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Using the XML Web Service to Save Bookings for Owners and/or Agents
Posted by Jeff Tweddale on 04 Dec 2019 09:55 AM

If you are developing an XML solution for an Owner(s) of Unit(s) that is part of an Owner Channel Program (https://www.bookingcenter.com/nontraditional/), then you will need to have a few concepts clearly understood before attempting to query or save content to the PMS used by the owner of the PMS:

 

BookingCenter has a system for managing access to customer's XML data - what we call credentials, with details found in this article - for both reading and writing data.  Because our customer is the PMS user, and not the 'Owner' of a specific Unit, the credentials provided to a developer must be provided by the PMS owner.  BookingCenter is not liable for sharing these credentials, which could have un-intended consequences for the PMS owner.  The PMS owner needs to know that sharing these credentials offers the developer access to data in their PMS and the ability to alter that data.  Proceed with caution.

 

When saving a Booking to an Owner's Unit Type, there are considerations that must be planned for:

  1. Will the system automatically save a Booking to a specific Unit, or just to a Unit allocated to a Type?  See this article for details on this  topic.
  2. How will the developer choose which Type from an Agent query to save the booking against?  The answer to this question is based on the business goals leading the developer to make the XML solution in the first place.  But consider that trying to Save a Booking without first querying availability could result in a "No Rooms Available" Message when attempting the save procedure.  See this article for a discussion on this topic.
  3. Will the Owner and/or Agent login to view their bookings via the Owners Area or Agents Area?  If so, the booking must be set correctly with the Owner and/or Agent login IDs to view their booking(s) in these areas.  When setting the Agent ID, the developer must use the correct Agent ID and it is not the one that the Agent uses to login to the Agents Area.  Rather, it is the Agent as entered in the PMS.  

    As an example, if the Agent is 'DEMO' and the Site is 'BCDEMO' then this agent would login to the Agents Area as BCDEMODEMO.  But the developer of the XML needs to use the correct terms for the OTA XML code, which in this example is as follows:

    <BasicPropertyInfo AgentCode="DEMO" HotelCode="BCDEMO" ChainCode="BC"/>

 

BookingCenter does not support an XML developer in these situations who is not part of an Owner Channel Program.  If an XML developer is not sure how to achieve their desired results, BookingCenter provides hourly rate consultation to achieve these goals.  Contact the Sales Department (sales@bookingcenter.com or +1-707-874-3922 ext 201) if you need assistance in developing an XML solution for an Owner(s) of Unit(s).

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