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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By | 2014-02-24T19:32:58+00:00 February 24th, 2014|New Features|2 Comments

Calendar Sync for HomeAway & VRBO & VacationRentals.com

Until HomeAway supports iCal importing, calendar synchronization is only available to those with 5 or more properties through the use of the HomeAway Feed.

AS A RESULT OF THE NEW TWO FACTOR AUTHENTICATION INTRODUCED BY HOMEAWAY, THERE IS NO WAY FOR THOSE NOT ON THE HOMEAWAY FEED TO SYNC CALENDAR DATA WITH HOMEAWAY.

There is talk of an iCal import being introduced in early 2015 by HomeAway.  If that happens, calendar syncing will return for those with <5 properties!

By | 2015-01-07T18:12:21+00:00 December 12th, 2013|New Features|0 Comments

Quickbooks Sync Update

We’ve completed coding the initial features for syncing invoices and payment to QuickBooks online. Now we move to error logging and then our QuickBooks adviser and bookkeeper will be testing the sync using real customer data. Concurrently we’ll be working on the User Interface. It might even be possible to get the integration submitted to Intuit this week.

Progress is being made!

By | 2013-11-02T15:27:21+00:00 November 2nd, 2013|New Features|1 Comment

First Invoice Created on Quickbooks Online from a Lodgix Invoice!

It’s official, we’ve sync’d an invoice from Lodgix to Quickbooks Online!

In our development efforts to far we’ve been able to sync:

  • Guests
  • Invoice rental charges
  • Invoice fees
  • Invoice taxes
  • Invoice discounts
  • Invoice payment methods

We are now working on isolating problems in the guest sync process as it tends to take a considerable amount of time and is prone to failure, forcing it to restart again.  Those problems appear to be solvable but will require some time to sort out.

We still have interfaces and guest payments to code, as well as a lot of testing, and then we need to get the app approved within the Intuit marketplace which can take 2 to 6 weeks.  And all of this is for QuickBooks online only.

The good news is that QuickBooks desktop, in theory, should only require some relatively simple tweaks to get it to work.  Our primary concern for QuickBooks desktop is getting it to work consistently using Intuit’s tools, which are not the most stable software components.

Here is a JPG of our first official invoice sync’d to QBOE.

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By | 2013-10-23T19:50:34+00:00 October 23rd, 2013|New Features|4 Comments

QuickBooks Online Integration…Update!

Some great progress made so far in our bid to offer the best vacation rental software quickbooks sync on the market today!  We’ve established the initial link to QuickBooks Online and are working through Intuit’s requirements (which are quite strict), that will allow our new sync app to get listed on the Intuit App Store:  http://appcenter.intuit.com/search/a-works%20with%20quickbooks%20online

Next step will be getting a few authentication tweaks worked out and then comes the hard part of actually moving data between qbooks and Lodgix and vice versa.   Fingers crossed!  No timeline yet as to product launch.

qbooks-setup

By | 2013-09-26T15:59:42+00:00 September 26th, 2013|New Features|1 Comment