Exclusive Channels

Bookster works with a growing number of Exclusive Channels within our Channel Manager. These provide a highly targeted service, focusing on specific property types and locations.

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What are Exclusive Channels?

These are agencies who manage a large number of their own properties. They use their website to provide a channel service, advertising holiday lets owned or managed by other companies.

We hand-pick them for their knowledge and expertise in providing excellent customer service and a specialised holiday letting service. These companies have extensive experience in their specialised area, and their websites are optimised for their market to receive and convert high volumes of visitors.

There are different ways a property manager can advertise holiday rental properties, ensuring that the property is booked for the right periods, for the right price, by the right type of guest. One way is to promote accommodation on Channels (also known as portals and OTAs) such as Airbnb or Booking.com.

What is a Channel?

A Channel is a marketing website where you can promote your property listings to gain more visibility, and receive online bookings.

There has been a significant rise in the number of Channels available, and the services they offer you vary dramatically. Some Channels promote properties globally, whilst other channels work with more niche markets. These specialised markets include:

  • by location eg. attracting Swedish or American guests
  • by type of guest group eg. attracting families or singles
  • by price eg. attracting high spenders
  • by type of property eg. cottages, caravans or lighthouses
  • by reason for travel eg. business travellers

Why use a Channel Manager?

Managing properties on multiple Channels can be complicated and time-consuming. It is important to keep control of prices, photos, content, offers and existing reservations on each Channel, and as more bookings come in it is equally critical to stay on top of the property availability. Any failures here increases the risk of double bookings and can damage business reputations.

The solution is to work with a software called a Channel Manager which is usually integrated into your Property Management System (PMS). Channel management provides a centralised location which synchronises all the property inventory, rates, bookings, availability calendar and guest information. This means you can view your portal and bookings information in one place, and easily keep track of holiday rental reservations whilst preventing overbookings.

Marketing channel FAQs

How many marketing channels does Bookster offer?

Bookster offers 60+ marketing channels for holiday rentals.

Does it cost extra to list on marketing channels?

Bookster takes a 1% (0.83%+VAT) commission per bookings except for 'Availability only/calendar blocking' channels which are free to use.

How will I be charged when using marketing channels?

Bookster will automatically add the 1% (0.83%+VAT) commission charge to your monthly payment.

Do you integrate with any channel managers?

Bookster integrates with Rentals United - so you can list on all their marketing channels too.

Is there an additional cost to list on Rentals United channels?

Bookster will take a 1% (0.83%+VAT) commission on bookings as per usual. Rentals United also charges a per booking commission - however, Rentals United's commission may vary.

Does Rentals United charge a commission?

Yes. Please visit www.rentalsunited.com for up to date pricing.

What are Bookster Exclusive Channels?

Exclusive Channels are Bookster clients who promote the properties of other Bookster clients on their website in addition to their own property listings.

In return Exclusive Channels receive a commission for any bookings received through their website.

Who can I speak to if I need help?

Our customer service team will guide you through the connection process of all aspects of the Channel Management.

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