|Which gds is best|
Gds stand for Global distribution system.First of all, we need to know about the function of Gds. Gds is basically ticketing service provider except for this gds also provides services to reserve hotel and car rental. Gds is playing a role of a medium between Airlines and Travel Agents, Hotels and Travel Agents. It is not possible for Travel agents to contact each and every airline to sell their tickets. Finally, Gds solve this issue and all IATA airlines access is possible through Gds.
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Types of Gds:
There are mainly four gds systems:
How Gds work:
Basically, Airlines systems are also manage on Gds. Airlines have administrative control on Gds. Travel Agents are end users of Gds so they got the limited access to gds they cannot confirm the seats on their own. Agents are depending on airlines for access to different controls
Example: some airlines authorize travel agents to reissue ticket from gds system and some airlines do not authorize travel agents to reissue tickets. So airlines have different policies regarding different controls.
Which Gds system is best:
It’s important to understand which gds is best for you. All IATA airlines are almost displayed on all gds but some airlines are displayed on some specific gds e.g PIA booking system is only display on sabre. So you must need Sabre if you have to sell PIA.
The recommended way to choose Gds is listed below:
First, check the business of Airlines. Let say you are selling 12 airlines tickets and the total sale of the year is 1 million. And among these airlines sale of 1 airline is more than 0.5 million so you need to choose gds which are best for that airline now a question is which gds is best for that airline. As we discussed above that Airlines system are also maintained on Gds. so you need to know that the airline which are you selling most is maintained on which gds? You need to confirm from the airline which gds they are using and need to shift all stock (capping) on that gds.
Example: Saudi Airlines maintained their system on Amadeus. So if your most selling airline is Saudi Airline you need to have Amadeus to sell Saudi Airline.
Advantages of selecting right gds :
There is a lot of advantages for selecting right gds for you. You make a booking for your client on sabre but the airline is using Amadeus what will the effect. If airline makes any changes to booking these changes will not display on Sabre but on Amadeus it will reflect all the changes which airline made.
If you are dealing with group of passengers you must need to use the same gds which airline is using.
Once I deal a group of 20 passengers which were traveling on Saudi Airlines. I claim that group pnr on Sabre . After claiming the group I issued the ticket of some passengers in group after a while I see the message in group pnr PNR CLAIM PENDING I called Saudi Airline and ask about error they said that in our system this pnr is not claimed and no ticket is issued against this pnr then i called sabre and it was gds error, it take a week to settle this issue afterward I shifted all the stock (capping) of Saudi Airline to Amadeus. So after that, I did not face any issue regarding Saudi Airline.
Always use different gds systems for different Airlines. We will never find the answer of Which gds system is best Because every gds has its own importance.