Travelport Universal API? was the GDS industry's first application programming interface (API) with the power to aggregate travel content and related services from multiple sources through a single interface.
Less Shopping, More Booking
Today, there are so many ways for consumers to shop for and book a hotel room. They can check travel Web sites, call the hotel directly, go to a hotel Web site or visit a travel agent and use the GDS, all in pursuit of the best rate available. To help avoid this often time consuming and frustrating process, Galileo has launched the “Best Available Rate” program (BAR) with hotel partners to provide Galileo travel agents with the security of knowing that the best available rates are accessible through its GDS system. Galileo-connected agents can now provide a more efficient and enhanced service to their clients. They can book participating hotels through RoomMaster with confidence, knowing that they are getting the same rates found on a hotel’s Web site or by calling the hotel direct.
Travelport Galileo launched the best available rate program (bar) with hotel partners to provide galileo travel agents with the security of knowing that the best available rates are accessible through its GDS system. Travelport Galileo -connected agents can now provide a more efficient and enhanced service to
their clients. they can book participating hotels through roommaster with confidence knowing that they are getting the same rates found on a hotels web site or by calling the hotel direct.
Hotels participating in the bar program are displayed in the HOA screen with an exclamation mark - now also available for Desktop 2.0 users in Viewpoint and Point & click
BAR rates mean they are the lowest unrestricted rates - defined as a rate available to the general public that does not require pre-payment and does not impose cancellation or change penalties and/or fees other than those imposed as a result of a hotels normal cancellation policy eg. rack - corporate - promotional - weekend and special rates. other rates that required credentials are excluded from the bar program including: group rates - internet rates - consortia rates - travel industry rates and government rates.