If you're a vacation rental host with listings on Airbnb and other booking platforms, managing multiple calendars can be challenging. However, HostRooster offers a solution by allowing you to sync your Airbnb listings with their platform using the iCalendar format. This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to set up this synchronization.
Are you a vacation rental host with listings on other booking platforms? Avoiding double bookings can be a real challenge when managing multiple calendars. Thankfully, HostRooster provides a solution by allowing you to sync your Airbnb listings with our platform using the iCalendar format.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:
Why Choose iCalendar for Synchronization?
iCalendar is a widely supported method for transferring calendar information between computer systems. It offers several advantages for syncing your listings with HostRooster:
- Live Availability Synchronization: Your availability is updated in real-time, preventing double bookings.
- Completely Free: iCalendar is a free standard, so you won’t incur any additional costs.
- Ease of Setup: Setting up iCalendar synchronization is typically straightforward.
- Compatibility: Most booking platforms, including Airbnb, support iCalendar.
- Sync with Google Calendar: You can also sync your iCalendar with your personal Google Calendar.
- Prevent Overbookings: Syncing with HostRooster helps you avoid overbookings on other platforms like HomeAway, VRBO, and Airbnb.
- Time-Saving: Say goodbye to manually blocking out dates on multiple platforms; iCalendar does it for you.
How to Sync Your Listings on HostRooster:
- Create a HostRooster Account: If you haven’t already, sign up for a HostRooster account.
- Add Your Listings: Create your listings on HostRooster.
- Access Your Listings: Go to https://hostrooster.com/my-account/listings/ after creating your listings.
- Manage Your Calendar:
- You’ll notice icons at the bottom of each listing.
- The calendar icon allows you to manually block out specific days and months.
- Enable iCalendar Sync:
- Click on the icon with a tick. This opens the iCalendar options.
- You’ll find two key features:
- Export iCal Feed URL: This URL is where you’ll push your listing availability dates in iCalendar format.
- Import iCal from External Source: Use this to set up listeners for 3rd party systems.
- Stay Updated Automatically: HostRooster’s system includes a cron job that checks for changes every 3 hours. Any updates are automatically applied to your booking availability.
By following these simple steps, you can efficiently manage your vacation rental listings, ensuring your availability is synchronized across multiple platforms like Airbnb. No more worries about double bookings or the hassle of manually updating calendars. Enjoy seamless, worry-free hosting with HostRooster and iCalendar synchronization!