Hostfully features a simple listing channel where property managers can send their guests to make reservation for their rentals, and benefit from commission-free booking revenue. Hostfully does not charge commission on direct bookings. This article will show you how to activate this channel and set up the booking flow that works for you, based on your business preferences.
Step 1: Activating the channel
The first step is to enable the channel: head to the Channels page and toggle on the Hostfully channel (red arrow below). Once you activate the channel, the Manage this Channel page appears. Click on it to get the the Hostfully channel management page:
Step 2: Toggling ON the properties to list
On the Hostfully channel management page, toggle on the properties you want to show on the channel. You may use the Activate All toggle to activate all properties at once:
Once enabled, the properties appear on your company listing page where guests may search for them. To get the URL of your direct listing site, go to Agency Settings, scroll to the bottom of the page and copy the link:
Alternatively, you can find your page URL on the White Labeling tab. To learn more about white labeling please see this article.
NOTE: we will be supporting two versions of the direct booking site temporarily. You’ll see v1 in the URL above or v2. The v2 version is our enhanced and updated version. To start using v2 version, go to Agency Setting > Direct Booking Website tab and turn the toggle to Yes.
This is how your v2 direct booking homepage appears to guests. To customize this and make this page your own, please see the white labeling article.
Here is what the individual property pages look like:
Each property has its own details page that features:
Overview and description of the property
List of all the amenities
Availability calendar with either an inquiry or booking form (depending on your settings in Step 3 below)
Google Map of the property and area
List of guest reviews
Step 3: Choosing between instant booking or booking inquiries
By default, the Hostfully channel features a booking widget that will allow guest to request a quote (they send an inquiry with their dates, you respond with a quote, then they book).
Alternatively, you may set a property to Instant Booking so that guests can book from the listing page, without having to request a quote. To set a property for Instant Booking, go to that property's Main Settings page, and toggle ON the Instant Booking button. You have three Booking Request options to choose from. To learn more, see the article on Booking Requests.
You must have a payment processor enabled on the platform to set instant booking.
BEFORE dates are entered, the "From" price (in above screenshot) will be the nightly base price from main settings.
AFTER dates are entered, the price will be calculated based on the nightly rates of the input nights.
Once active for Instant Booking, the booking widget will automatically switch to Instant Booking mode:
After clicking Book Now, guest will be taken to a secured payment page, and will be able to book your rental.
Step 4: Bring guest traffic by enabling meta search channels
Hostfully provides a free integration with several metasearch engines. These sites connect to the Hostfully API, get your listing data and syndicate it on their meta search engine. They are very easy to setup. When a guest on their site clicks on your listing, they will be send to the Hostfully listing page, where they can then book your rental. For more information about these channels and how they interact with Hostfully, please see this article.