Breaking News

IBE initiates fast access to online air ticket booking

An internet booking engine is an application which helps the travel and tourism industry support reservation through the use of Internet. It helps consumers for booking flights, hotels, holiday packages, insurance and other online services. This is a much needed application for the aviation industry as it has become one of the fastest growing sales channels.

IBEs (Internet Booking Engines) were necessary the underlying systems that were unable to cater economically for the large number of shopping transactions and the speed of development required by the customers. In most of the cases the underlying systems were not designed for direct exposure to the consumers.

An internet booking engine allows a customer in specifying their travel requirements such as city of departure, destination, departure date, return date, class of travel etc. Once this information is received, the IBE offers a list of available air tickets, hotels and excursions which can be accessed by the customers for booking process.
The real value of it is in the business rules and processes schedules that package the content and provide the capability to shop and purchase. The online air ticket booking procedure includes packaging and pricing rules, customized displays for different customers and channels, business rules, and check out and payment processes.

IBE providers keep adding new features to internet booking engines such as Multiple Search Options so that a customer can book the flight in a manner that suits his/her requirements. If the customer is “schedule sensitive” or needs to adhere to specific travel dates, the IBE offers ticket fares giving priority to the travel calendar. Some IBEs also support passengers who desire to have multiple stops on their way to their destination. As many passengers are very concerned about the ticket price, the IBE of an airline shows a comparison between the low and high ticket fares, with the services included in each.

A user may be able to access a seat map and reserve a preferred seat which is available. The selection of a front row, aisle seat, or window seat is possible. This feature, which is known as Web Check-in, allows a passenger to check-in online and print their own boarding pass.

Carbon offset programs are also a new feature offered through IBEs. Here, a passenger can contribute to the airline’s environmental initiatives by making a special donation at the time of booking a ticket.

There are also IBE providers who now focus solely on the Vacation Condo, Vacation Villa and Vacation Apartment rental industries along with IBE providers who focus on smaller boutique and independent family owned motel and hotels.

For more information visit



  1. I previously had no idea about an IBE! I am a business man settled in Kolkata and for my business purpose I have to frequently access air route for reaching places. Getting an e ticket, is indeed simple. However, with this in depth article, I will find it more interesting from the next time, I get on to work!


Powered by Blogger.