Take cost effective online bookings

Because I own a holiday cottage, I have a fair idea of what is required to take bookings from guests and have spent countless hours trying every single (FREE or relatively cheap) plugin or platform out there to try and find the best solution for our business.

My main criteria was simple. I wasn’t prepared to pay any commission and I needed to set specific check-in and check-out days.

After much testing, I’ve found the perfect plugin but then had to modify it slightly to get the front end elements to look good. Some of the features are listed below and I’m truly happy with this software for our business and I’m sure you would be as well.

We started off taking off-site payments via PayPal which worked fine but at 20p + 3.4% per transaction, I started looking for alternatives to save even more on the cost of taking online bookings. We are now using a dedicated UK based secure payment gateway that only charges 20p + 1.2% per transaction which is obviously tons cheaper.

For example, if a holiday property makes £20,000.00 in gross bookings a year it would break down as follows…

55 bookings via PayPal = £691 vs

55 bookings via Stripe = £251

That’s an annual saving of £440!

Your new website might only cost a fraction more than this 😉

Availability calendar

  • Multiple layouts (columns and rows)
  • Unlimited colour options
  • Display prices on calendar
  • Merge all resources to be displayed on one calendar
  • Display availability instantly once booking has been made
  • Easily block out dates that you don’t want to book out
  • Force certain check-in and check-out days based on filtered rules
  • Calculate prices based on number of days selected
  • Calculate prices based on week of the year or pre-set seasons

online bookings for as little as 1.2% per transaction!

HTML formatted customer emails

  • Custom formatted to suit your needs
  • Unlimited colour options
  • Consistent branding
  • Display alternative payment instructions
  • Email customers / guests after successful  reservation

Rule based price and availability filters

Build custom front end booking forms

  • Custom formatted to suit your needs
  • Unlimited colour options
  • Include custom fields for booking options or pricing
  • Capture any data for a reservation
  • Display price automatically with AJAX