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I currently manage nearly 40 units and only use booking.com and Airbnb to get bookings. To not get overbookings I have been using the channel manager (Lodgify). However it’s quite expensive, and even though I know it has a lot more features other than the channel manager that’s the only I one use. That being said I’m considering to stop using a channel manager and just synchronize both calendars; Airbnb and Booking.com . However I am afraid I may get overbookings, which can be quite expensive. I have been told after synchronizing calendars when you get a booking the dates won’t be canceled on the other platforms right away and it takes a while. I know with Lodgify it takes around 10 seconds, which is pretty decent. However paying nearly 3.000 a year for that service is expensive. All I want is to get the calendars on Airbnb and Booking synchronized with a decent timing response to cancel dates on the oposite platforms.
Are you doing Instant booking? If guests could only send a request to book, then you would have time to check the calendar, then manually block the days on the other calendar. It would consume a lot of your time so maybe Lodgify is worth the extra expense.
So… with forty units, let’s say worst case scenario 50% occupancy and an average daily rate of $100, meaning you’re turning over around $750k a year. And you’re bitching about a measly, tax deductible, $3k that stops you getting double booked?
I understand looking for a better price. All businesses must do it to verify they are not being overcharged. Also why pay for something you may not need. The fastest way to lose money is to spend it recklessly
I have no experience with lodgify or similar product. When I was on multiple platforms, I shared the calendars with Airbnb being the dominant/my go-to & they updated fairly quickly but that was for two units so not comparable
I don’t think so. Someone who “manages” xx units isn’t anyone I’d be jealous of. That would be akin to being jealous of the hotel manager. I’m jealous of the owners of multimillion dollar properties.
I’m guessing we resent Airbnb going from being the one host, one home-rent out the guestroom platform to a huge platform that includes hotels and faceless property managers. When someone comes along and says “I have xx number of properties” a switch flips in our brains.
People everywhere are guilty of shooting the messenger.