Global Distribution System

A GDS is a worldwide conduit between travel bookers and suppliers, such as hotels and other accommodation providers. It communicates live product, price and availability data to travel agents and online booking engines, and allows for automated transactions.

The GDS is often used to tap into the corporate travel market because it has the ability to present hotels, flights, and car rentals in one simple interface which is convenient. Many companies organising trips for their staff will use the GDS as their preferred booking method.

The history of global distribution systems dates back to the 1960s when a more sophisticated method was needed to keep track of flight schedules, availability, and prices.

As early as the 1970s GDSs were some of the first companies in the world to facilitate business to business (B2B) electronic commerce (now more commonly known as ecommerce). Airlines realised that by automating the reservation process for travel agents, they could make the travel agents more productive and essentially turn them into an extension of the airline’s salesforce.

Four of the major legacy GDSs are:

  • Amadeus
  • Galileo
  • Sabre
  • Worldspan

Balmoral Lodge Codes

Amadeus (1A) YX CPTBAL
Sabre (AA) YX 392544
Galileo/Apollo (UA) YX G5915
Worldspan (1P) YX CPTBAL
Pegs ADS (WB) YX 35129
Travelweb (HD) YX 35129
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