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    pibomarco

    I use MyAllocator and I am very satisfied, they have also great and quick help support. (aprox 25€ - 40€/month) Depends how many units you have. 
    The cheaper one: Hotelrunner aprox 15€/month. 

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    monet208

    Quite expensive in the UK

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    Pita Lie

    I use Sirvoy for 4 years and just love it. The price depends on how many channels you choose. We paid approximately 85 USD per month for 3 channels (Expedia, Hostelworld and Booking.com) inclusive of PMS for the front office. Just love their customer services as they sort out with our channels when there is overbooked etc. 

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    pibomarco

    Do they offer a two way connection with AirBnb?

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    Pita Lie

    AirBnB just signed up with Siteminder. Sirvoy offers connection with Siteminder provided you have account with Siteminder. 

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    Ron French

    Hi all .....what about the channel manager offered on b.com? im a tachnophobe and would love some advice on this ....Please

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    pibomarco

    I am not familiar with channel manager from Booking.com. I think overall all channel managers are kind of the same.. and is the best thing if you are hosting on more booking portals. Everything goes automaticly you save lot of work. It's more of a question how much are you willing to pay for it, because the prices varies.. If you're a tachnophoe, maybe you will be struggeling in the beggining but once you wil lget used to it, you will not imagine not to use it anymore. Help support is also very good and proffesional and you will be properly guided.  

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    Pita Lie

    It is very important that you know whether the channel manager offers PMS (property management system) as well if you have plenty of rooms and accept walk in - as sometimes the channel manager is cheap but the PMS is expensive. 

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    pibomarco

    This is my situation:
    I've build my personal website using WIX platform (very easy - anyone can do it and I was totally clueless).I pay aprox 20€/month for WIX website (Premium plan). What do I get from them? 
    - FREE BOOKING ENGINE (on the site) (0% commission)
    - FREE PMS
    - MY OWN WEBSITE that i can simply update whenever I want 

    Then you connect a channel manager "HotelRunner" with Booking.com, Expedia.com, AirBnB.. and your WIX site for aprox 15,00€/month.

    Now do the math.. I receive lots of bookings from my personal website, where I don't pay commisions etc.. And also better offers for the guest comparing to OTA's.

    Basicly lots of options to choose from. :)  

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    Ron French

    i am just starting to use the rentlio cm on b.com all seems pretty straightforward so far ....and i think at a reasonable price ...also offers booking engine with the package for your website

     

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    Thuild - Your world of creation (franchise)

    I'm using Siteminder for everything, full options and it's great. Especially that they have the two-way Airbnb connection now.

    I have about 20 channels connected and all integrations set up. 

    Let's just say that I love technology and the more versatile one is, the better.

    PMS is also from them, which makes everything seamless.

    You can choose what works best for you, just make sure that technically, the CM and PMS suits what you want it to do, if there are things that are missing, it's going to hurt later.

    Cheers,

    Zsolt 

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    Briarscottage

    We use siteminder with Little hotelier booking engine for the last 5 years, happy

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    Info

    We use Nightsbridge which is very popular in South Africa. 

    I am not sure if they are available worldwide but I don’t see why not because everything is done online and their rates are probably cheaper than other global solutions… 

    They have direct .xml links to all the major OTAs including BDC so we manage everything centrally from our pc and only make changes once which ripple to all the appropriate places…

    If you are looking, check them out at nightsbridge.co.za

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    Richard Martin Stoyle

    We Use My UK Travel, good as the price is low and your bookings via them are commission free. The PMS system is good however the invoicing function is not good at all 

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    Roman - VISIONAPARTMENTS

    Wow WIX has a PMS??

    I can recomment to have a channel manager with content API so even descritpons and pictures can be distributed to different channels.

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    Heidi Rutters

    I use a Wix site (its free and easy) and i have my own domain that diverts to the wix site.

    Domain charge in South Africa is about R150 per year (+-10euro)

    As a channel manager i use "Nightsbridge". It is easy to use, cheap, works extremely well. Basic monthly charge not link to your bookings at all.

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    Info

    I use NightsBridge which is a South African based business. It costs me about R315.00/21.00€ per month (5 rooms) then an additional R35.00/2.32€ per month per channel. I’m more than happy to recommend them as their system is extremely user-friendly even my mother who is very, very, very technophobic can use it. It also has an app so even when I am away I can still do bookings/ cancel bookings. Their customer support is also amazing. It also integrates with QuickBooks which makes invoicing a breeze.

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    Jamb

    Here in South Africa we use nightsbridge - www.nightsbridge.com or www.nightsbridge.co.za   works really well and affordable

    Barry

    Jambo Guest Hosue

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    Michael Hayes

    MyAllocator works well for us. 

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    Apartments

    I have a Profitroom, had a SiteMinder and I prefer the newer one. It costs us £74 per month, price depends on the number of channels. They also set up Booking engine on your website. Nice and easy. Very helpful. 

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    pibomarco

    Shout-out to MyAllocator! It's great!

    £74? Daaamn. :) 

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    Apartments

    It's not that much in London:-) It is £15 on top for being connected to my reservation programme, which costs 95 Euro per year. 

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    pibomarco

    I understand, my country is a bit poorer. :D 

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    Apartments

    :-) I mainly chose Profitroom because I can connect it to my reservation program, KW Hotel. Both are from Poland. Besides SiteMinder costs £55 per month and I pay £59.

