Like most things, Travel Software comes in many shapes and sizes with solutions to fit just about any size travel business or budget.
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Like most things, Travel Software comes in many shapes and sizes with
solutions to fit just about any size travel business or budget. The key is
finding the right fit for your business.
One of the areas that travel agent software can vary greatly is in what some
refer to as the 'Rules Engine'. Some simply provide the ability to adjust a
products selling price, while others go a step further and allow travel
agents to customize and deliver a specific marketing message to both
agents and customers. The typical Rules Engine used to be rigid and time-
consuming to use, but this has changed as technology has evolved. Rather
than a limited selection of Rule parameters, some innovative online
booking engines offer 20+ filters and rule types, allowing agents selling
cruises to choose from options such as on-board credits, rewards points,
value adds, discounts, mark-ups, etc. They can be applied individually or
combined. The same customizable approach is used with defining price
adjustments, giving agents the ability to sets rates, commission levels and
process for agents and financial staff. Providing tools to manage bookings
like the ability to cross check a booking with Supplier's internal system can
eliminate the need to call a Supplier to verify a booking was received and
reduce the chances of any errors. Some applications can even automatically
double-check bookings through every step of the process. Export of the
booking information for use with other critical systems such as CRM and
accounting systems can streamline the process and improve the accuracy
and timeless of critical financial information.
There are so many travel options in the market today and the competition
for customers is greater than ever. Access to content options can make a
critical difference, so look for travel agent software that is fast and flexible
enough to allow agents to search multiple content sources for the best
price. And for increased speed and accuracy, look for applications that
Cache data to improve response time and continuously update the cache
data for the most up to date information. Quicker response times can help
increase your agents productivity and earning power.
Don't miss an opportunity to maximize your sales by expanding the type of
products you offer customers. Consider adding the option to include an
airline reservation for your customers booking a cruise. Or a packaging
engine that uses Air as the base of the transaction and then adds other
travel products like hotel accommodations or activities. Travel agent
software with packaging modules provide the features and capability to
allow agents and/or consumers to make their own vacation package with
flights, hotel accommodations, activities and more. You even have the
option to create a predefined package with fix components or allow the
agent and/or consumer to dynamically package it themselves.
Finding a travel software 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 can be just