Extended Date and Airport Search Efficiency

by Adam Tworkiewicz

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When using extended search for alternate dates and airports, you want the benefit of both accuracy and a fast response time. These are some of the reasons we extended our Air Shopping capabilities, introducing greater airport search efficiency and more low fare opportunities for the Bargain Finder Max Alternate Date API and Bargain Finder Max Alternate Airport API.

This enhancement introduces the ability to supplement live shopping with previously shopped results.

New attributes are required in the Bargain Finder Max Calendar Shopping API (BargainFinderMax_ADRQ) and Bargain Finder Max Alternate Airport API (BargainFinderMax_ASRQ) to specify which date or airport combinations are served via live availability or previous shopped results. We offer 2 modes for Alternate Date and Alternate Airport, called Supplement and Hybrid.

Definition of Supplemental and Hybrid Shopping for the Calendar Shopping API:

  • Supplement – to pull separate (specified on the request or rule level) date ranges from live and cache and merge them in the final response
  • Hybrid – to pull all requested content (date ranges) from cache and then to call live for the cheapest options found in cache

Definition of Supplemental and Hybrid Shopping for the Alternate Airport API:

  • Supplement – to complete live shopping results with results from cache to return solutions not explicitly requested but are relevant. The main purpose is to pull separate specified in the request, markets from live and cache and merges them in the final response.
  • Hybrid – to mix cache and live results to return solutions to reduce demand for live shopping. The main purpose is to pull all requested content from cache and then to call live for the cheapest options found in cache

The benefits you will experience from the added flexibility include:

  • Eliminate additional calls to other APIs since it delivers all relevant data for additional UX components within a single response.
  • Return relevant solutions which you may not have considered.
  • Add options from cache to the live results to return cheaper options.

Be sure to check Sabre Dev Studio for more info pertaining to the Bargain Finder Max Calendar Shopping API and the Bargain Finder Max Alternate Airport API.

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