Vacation Rental Channel Managers
What is a Channel Manager for Vacation Rentals?
A vacation rental channel manager is an important distribution tool for property managers. It will assist in displaying properties across a number of vacation rental channels, portals, popular listing sites and online travel agencies (known as OTAs). These include Airbnb, Booking.com, the Expedia and TripAdvisor networks and other guest booking platforms.
Providers will typically distribute your property listings and update availability calendars 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.
Airbnb Channel Managers
Many smaller property managers will focus solely on a channel manager that works with Airbnb and seek tools to integrate their stock across it's network. An increasing number of channel managers now integrate direct API connections with Airbnb.
For vacation/holiday rental companies, this enhances and simplifies the synchronisation of rates, property details, booking notifications and availability settings.
Some Of The Best 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.
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Rentals United is a next generation cloud-based service that allows anyone, anywhere to easily start, automate & grow a property rental business. Worldwide clients range from small property owners, to medium-size & large "Hotel 2.0" property managers.
Established in 2015 by the founders of leading holiday rental agencies, Rentals United was awarded numerous preferred partner badges and currently distributes more than 250.000 rentals worldwide with the highest quality content standards.
Synchronisation/Connections:Secure and reliable Two-Way API connections synchronising Availability, Rates, Property Info and Photos. Automatic account creation with most listing sites. API Content Push to add new inventory to Booking.com, as well as Quick Connect. Pricing Management options: Price per Night/Person, Length of Stay, Refundable and Non-refundable Rates to OTAs, mark-up for all sites, Changeover Days and more. Booking.com Premier Partner, Airbnb Preferred Partner, HomeAway Preferred Partner, Agoda Innovative Partner. iCAL import/ export available.
Synchronisation Update Speed: Instant (Real-Time)
• Guest Planner organizational dashboard
• Mobile App for Android and IOS
• Elegant Book Direct Pages
• Quality Checker and Multi-calendar
• Guided Setup by an Onboarding team. Training by Connectivity and Account Managers
• Direct Integration with 50+ PMSs worldwide
• Integration with Payment Providers, Yield Managers and Operational Tools
Listing Sites/Partner Channels: Booking.com, Airbnb, HomeAway network (including VRBO, Homelidays, Abritel, OwnersDirect), Expedia network, Agoda, Tourico, Atraveo, TUI Villas, Rentals Combined/Sabre, Flat4Day, ApartmentsApart, GoHolidayLets, VacAgent, ByDays, Wuking, MisterBNB, TripVillas, Hostelworld, LaComunity, Tripadvisor network (including FlipKey/HolidayLettings/Housetrip), Ostrovok, Wiflap, Perfect Visit, MagicStay, BridgeStreet, Handiscover, Ctrip, Innclusive, HeyBnb, Locasun, Despegar, Rent Private Villas, CanadaStays, Short Stay Apartments, ClickStay, Maeva, Hoppify, BeApartment, Szallaskeres, ParadiseTerra, Travelstaytion, Traum-Ferienwohnungen, BnBHero, E-Domizil, HomeToGo, Spain-Holiday, Travelopo, GlampingHub, EveryStay, BTU, Booking Lettings, Travel Compositor.
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.
• 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.
Full API channel manager integration with Airbnb. Two-way connection allows users to synchronise listing details, booking information, rates, availability and messages in real-time.
Orbirental provides an innovative and open technology platform that automates vacation rental companies workflows, helping them focus on hospitality rather than operations.
Orbirental's vision is to become the middleware that connects the dots in the vacation rental industry: our ecosystem already provides 45 technical integrations and powers data-driven initiatives for leading companies such as a direct Airbnb channel manager.
Synchronisation/Connections: Everything is synchronized with direct channels. Direct API integration with Airbnb, Booking.com, HomeAway, Flipkey, TripAdvisor and VRBO.
Orbirental then provides availability synch with all channels supported iCal interfaces.
Synchronisation Update Speed: 1 minute
On-boarding Duration: 1 hour
• Platform Configuration and Customization
• Website Integration and Optimisation
• Vacation Rental Management Services
• Training Program: Platform and API
• Data Migration
Guest Guide Books: Easily create guidebooks for your guests for your listings. We'll automatically pull in data from your Orbirental listings to our Hostfully partner dashboard page.
Listing Sites/Partner Channels: Airbnb, Booking.com, HomeAway, VRBO, Expedia, Abritel, TripAdvisor, Flipkey, HolidayLettings, HouseTrip, HomeToGo, Tripping, Holidu, MisterBnb & eGetinnz.
Free Trial: 30 day free, no-risk trial. No credit card required.
