iCal and Travel

by Niel M. Bornstein

When I make my travel plans I carefully transfer the flight information into my local calendar. That way I always have access to the information, and times that I'm on a plane and unavailable are clearly delineated.



But it's a silly manual process in our ever-more-automated world.



Major airlines and hotel chains should provide access to their passengers' and guests' reservations through standards like iCal.



Nearly everyone has an iCal-aware application on their computer, and many air and hotel companies already provide this access through a web page. It's not too much of a stretch to add an iCal version of the same information.



Then I could subscribe to my personal Delta Airlines and Marriott hotels travel schedules through Evolution, and sync it to my handheld (if I ever get one).



I suppose with some work I could scrape my "itineraries" page, but I don't want to. I want access to the data behind the page in a standard format.



Is anyone from Delta listening?



How do you keep track of your reservations?


1 Comments

purplehayz
2005-05-24 07:08:08
Have you checked this site?
http://www.w3.org/2000/10/swap/pim/travel.html


There's a perl script and other information for converting itineraries to iCalendar format (for example).