FAQ - GDS Connectivity

Global Distribution System (GDS) Connectivity Frequently Asked Questions

What are GDS / ODD?
GDS / ODD are connectivity modules which allow hotels to connect with Travel Agents and Online Customers.

GDS (Global Distribution System) reaches 300,000+ IATA registered travel agents powered by four networks: Sabre, Amadeus, Worldspan and Galileo; the same reservations systems used to connect with the airlines.

Pegasus ODD (Online Distribution Database) connects 100’s of Internet travel portals or OTA's (online travel agents) such as Orbitz, TravelNow, Expedia, and Hotwire.

Partner hotels easily keep up-to-date GDS / ODD room inventory and rates, and any travel agent or online customer can retrieve real time rates and room inventory and book instantly via GDS and ODD networks. Each booking is confirmed within seconds and transactions are transmitted to hotels immediately.

How does it work?

Your property’s information including rates and inventory are loaded into both the GDS and ODD networks. From here, many online travel portals retrieve your property information and display it in the search results. Travel agents primarily log into one of the four GDS systems to retrieve your property information. Furthermore, many online travel portals also retrieve your property information from one of these four systems e.g. Travelocity exclusively retrieves your property information from Sabre.

Why do I need the GDS / ODD connection for my property?

The GDS / ODD system is used by travel agents and online customers all over the world to book rooms directly to your hotel. This module will promote your property globally 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Furthermore, it will create incremental business opportunities for you that would be much harder to handle without this connection.

Why is our GDS / ODD module different?

Using a single administrative area, partner properties can easily manage all of the inventor and rates for the GDS / ODD system. This allows travel agents and online customers to view the most up to the minute rates and availability. GDS gives travel agents confidence in the accuracy of the information they provide to their clients and shortens the time necessary to book your hotel. The GDS / ODD module enables your inventory to be viewed globally and positioned well with competing properties for reservations; this increases the likelihood a travel agent or online customer will book your hotel.

Will the GDS connection integrate to my existing AccomPro account?

Yes, OnRes Systems is currently working to bridge AccomPro with the GDS / ODD connectivity module where you will be able to manage your inventory and rates in the same Inventory and Rate Manager windows. Here, you will be able to set the inventory for the GDS system, separate from the inventory on your website and set your own pricing for the inventory you allocate to the GDS system. AccomPro will clearly show which rooms are assigned to your website and which rooms are sold via the GDS system. In the meantime however, your GDS rates and inventory need to be managed through a separate easy to navigate web-based application.

What does it cost me?

Pricing for the GDS / ODD integration is low-cost application based on an initial set-up fee, a very small monthly minimum charge, and per transaction fees. Please contact us for more details and information

How long does it take to set up the connection?

You will receive a link to a website which acts as a “property load” form. This online form captures all of the “static” information about your property such and amenities and pictures which feeds your information to the GDS and ODD networks; this is a one-time process. Secondly, you will be given a login to manage the number of rooms you want to allocate and set the rates on an ongoing basis. Your property can be loaded onto the 4 GDS engines instantly by it can take 3-5 weeks for you information to fully propagate through to all of the OTA websites.

Do I need to make changes to my website to be able to connect to the GDS?

No, you do not need to make changes to your website; the integration takes place seamlessly behind the scenes.

How do I get the GDS connection?

Simply contact an OnRes GDS Specialist today by calling us toll free in
North America at 1-866-687-7057 or 1.604.484.2483 or by clicking here.