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    Jordana

    Hello, I think it all depends on what do are your "negotiables", with this I mean:

    - How much time you are willing or want to spend with whatever system you put in place

    - How many accommodations you have

    - How many channels you want to use

    - How much money you want to use for this. etc.

     

    For example, I was using Redforts, that is a really good channel manager and PMS, that does many thing, but still was taking me a lot of time that I prefer using creating more business or relaxing honestly.

    So now I changed to Guesty, which is a more complete, so to speak, PMS, apart from the channel manager it also has many more features that really reduces the stress from the workload like :

    - unified inbox (BRILLIANT! I don't have to enter Expedia, Airbnb, Booking.com, etc, just one inbox)

    - Connected with Stripe so I set when I want to charge the reservations and it does so automatically.

    - takes Security deposit automatically

    - Sent text automatically like welcome, self check-in, how is everything, please leave us a review, bla bla)

    - Can connect with many many integrations like revenue managers that works like Airbnb smart prices but much better, integrations with automatic codes so you don't have to do anything and many other integrations.

    For this I pay 3% of my booking, so no fixed cost, if I don't receive any booking I don't pay, if I have fully booked I pay only 3%. For me is completely worth it.

    So what I mean is, at the end of the day, you and only you know what do you prefer paying for and be done automatically or if you have all the day for this and prefer moving prices up and down, charge very reservation, validate cards, enter every channel to answer 1 message, etc. Think of what is the thing that bothers you the most to do, and delegate it to a system or to another person, use your time to generate what you are best for and leave simple things or tedious things to a system, at least that is what I do :D

    Hope this helps!

    Jo

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    Franck L

    Hi Flcm28

    I added a channel manager last year and it really changed my life. Nevertheless, there are few things I would have been happy to know before starting.

    There are few parameters you should check first. 

    - Contact your PMS to know if they are connected to the channel manager before signing any contract with a channel manager. Your PMS may have a list of recommended channel managers. If you need any development in the future or even if you have issues in the mapping or rates, it is very important that they have worked together in the past.

    - The price is an important factor. But not that much important actually, if you consider the time you will save with a channel manager, it worths spending money in this tool. 

    - Re your property's website, you need to check that your channel manager supports your direct booking engine. It maybe my big mistake. Both companies were not very connected and I had hard time to be in the middle of tech guys.

    - I work with SiteMinder. It is relatively easy to use and to set. The only drawback with this company is their customer support service. When they cannot find a solution to your problem with you on the phone, they create tickets for their tech department/IT/development. They never come back to you. They never reach out to give you a solution and you have to call them many times. Very frustrating.

    - Check how often the channel manager send updates to your channels: If the frequency is very low you may get over-bookings as your inventory is not updated. 

    Have a great day

    FL

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    Beatrice

    I am looking for a channel manager which one of the most important aspect is that I can reduce the minimum stay  and it will automatically pas through to Airbnb, Booking and Homeaway.  I spent countless hours doing this as I change not only rates but also minimum stays very often.   Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. 

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    pibomarco

    I hate chanel managers that take commissions from each booking etc.. OTA's are enough. I preffer fixed monthly rates.

    I am using MyAllocator fro mCloudBeds.

    Also MyAllocator is in a beta phase for two way connection with AirBnB. But you must meet as a proffesional hospitality on AirBnB.. Not every host can have this feature.

    With the 2-way connection, you can:

    • Connect to your existing Airbnb account
    • Map myallocator rooms to existing Airbnb listings
    • Create new Airbnb listings directly from myallocator
    • Push rates, availability, and property information like photos, descriptions and more from myallocator to Airbnb
    • Add room types with multiple units of availability (*not all unit types apply)!





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    Beatrice

    Pibomarco,  You have no idea how useful your info is. Thank you!  I will also try WIX as I do not have yet a website.  For more than 15 years I have depended exclusively OAT's. Hopefully My allocator will free me some time to start building the website.  Thank you!!

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    pibomarco

    Hi Beatrice, I just remembered that MyAllocator is not available for WIX for the NEW users (Hotel Premium plan). Which means you can not connect channel manager to WIX booking engine. I think WIX uses now Hotel Runner chanel manager (which is the half of the price - well it was then, I was offered 15€/month for HotelRunner chanel manager) but I've stayed with MyAllocator for 35€/month.. I jsut got used to their software and loved their very quick and helpful support team.
    The thing is if you are going to use WIX Hotel premium plan, you will have to set minimum stays, rates, and everything else regarding bookings in WIX PMS and it will then send an information to chanel manager and from there to other OTA's. If you will make changes in Channel Manager, OTA's will be updated but it will not be updated on your WIX site. Regarding flexibility they are still little behind (specially regarding the minimum stays). The problem is that I have 5 different room types, for which I need different minimum stays per each type, but in WIX u can set only the same minimum stay for all the room types and not separately. I assume this will be updated in near future.. If you need a good flexibility regarding minimum stays, I would suggest you to create a basic web page on WIX (Not a Hotel premium plan) and just integrate Booking button (Book Now!) on your website like MyAllocator who offers for free and 0% comission. Then you can make all the changes and updates directly in Chanel Manager.



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