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August 2019 release notes

Written by Robin Morris

Preparing for new European payment regulations as well as moving Owner Statements forward towards prime time!

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On September 14 2019, European regulation (PSD2) will mandate Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) for many online payments. We are updating Bookster to allow our clients to meet the new standards as simply and easily as possible.

Copy and paste images into the image uploader

Update Stripe <-> Bookster - Bookster may ask you to confirm your Stripe connection with Bookster to comply with new EU regulations when they come in (© 2019 Tribalogic Limited)
Bookster may ask you to confirm your Stripe connection with Bookster to comply with new EU regulations when they come in
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Major changes

Preparing for new European payment regulations

Bookster allows Guests to make payments to secure a booking.

We are updating Bookster to cope with the new PSD2 SCA regulations.

When it goes into effect, a form of two-factor authentication will be required for many card payments. We are updating our integration with payment gateways (such as Stripe) to meet the new SCA requirements.

Update September 2019: The SCA requirements have now been put in place for all of our partner Payment Gateways, please see the September 2019 Release Notes

Channel Manager: Booking.com 

We have extended the Bookster Channel Manager integration with Booking.com to enable damage deposit details syncing.

Minor updates and bugfixes

Owner Statements

  • No longer include cancelled bookings in statistics on Statements
  • Show cancelled bookings in the charges list more clearly
  • Owner Statement/Invoice Booking Settings
    • Allow adjustment of cancellation settings
    • Show an invoice calculation preview on each Booking
  • Always show finalisation button

This is just one development in the holiday rental management system which has been designed to save significant time for property managers.

Image uploading

Bookster now supports the copy and paste of images into the image uploader.

Guest Area

Tightened the rules on what data is displayed to / hidden from Guests in the Guest Area. Access Codes, photos and property information are not displayed if they have not yet paid a required damage deposit, the full rental payment, and are outwith a fixed period before and after the stay in the holiday rental property.

Full updates on the history of the Guest Area can be seen in the blog.  

Miscellaneous 

  • Show role changes in the history view
  • Avoid using commas in URLs to fix a problem in canonical URL meta tags
  • Continue work on hooking up to a large OTA

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