Due to the GDS deregulation and increased content fragmentation, consolidators and travel agencies are now confronted with new challenges.
The latest quest for all GDS’s is to ensure full content agreements with all carriers.
The epic battle between Amadeus and LH is a clear sign of the new challenges faced by GDS and of course agencies. Carriers can load preferential fares in one GDS without surcharges but with surcharge in others which forces the GDS’s involved to either compensate travel agencies for the point of sale fee, costing millions or to lose the content.
The Ypsilon engine allows mixing of fare content from multiple GDS. The destination GDS can be based on diverse criteria, so within the same booking engine, a different GDS can be selected based on the carrier, the route or the fare type.
For instance, for a booking engine based on Amadeus, the setup would allow booking for carrier XX on Sabre or Galileo while all other carriers are booked on Amadeus. In addition it can also allow a restriction based on fare type: only XX carrier unifares are to be booked on a different office ID /PCC on the same GDS or a completely different GDS based on a pre defined route.
Furthermore, the same logic can be used on routes where only lowcost carrier fly, by combining the fare type and route the system would default to another PCC/office ID or bypass the GDS completely to only show and book low cost carriers; hence saving a large amount of scans. As the Ypsilon engine allows merging of multiple GDS results into one single engine based on the above criteria, it is also possible to define that Amadeus Masterpricer and Sabre Bargain finder max or Galileo lowfareshopper are to me merged and displayed into one single engine, providing a myriad of fares and a guarantee to find the cheapest fare possible.
The multi GDS logic enhances the already available multi source functionality that merges lowcost carrier with low cost carriers or with regular carriers. Ypsilon not only merges consolidator net fares, GDS fares, webfares,lowcost carrier and charter but provides a true multi source/multi GDS engine.
Last but not least, Ypsilon’s unique CRS hints technology allow construction and pricing of the fares with itineraries which are not returned in a standard GDS "from and to" request. This may be due to long or next day connection times or unusual carrier interlines. More complex nett fares are often not offered for sale on online booking engines as experienced agency staffs are required to manually create itineraries on a segment by segment basis. CRS hints define on which carrier and day to request availability on any given portion of the itinerary; these multiple availability requests are then merged to create a reservation in compliance with minimum connecting time and even addition of security margins. CRS hints need only be used where married segments are not readily available for instance in a routing DUB LON EI LON X/SIN SYD VS a request to the GDS for DUB SYD would not return a combination with EI. CRS hints in this instance would combine two separate availability requests DUB LON on EI and LON SYD on VS and present the nett fare available online.