Travel API is basically set of web services to access the travel deals from different travel consolidators. GDS, third party flight APIs, hotel APIs — all are used by travel agencies to access the travel deals online. Inventory is the heart and soul of any travel agency.Without the right inventory/content at competitive rates for your market, people are not likely to buy from you, regardless of how much you spend on sales and marketing. Modern travelers, with a single search, they can view thousands of flights, hotels, activities, transfers and car rentals from across the world with real time rates and availability and instantly make reservations right on their mobile phones.
In layman terms, an 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. Just like suppliers provide APIs to give you access to their feeds, banks and other payment processors also provide APIs to use their services. By integrating the API of a payment gateway, the travelers would be able to make secure payments online using their credit card or debit card. There are multiple payment gateways available and your travel technology partner might help in choosing the right one.