I was wondering, how do I set up a flight booking affiliate engine (like the ones on sites such as cheapflights.com, skyscanner.com, bookingbuddy.com, etc) on my own website?
3:44 pm on Mar 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
Not sure which you are asking: A) You want to join an affiliate program that allows people to book flights on your own site and gives you a commission, or B) You already have a GDS connection and you want to start an affiliate program where other sites use your engine and you pay them commissions?
6:11 pm on Mar 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
Neither. I want to have a booking engine that compares prices from multiple sites (all of which have an affiliate program). So when someone books clicks on a link to book a flight on my site, I earn commission from whatever site they booked the flight from.
Same as the booking engine that cheapflights.com and skyscanner.com have.
6:28 pm on Mar 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
Most likely you'll have to use APIs to hook into the booking engines of the different affiliate programs. On the backend, call each respective API and combine the results before outputting the results to the customer.
You'll have to make sure that doing this is not in violation of each partner's ToS. Many (most?) have language in place to prohibit this type of comparison shopping because of the load it places on their sites.
6:49 pm on Mar 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
Are there companies/websites out there that provide this service? Or am I going to have to hire a contractor to setup the booking engine?
6:56 pm on Mar 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
Are there companies/websites out there that provide this service?
Sounds like way too much of a niche market to me. Otherwise, you'd have hundreds, if not thousands, of comparison sites.
Or am I going to have to hire a contractor to setup the booking engine?
This is your most likely option.
6:06 pm on Mar 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
Yes, most likely you would need to hire a software developer. I did a phone interview with a company that did something like that but with hotels and they had a team of developers.