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Why keeping your calendar up to date is so important?

empty calendar leads to double booking

Empty calendar? Chances are you will be double booked

Updating a vacation rental calendar is a tedious task we all dread.

What is even more time consuming is replying to inquiries for dates that are not available. While I have had clients who were considering changing their dates from time-to-time, it is not common place at all. However, failing to  update your calendar at all is a mistake. Inevitably, you will end up sending replies about unavailable dates and updating your calendar anyway.

To solve this problem, rentini recently released a new version of a calendar synchronization tool that makes it very easy to set things up so you can focus on other priorities.

A New Calendar Synchronization Tool

Here’s how it works, quite simple.

Step 4 of Create Your Listing page flow now has two options:

  • Update manually
  • Setup HomeAway calendar synchronization

If listing(s) is/are already created, then simply click on the Calendar link under Helpful Links on the Dashboard, then you see

update calendar manually or via synchronization tool

Two new options on the calendar page

Who wants to do anything manually nowadays? Let’s discuss how to setup the synchronization.

First login to VRBO or HomeAway and find the Export Calendar section.

Login to HomeAway.com or VRBO.com and find Export Calendar Data

Find the Export Calendar Data section

Then just copy/paste the link – very easy!

copy-paste the link from homeaway or VRBO

As simple as copy/paste

This will create a set of blockings that will show dates unavailable. Along with the existing reservations from Rentini it may look like a christmas tree. See how my calendar for the month of February looks like. I selected two properties to show and the final result is a merge of reservations with different statuses and synchronized blockings. Fun, huh?

Merged vacation rental calendar for two properties

A merged calendar with reservations and blockings for two properties

From the first sight it looks a bit overwhelming but once you know what every color means it becomes very simple to deal with multiple types of entries on your calendar. Check it out here:

Colored indicators

Every color indicates a different status for each entry. Blockings are shown in red.

We are interested to learn from your experience:

  • How do you keep all calendars up to date?
  • Where do you keep your primary calendar?
  • Can you share what are the biggest challenges with your calendar synchronization method?

Comments on: "An empty vacation rental calendar leads to double booking" (5)

  1. […] In my previous post I talked about a very simple way to setup automatic calendar synchronization, once and forever. Here we discuss how to update your calendar manually. […]

  2. […] is an awesome tool we launched last year. Recently redesigned, today it is even more user-friendly. No one wants to update their calendars on the zillions of vacation rental sites manually. This […]

  3. This is a great tool as this is a particular bind to keep on worrying about updating / editing/ calendars especially when managing multiple properties each and every day – well done Rentini

    Gary @OrlandoMagicKingdomRentals

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