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Instant Booking potential for unbookable gaps

 
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Sam V



Joined: 20 Nov 2009
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Location: Villa in Gale, Algarve, Portugal. At home in Fetcham, Surrey, UK

PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:02 am    Post subject: Instant Booking potential for unbookable gaps Reply with quote

Having just received a request to book our villa (in German, I only speak English) for a week in August commencing three nights after the previous booking; with the onset of instant booking and listing sites gradually de-flexitizing (Mr V says inflexibility is the correct word, but I like mine) our booking communication, negotiations, etc to close gaps. Does anyone see a potential issue with lost nights due to these sites ever growing control over the process?

I think I've made myself clear ?!
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COYS



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a word Sam V, yes.
Instant booking is designed to remove the potential for alternatives & ensure a booking (any booking) & thus secure locked in payment.
If you accept nightly or short breaks on flexible arrival days, how will you prevent or even minimize costly gaps without any input? If you opt in & then reject them you'll just end up being penalized anyway.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In theory yes - I specify 7 nights minimum on b dot c which is the only instant booking site I am on. I also require Sat to Sat. I'll reduce that to 4 nights within a week of the start date as I'm then unlikely to sell direct.

If they contact me direct then I can of course be much more flexible
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kyreniagirl



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I won't do instant booking - too scared Sad
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Sam V



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Location: Villa in Gale, Algarve, Portugal. At home in Fetcham, Surrey, UK

PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have successfully negotiated closing that booking gap with the offer of a discount which I still need to calculate, I'd much rather do that than lose a few days, plus they may become repeat guests. My worry is that as listing site take more and more control, instant booking will become the next 'must have'' to ensure visibility, after all OD have no stitched up even subscription listings to not be able to accept a booking outside the site.
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rosebud



Joined: 14 Mar 2012
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Location: Steyning, West Sussex

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are right Sam V...

I have instant booking on one site Booking.com .. however I have only had one booking with them since I started last November .. so perhaps it is wasted there.
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