Linked Accommodations Hotel Booking plugin.

Introducing Linked Accommodations in Hotel Booking Plugin 4.10.0

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Since the Hotel Booking WordPress plugin version 4.10.0, we’re introducing an awesome update for property owners who need to synchronize the availability information across selected accommodations.

Put simply, from now on, you can connect accommodations in a way so that when a guest books one property, any linked units will automatically become unavailable.

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For example, if you have the same property that can be rented out either as one item or multiple ones (e.g. a house with multiple rooms), you can easily set up availability connections between them.

Something that you’ve always needed? Let’s get down to details!

Setting up linked accommodation in Hotel Booking

Within your Hotel Booking dashboard > Accommodation types, you will see a brief message about directions to setting up availability sync connections. This message is there for informational purposes only.

Accommodation Hotel Booking plugin.

Here’s how it works: simply establish connections between your main/source listing and its associated units (“linked accommodations”) through the Edit Accommodation menu.

As your source or linked units can be any properties listed under ‘Accommodations”.

Edit accommodation screen.

When one listing gets booked, its associated units will automatically become unavailable.

The connection is one-way. However, you can achieve two-way synchronization by manually configuring linking rules for specific properties.

For example, imagine you have a villa with 3 suites, all offered as 4 different options. You want the villa to be unavailable when any of the suites are booked – and vice versa. In this case, you need to go to every ‘accommodation’ and set the needed rules:

1. Go to the mail villa via ‘Accommodations’ menu and block its suites for dates when the villa is booked.

Linked accommodations in Hotel Booking plugin.

2. Go to every/selected suite and block the main villa.

Block accommodations in Hotel Booking.

We chose a one-way default setting to provide you with more flexibility and control over availability blocking across your listings.

For the guest, nothing changes. They will see unavailable days as booked in the availability calendar on your website.

booking calendar on the site frontend.
As a website admin, you can track linked properties in the booking calendar by hovering your mouse over the blocked dates. You will see the message that says it’s ‘Blocked because the linked accommodation is booked’. So, a booked accommodation is color-coded in green and its linked ones in red (‘blocked’).

Booking calendar display for Linked Accommodations.

In the list of bookings, however, you will see just one booking – because it’s actually so!

Bookings list.

How it works with external booking platforms

Technically, auto-blocking dates because of the linked accommodations is similar to an admin manually blocking out dates via the booking rules menu. That won’t count as an actual ‘booking’ in your reports.

To ensure external booking platforms (OTAs) reflect these blocked dates, head to Settings > General Settings > Calendar Synchronization. There, you’ll find the option “Export admin blocks”.
Calendar sync settings.
Check this box to send information about linked unit bookings to OTAs, making those dates unavailable on external channels as well.

That’s it, it takes just a few clicks to link the needed accommodations, thus synchronizing their availability!

After this main update, we also released a few more fixes so that the latest version 4.10.2 addresses a few issues:

  • Booking rule priority fix: Previously, higher-priority booking rules weren’t always applied correctly. Now, when you drag and drop the booking rules to set the needed order, the plugin takes this order into account.
  • Klarna payment gateway display: If you disabled Klarna within the Stripe settings, it might have still appeared as a payment option for guests on your site. This update ensures Klarna is only displayed when it’s enabled.

Summing up & FAQ about linked accommodations

That’s a summary of the ‘Linked Accommodations’ update in Hotel Booking 4.10.0. that allows you to automatically synchronize availability for chosen properties by creating linked accommodations. It essentially lets you better manage availability for properties that can be rented out together or separately!

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Is the connection one-way or two-way?

By default, the connection is one-way (e.g. when a villa is booked, its individual suites are blocked – but it doesn’t work vice versa automatically). However, you can achieve two-way synchronization by manually linking chosen properties (e.g. when a chosen suite is booked, block the entire villa.)

How do I set up linked accommodations?

  • Go to the Accommodation > click ‘Edit’ for any chosen property.
  • Tick the boxes next to the associated units – the accommodation you’re editing will be blocked if any of the selected are booked.
  • For two-way sync, repeat step 1 & 2 for each linked unit.

What happens when a guest books a property that has linked units?

All associated/linked accommodations will automatically become unavailable on your booking/availability calendar displayed on the website. The guest will see these unavailable dates as booked.

How will bookings appear in the Bookings menu?

In your Bookings list, you will only see one booking for the main booked listing, even though multiple linked units might be unavailable. The Bookings Calendar, however, will color-code the booked property as ‘booked’ in green and linked ones as ‘blocked’ in red.

How does this affect external booking platforms (OTAs)?

By default, linked unit bookings won’t automatically update OTAs. To ensure these blocked dates are reflected on external channels, you need to enable “Export admin blocks” in Settings > General Settings > Calendar Synchronization.

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