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    pibomarco

    I've just deactivated preffered program, also my property is ranking quite high without the program so I guess it is not worth it. I think you gain more with activating genius program/extrass...

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    k2u

    Thank you pibomarco !!

    You as well M Adamopoulou

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    Zoinks

    Ccpddb oh Gosh, I'm sorry. Thanks cassid , I had never seen this. I am going to ask BDC right now whether this applies to me as some features of booking.com are different depending on the country. Thanks once again guys!

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    Lee

    I have been trying to get into Partner-program but it seems Im still far behind. I have 8.9 guest reviews but Im not sure what else needs to be done...

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    Zoinks

    Lee  from what I see from my own case apart from high reviews you need to have lots of bookings. I saw this because when I took a couple of weeks off one of my two scores fell. Meanwhile I must apologise for a mistake I made (and this goes on to show that for important questions it is better to ask BDC directly than ask here). This is what BDC told me: "Please note that the preferred partner program is what actually causes the commission to go from 15% to 18%."

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    Aitsa Nicoline

    I fully agree, it worth it

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    Akwador

    That information came from a Booking.com communication to me saying I was not meeting the criteria for preferred partnership programme. Not much I could do other than to restrict other agencies - I work on first come first served basis so it is totally possible for Booking to c70% - if they give me the guest bookings faster!

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    M Adamopoulou

    Thanks Leandri Klopper for your comment. I hope my reservations go up because my property is located up in the hills away from touristic areas

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    Zoinks

    I've read what I wrote about the preferred partner program some months ago in this thread. I have been part of it for almost as long as I have been with BDC - as they offered it to me a month or so after I joined. But now I am asking myself - If I was doing so well that I ' qualified' to join this program which lets BC take 18% commission instead of 15% (work it out - that gives them 20% more commission) why did I have to join in the first place? 

    If you look at your preferred partner status you will find two scores - the second one is straight forward - it is directly related to good reviews. But the first score is very mysterious. There is no real explanation as to how it is calculated - why did I for example go from 20% (yesterday) to 75% (today) in the space of a few hours?

    Do not be too gullible. Remember that we are giving BDC more commission for something which is not clear at all. Using the argument that - everyone else has it -  is the herd mentality which only benefits those who earn the commission.

    Are we so stupid as to fall for the same ploys used on guests where they are called ' genius guests'  because they used BDC TWICE in TWO years?

     

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    Zoinks

    fluff  When you say "We have, however, seen our listing storm up the "charts" for general searches." what do you exactly mean? When I search for my property (remember to use incognito / private mode) without being too specific as regards area I find myself on the 11th page or so behind properties with higher prices, lower scores, no preferred partner status etc. However when I search for my property using the specific area I am always in the first page. The thing is it was always like that, even before I joined the program. 

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    M Adamopoulou

    Hi! Paul-Johnston and welcome to the forum. I have also joined PPP but as you said it’s very difficult to maintain in.

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    M Adamopoulou

    Leandri yes I have joined the PPP and my appearing has improved but my property will be closed for winter and I don’t think it will remain in for a long time.

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    M Adamopoulou

    Have a nice weekend...

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    fluff

    The PPP is still running here with no immediate view to change. However, the Genius programme is being lined up for the chopping block, just trying to time it with killing off another OTA's similar system.

    We find these programmes attract more time wasters than genuine guests (most especially from BDC) and also interfere with any of our own promotions.

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