This page explains how the system works
BookingAutomation is designed as a self-service system. Set up is free and you can do it yourself. These are the requirements to use BookingAutomation:
1. Technical Requirements
- a computer with internet access
2. You are comfortable working with computers
- use a browser to navigate web sites
- use online help and instructions to do your own set up
The CALENDAR gives a complete overview on your bookings, prices and inventory and lets you adjust inventory and add bookings.
For more information about what you can do on in the CALENDAR click on CALENDAR then click on HELP in the top right menu of this page.
On-line bookings by your guests are automatically entered into the system. You can also manually enter off-line bookings. If you are using the Channel Manager, it will import your bookings from your booking channels.
For more information click on BOOKINGS then click on HELP in the top right menu of this page.
Save information about a guest and view their previous bookings.
For more information click on GUESTS then click on HELP in the top right menu of this page.
The multitude of sophisticated settings makes the system very powerful. You do not need to enter information for settings you don't use. Select the ones you need to reflect your pricing, strategy and conditions.
For more information click on HELP in the top right menu of each page.
Availability is calculated for each room based on bookings already in the system and rates that have been set. If you have no prices for a certain date the system will show no availability. For this reason it is important to keep the bookings and prices up-to-date.
You can set almost unlimited rate and discount combinations. In the RATES area of the control panel you can set rates with a start and end date which can have multiple conditions. Per day prices can be entered in the CALENDAR.
Here you can find more information about prices.
The booking page displays availability and prices to guests and lets them book directly online. The booking page can be fully customised in SETTINGS->BOOKING PAGE.
The booking page shows your "Offers". An offer is the price combined with certain conditions. Each room/unit has one or more offers. "Offer 1" is your standard offer to the guest which is always displayed.
For more information on how to customise your booking page go to SETTINGS->BOOKING PAGE then click on HELP in the top right menu of this page.
Booking Widgets - Booking Button, Booking Strip, Booking Box and more
Booking widgets connect your website to your booking page. Options include booking buttons, booking boxes, booking strips, calendars. To install them you or your web designer copy the code we provide to your web site. If you want to do it yourself you will need the ability to edit the HTML of your page. You can customise the widgets and get the code in the control panel under
SETTINGS->BOOKING PAGE->BOOKING WIDGETS.
For more information click on on HELP in the top right menu of each page.
The channel manager updates every web site when you take a new booking. You can enable channel management under SETTINGS -> CHANNEL MANAGER.
For more information on how the channel manger works go to SETTINGS->CHANNEL MANAGER then click on HELP in the top right menu of this page. On this page you will also find links with detailed information on each channel.
Use on Mobile Devices
The Control Panel is responsive meaning you can use it from any device with a browser. If you log in from a mobile device you should see a special mobile dashboard which gives you an overview on key information which you might need while away from your office and quick access to common functions.
If you do not see the mobile dashboard click on the mobile icon in the top left corner.
If you use the CALENDAR page on a smartphone we recommend setting the view to one day.
Help and Support
- This Support Wiki will give you an overview and explain how to use the booking system in detail.
- Our Setup Wizards guide you through the setup process and are an easy way to get familiar with functionalities.
- The control has a context sensitive help system which explains each setting and help for each page.
- Browse the BookingAutomation Forumfor ideas and solutions.
- We do offer free support on technical issues. You can contact us via the SUPPORT area in the control panel.
Person or organisation who can book for different conditions. More information.
A group of properties. More information.
Pre-canned action or email which can be sent manually or programmed to be sent automatically to guests at specific times after the booking was made, before arrival or after departure. More information.
OTA´s like Booking.com, Expedia....
Activity and information guests entered on your booking page.
Button, calendars, booking boxes which connect your website to the booking system.
Automatic Emails guests receive when they have completed a booking. More information.
Channel Manager Link
A connection between your room type and the same room type at a booking channel. More information.
A price for one date. Daily prices and Rates can be used in combination to fine tune prices. More information.
Automatic Email notification on new bookings. More information.
Interface with an external system which is not a booking channel.
Rooms/units available for booking.
An offer is the price combined with certain conditions. Each room/unit has one or more offers. "Offer 1" is your standard offer to the guest which is always displayed.
Holder of a user account.
Unique identification number of an account.
Premises with one or more rooms/units for rent.
Unique identification number of a property.
The maximum price ever charged for a room.
A price with start and end date so it applies to a range of dates. Rates contain many rules about the conditions which must apply to make them available. Multiple rates may be defined for each room. More information.
Unique identification number of a rate.
Rooms can but do not need to represent physical rooms, they are a way of splitting your property into separately bookable sections.
Unique identification number of a room/rented unit.
A room can have the quantity of 1 or more. If the quantity is >1 then the term room type is used.
Short codes which will be replaced by the relevant information from each booking. They can be used in text settings or messages. More information.
Extra services a guest can add at the time of booking, like bicycle hire, a sightseeing trip, meal, parking or obligatory charges like additional tax or cleaning fee.More information.
see Booking Widget
Tool to automatically adjust prices based on availability and time before check-in.