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Booking.com Export iCal Calendar URL

When on the Sync Calendars page I do not see where I can View my Booking.com iCal URL unless I add another calendar connection.  Is there a different booking.com Export URL for each of the sites that I added a Calendar for? 

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Melissa


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Isle of Wight … 2 years ago

When you click "Add calendar connection", they want you to import a calendar URL from another OTA, and then you get a Booking.com calendar URL to import in to the other OTA.

But beware - the Booking.com calendar sync does not work. It is broken. If you reply on it, you will get double bookings. Booking.com will tell you that calendar sync is a manual process, which if so, defeats the purpose of having a calendar sync. Always block manually. I'm sure others will recommend using channel managers.

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BrookAve 2 years ago

 

 I was reading about iCAL on another platform earlier and even they have it in the first paragraph that the sync schedule is only every 30 mins.

Any scheduler more than 30-60 seconds and you will end up with double bookings, may be not at moment but eventually.

 

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Isle of Wight … 2 years ago

Booking.com "syncs" 3 times a day. That doesn't mean the sync actually works or that data is exported correctly. Sometimes, there is no data exported by Booking.com due to bugs in the Booking.com system.

Some platforms do a real-time ical check at the time of booking to prevent any double bookings ..... but even if they do a real time check, the Booking.com system is broken so may not export data and may not prevent double bookings.

I don't trust channel managers either. They rely on the data exported by Booking.com. If Booking.com data export via ical doesn't work, how can we guarantee that their data export via XML works?

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M Adamopoulou 2 years ago

Thanks guys for giving us so much information about sync.

Isle, I thought using a channel manager was safe...but as you say that you dont trust them I guess the only safe way is manually.  I have only one Studio so its easy for me to handle but for partners that have many properties I guess sync manually is not an ideal way to do it.

Wish you a great weekend.

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Isle of Wight … 2 years ago

I download all ical data into my own database (I do this for my own records and for owners of properties that I manage to see all their bookings and so I can organise changeovers more easily) ..... I can manually enter bookings too .... I will soon export data to other OTAs .... that might help as a backup for when Booking.com doesn't export properly .... but I'll still manually block anyway .....

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Apartments Delfini 4 months ago

Hi, I have 3 apartments and have gotten tired of the booking synchronization problems between advertising sites and saw your posts. I was wondering whether you could indicate in a bit more detail how you actually do the synchronization /blocking / which tools etc ?

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BrookAve 4 months ago

 simple ...dont try to in extranet, instead google for a channel manager and problem solved 99% of the time.