Why keeping your calendar up to date is so important?
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.
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
Who wants to do anything manually nowadays? Let’s discuss how to setup the synchronization.
Then just copy/paste the link – very easy!
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?
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:
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?