Thursday, February 09, 2006

Flight and Search API beta

We're looking for a few good programmers. We're about to make our HTTP/XML API available for flight and hotel searching. This will allow clever developers to make mashups of kayak.com search results and who knows what else.

If you are interested in playing around with the API, we'd like to experiment on you get your insightful feedback.

In a nutshell, you'll be able to do an HTTP GET or POST, and get an XML document with flights or hotels, and links you can resolve to get to the booking pages on hotel or airline sites.

Send an email to billo at kayak daught com if you'd like to be a guinea pig an early adopter.

Update: Of course we've run into a few problems releasing the API. We're releasing some fixes this morning. So if you are trying to use the API, and running into trouble, contact us and we'll help you figure it out.

4 Comments:

Blogger Dan, architect said...

It would be great if the API also supported locations defined by long/lat coordinates, instead of requiring airport codes or cities; kayak could resolve the coordinates internally.
There would be no need for applications to worry about IATA (ugh!) vs ICAO vs FAA airport codes, spelling differences, etc.
Imagine I'm using a location aware device, and I could say: "find me a hotel close to where I'm at" :-)

10:17 AM  
Blogger Gerald Buckley said...

Dan, THAT would be cool (location aware dev functionality).

4:02 PM  
Blogger Bill, chief architect said...

Dan,

Sounds like you just volunteered to write
that code. ;-)

6:38 PM  
Blogger Dan, architect said...

OK ... I knew that was coming - I'll see about adding coords. Now if I had only time for that cell phone app ...

1:50 PM  

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