I have looked around the hotels/travel affiliates and have decided to try out a few different ones. First up will be IAN.
Before I start, has anyone had any experience setting this up? (I am thinking about the database option rather than the XML feed as I dont have any experience with XML yet) and if you had any pointers for things to avoid or things to make sure I do?
I have a general travel site up and running with good levels of traffic (not search engine reliant - I think the site may even be in my profile) and I am going to add the hotels to this site.
Also, are they are good company to do business with? I picked them as a potential partner due to their size and have just assumed they will be good.
I've been working with them for over a year and have had no problems. They pay up on time and the collections team are very good. The reporting system is ok and the affiliate team are very good, generally they respond within a few hours by email.
I use a combination of the XML interface and the databases. The XML web services they offer are very good and professionally managed. Some of the data in the databases is a bit iffy but I think that's pretty normal in this industry :)