Sabre is one of the leading GDS service providers. Its headquarter is in Texas, United States and it is founded in 1960.
Basic Requirements that you must pass:
If you want to take Sabre services and become a connected agency or agent, first of all, you must make sure that your business meets the following criteria set by the Sabre GDS. To get started, Get ready for the following information & submission:
Proof of Legal Business Entity;
Proof of past performance (optional, for agencies that have been operating in the market for some time); and
Under the Industry accreditations item, Sabre cites three types of certification.
Accreditations required for air ticketing To sell flights in the US, you must have an ARC or Airline Reporting Corporation Number. For distribution of air tickets outside the US, a BSP or Billing and Settlement Plan identifier granted by IATA is mandatory.
If you don’t have ARC/BSP numbers, Sabre offers you another option — booking travel under the umbrella of a host agency with all accreditations in place. In this case, you submit info about your host.
Additional accreditations are required by your state or country. Some states and countries force travel agencies to acquire additional permits and buy security bonds or bank guarantees to make air and non-air bookings. In the US, four states have their unique Seller of Travel (SOT) Laws and licensing — namely, California, Florida, Washington, and Hawaii. Still check your location for travel business regulations.
Non-ticketing accreditations to prove industry recognition (optionally). This includes ARC’s Verified Travel Consultant (VTC) number and IATA’s Travel Industry Designator Service (TIDS) code, which is now free of charge. You can also use the codes of your host agency.
Getting access to APIs
When all required information is collected, your next step will be roughly as follows.
Completing the intake form. The most straightforward way to initiate contact with the GDS is to create an email-based account on SwitchtoSabre.com. After logging in, you’ll be asked to fill out the detailed intake form (questionnaire.) Upon completion, a Sabre representative will contact you to review your request and prepare a contract that meets your needs.
Negotiating an API set and target location. Your Sabre account will be pre-configured for particular APIs and locations you’ve agreed upon. If you target North America, you’ll get access to the latest information on bookings from this region. But once you try to find travel products outside the defined area, the depth of search will drop and you will be at risk of receiving incomplete and/or outdated information. So, think over what and where you’re going to sell beforehand.
Signing a contract. The contract is usually sent via DocuSign, a transaction platform that enables you to securely finalize deals online. Take your time to consider price options and discuss the agreement with your lawyers. If eventually, you are fine with all the terms and the contract is signed, Sabre grants you access to their account management portal, where you can find invoices to be paid within 60 days.
Activating API access. Once payments are made, you’ll receive an email with access credentials. Sabre also assigns a dedicated account manager who will give you a walk-through and make sure that you have all IDs and keys to work with APIs specified in a contract.
Adding new APIs and regions to your shopping cart. Keep in mind that each time you want to integrate with an additional API or cover a new region, you must contact your account manager, make amendments to the agreement and wait for the account and access to be re-configured. The entire process can take a couple of months.
It’s worth noting that currently, Sabre allows for trying out some of their APIs without any preliminary negotiations. All you need to do is create an account in Sabre’s Dev Studio. This way, you’ll get a Test User ID and Password to sign in to the testing environment. But don’t expect too much from this option.
Well before access activation happens, you have to find people for running the integration project. Probably, you already have a team of experienced developers. If not, let’s see where to look for relevant specialists.
Right Partner to Get any GDS Integration:
TWAI is a Travel Technology Company that has wast of experience in GDS integration. Their programmers are experts in this kind of work.
Apart from GDS integration they also provide services like:
- API (Airline & Hotel)
- Travel Consultation Business
- Business Funding
- Ticket Audit & Refund
- Airline Content (Amenity, Branded Fare & Logo)
- IBE (Internet Booking Engine) B2B/B2C/B2E
- Multi-currency & Multilingual Reservation System?Fare Filling (ATPCO, Private Database, GDS etc)
- GDS (Integration)
- B2B Air Fares (More than $30* flat discount on every ticket+Commission)
- Corporates Fares Air
- Group Fares Air
- Travel Business Infrastructure
- Exit Strategy
- Travel Custome Website
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USP Of Sabre GDS
- SABRE was one of the first Real-time operating systems.
- Primarily it distributes access to the travel industry including hotels and cars at the global level.
- It has a great market for North American users.
- It provides 24-hour access to hotel inventories.
- Sabre has a lot of API’s available which will provide car rental search, booking service providers.
- Sabre is a fast and robust system as it uses mainframes solutions.
Challenges of Sabre
- Sabre has a bit less Hotel data availability as compared to other GDSs.
- Travelport has more low-cost providers connectivity than Sabre (Since it is depending on the geo-location where providers serve ).
- Sabre only supports Internet Explorer web browser
Challenges in testing Sabre
- As everyone knows GDS operates on Commands one using GDS must take its workspace training.
- Sabre provides on request service for its clients like agents need to sign agreements as every other GDSs.
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