Car Rental APIs: Integrations with GDSs, OTAs, and Tech Providers

Overview of the main car rental APIs

GDS APIs: Sabre, Amadeus, Travelport

Sabre APIs

  • choosing vehicle type
  • displaying special equipment
  • requesting a car pickup and return date/location
  • calculating the length of the rental
  • estimating the rental rate and then the total charge including extra mileage fees.

Amadeus APIs

Travelport API

  • search for availability, images, details, and pricing
  • vehicle reservation and further operations with it: modification, retrieval, and cancelation
The workflow for booking a vehicle using Travelport Universal API

Tech service providers’ APIs for car rentals: Travelopro, Trawex, eTravos

Travelopro API

  • finding car deals with advanced search options
  • providing real-time car prices
  • tracking car availability and rental activity at certain locations
  • integrating payment gateway
  • managing car rental reservations
  • accessing multi-language customer support.

Trawex API

  • car availability tracking
  • vehicle booking with instant confirmation updates
  • ample pick-up and drop-off options
  • cutting-edge search options
  • high-quality support
  • live price feeds
  • fee customization depending on location.

eTravos API

  • searching for cars by location, travel dates, and driver nationality
  • filtering cars by categories, door, size, or car list
  • selecting insurance options
  • checking price, availability, and credit
  • sending notifications

OTA and Aggregator APIs: Expedia, Skyscanner, Priceline, and Travelfusion

  • search for rental cars using the pickup location IATA codes along with pickup and dropoff dates
  • sort the returned cars by ascending prices
  • filter the results on specific suppliers
  • limit the number of cars returned to optimize the response size.

Skyscanner API

Priceline API

Travelfusion API

Other connectivity approaches

CarTrawler: GDS-type connectivity

Rentalcars Connect

Rentalcars integration options: web banners, a booking engine, and a confirmation page widget

Rentcars: a portal for car rental comparisons, discounts, and services

Integrating with major suppliers

Hertz GDS integration

Dollar and Thrifty Connect the dots affiliate program

Avis API

  • looking for rental car brand locations
  • getting pickup/dropoff details
  • checking vehicle availability
  • obtaining a car rate
  • providing a car reservation summary.

Enterprise Holdings: Alamo, National, and Enterprise

Sixt

Auto Europe affiliate program

  • vehicle hire including prestige and sports cars
  • chauffeur and transfer services between rail, airport, and hotel.

Car rental industry trends

Carsharing: car rental by the hour

Green vehicles: eco-friendly suppliers

  • accessing charging stations
  • keeping a record of charging points
  • recovering recharging transactions
  • integrating with parking tickets systems
  • facilitating recharge payment by text message
  • integrating with carsharing systems: reservation of charging stations, identification of the connected vehicle.

Pushing car rentals further: optional tours and vehicle sales

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