Manage your listings and bookings across all platforms.
Synchronisation/Connections: Synch your availability, property details and rates with all major channels. Lodgix also supports the importing and exporting of iCal calendar data.
- Online bookings
- Credit card processing
- Automated guest communication
- Enquiry management
- WordPress plugin
- Facebook integration app
- Document creation
- Digital signatures
- Quickbooks sync
- Guest insurance
- Property owner management accounts and statements
- MailChimp email marketing synchronisation
Listing Sites/Partner Channels: Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia, Facebook, Flipkey, HomeAway, TripAdvisor & VRBO. 2-way connectivity with each.
Set Up Fees: None (no set-up fees, no commissions, no extra fees)
Icnea was founded in 1978, in the era of management software development. Among the successes achieved the Eurogest management application stands out as it was selected by the organizing committee to be used during the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. In 2005 Icnea started to commercialize the Property Management System, created for agencies specialized in vacation rental, and in 2007 integrated the channel manager into it. Our solutions adapt to all types of management and is unceasingly developed technically, also through new partnerships.
Connections: Icnea has full synchronization with the main OTAs through their APIs (availability, rates & prices, reservations, and listing), like Booking.com, Airbnb, Homeaway or Tripadvisor. We also have the standard synchronization (availability, rates & prices, reservations) with more others. And the most basic synchronization (availability through iCal calendars) with the agencies that don’t have anything else available.
• Availability: open and close calendar in real time, based on the reservations or blocked dates, to avoid overbookings.
• Reservation: whatever reservation you receive you will have all its details.
• Prices: synchronize prices and apply your revenue management plan segmenting prices the way you wish.
• Content: send property descriptions to channels without having to introduce the same information twice. Icnea can create the ad for you!
Synchronisation Update Speed: Instant
On-boarding Duration: With top channels is immediate
• PMS Features
Property management, Reservation management, Offer system, Newsletter and email marketing, Invoicing / Administration, Owner settlements, Check in and Check out, Cleaning management, Maintenance and damage management, Automatic emailing system, Differentiated users, External integrations.
• Channel Manager Features
Revenue management (Rating, Competition prices, Price comparison in booking.com)
Revenue management through Pricelabs integration
Dynamic Pricing (Availability closure, Price increase, Price variation and Rate closure)
• Web Solutions
Websites (choose among 3 templates including Carousel images/video, Safe payments/Paypal, Blog/news, Social -networks, 10 Languages, 10 Currencies, Client reviews, Vacation rentals/sales section)
Free booking engine (if webpage is external) - you can choose among Reservation button, iFrame, API integration
Owner's extranet. Guest's extranet
Video tutorials for each function included integrated within the PMS Channel Manager. Video training available
Listing Sites/Partner Channels: Direct two-way connection (prices/availability/reservations, and listing when they accept) with more than 40 OTAs, such as: Booking.com, Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Flipkey, Holiday Lettings, Housetrip, Homeaway, Homelidays, Abritel, VRBO, Expedia, Agoda, Atraveo, Locasun, Only-apartments, Atrapalo, BudgetPlaces, eDreams, FriendlyRentals, HRS, HotelBeds, LaCommunity, Orbitz, Ostrovok, TravelRepublic, Wimdu.
Availability connection using iCal available with any channel.
Pricing: $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)
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.
• 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
Listing Sites/Partner Channels: Direct connections with all major booking channels such as Booking.com, Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Agoda.com, Hostelworld, HotelSpecials, TripAdvisor Instant Booking and Google Hotel Ads.
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
Free Trial: 30 day free trial for new clients.
Free Demo: Yes. Contact our sales team for a free demo.
HiSITE is HiRUM’s leading Channel Manager Solution, allowing you to effortlessly connect your property to all of the world’s most prominent online booking channels and making it visible and available to travellers around the world!
Your property’s availability and rates are updated in real-time across all channels, including Online Travel Agents (OTAs), Global Distribution Systems and Metasearch Channels. This ensures you maximise your booking revenue potential by connecting to the entire booking ecosystem and eliminates the risk of overbooking. Make the most of guests’ online booking habits today!
As a fully cloud-based system that allows access from any device, it’s easy to see why properties around the world choose HiSITE as their Channel Manager!
Synchronisation/Connections: Our two-way integration allows for your live availability to automatically upload directly from your PMS/CRS and to receive reservations from all leading online channels including Airbnb, HomeAway, Trip Advisor Vacation Rentals, Booking.com and Expedia. Instant synchronisation of rates & availability, bookings, stop sells, rate plans, CTA, CTD, and other content such as property and room type details, amenities and images.
