Create a Reservation from an iCal Block with One Click

The newest Lodgix feature allows users to convert an iCal block to a reservation with just a single click.

Click on the block you want to convert

Click the Create Reservation button

That’s it! The block has been replaced with a reservation

The new reservation can be updated or modified just like any other. This feature is only available for blocks created via iCal. It will not work for blocks that have been created by subscribers, employees, or owners.

Most iCal feeds will not include the guests email address, and thus it cannot be used when creating the reservation. In these circumstances, Lodgix will generate a system email. This can be manually updated with the guests actual email address. If any additional information is passed through the feed (comments, etc.) it will be captured and stored in the Invoice Comments area of the guest control panel.

Should we develop a two-way sync with AirBnB?

Lodgix currently provides iCal feeds which you can cut and paste into your AirBnB listing.  This keeps  your AirBnB calendar sync’d with Lodgix.

As of 2/24/2014, this is the interface provided by AirBnB to suck up the iCal feed from Lodgix.

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Within Lodgix. go here:
http://www.lodgix.com/system/calendar-sync/

Copy / paste the iCal feed URL for the correlating property into AirBNB.

How do I get bookings on AirBnB into Lodgix?

Currently, that’s not possible.  AirBnB doesn’t make available a feed to software companies.

However we could develop a parser that would parse the confirmation email you get from AirBnB and extract the guest name, phone number, property ID and check-in and check-out dates.  Lodgix could then create an invoice with that data.

However, it would still require the property owner or manager to login to AirBnB and update Lodgix with the guest email address, and also update the invoice to accurately reflect the transaction on AirBnB.

The benefit would be that your calendar on Lodgix would stay updated in real-time.

So I’m looking for some feedback if we should develop this or not, please fill out the short poll below and let me know what you think!  Results are displayed after the vote!

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iCal Feed Now Available for All Properties

For those of you who want to push availability data to sites like Airbnb or Google Calendars, we now publish an iCal feed for all properties.

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The feeds can be found under Settings > Marketing Partners > Review Offers under the “iCalendar” Tab.

http://www.lodgix.com/system/marketing_partners/

To use the iCal feed with your Airbnb:

In your Airbnb account, go to Calendar mappings and paste the URL. Your availability data will then sync from Lodgix to Airbnb.

For more info on the Airbnb iCal feature: https://www.airbnb.com/help/question/hosting/99.