Booking.com application provides a direct connection to Booking.com channel which includes real time availability and rates updates together with fully fledged reservation handling.
The very first step is to connect apaleo with Booking.com:
- Go to the apaleo Store, Booking.com Channel Connect App and Connect to PMS.
- Log on to your Booking.com extranet.
- Click on the 'Account' icon in the top-right corner.
- Select 'Channel manager' from the drop-down list.
- Search for 'apaleo' provider
- Select Full connection aka two-way type (Reservations, Rates & Availability)
- Accept XML Service Agreement. apaleo will receive an email with your details and connection request.
- After apaleo confirms the connection, you’ll receive a new notification in your 'Inbox' tab
- Confirm the connection by clicking on 'Activate connection with apaleo' button. (Since February 2020 this step might be optional)
You can also do those steps by following the Booking.com sign up guide attached.
Navigate to Apps > Booking.com in order to start configuring rate plan and service mappings.
The right mapping is imperative for reservation processing.
Simply go through all rate plans and select the corresponding Booking.com rate plan from the drop-down on the right side. You can always remove mapping by selecting 'No mapping' value.
In case you sell some extra services on Booking.com, you can configure mappings for them as well.
When mapping between apaleo and Booking.com get's broken (e.g. rate plan doesn't have 'Booking.com' channel anymore), you will see the warning that will tell you about it. To fix it, either remove or update the mapping.
When you are done with the mapping and ready to start selling on Booking.com, you can finally activate the connection.
By activating Synchronization, apaleo will start sending real time availability and rate updates, process new bookings as well as modifications and cancellations.
Validate and pay attention for following property settings in Booking.com extranet:
- For the property settings in the menu 'VAT/Tax/Charges' you need to configure the VAT to be included and taxes and charges to be excluded
- In the property settings you should disable the Auto-replenishment of closed rooms as this might lead to overbooking (by sending an email to the partner manager at booking.com). For more information, check the following How To on overbookings.
- Please pay attention to the transfer of credit cards to apaleo. To do this, you must have carried out the so-called location verification with Booking.com (otherwise CC data will not yet be transmitted). CC data can be viewed in Booking.com up to 10 days after the guests' departure and can be manually loaded in apaleo. Contact your Booking.com Account Manager for further questions please!
It is possible to import all reservations with check-out dates in the future directly from Booking.com.
Select either all or some specific reservations and click on 'Import reservations'.
Depending on number of reservations, importing them might take some time. You can track which reservations were imported by looking at their status.