Synchronisation Update Speeds: Real-time (Instant)
On-boarding Duration: Same day (as little as 2 hours to set up)
• Website Design (Vacation Rental & Motel/Hotel/Resort site design and templates).
• HiRUM Property Management System (PMS) which is fully integrated with our Channel Manager.
• HiRUM Anywhere IOS/Android Mobile Apps which will assist you in running your vacation rental business from your desktop, your tablet, your phone- your choice!
• Intuitive Pricing (IP) – Intuitive Pricing allows you to set rules to ensure your rooms are always listed at the best price, without you even having to log in. You can adjust rates and close out channels based on your preferences.
• Marketing Reach Program – Getting in front of your customers when they are looking to book their travel is of utmost importance for any property. That’s where HiRUMS’s Marketing Reach Program comes in. Our experts will fully manage your online reputation through guest reviews, social media posts including Facebook and Instagram, as well as keep you up to date on your online performance through detailed reports and analytics.
• Online Promotional Tools – Use our promotional tools to create urgency, increase awareness and drive bookings. From promotional codes to stay-pay offers, HiSITE Channel Manager makes it all possible.
• Analytics & Comprehensive Reporting – Our powerful analytics help you to make informed business decisions, based on insight, not gut feels. These reports can help you see your business performance at any point in time, as well as predict future trends in your business.
• End of Month Services – Book your break away and let our expert team process your end of month for you, so you can sit back and relax.
Listing Sites/Partners Channels: Airbnb, HomeAway, AADX, Agoda, Asia Web Direct, Away.com, BedandBreakfastWorld.com, Book Easy Tourism Solutions, Booking.com, Cheap Tickets, C trip, Ebookers, Expedia, Flight Centre, Gta, Hooroo, Hotel Club, Hostels.com, Hostelbookers.com, Hostelworld.com, Hotels.com, Hotels Combined, Ignite Travel Group, Jetstar, Lastminute.com, Latestays.com, Leisure.com, The Lido Group, My Bookings, Need it Now, Not 1 night, Orbitz, Qantas, Quickbeds, Rewards Corp, Roamfree.com, Sabre Travel Network, Stay247.com, The AOT Group, The Hotel Network, Travel.com.au, Travel Click, Travelocity, Trip Advisor, Villas.com, Wotif.com, OZbreaks, Zuji
Free Demo: Yes
To learn more about the many ways Guesty's platform can help your property management business, you are invited to a free one-on-one session with one of Guesty's experts.
Guesty’s advanced platform provides the critical features needed to simplify the operations of short-term property management, with the power of automation, an extensive integrations marketplace, and seamless distribution across more than 60 channels.
Offering a robust channel manager, multi-calendar, unified inbox, mobile app, 24/7 guest communication services and more, this comprehensive cloud-based system centralizes data from all your listings, reservations and guests on a single dashboard.
Whether you’re a small business looking to scale or an established business looking to optimize your occupancy and operations, Guesty will help you decrease time spent on repetitive tasks and increase your revenue.
Listing Sites/Partner Channels: Airbnb, Booking.com, Agoda
Pricing: From 15 USD/month
Set Up Fees: No set up fees
Free Trial: Yes, 14 days free trial
Free Demo: Yes, free demo with one of our dedicated advisors
Nuevah offers all-in-one solutions especially made for Independent Hotels and Vacation Rentals.
Established in 2014 serving thousands of happy clients all over the world.
Synchronisation/Connections: Automatic 2-way & real time integration through APIs (availability + rates) + iCal calendars for some channels.
Synchronisation Update Speed: Real time, instant updates
On-boarding Duration: 1-2 hours
On-boarding Training: Nuevah offers free on-boarding sessions and training. We also provide advice on how to best optimize the system for the individual property's needs.
• Cloud front desk system: Simple and Mobile system to manage all your bookings anywhere.
• Stylish and commission-free booking system on property website and facebook page.
• Channel Manager with real time synchronization and 1 Calendar to manage all reservations, rates & availability.
• Mobile Apps with Housekeeping.
• Owners portal for Property Management Companies.
