consumers look to create their own unique travel experience. If you plan to sell to today’s online consumer, you need to keep pace with the multiple ways that they research, shop and book airline reservations today. Some will use responsive technology for greater support of various mobile and tablet screen sizes so customers can easily view and navigate through the booking process regardless of the type of device they are using. There are even a “state of the art” mobile air apps available that take advantage of the powerful features today’s online Air Booking Engines offer combined with the ease and mobility using a smart phone or tablet.

Finding an airline booking engine with the right combination of options for your business can be a critical decision. Finding a technology partner that will help you reach today’s mobile consumer with the right content and tools to automate your business can be just as important.

Making An Airline Booking is Easier Than Ever

Making an Airline Booking is Easier Than Ever

Making an airline reservation has never been easier. Today’s traveler can book flights using a variety of devices, including their mobile phone or tablet. Most airlines have had their own online air booking engines for decades and most of the larger carriers have launched dedicated mobile apps for their most frequent and loyal customers. The increasing popularity of the air mobile app has been driven by a population that is always on the move and prefers not to carry their tablet or laptop with them. Research has shown that many initiate their search using airline booking software on a handheld mobile device, but later switch to a tablet or laptop to finalize the booking. All they need is to download the air mobile app of their choice on their cell phone and log-in.

But airlines are not the only ones with mobile Apps to book airline reservations. The airline booking software available today can easily enable any travel business to cater to clientele on the move. Optional Air Mobile Apps can take full advantage of all the powerful features and functionality that come with an online booking engine. The content source you choose to use can be a critical decision, so you’ll want to evaluate the different options. Do you plan to use your own IATA credentials and GDS ID to make bookings and issue tickets? Do you work with a Host Agency or Air Consolidator? Will the application you choose need the ability to simultaneously search multiple sources for the best airfare? Each of these are possible scenarios to consider when making a decision on the type of air booking engine you’ll need to be successful.

Today’s easy to use airline booking software allows agency owners to train their agents quickly and get them selling faster. Agents are no longer required to learn complicated GDS codes required to access the latest airline schedules and availability. Many of today’s online air booking engines for travel agents use the same simple screens that consumer booking engines use. Powerful marketing tools allow agency owners to deliver targeted messages to agents and/or consumers shopping online about a specific sale fare or promotion they are offering. Whether they need to adjust a product’s selling price, or research which distribution channels are the most effective, agency owners have more tools an information at their fingertips than ever before. Pre-set business rules help eliminate potential agent errors and allow an agency owner the ability to control a products selling price when consumers shop via the online booking engine connected to an agency’s website. There are even solutions for who want to control their own User Interfaces while still taking advantage of the powerful tools offered by an existing air booking including access to live pricing, availability & booking capabilities.

Finding an airline booking engine with the right combination of options for your business can be a critical decision for your business. Finding a technology partner that will help you reach today’s mobile consumer with the content they are looking for can be just as important.

Travel Technology Solutions Vary

Travel Technology Solutions Vary

Today’s best travel technology solutions are designed serve multiple sales distribution channels. There are Business-to-Business (B2B) solutions for Agents to use, Business-to-Consumer (B2C) solutions for Customers shopping online, and even Business-Business-Consumer (B2B2C) solutions that allow an agency owner to extend their reach to include outside Agents looking for their own web presence. And there are applications designed to book all types of travel components.

Online air booking engines can help your travel business increase revenues while reducing the time and effort required to complete an airline booking. Some even have the ability to simultaneously search multiple content sources for the best price. Revenue management tools can mark up or mark down a product’s selling price by airline, itinerary, class of service, dates and more. And some airline reservation systems even provide access to services and amenities like interactive seat maps so passengers can easily select their seat, request special services or make their onboard meal selection in advance.

Hotel Booking Engines include the ability to search for a hotel near specific points of interest or neighborhoods within a city. Links to media files & rich content assist the User with selecting the right hotel property during the shopping process. Some travel technology solutions even use innovative responsive technology that automatically adjusts the screen display layout based on the type of device being used.

Even cruise vacations can be booked easily online with the right cruise booking software. A cruise booking engine needs to include a vast amount cruise line, cruise ship and cabin descriptions to assist during the shopping & booking process. Links to media files & rich content such as cabin photos, ship images and deck plans enhance the User experience and are often integrated throughout the booking engine display.

A hosted Booking Engine’s headers, footers and style sheets can sometimes be easily customized to provide a seamless online experience. Complete private label versions are also supported where the complete layout can be customized to meet specific requirements. It is best when Live access to supplier content is provided to be sure the most accurate availability and pricing is used. And customer loyalty programs have become so popular with travel suppliers making it critical to include a customer’s loyalty program ID with the reservation.

Travel technology solutions with dynamic packaging tools have become increasingly popular as consumers look for a single application for all their travel needs. Online dynamic packaging solutions are usually an extension of an existing booking engine but designed to allow agents as well as consumers to package and price cruises, flights, hotels and other travel products together in real time. Custom Packaging solutions allow agency owners to custom tailor a specific travel package and sell it online.

Not matter what type of travel you sell, choosing a travel technology solution with the right combination of options for your business can be a critical decision. Finding a technology partner that will help you reach today’s mobile consumer with the content they are looking for can be just as important.

Today’s Travel Booking Engines Offer Endless Options

Todays Travel Booking Engines Offer Endless Options

The travel booking engine you choose is a key element of your online business operations and needs to support the larger overall company strategy. It is always a good idea to start by reviewing your existing customer base and determine how you might serve them better and offer them additional services. Research has shown that it is usually less expensive to sell to existing customers and avoid to additional costs and resources often required to secure a new customer. Have you considered adding a hotel option for those customers using your air booking engine? What about a packaging engine that uses Cruise as the base of the transaction and then adds other travel products like air, hotel accommodations or activities during or around the Cruise dates. Odysseus clients will now have the features and capability to offer agents and consumers to either tailor make their own cruise/holiday with flights, hotel, activities and more or from a set of predefined trip/package that is tailored by a vacation expert.

How do your end customers prefer to make their travel reservations? This can be an important question to answer to make sure the travel booking engine you choose will provide access to the distribution channels you’ll need to serve your customers. Decades ago, a good retail location with plenty of foot traffic and a few Advertisements featuring special offers were enough to drive customers into your agency. The online revolution has dramatically changed the way consumers shop for everything, including travel.

Call center applications are great for providing personalized customer service and many give Agents the tools they need to research the best options and quickly assist customers on the phone or sitting at their desk. Some customers prefer to research options online and then call and speak with an agent to confirm their arrangements, while others like to research and book their travel arrangements at their convenience. It is all about consumer choice today and your business has to be ready with a travel booking engine ready to serve customers how and where they want. If your customers are like most, the application you choose will likely need to support B2B, B2C as well as B2B2C to serve your clients.

After you determine the content you’ll need to include and the distribution channels you need access to, it’s time to consider your technology options. Will a simple “white label” booking solution work for you or does your business need something a littl more customized? Do you need to work with a host agency or an air consolidator for some or all of your products or do use plan to your own agency credentials with the Supplier? What about the ability to adjust a products selling price or include a value add offer along with a hotel reservation or cruise vacation? There are countless technology providers offering different types of solutions for your business.

Finding a travel booking engine with the right combination of options for your business can be a critical decision. Finding a technology partner that will help you reach today’s mobile consumer where and how they shop for travel can be just as important.