OTA, GDS and Meta Search


OTA, GDS and Meta Search

Property Management System with GDS and OTA Channel Manager

Get Connected. Increase Bookings.

All of our PMS products connect seamlessly to GDS and OTA programs with 2-way interfaces to your PMS

Make selling and managing online bookings easy with a BookingCenter Property Management System. A PMS, Booking Engine and Channel Manager in one powerful system.

Offer unique rates and availability to multiple online channels with our Channel Manager and seamless connection to Global Distribution System (GDS) and Online Travel Agents (OTA).

Our easy-to-use allocation and pricing tools give you complete control and flexibility.

CheckmarkRoom and rate allocation by channel

CheckmarkEasy rate and inventory management

CheckmarkAutomatic availability and rate updates

GDS Distribution and OTA Connections . More connections, more bookings.

Get connected and increase bookings!

We offer a wide selection of online distribution connections and programs. Boost your online marketing strategy with GDS Distribuiton, OTA Connections, and Meta Search.

Distribute Rooms and Rates Online

The traditional first step to selling rooms online.  GDS Distribution gives you exposure to over 800,000 travel agents globally and thousands of corporate, government, and institutional travelers.

Gain exposure with OTA Connections

Our OTA Direct Connections give you seamless connection to sites like Booking.com and Expedia, niche agencies like Mr and Mrs. Smith and Tablet. Participate in OTA Contract Rates to enhance your listing with preferred placement. 

Increase visibility with Meta Search

Meta Search sites allow users to search for hotels based not only on name, but also on factors like location, price, and property type.

Leverage Marketing opportunities

 Participation in Consortia Programs enables targeted rates to specific markets. Offer discounted rates to corporate and institutional travelers with Negotiated Rates

Gain exposure with OTA Direct Connections

BookingCenter partners with a variety of Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) to give you access to high exposure sites, like Booking.com and Expedia and niche agencies like Mr and Mrs. Smith and Jetsetter, with a seamless connection to your property management system.

Rates and Availability are all managed in your PMS with pricing and allocation tools for flexibility and control of multiple online channels.

Sign up and gain access to hundreds of OTA Channels. See just a sample of our OTA partners here.

Popular OTA (Online Travel Agency) Connections

Booking.comExpediaOrbitzPricelineHotels.comTravelocity
Booking.comOTA Summary Global: Global – Priceline, Agoda, BedHunter.com,, etc.

Contract Needed: Requires an agreement with Booking.com Learn how to sign up

Connectivity: Direct

OTA Summary Global: Affiliates such as, Expedia/Hotels.com/ Venere/ Travelocity/ elong, etc.

Contract Needed: Requires a merchant agreement with Expedia  Learn how to sign up

Connectivity: Direct

 Orbitz/ CheapTickets/ ebookers

OTA Summary Global: Affiliates such as HotelClub/ The Away network

Contract Needed: NoneBookingCenter can enroll you with your permission. Learn about enrollment.

Connectivity:  Direct

OTA Summary: Global

Contract Needed: Account Form Only. KnowledgeBase article specifying “how to sign up for Priceline?” Click here

Connectivity:  Worldspan or Booking;com Direct. Learn how to signup.

OTA Summary: Affiliates such as, Expedia/Hotels.com/ Venere/ Travelocity/ elong, etc.

Contract Needed: Requires a merchant agreement with Expedia  Learn how to sign up

Connectivity:  Direct

travelocity

OTA Summary: One of the most popular global brands for booking travel.

Contract Needed: Requires an agreement with Expedia

Connectivity:  Direct

Niche OTA (Online Travel Agency) Connections

AgodaMr. & Mrs. SmithTravelzooHotels.deRoom KeyJetsetter

OTA Summary:  Worldwide, particularly in Asia Pacific. 5000 Affiliates including Bangkok  and China Airlines, etc.  U.S. and Europe negotiated per OTA.

Contract Needed:  Requires an agreement with Agoda

Connectivity:  Direct

OTA Summary: Global – Boutique Style Hotels

Contract Needed: Requires an agreement with Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

Connectivity:  Direct

TravelZoo

OTA Summary: Distributing Global hotels with a focus on U.S. and U.K. (hotels are handpicked by Travelzoo) to Global consumers.

Contract Needed: Requires an agreement with Travelzoo.

Connectivity:  Direct

hotel de

OTA Summary: Affiliates such as, Opodo, BAHN DE, AMEX Holidayinsider, Check 24, Holidaycheck, etc. Distributing hotels worldwide to Global consumers (hotel.de for German market and hotel.info for international market).

Contract Needed: Requires an agreement with Hotels.de

Connectivity:  Direct

RoomKey

OTA Summary: Global

Contract Needed: Requires separate agreement with Room Key or Sabre Hospitality Solutions.

Connectivity:  Direct

Jetsetter

OTA Summary: Various raJetsetter.co.uk, ASW.com, etc.  Distributing hotels in U.S. and Europe.tes negotiated per OTA

Contract Needed: Requires an agreement with  Jetsetter

Connectivity:  Direct

See all OTA Connections

OTA Contract Rate and Merchant Model Programs

Get preferred placement

on major

Online Travel Agencies

Online Travel Agents (OTAs) including Booking.com, Hotwire, Priceline, Expedia, Orbitz, hotels.com,  etc. offer participation in OTA Contract Rate programs.

These programs, also referred to as “net rate” programs, are direct contracts between your property and an OTA that enable the OTA to act as the ‘merchant’ to the traveler.

They give your property preferred placement, including additional marketing information, and more images. Contract Rate programs can be a strong source of bookings.

