Google is going to stop providing travel sites with airfare data

AirplanesGoogle has decided that it will stop providing airfare data to third party travel sites through its QPX Express API from April next year.

The QPX Express API is an airfare search feed that Google launched on the back of its $700m acquisition of ITA Software, the company powering online flight searches, in 2010.

Google quietly revealed that it would be shutting down the service via an ‘end of service’ FAQ update, as well as an email sent to users of the API – which was published on Hacker News.

Between now and 10 April 2018, Google will no longer be taking on any new users to the service. Meanwhile, existing users have seen their usage fee reduced from $0.035 to $0.02 per query, following the free quota of 50 queries per day.

Google will instead shift its sole focus to QPX Enterprise, which offers the same kind of data to larger businesses. The enterprise version of Google’s service drives more money than the API that it is closing down.

“We decided to no longer support the QPX Express API given the low interest among our travel partners,” a Google spokesperson said confirming the decision. “Instead, we’ll focus on our other enterprise solutions for partners and users.”

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