Homeaway Instant Booking Now Supported

Lodgix subscribers now have the option of offering a guest the ability to “Instant Book”  on all Lodgix properties participating in the HomeAway integration. Guests prefer a property that’s instantly bookable, and properties that offer Instant Booking typically enjoy higher conversion numbers.  On HomeAway, higher conversions = higher sort order = more bookings.

Previously HomeAway only offered the option to Book it Now, which allowed the property manager 24 hours to approve or reject the booking.   Instant Booking is really not that different, except that Lodgix will immediately communicate to HomeAway that the booking has been confirmed without any action on behalf of the property manager.

Lightning bolt identifies all Instant Bookable listings on HomeAway

Within Lodgix, there is really no difference between the two options as all the processes typically required to confirm an invoice (reservation deposit payment, signed rental agreement, etc..) would still have to be completed after the booking has been confirmed. Instant Bookings can still be cancelled, however HomeAway requires that Instant Booking participants understand that too many cancellations of Instant Booking reservations will negatively impact that property’s sort order on HomeAway.

Instant bookings are a filterable item on HomeAway.

So the combination of a separate filter for Instant Book listings and the fact that Instant Book listings have higher conversions, is a pretty compelling reason to enable it for all of your listings.   The end result will be even more bookings from HomeAway as your property sort order will continue to improve versus other listings that aren’t offering Instant Book.

Participation in the HomeAway Instant Book program does require approval from your HomeAway account manager.  They will review our account to determine if your booking conversions are high enough to warrant participation in the program.

By | 2017-01-04T06:38:17+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|New Features|0 Comments

HomeAway / VRBO Property Importing is Almost Here!

We are super excited to launch an exciting new feature which will allow Lodgix properties to be created from existing HomeAway / VRBO listings.

One of the first setup tasks required in Lodgix is the entering of inventory.   For many property managers, this is a time consuming task made even more frustrating because most of the data already exists on HomeAway.   Wouldn’t it be great to be able to simply pull listings from HomeAway / VRBO and have properties created on Lodgix?

That feature will be launched very soon.

The first step will be allowing Lodgix access to your HomeAway account:

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Then a selection list will appear allowing to your choose all or individual properties to import:

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The process should be slick and allow Lodgix accounts to be setup quickly and efficiently when establishing a new account.  This feature should launch by November 15th, 2016.   Thanks!

By | 2016-11-08T14:24:19+00:00 November 8th, 2016|New Features|3 Comments

Great News! HomeAway / VRBO is Rolling Out iCal Importing!

Great news!  As of June 2015, HomeAway is rolling out iCal importing, which means those of you with 4 properties or less can once again sync your calendars with HomeAway / VRBO!

If you have 5 properties or more then we recommend using the HomeAway Feed as you have the added benefit of listing sync, and connection to the BookItNow platform in addition to calendar sync.

iCal Importing with HomeAway

Here is the support article at HomeAway with instructions on how to define an iCal import URL within HomeAway.  Note in the support article below, HomeAway notes that not all listings have access to this new feature yet.

Location of the Lodgix iCal Export URL

Cut and paste the provide iCal export URL for each property into your corresponding HomeAway listing.

By | 2015-06-06T01:17:09+00:00 June 6th, 2015|New Features|0 Comments

HomeAway / VRBO Book It Now Integration

Earliest this summer HomeAway upgraded their integration to allow guests to get quote and make bookings on HomeAway / VRBO using rate data setup within Lodgix.  When a booking is made on HomeAway / VRBO that booking (as well as the credit card data from the guest) is securely transferred to Lodgix!

This is a great feature as it gives the guest the convenience of booking right from within the listing at HomeAway / VRBO and it’s great for the property manager as they don’t have to maintain a separate set of rates and rules at HomeAway.  They also don’t have to re-enter the guest contact and reservation data into Lodgix.

HomeAway requires a minimum of five listings to participate in their integration.

To signup, please review:

http://docs.lodgix.com/m/5502/l/128757-homeaway-vrbo-integration-requirements-and-details

By | 2014-10-21T20:32:04+00:00 October 21st, 2014|New Features|0 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