Building A Travel App? These APIs Will Help

APIs are at the heart of the best travel apps available today, so if you want to take your app to the next level, there are a number of options to consider embracing.

Here are just some of the top APIs to consider integrating with your travel app so that the features and functions available to users make it stand out from the competition.

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Weather APIs

Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, being able to know what the weather will be like in your intended destination is important. That is why so many travel apps have forecasting capabilities baked in thanks to weather APIs.

There are a plethora of potential options in this area, including APIs that pull data from well known sources such as AccuWeather. This list of the best weather APIs will let you compare and contrast each of the main choices with ease.

Flight APIs

Organising air travel can be a stressful and costly experience, but with lots of flight booking services available online it is possible for travellers to save time and money on their next international trip.

Your travel app can include info on current and upcoming flights, and even enable users to compare ticket prices and look for discounts, thanks to APIs offered by mainstream brands such as Skyscanner.

Accommodation APIs

Once you get to where you are going, you will need a place to stay, which is where accommodation APIs come into play.

Top travel site operators including TripAdvisor, Hotels.com and Booking.com all have their own APIs that can enrich third party apps with all sorts of information. This of course includes room availability and price at the majority of the world’s hotels, but also things like customer reviews, service ratings, amenities and much more besides.

Livestream APIs

Over the past few years more and more destinations have started to offer real time streaming of video and even audio from their locations so that prospective visitors can see what the vibe is like before they book.

These feeds are offered up to an online audience through an ever-growing ecosystem of webcams, so of course there are APIs that help to pool them together and deliver engaging content to travel apps on the fly.

The most effective of the bunch is the webcams.travel API, and of course because the content is streamed free of charge, this is a very cost effective way to enhance your app’s feature set.

Mapping APIs

One of the more frustrating aspects of being a traveller in the current era is that you will often find yourself having to juggle several apps at once in order to get where you are going. In particular the effectiveness of mapping platforms makes location-based services a must-have, even if switching between different apps on the move is far from ideal.

With the help of the likes of the Google Maps API, such capabilities can be added to your travel app so that users will not need to put up with this perpetual plate-spinning act.

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