What is it and how does it work?
APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) sit behind almost everything that happens online. They are how information communicates from one source to another and then to your computer, tablet or mobile phone. This means that with a few clicks, you can do things like order a pizza, book a hotel, listen to a song or download software.
APIs work tirelessly behind the scenes online. They make everything we expect to happen online possible.
Here’s an everyday example . . .
Mr Smith wants to take his family skiing over Christmas. He visits his favourite Online Travel Agent (OTA) and inputs his request. This means his preferred location, check-in and check-out dates, number of guests and number of rooms. He then clicks “Search”.
OTAs often tell us that they trawl the web to find you the best deal. In practice, the API is doing this work. The OTA’s API communicates with a multitude of other APIs, which have been connected by their web developers, to find the rooms that meet Mr Smith’s request. The results are then delivered back to the OTA and displayed to Mr Smith. Within seconds of his search, Mr Smith can see a list of available options that will suit his trip and he can make his booking.
This is great for Mr Smith, who can avoid hours of back and forth enquiries and requests. It is even better for the OTA, who is able to make a commission on the sale without ever having to pick up the phone.
Ski API Technologies have developed an industry leading platform which allows us to offer the widest range of accommodation, ski passes and ski hire from a global database of travel providers to our network of trusted travel partners. Our API works by fetching live data from this network and feeding it into your reservation system in real time. As this works in the background, you can host all of the information in your own branding, without any intrusion from us. By connecting to our API, you can expect to receive everything you need to sell our product. This includes pricing, availabilities, pictures, descriptions, star ratings, geo-locations, check-in and check-out times and much, much more.
Is it for me?
By integrating our
API, you have complete ownership of how our product appears on your page. This
is our most advanced method of partnership and requires some technical work on
your part. If you have your own developers who can commit approx. 40 hours to an
integration, and you are prepared to take payments and manage bookings, the API
could be right for you.
Why should I use it?
It allows you to
really own our product range and brand it as you like. Your guests will be
delighted by your new ski range and you will be snowed under by new bookings!
By also having instant access to our ancillaries like Ski Passes and Ski Hire,
we add extra value to your business and your guests’ all important ski holiday.
To find out more,
register as a Ski API Technologies Partner
for access to our API documentation.
You will be assigned an Account Manager and Technical Manager to give you as
much information as possible, and to get you selling ski holidays in no time.