Our channel manager gives you complete control over allocating unique rates and availability to each OTA channel.

Choose from our selection of OTA Contract Rate and Merchant Model programs

Booking

BookingCenter OTA Partners | Seemless PMS Integration
Orbitz
priceline
hotwire

Learn more about  OTA Contract Rates

 

 

Get connected with GDS

GDS

Real-time visibility to over 20,000 travel websites

and travel agent systems used by over 650,000

travel agents worldwide

The Global Distribution System (GDS) is the easiest way to sell your rooms online

The Global Distribution System (GDS) is an international system used by travel agents and online travel agencies (OTA) to make online bookings. They include brands such as Sabre, WorldSpan, Amadeus, Apollo, and Galileo/TravelPort.

Increased visibility = Increased sales

GDS gives your property global visibility.   When combined with ‘meta-search’ services such as Google, Kayak, Oyster, TripAdvisor, Trivago, Wego; ‘bed banks’ like HotelBeds, Tourico, and TravelZoo and consumer networks such as, YellowPages.com, Verizon SuperPages, and TourWorld – your property gains maximum online exposure. See a list of partner sites 

Room and Rate Allocation

Our Channel Manager allocates rooms to distribution partners and reserve others for your walk-ins, website or partner agents. Strategically price your rooms with real–time yielded rates — higher or lower than the rates at your property or on your website. Learn about BookingCenter’s powerful allocation and pricing features.

Corporate, Direct and Negotiated Rates

The travel industry is full of corporations and travel agencies who only book at properties that provide direct, negotiated rates. BookingCenter provides these negotiated rates via your website, through our Local Distribution Systems, and via the GDS systems. Learn more

Meta Search Engines

Connect with Meta Search Engines and increase your visibility!

Meta Search Engines Hotel Search

Meta Search sites allow users to search for hotels based not only on name, but also on factors like location, price, property type, and chain while also cross-referencing with TripAdvisor review types.

For advanced marketing strategies, ask us how to leverage meta-search services such as Google, Kayak, Oyster, TripAdvisor, Trivago, and Wego.

Contact Us to learn about Meta Search options

Sign up with BookingCenter GDS and get access to these Meta Search Engines

GoogleKayakTripAdvisorTrivagoOyster.comSkyscannerLooking for BookingWego
Google

 

Summary: Global: More than 120 affiliate websites, such as AOL.com and LonelyPlanet.com

Contract Needed:: Unlike other meta search websites, the hotel does not need to subscribe to GDS.

Connectivity: Direct

Kayak

Summary: Global: More than 120 affiliate websites, such as AOL.com and LonelyPlanet.com

Contract Needed: Requires agreement with Kayak.

Connectivity: Direct

TripAdvisor

 

Summary:  Global

Contract Needed: Requires an agreement with TripAdvisor.

Connectivity: Direct

Trivago

Summary:  Global: More than 50 travel websites worldwide

Contract Needed: Requires agreement with Trivago. Hotel must subscribe to Sabre Hospitality Solutions’ booking engine (Guest Connect, Standard, Advanced, API).

Connectivity: Direct

Summary:  Global

Contract Needed: Requires an agreement with Oyster.

Connectivity: Direct

Skyscanner

 

Summary: Global

Contract Needed: Requires an agreement with Skyscanner.

Connectivity: Direct

 

Summary: Multiple travel websites throughout Europe

Contract Needed: Requires agreement with Looking for Booking. Hotel must subscribe to Sabre Hospitality Solutions’ booking engine (Guest Connect, Standard, Advanced, API).

Connectivity: Direct

Wego

Summary:  Global: Over 250 travel websites such as Yahoo SEA, eBay SEA, ninemsn.com.au, Detik.com, and many others.

Contract Needed: Requires agreement with Wego.

Connectivity: Direct


Negotiated Rates

Online Bookng Negotiated RatesSell targeted rates to specific markets with negotiated and corporate rates including AAA, AARP, Government and Military.

The travel industry is full of corporate and governmental employees and travel agencies who can only book at properties providing direct, negotiated rates. BookingCenter manages these ‘negotiated rate’ programs via your website, our Local Distribution Systems, and via the GDS and Pegasus systems, making it easy to set specific rates and the percentage (%) of rooms you want to sell to the specific online Agent.

Learn how to market your property with negotiated and corporate rates

Offer specific rates to unique agent channels with negotiated rates.

Learn more


Enroll in two major federal hotelier programs: Military rates and FedRooms

Learn more

 

Consortia Programs

BookingCenter offers global consortia programs via the Lanyon RFP tool. Perfect for niche, group, and reward travel customers.

According to HEDNA a consortia is a “rate negotiated between a hotel company and a travel agency group. Viewership of these rates in the GDS by a TA or other GDS user is restricted and the rate may be booked only after entry of either the Agents or Client authorization code.” Originally started for mom and pop travel agencies, Consortia’s have become a major player in the travel industry.

Consortias are a conglomerate of travel agency members that have joined an organization to increase marketing to their customers by offering competitive rates at hotels worldwide.  They are usually found using one global name (ABC Corporate Services), or continuing to keep their name, but using the relationship and tools of the program that they are members of.

Each program has a list of requirements and fees to participate, but the standard requirements include:

  • A minimum of 10% off the lowest single published rate (Rack or Corporate)
  • Rate Parity
  • Last room availability guarantee
  • 10% commission to the Agent
  • All rates quoted are to be guaranteed for the entire year starting from Jan 1 – Dec 31, unless otherwise noted.

Get more details on Consortia Program