Listing Sites/Partner Channels: Over 100 channels including: AirBnB, Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Agoda, Wimdu, House Trip, HomeAway, Holiday Velvet, FlipKey, 9Flats, Gay-Ville, Amsterdam bed and breakfasts, Apartments Unlimited, Be My Guest, Erfgoed, Loving Apartments, Only Apartments, Flat Club, BedAndBreakfast.eu, Despegar.Com, Hotel.de/Hotel.info, HotelBeds, HRS, Lastminute, Orbitz, HostelWorld Group, HostelsClub, HostelBookers, Atrapalo, BBPlanet, I Castelli, Vashotel, SleepingIn, Feratel, Tablethotels, Easytobook, Ostrovok, Hotusa, eLong (Expedia), TravelRepublic, 101 hotels, ItalyHotels (Federalberghi), Capri Online, Bed-And-Breakfast.it, Bronevik, GardaPass, Positano.com (Caprionline), ItalyTraveller (Caprionline), Capri.it (Caprionline), Capri.net (Caprionline), Mr and Mrs Smith, HotelInn, TheBestSpaHotels, Booking Piemonte, Bestday, JacTravel, Moena, Italcamel, HotelsCombined, MaxMind, Prestigia, Malapronta, Charme & Relax, Lovevda, HotelDO (Bestday), Aja, Ozon Travel, UTS Travel (Hotelbook), LiForYou, TopHotels, SunHotels, Dimore D'Epoca, CBooking, WorldWide Hotel Link (WHL), SpeedyBooker, Specialhotels.nl (MaxMind), Agriturismo.net, Idyltrip, VeronaBooking, Dolomiti.org, LanghePass, Elba Promotion, Restel (Hotusa), SignaTours, DataHotel.Net, AdamelloSki (pontedilegnotonale.com), Zabroniryi.ru, Dobovo.com, Sirmionehotel, Acase.ru, Svoy Hotel, Salento.it, Waytostay, InItalia, Splendia, TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals, Generic Calendar, Traveloca, Holiday Lettings
Pricing: $10/m per listing if less than 10 listings. $5/m per listing + $50/m if more than 10 listings (eg. 11 listings costs $105/m)
Set Up Fees: 0
Free Trial: 14 day full featured free trial
Uplisting is a self-service property and channel management platform for short-term rental property managers.
Uplisting is the simplest way to optimise bookings and manage operations across multiple channels and multiple people. Uplisting helps save time by automating a number of daily tasks, and maximise revenues by ensuring prices are enhanced and search rankings are elevated on booking sites such as Airbnb and Booking.com.
Our focus is on simplicity, reliability, fair pricing and best in class customer support.
Synchronisation/Connections: Bookings, smart rates, availabilities, messages
Synchronisation Update Speeds: Pull reservations every 3 minutes. Push availabilities and rates instantly.
On-boarding Duration: Quick (1-2 hours) and self-serviced. Free assistance if you need.
Additional Services:: Realtime chat, Skype demos and setup calls. Whatever you need to get up to speed!
Listing Sites/Partner Channels: airbnb, booking.com, homeaway
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.
• 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.
What to 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.
The best channel managers will also offer a property management and booking system to look after your guest reservations however before you sign up to a contract consider the following:
Is the company well established? What is their % level of up-time? Are there reviews on their site and externally? Capterra provides useful reviews for vacation rental software. The software should be cloud-based.
Many channel management suppliers will offer a free online demonstration to view the benefits and features of their product.
If you decide to leave the channel manager is it an easy process and will the data be yours to keep?
What it is you want to be synched? Do you need synchronisation of rates, listing content, images, offers and availability calendars and can your new supplier do all of this? Do they provide iCal synchronisation, 2-way or API connection? How regular is the synchronisation and speed?
How many distribution providers do they work with and are they relevant to your target market? Some property managers are only concerned with distributing their properties across the big players like Airbnb, Booking, HomeAway and TripAdvisor. However there could be many specialist partners (e.g. location-specific, rural properties, family stays, gay-friendly or pet-friendly) that could be applicable to your property and result in bookings.
Price is obviously important but there are several questions aligned with this. Is there a free trial? What is the set up fee? Might it be cheaper to pay for 12 months up front? Does the supplier operate a commission percentage per booking pricing model or a fee per property? What are the payment terms?
Is the supplier located in your country or continent? Most channel managers will connect to the global OTAs but can they provide specialist knowledge and distribution to channels relevant to your region?
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?
Training & Support
Will the channel manager offer you sufficient initial training and on-going support to learn the product property.
Most suppliers now offer platforms with extra services for a busy property manager. Does the company provide other services like website builder, booking engine, reservation management, CRM, analytics tools or dynamic pricing? What payment gateways are supported?
Other Channel Managers
There are scores of companies with channel manager software out there. This space has traditionally been for the hotel industry however an increasing number are now catering for vacation rental properties managers.
Here is a list of some to consider.
FeWo Channel Manager
Free To Book
My Booking Pal
My UK Travel
My VR Host
The Booking Porter
Please note that the above information has 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.
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