Given the challenge of multiple travel communication standards, each with multiple versions, the landscape of travel integration is challenging. The goal of the LinksRez Platform API is to provide a scalable, enterprise quality solution that integrates multiple travel vertical requests into a single API.
The diagram below represents the unified flow provided by the platform. The LinksRez platform customer focuses on implementing the single Travel call.
The nuances of each provider implementation are abstracted away from the customer by the platform reducing the time to market for integration.
While the platform abstracts the nuances of each provider, it does not depart from the underlying standards. Rather, the LinksRez platform API implements the standard exactly as specified by the standards bodies, IATA and OTA.
Customers submit their initial search by passing the relevant details of the trip along with a filtering object that indicates which travel verticals they wish to receive available inventory for. Below is a snippet from the API documentation that details a simple search. The customer provides the basic details of their travel dates and locations along with their desired verticals. Returns are provided in OTA 2.0 and NDC standard objects.
Searches across multiple services for available travel accommodations, such as airplane flights or hotel rooms. The endpoint will return information regarding each service found for the given criteria, formatted to match IATA’s NDC schemas for flights and OTA 2.0 for all other services.
"endDate": "2020-02-13T18:00:00.123Z "
"verticals": ["Air", "Hotel", "Car", "Golf", "Spa"]
Additional options are provided that allow the customer to pass in their own standard OTA and NDC request documents providing a finer grain filtering capability.
To expedite adoption, LinksRez ensures the Platform API utilizes models produced the Open Travel Model Designer App, commonly referred to as the OTM-DE. From the User Guide
The OpenTravel Model (OTM) simplifies defining XML Schemas and messages that conform to the OpenTravel 2.0 XML Schema Best Practices. The model defines an OTM Library as a single file that contains metadata and definitions of model objects.
More information can be found on the Open Travel Developer Network website at here.
By centralizing the vertical integration problem under one engineering effort, the LinksRez Platform API reduces complexity for it’s customers allowing faster time to market and allowing it’s customers to concentrate on their core mission of servicing the traveler.