Channel Managers & Property Management For Vacation Rentals

What Is A Vacation Rental Channel Manager?

A Vacation Rental Channel Manager is an essential tool which helps property managers to synchronise availability, rates and content across numerous external listing sites.

vacation rental channel management

Providers will typically distribute your properties across anything from 5-50 partner websites.

All information is easily managed by from the one channel management portal which will, in turn, ensure that guest reservations and property information are quickly updated and consistent across all online platforms.

This is especially important for busy vacation rental managers with numerous properties as it reduces the time it takes to update all listings across the internet.

 

What Should You Consider When Choosing A New Channel Manager?

 

There are many areas you should be aware of when choosing a new vacation rental channel management provider for your property management company.

It's an important decision as, once signed up, it can become increasingly difficult to switch providers a year or two down the line when numerous properties have been established on one platform.

Most will offer a property management and booking system to look after your guest reservations however before you sign up to a contract consider the following:

Listing Partners

How many distribution providers do they work with and are they relevant to your target market? Yes you will probably want to work with Airbnb, Booking, HomeAway and TripAdvisor but there will be many others that can bring in bookings.

Costs

Is there a free trial? What is the set up fee? Is it a commission percentage per booking or a fee per property? What are the payment terms?

On-boarding

What is the average time taken to 'on-board' your properties before they are published live? What level of support is provided to help you through the process? Is there a minimum amount of properties you need to register?

Synchronisation

How does synchronisation of rates, listing content, images, offers and availability calendars work? Do they provide Ical synchronisation, 2-way or API connection? How regularly is the synchronisation?

Extras

Does the company provide any extras like website builder, booking engine, reservation management, CRM, analytics tools or dynamic pricing? What payment gateways are supported?

 

Some Of The Leading Vacation Rental Channel Managers

 

Here is a selection of just some of the leading vacation rental channel manager systems for property managers and vacation rental owners.

Lodgify Channel Manager

Pricing: Included in monthly, yearly, bi-yearly software pricing plans. Full software package starts from $27 USD per month for single property owners, $56 for multi-property.

Set Up Fees: No set up fees, commissions or additional fees.

Free Trial: 14-day free trial (no credit card details required).

Synchronize Lodgify with your external vacation rental listings to ensure that your calendars are always up-to-date and consistent.

Our channel manager helps you handle all your external listings and reservations in less time and with less hassle.

Synchronisation/Connections: For some channels (Airbnb), Lodgify synchronises data such as picture descriptions etc., rates, reservation details and availability. For others (Booking.com), Lodgify synchronises rates, reservation details and availability. For all other channels, Lodgify synchronises reservation details and availability.

Synchronisation Update Speed: Between two and three minutes average.

On-boarding Duration: Nearly immediate.

Additional Services: 
• Vacation rental website templates and website builder
• Fully integrated booking engine
• Centralized reservation system.

Listing Sites/Partner Channels: 9Flats, Airbnb, Apartments Unlimited, Arbitel, Be My Guest, Booking.com, CitiesReference, Flipkey, Holiday Velvet, HolidayLettings, HomeAway, Homelidays, Housetrip, Loving Apartments, Only Apartments, Owners Direct, Room-O-Rama, Stayz.com.au, Top Rural, TripAdvisor, VRBO, WayToStay, Wimdu. Plus, any other channel which is iCal integrated.


xotelia vacation rental channel manager

Pricing: From $9.60-$16.20 per month ex VAT (over 2 years). 25% discounts for 1 year. 40% discounts for 2 years.

The Xotelia channel manager operates in over 81 countries and managing over 34,000 properties for over 3,000 clients.

Synchronisation/Connections: iCal connection. Availability calendars. Rates. Offers.

Additional Services:
• Completely customisable website booking engine (iframe integration)
• Facebook booking button.
• Comprehensive reservation statistics tool (occupancy rate, distribution of bookings per website, booking lead in, duration and average price of the stay).

Listing Sites/Partner Channels: 9Flats, Agoda, Airbnb, Alterkeys, BeMate, BedandBreakfast.eu, BedyCasa, Booking.com, CharmandTraditions, CleVacances, Cybevasion Dormis, Ebab, Expedia, Flipkey, France Voyage, Giteo, Gomio, HomeAway, HostelBookers, HostelsClub, HostelWorld, Hotel.de, HotelBeds, HRS, LateRooms, MagicStay, MediaVacances, Misterbnb, MorningCroissant, OnlyApartments, Orbitz, Ostrovok, OwnersDirect, PandaBed, RentalHouses, Roomorama, RSVPChalets, Splendia, TopRural, TravelMob, TravelRent, TripAdvisor, VacationKey, VoyagePrive, Way To Stay, Weekendesk, WeekendHotel, Wimdu, YourSpainHostel.


the sirvoy channel managerPricing: $59 per month for Pro Plan - full access to all features and all booking channels available.

Free Trial: 2 Weeks Free Trial (no credit card required)

 

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Sirvoy has a powerful channel manager that has direct connections with all major booking channels, such as Booking.com, Expedia.com, Agoda.com, Hostelworld, TripAdvisor Instant Booking and Google Hotel Ads.

Synchronisation/Connections: Using our iCal import/export feature, you can automatically keep your availability up-to-date on Airbnb, Homeaway, VRBO, 9flats, and other vacation rental sites that support the iCal format.

Additional Services:
• Booking engine on your site
• 20+ languages supported
• WordPress plugin
• Facebook page booking engine
• Customised input fields
• New booking alerts
• Review-your-booking feature
• Multiple booking engines
• Payment processing & invoicing


Rentals United New Generation Channel Manager allows Property Managers and Owners alike, to advertise their properties in 50+ channels such as vacation rental websites, OTAs, Metasearches, Wholesalers and GDSs.

They currently distribute more than 250.000 rentals worldwide with the highest quality content standards, making them visible to more than 250 Million Travellers every month!

Synchronisation/Connections: API 2 ways connections synchronizing Calendar Availability, Rates, Property Information and Photos.

Synchronisation Update Speed: Instant (Real Time)

Additional Services (Free of charge):
• Direct Integration with the Majority of the PMSs available in the market
• Book Direct Pages
• Accept credit cards thanks to Mangopay, the payment provider already integrated into the platform
• Tools for mapping your business logic to each vacation rental websites and hotel reservation system

Listing Sites/Partner Channels: Booking.Com, Expedia, HomeAway network*, Tourico, Atraveo, Rentals Combined/Sabre, Flat4day, ApartmentsApart, CitiesReference, HolidayVelvet, GoHolidayLets, VacAgent, ByDays, Wuking, Travel Republic, MisterBNB, TripVillas, Hostelworld, LaComunity, Only-Apartments, Agoda, Tripadvisor/FlipKey/HolidayLettings, Ostrovok. HotelsCombined, Wiflap, Perfect Visit, Airbnb, MagicStay, eholiday.pl, Dormis, Hotelbeds, VrGuest, Handiscover, Ctrip, Innclusive, HeyBnb, Locasun, Despegar, Rent Private Villas, Avroa, CanadaStays, Short Stay Apartments, ClickStay, Maeva, Hoppify, BeApartment,, Szallaskeres, ParadiseTerra, Traum-Ferienwohnungen, BnBHero, E-Domizil


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Please note that the above information has mostly been supplied by channel management providers and as such we will not be held responsible for any outdated or incorrect information. Ensure you carry out sufficient due diligence with each company when making any enquiries or registering your details.