If you run a rental or lodging business, such as a bed and breakfast, boat, or cabin rental, you want to make sure that your rentals or rooms are booked as much as possible with little availability in between. It’s common practice to require a minimum stay requirement on certain days, such as weekends or over the holidays. WebReserv allow you to set up these minimums, learn how to below.
Weekend stay minimums are important to put in place for lodging or even a boat rental as it will make sure that you don’t have an open weekend day that remains unbooked.
Setting up in WebReserv is simple. In the product setup on the Products & Reservation Rules page, select your rental, and then go to the Reservation Rules setup page. The Length of reservation section will allow you to set a weekend minimum, for example 2 nights. You also have the option to indicate that a Friday night must include a Saturday night.
In addition to weekend minimums, you can also have holiday minimums that vary from the weekends or from holiday to holiday.
To setup, select the Edit Holidays button in the Length of reservation section of the Reservation Rules (see above). This will open up a new window where you can define your holidays and set minimum days per holiday.
When you are done with the setup, click Save.
Now that your minimums are set, what happens when a customer tries to book outside of these rules? You can choose! Choices include
- Allow a booking for less than the minimum days, but charge for the minimum days
- Do not allow the booking, and ask that they book for the minimum days
The first choice will look like this to the customer at checkout:
The second choice will look like this at checkout:
To enable the setting in the system, go to Setup – Business Information – Advanced Options. You’ll see the settings in the Reservations section.
If you’re not a current WebReserv customer, and are interested in this feature for your business, give us a try to free. We offer this feature and many others that will enable you to leverage your business to the next level. Reach out today for more information.