It is tough for any size agency to compete with the large online travel agencies buying power with the airlines today, but there are tools available today that can help level the playing field. Choosing the right flight booking software is one way of getting your business online and helping you start to compete effectively.
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Flight Booking Software Should Help Your
It is tough for any size agency to compete with the large online travel
agencies buying power with the airlines today, but there are tools
available today that can help level the playing field. Choosing the
right flight booking software is one way of getting your business
online and helping you start to compete effectively. The ultimate goal
being to provide your clients with a unique online booking solution
that results in operational efficiencies and reduces the overall cost of
making a booking for all parties involved.
With ever changing airline schedules and airfare wars, an airline
reservation system needs to provide Live access to airline content to
be truly sure the most up to date availability and pricing is used.
Some air booking engines even offer the ability to allow users to
simultaneously search multiple content sources, saving valuable time
when searching for the best airfare for a specific itinerary.
With so many suppliers offering so many different deals, keeping
track of price adjustments and promoting special offers can be a full-
time job for many travel website owners. It is almost impossible to
keep pace with changing airfares and the multitude of special
promotions that are available simultaneously. Today's travel booking
solution must provide the capability to quickly adjust a selling price
and advertise value add offerings included right in the availability
The right airline reservation system can help simplify the process
with a powerful business Rule features that allow business owners to
easily adjust a product's selling price, include value add offers in the
availability display and more while supporting both B2B and B2C
channels. In addition to the basic business rule functions such as
marking up or discounting an airfare, some solutions incorporate
custom rule types that even define additional filters to determine
which type of booking or selling channel a specific business rule
should apply to. Some include filters to define a Rule by affiliate,
supplier, departure, destination and more.
You'll want your airline reservation system to include revenue
management Tools with the ability to mark up or mark down a
product's selling price by airline, itinerary, class of service, dates and
more. Some of the more advanced flight booking software includes
features like the ability to set up automatic emails to Customers' and
/or Agents advising them that a payment is due.
Reporting capabilities should not only include basic booking statistics
but also search statistics to determine what customers may be
looking for when searching on your website, but not finding with the
airline reservation system you are providing. This type of information
can be potentially valuable when negotiating private airfares and
commissions with suppliers or defining price adjustments to be
included in the air booking engine display.
Flight booking software should provide with the tools needed to
manage a business and provide operational efficiencies that increase
sales and reduced costs. It should be easy to use for both agents and
customers and provide live access to airline content. Finding the
right online booking solution can be an important decision for your
travel business and finding the right technology partner can be even