Vehicle Charge Purpose Type (VCP) is one of the types that OpenTravel Alliance (OTA) uses in their open specifications. The purpose of these specifications is to standardise the information flow in the travel, tourism, and hospitality sectors.
VCP incorporates different fees and surcharges used in car rental such as vehicle license fee, young driver fee, and out-of-office fee. OTA’s VCP code list includes all of these fees and assigns a specific code to every one of them. These codes can then be used to exchange data through APIs between, for example, a supplier and a broker.
Car Rental Gateway uses OTA’s VCP and other code lists to unify suppliers’ data in its system. This means that on a car rental broker’s website, the same terminology and even translations are used for all the offers regardless of the supplier. The customers can easily compare the offers of different suppliers and choose the one that best suits their needs.
To take a closer look at the Vehicle Charge Purpose Type code list, see the OpenTravel Model Viewer webpage.