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What is Hotel API?

Ah! Online travel! The most penetrated e-commerce segment, yet still so full of opportunities. So innovative and yet so broken. I think of some of the massive game-changers in recent years and how much road has already been covered. From the early days of Expedia and its wizard packaging skills to Google’s landmark acquisition of ITA to (of course) the rise of Airbnb. The list is endless. Flights are where most of the visible progress has been made; I mean, you can actually book a flight online, especially with direct airline connectivity going mainstream. You can predict hotel prices from more than 200 inline travel agents (like booking, expedia, hotels.com,etc) using MAkCorps Hotel API. The wonderfully messy world of hospitalityHotels are a different story. Connectivity is not solved, far from it. On the face of it, the industry juggernauts have massive connectivity; Amadeus and Travelport both claim 650,000 properties on their platform. But in practice, it’s an unusable mess. Talk…

The best Travel APIs (discover & contribute)

APIs and data feeds are the lifeblood of the travel industry. They power everything from selling flight tickets to beautiful map-based travel guides. Think about it. It’s amazing that entrepreneurs can make use of all the existing infrastructure and data to build exciting new things on top of it. Want to build an recommendation engine for worldwide spontaneous trips, combining flight ticket prices and weather data? Not a problem. This is why we want to start a collection of great travel APIs to work with. The following list is certainly missing a ton of interesting services, so please drop us a line, if you know of other exciting APIs. The only two requirements are that the API is related to the realm of travel and somewhat universal (public transportation data for an individual city is great but not for this list). AccommodationHotelsCombined Data FeedsHotel metasearch (price comparison) data Expedia Affiliate Network APIFull-stack hotel search and booking API MakCorps Hotel Review Data A…