Optimise your availability. Maximise your bookings.
Your rate settings and booking requirements affect your availability, and how they’re set up could make it difﬁcult for travellers to ﬁnd and book your property. Having a good understanding of how to make these settings work best for your property could ensure you don’t miss out on bookings.
Shortening your minimum stay
If your calendar is ﬂexible, you can shorten your minimum stay to show up in more traveller search results. For example, if a traveller is searching for a three—night stay and your minimum stay is four nights, your property will not show up in that traveller’s search results. Shorten your minimum stay to earn more money and ﬁll available nights in your calendar.
Setting check-in and checkout days
This setting allows you to control what days of the week guests can check in and out of your property. However, when you use these settings it’s possible to inadvertently block large portions of your calendar, which affects whether you show up in traveller searches. For example, if you set a check-in and checkout day as Saturday, your property will only show up if a traveller is searching for a Saturday to Saturday stay.
Edit check—in and checkout day
Staying in sync
HomeAway supports iCal, a ﬁle format you can use to import and sync calendars across multiple websites like Google Calendar, Booking.com, and Airbnb. This can help you avoid double bookings, and it provides you with a single view of all your reservations.
Reviewing calendar blocks
Regularly review your calendar to make sure you have blocked the correct days or to make sure a recent sync pulled in the correct block. You can also wear your “traveller hat” and test different search dates on your property to see if your calendar is showing the correct availability.