If there is a segment that is ripe for integration it is travel. APIs in the travel segment have been around for a very long time. In fact, some of the earliest APIs are based on Electronic Data Interchange, which dates back to the 1960s. Granted many of these connections are highly complex enterprise only integrations, it is a history that should bode well for modern day integrations, should it not? Despite a long history of interconnectedness, much of the travel space still remains behind closed doors. The major global distribution systems, represented by Sabre, Travelport, and Amadeus all offer powerful APIs of their own, but their commercial requirements tend to be out of the league of most application developers.
In spite of the limitations the travel industry has effectively self imposed, there still exists many opportunities to monetize sites using travel APIs. There are several types of APIs available in the travel space. Most are transactional and some are content driven. Let’s take a look a broad categorization of available travel APIs.
This past week the new mashups added to our mashup directory used 33 different APIs. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include AddThis Menu, Akismet, BlankSlate, Google Website Optimizer, WhatCounts and Zendesk. The most often used APIs this week are Amazon eCommerce, Google Maps and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Internet (5 APIs, 5 mashups), Shopping (4 APIs, 5 mashups) and Mapping (3 APIs, 5 mashups).
What do gambling, streaming music, job listings and top ten music charts all have in common? They were some of the 30 APIs used to build this week’s 21 new mashups listed on ProgrammableWeb. Some of the less frequently or new APIs used this week include the gaming (read gambling) API from BetFair, the NOOA Weather Service API, and the new Billboard API and Best Buy Remix API. Popular favorites used again include FriendFeed API and Last.fm. See how all 30 APIs were used in the list below: