BookingCenter Booking Engine API
Use the BookingCenter Booking Engine API (Application Programming Interface) to query the Central Reservation Service using common HTML techniques such as FORM POST and GET commands in order to show customized ‘web services’ such as, a photo album of your property, a July 4th Package, a series of rooms that can each hold 4 guests, etc. The use of the ‘API’ requires an experienced programmer proficient in HTML design and coding techniques. Specifically, it is written to use the PHP modules that we support in our Central Reservation Service.
Any BookingCenter customer who signs our Non-Disclosure Agreement (the ‘Booking Engine NDA available here for download) and faxes it back to us at +1-718-228-5959 can receive a copy of the BookingCenter Booking Engine API . For those folks with the skill necessary to implement an API, the document alone is all that is needed to begin customizing the booking engine for your needs. However, the use of the API requires technical skills and therefore technical support is only given to customers paying at the rate of US$90/hour billable in half-hour allotments.
Once again, the BookingCenter Booking Engine API is a technical document that BookingCenter supports with outside programmers at a rate of US $90/hour. One does not require support to use it, only programming knowledge. Support for using the BookingCenter Booking Engine API is not included as part of the standard BookingCenter support packages.
For examples of customers who have developed using the BookingCenter HTML API, take a look at www.oceanvillainn.com or www.carmelcottageinn.com.
BookingCenter OTA XML API
The most comprehensive customization option, for any customer to implement, is the complete exposure of the Central Reservation Service via our BookingCenter OTA XML API. This method allows you to create your own unique ‘wrapper’ ( or ‘web service’) to replace our Booking Engine entirely for your website. For examples of customers who have developed using the XML Web Services API, take a look at: https://www.reservationsapplewoodinn.com/ and https://www.cayucosshorelineinn.com
The method of interfacing is a SOAP XML web service allowing for:
- Our SOAP WSDLs are compatible with Microsoft’s .NET platform and NuSOAP (the PHP variant for SOAP). Options exist for other development platforms, but we support these.
- No restrictions on server implementation, as it has no impact on client.
- The XML Service supports multiple search criteria such as availability, rates, rooms, packages, amenities, activities, etc.
- Availability is data is taken from data coming from any Desktop Pro, MyPMS, or Management Tool customers.
Reviewing the HTML API and XML Web Services Spec
In order to examine the BookingCenter Central Reservation System API or XML API specs, you will need to download the NDA (non disclosure, here for download), sign it and fax it back to us at +1-718-228-5959. We will then send the appropriate documentation, login and info for you to test your code against our ‘Test System’ and then release to production once readied.
NOTE: We also know a number of webmasters and developers who have experience using our APIs to design custom Booking Engines for our customers. Contact us to get a quote.