United Nations Directories
for Electronic Data Interchange for
Administration, Commerce and Transport



 UN/EDIFACT

Message Type : AVLREQ Version : D Release : 09A Contr. Agency: UN Revision : 5 Date : 2009-12-16 SOURCE: TBG9 Travel, Tourism and Leisure CONTENTS Availability request - interactive message 0. INTRODUCTION 1. SCOPE 1.1 Functional definition 1.2 Field of application 1.3 Principles 2. REFERENCES 3. TERMS AND DEFINITIONS 3.1 Standard terms and definitions 4. MESSAGE DEFINITION 4.1 Segment clarification 4.2 Segment index (alphabetical sequence by tag) 4.3 Message structure 4.3.1 Segment table --------------------------------------------------------------------------- For general information on UN standard message types see UN Trade Data Interchange Directory, UNTDID, Part 4, Section 2.3, UN/ECE UNSM General Introduction --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 0. INTRODUCTION This specification provides the definition of the Availability request - interactive message (AVLREQ) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport. 1. SCOPE 1.1 Functional definition An interactive Travel, Tourism and Leisure Availability Request is sent by a customer or his agent, to a service provider to request availability for a Travel, Tourism and Leisure service. The Travel, Tourism and Leisure Availability Response - Interactive (AVLRSP) is utilised to provide an interactive response to the interactive availability request. 1.2 Field of application The Availability request - interactive message may be used for both national and international applications. It is based on universal practice related to administration, commerce and transport, and is not dependent on the type of business or industry. 1.3 Principles AVLREQ may be used for the following functions within the Interactive Scenario for Travel, Tourism and Leisure: (1) to request a general availability for any hotel, rental car, train trip, airline flight, or tour in a specific city or geographical region for a date or range of dates. The request may include selection criteria, such as, the hotel is on the ocean or the rooms have fireplaces or the airline flight is non-stop. (2) to request availability for one or more specific hotels, rental cars, train trips, airline flights, or tours for a specific date. (3) to request rules and rates that may apply to the availability. 2. REFERENCES See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 1. 3. TERMS AND DEFINITIONS 3.1 Standard terms and definitions See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 2. 4. MESSAGE DEFINITION 4.1 Segment clarification This section should be read in conjunction with the segment table which indicates mandatory, conditional and repeating requirements. 0010 UIH, Interactive message header A service segment starting and uniquely identifying a message. The message type code for the Availability request - interactive message is AVLREQ. Note: Availability request - interactive messages conforming to this document must contain the following data in segment UIH, composite S306: Data element 0065 AVLREQ 0052 D 0054 09A 0051 UN 0020 MSD, Message action details A segment identifying the industry type (i.e. air, car, train, accommodations, etc.) and business function of the message. 0030 ORG, Originator of request details A segment providing data pertaining to the originator of the interactive request (i.e. travel agent identity and location and the commercial computer reservations system delivering the message). 0040 PDT, Product information A segment to indicate a class of service for which availability is requested. 0050 NUN, Number of units Number and identifying qualifier to indicate number of adults or children pertaining to the entire request. 0060 RPI, Quantity and action details A number to indicate how many units of the product is needed to be available. 0070 FTI, Frequent traveller information Frequent traveller program information relating to the entire Travel, Tourism and Leisure (TT&L) availability request (frequent flier number). 0080 CRI, Consumer reference information Consumer reference information relating to the entire TT&L availability request (corporate discount number, personal profile number). 0090 ITM, Item number Numbers assigned to information in the previous response which may be used to make a request without repeating all the information. 0100 PLI, Product location information A segment to indicate the location by geographic area, reference point, or direction for which an available product is requested. 0110 PMT, Payment information Payment information which may be used to determine if a product is available. 0120 SDT, Selection details Information pertaining to the entire request to specify special criteria for selecting products that are available. 0130 NME, Name To specify additional originator information that may be used to determine what products are available. 0140 RTC, Rate types To indicate the rate codes for which availability is requested. 0150 HDI, Hardware device information Information specifying terminal equipment addresses and device types. This information may be used for tracing and security purposes. 0160 RCI, Reservation control information To specify the reservation confirmation number of a previous booking. 0170 TDI, Traveller document information To specify a driver's license information that may be necessary to determine if a product rate is available. 0180 POS, Point of sale information To specify the point of sale to determine the rate to provide. 0190 CON, Contact information A segment to indicate the phone number of a hotel property(s) for which availability is requested. 0200 TFF, Tariff information Tariff information relating to the entire TT&L availability request. 0210 Segment group 1: SSR-IFT A group of segments to specify details in coded or free text form pertaining to special services or special requests to determine the criteria for selecting available products. 0220 SSR, Special requirement details Details pertaining to special services or special requests to determine the criteria for selecting available products. 0230 IFT, Interactive free text Details in free text form pertaining to special services or requests to determine the criteria for selecting available products. 0240 CUR, Currencies To specify the currency when requesting products within a certain price range. 0250 RUL, Rule information To specify rules that may affect the availability request. 0260 ADS, Address A segment to indicate the address of a hotel property(s) for which availability is requested. 0270 Segment group 2: TVL-PRD-ITM-TFF-APD-SG3 This segment group provides date, location, price range, and other criteria for selecting products to check for availability. 0280 TVL, Travel product information Information identifying the TT&L product or service (service provider, service location, date of service, service description, etc.). 0290 PRD, Product identification The identification of a specific product or service and the level or type of service. 0300 ITM, Item number Numbers assigned to information in the previous response which may be used to make a request without repeating all the information. 0310 TFF, Tariff information Tariff information relating to a particular product or service. 0320 APD, Additional transport details Supplementary services required of a particular product or service. 0330 Segment group 3: NUN-CRI This segment group provides information pertaining to the number of adults and children and their ages for a particular product or service. 0340 NUN, Number of units To specify the number of adults and children. 0350 CRI, Consumer reference information To specify the ages of the travellers for whom availability is requested. 0360 Segment group 4: TIF-FTI-SSR This segment group provides information pertaining to an individual traveller or traveller group for whom availability is requested. 0370 TIF, Traveller information Details pertaining to a traveller or traveller group (surname, group name, given name, adult, child, etc.). 0380 FTI, Frequent traveller information Frequent traveller program information pertaining to a specific traveller. 0390 SSR, Special requirement details Details pertaining to special services or special requests for a specific traveller. 0400 Segment group 5