The Global Distribution System (GDS) enables properties to sell their rooms via 600,000 leisure and business travel agents throughout the world.
GDS often drives high value stays, where multi room or multi night bookings are a feature.
To use our GDS connection, you will need to use reconline as your GDS provider - https://www.reconline.com/
"With reconline your hotel is bookable in the Global Distribution Systems (GDS) Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport (Galileo, Worldspan and Axess), used by 600,000+ travel agents around the globe for flight and hotel bookings, primarily for business travellers."
More information on reconline is available by clicking here.
GDS is different from regular OTA's, and has additional features:
- We can support sending the board basis of a rate from Caterbook to the GDS. Caterbook 'Room Only' sends no meals, 'Bed and Breakfast' sends as full breakfast, 'Dinner Bed & Breakfast' sends as half board.
- We can also support the sending of child prices in some instances, and rollaway / Z beds.
- The Deposit policy from the mapped Caterbook rateplan is transmitted to Reconline as the booking "Guarantee" value. None = No guarantee, Full booking value = PP, (full pre-payment / non refundable). Card Secures Booking = GTD CC, (guarantee credit card), and finally, any other booking deposit (First night, 50% of booking value etc) = DPST CC (refundable deposit, credit card.)
Caterbook can update rates and availability, and download reservations with tokenised card details where they are provided although the GDS does not provide CV2 numbers in the booking confirmation messages.
It's important that you discuss your GDS integration with us before requesting us to link the two systems together. With our GDS connection, it matters how you have configured the rates we send. If the Caterbook rate includes breakfast, then the GDS rate will also have breakfast.
We would arrange a short 30 minute kick off call to review your GDS rates and rooms, and ensure that what exists within Caterbook is suitable for your needs. We can make recommendations for you to add new rates, where required, or even create those rates on your behalf.
Once those rates are all set up we would instruct you on how to select Caterbook as your channel manager in reconline.