Farelogix launched its fee-calculation website, iflybags.com, and the Airline Tariff Publishing Co. is offering an API for companies which want to integrate the airline baggage-fee data.
iflybags uses ATPCO data and crunches the bag fees from some 300 airlines. The site soft-launched in August and now is in beta.
The idea behind the site is to increase transparency and help consumers navigate through the confusing morass of airline bag fees. Travel management companies and corporations have had major challenges in tracking the fees and true travel spend.
Among the features, users can input the number of bags they will travel with, as well as passengers' frequent flyer and cardmember statuses, and receive information on expected fees.
Farelogix is primarily known for its direct-connect technology and agency desktops so iflybags.com is its first entry into the consumer arena.
Travel agents who want to access the data have several options.
They can use the site, as a consumer would, or put a link to iflybags.com on their agency site.
In addition, ATPCO is offering travel management companies and others the opportunity to license a Bagggage Calculator Integrated API to get Open AXIS-compliant XML feeds of the data.
ATPCO also is marketing a user interface, calling it Baggage Calculator Online, for its baggage calculation engine.
There is more information about the API and UI here.
Farelogix also plans to integrate the iflybags app into its SPRK travel agency desktop before the end of 2011.