What is the Connectivity Partner Program?
At Booking.com, we’ve partnered with a variety of connectivity service providers (including channel managers and property management systems) to make sure our partners have access to and can choose from the best products and services.
We want to make sure our partnership with connectivity service providers continuously helps our accommodation partners grow their businesses. To maintain high-quality partnerships, we created a system called the Connectivity Partner Program.
The program is designed to encourage connectivity service providers to take specific actions that benefit the accommodations they work with. In return for each action these providers complete, they receive points as part of the program.
Connectivity providers are rewarded when they offer quality connections as well as a range of useful products and services. They also earn points when they help us test new products or share specific feedback with us.
Depending on their score, these providers will be in one of three tiers in the program. The tiers reflect their overall performance and can help you identify which providers might be the right fit for your business.
What are the tiers in the Connectivity Partner Program?
In the program, connectivity service providers earn points that translate into an overall score. Depending on their score, partners will be in the Standard, Advanced, or Premier tier.
As soon as a provider starts working with Booking.com, they’re enrolled in the Connectivity Partner Program as a Standard partner. With these partners, you can safely update your Booking.com rates and availability, and retrieve your reservations via their system.
Advanced partners allow you to update your Booking.com rates, availability, and retrieve your reservations. However, unlike Standard partners, they’ve adopted more products and therefore offer a wider range of functionalities on their systems. The exact nature of these functionalities depends on the providers themselves.
Premier partners are our top and highest-value connectivity providers. These providers offer the most advanced systems with the widest range of products and services. The quality of their connection is usually higher than Advanced partners, too.
How can I see which tier my connectivity service provider is in?
To see where your Connectivity service provider stands in the Connectivity Partner Program, log in to the Booking.com Extranet and click Account, then Connectivity provider.
Here, you’ll see a list of the connectivity providers that are part of the Connectivity Partner Program as well as their tier, their connection quality score, a link to their website, and the chance to connect to them directly.
How do providers earn points?
Providers that are part of the Connectivity Partner Program can earn points in the following categories:
Business Value: This score reflects how much business a connectivity provider generates and how they facilitate a quality onboarding process of properties.
Property Performance: This score is a reflection of how much providers actively help their properties improve performance – whether by boosting revenue, conversion, or other performance metrics. This includes sharing info or advice about new products.
Products & Quality: Providers earn points when they adopt certain Booking.com APIs that are designed to help manage properties online.
Engagement: When providers share feedback with us, they can earn points. They can do this by participating in research interviews or beta-testing new products.
Working with a Channel Manager
- How do I change or disconnect my channel manager?
- How do I finish the process of setting up my channel manager?
- Making sure the Extranet and your channel manager are synced
- Is my channel manager connection live?
- Managing channel manager connections if you’re a property’s new owner
- What is a channel manager and how does it help with my pricing?
- Deciding on a channel manager
- How do I change a connectivity provider for multiple properties?
- Closing availability on rooms or units when using a channel manager
- Setting up rooms or units on your channel manager
- I work with other OTAs, as well as Booking.com. How can I manage my availability?
- Maximizing availability through opportunities
- Managing availability through your connectivity provider