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UN/EDIFACT
UNITED NATIONS STANDARD MESSAGE (UNSM)

Availability request - interactive message

Message Type:AVLREQ
Version:D
Release:03B
Contr. Agency:UN
Revision:5
Date:2003-12-22
SOURCE:TBG9 Travel, Tourism and Leisure

CONTENTS
Availability request - interactive message
  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. SCOPE
    1. Functional definition
    2. Field of application
    3. Principles
  3. REFERENCES
  4. TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    1. Standard terms and definitions
  5. MESSAGE DEFINITION
    1. Segment clarification
    2. Segment index (alphabetical sequence by tag)
    3. Message structure
      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


This message also occurs in the following versions of this standard:
D98A, D99A, D99B, D00A, D00B, D01A, D01B, D01C, D02A, D02B, D03A, D03B, D04A, D04B

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 element0065AVLREQ
0052D
005403B
0051UN

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: RTI-RTC

This segment group provides information concerning the rate codes and categories for which availability is requested.

0410 RTI, Rate details

To specify rate categories, such as, standard, promotional, as criteria for availability selections.

0420 RTC, Rate types

To specify the rate codes related to the previous rate categories.

0430 Segment Group 6: MOV-ADS-CON-PLI

This segment group provides information concerning requirements for delivery and chauffeur drive to be considered in the availability request.

0440 MOV, Car delivery instruction

Information pertaining to the delivery of an automobile or chauffeur instructions.

0450 ADS, Address

The address to where the car needs to be delivered.

0460 CON, Contact information

To specify contact information for the delivery of an automobile.

0470 PLI, Product location information

To specify the location and purpose of the chauffeur requested.

0480 Segment Group 7: ODI-MSD-PDT-SG8

This segment group provides information pertaining to the travel product or services and groups the products by overall journey.

0490 ODI, Origin and destination details

A segment providing the origin and destination of a TT&L journey.

0500 MSD, Message action details

A segment identifying the industry type (i.e. air, car, train, accommodations, etc.).

0510 PDT, Product information

To specify the class of service for which availability is requested.

0520 Segment Group 8: TVL-PDT-RPI-FTI-SSR-CNX-SG9

This segment group provides information pertaining to a travel, tourism and leisure product or service which is related to the preceding journey information.

0530 TVL, Travel product information

Information identifying the product or service (service provider, service location, date of service, service description, etc.).

0540 PDT, Product information

To specify the class of service requested for a particular product or service.

0550 RPI, Quantity and action details

To indicate the number of products or services which needs to be available.

0560 FTI, Frequent traveller information

Frequent traveller program information relating to a specific product or service.

0570 SSR, Special requirement details

Information about special services or special requests relating to the product or service.

0580 CNX, Connection details

Connection information for a specific product or service.

0590 Segment Group 9: TIF-FTI-SSR

This segment group provides information pertaining to an individual traveller or traveller group associated with the preceding product or service information.

0600 TIF, Traveller information

Personal details pertaining to a unique traveller or traveller group.

0610 FTI, Frequent traveller information

Frequent traveller program information relating to the preceding traveller.

0620 SSR, Special requirement details

Details pertaining to special services or special requests for the preceding traveller.

0630 UIT, Interactive message trailer

A service segment ending a message, giving the total number of segments in the message (including the UIH & UIT) and the control reference number of the message.


4.2. Segment index (alphabetical sequence by tag)

ADS Address
APD Additional transport details
CNX Connection details
CON Contact information
CRI Consumer reference information
CUR Currencies
FTI Frequent traveller information
HDI Hardware device information
IFT Interactive free text
ITM Item number
MOV Car delivery instruction
MSD Message action details
NME Name
NUN Number of units
ODI Origin and destination details
ORG Originator of request details
PDT Product information
PLI Product location information
PMT Payment information
POS Point of sale information
PRD Product identification
RCI Reservation control information
RPI Quantity and action details
RTC Rate types
RTI Rate details
RUL Rule information
SDT Selection details
SSR Special requirement details
TDI Traveller document information
TFF Tariff information
TIF Traveller information
TVL Travel product information
UIH Interactive message header
UIT Interactive message trailer

4.3. Message structure


4.3.1. Segment table

├─UIH Interactive message header ×1 (M)
├─MSD Message action details ×1 (C)
├─ORG Originator of request details ×1 (C)
├─PDT Product information ×1 (C)
├─NUN Number of units ×1 (C)
├─RPI Quantity and action details ×1 (C)
├─FTI Frequent traveller information ×1 (C)
├─CRI Consumer reference information ×1 (C)
├─ITM Item number ×1 (C)
├─PLI Product location information ×1 (C)
├─PMT Payment information ×1 (C)
├─SDT Selection details ×1 (C)
├─NME Name ×1 (C)
├─RTC Rate types ×1 (C)
├─HDI Hardware device information ×1 (C)
├─RCI Reservation control information ×1 (C)
├─TDI Traveller document information ×1 (C)
├─POS Point of sale information ×1 (C)
├─CON Contact information ×1 (C)
├─TFF Tariff information ×9 (C)
├─Segment Group 1 ×9 (C)
├─SSR Special requirement details ×1 (M)
└─IFT Interactive free text ×1 (C)
├─CUR Currencies ×9 (C)
├─RUL Rule information ×99 (C)
├─ADS Address ×5 (C)
├─Segment Group 2 ×99 (C)
├─TVL Travel product information ×1 (M)
├─PRD Product identification ×1 (C)
├─ITM Item number ×1 (C)
├─TFF Tariff information ×1 (C)
├─APD Additional transport details ×1 (C)
└─Segment Group 3 ×1 (C)
──├─NUN Number of units ×1 (M)
──└─CRI Consumer reference information ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 4 ×999 (C)
├─TIF Traveller information ×1 (M)
├─FTI Frequent traveller information ×99 (C)
└─SSR Special requirement details ×9 (C)
├─Segment Group 5 ×99 (C)
├─RTI Rate details ×1 (M)
└─RTC Rate types ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 6 ×2 (C)
├─MOV Car delivery instruction ×1 (M)
├─ADS Address ×1 (C)
├─CON Contact information ×1 (C)
└─PLI Product location information ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 7 ×99 (C)
├─ODI Origin and destination details ×1 (M)
├─MSD Message action details ×1 (C)
├─PDT Product information ×1 (C)
└─Segment Group 8 ×99 (C)
──├─TVL Travel product information ×1 (M)
──├─PDT Product information ×1 (C)
──├─RPI Quantity and action details ×1 (C)
──├─FTI Frequent traveller information ×1 (C)
──├─SSR Special requirement details ×1 (C)
──├─CNX Connection details ×1 (C)
──└─Segment Group 9 ×999 (C)
────├─TIF Traveller information ×1 (M)
────├─FTI Frequent traveller information ×99 (C)
────└─SSR Special requirement details ×9 (C)
└─UIT Interactive message trailer ×1 (M)

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