Introducing Roomfilla Rentals

Introducing Roomfilla Rentals

Ready for something new? We are! Roomfilla Rentals is launching which means that you can get all of our offerings direct on a specific rentals website. You may be wondering why we have done this and what it is all about. Let’s answer some of those questions and explain why such a site is good for us and also good for customers going forward. Before we jump right in, feel free to go to Rentals at Roomfilla now and check out all the hard work done by the team.

Why Create a Direct Booking Site?

Creating a direct booking website for Roomfilla […]

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Is the Demonization of Short Term Rental Managers Justified?

Is the Demonization of Short Term Rental Managers Justified?

I get it, the promotion of sites like AirBnB follows this sort of story – You book a room with Dave in Paris. Dave meets you at the door, gives you a bottle of his favorite wine and agrees to take you out for dinner and drinks with his mates that evening. Through booking with Dave, you get to sample his lifestyle and see the city through his eyes. This is a great story and one which AirBnB have morphed into their ‘Belong Anywhere’ slogan. How much truth is in it though? Not much.

Sure, there are hosts that exist like […]

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Why you should think twice before signing up to AirBnB Plus

Why you should think twice before signing up to AirBnB Plus

AirBnB Plus is the flagship program that AirBnB introduced back in February. A quick recap for those not in the know, the AirBnB Plus program enables hosts to pay a $149 fee directly to AirBnB so that a member of their team can come to your property, tell you what you need to do to reach the AirBnB Plus threshold and take some photos. Once you are done with the changes they request your listing will go live in the AirBnB Plus category on the website separating it from other listings giving it a ‘higher level of prestige’.

As the AirBnB Plus […]

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AirBnB’s Grace Period Security Issues

AirBnB’s Grace Period Security Issues

There were 2 features which managed to stir up resentment amongst AirBnB hosts over the past year. The first of these was the split payment policy which AirBnB made a big fuss over when they introduced. It was short-lived however with the policy going into the toilet and being terminated mid September. I wrote a separate article about this which you can read here.

The second introduction which also went down like a lead balloon was the mandatory introduction of a 48 hour grace period for guests to cancel bookings on the platform. This went down so well that there were thousands […]

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AirBnB kills Group Payments – Failed Experiment

AirBnB kills Group Payments – Failed Experiment

In November 2017, AirBnB introduced a controversial feature called Group Payments / Split Payments or however else you want to dress it up. The concept enabled guests to book properties on AirBnB and split the costs with their friends. How this worked is that a host would receive a booking request and be able to accept it. If they did so they would then be told that the guest was using split payments and their calendar is blocked for the next 72 hours.

There was a lot of anger and frustration with the way that group payments was rolled out and […]

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The New AirBnB – Analysis

The New AirBnB – Analysis

Yesterday was a pivotal moment in the way that AirBnB operates. Brian Chesky got up on stage and announced a bunch of new features, changes and everything in between. Let’s look at the main points and do an analysis of such so we can better understand the direction that AirBnB are heading in. Without further ado let’s get started and if you want to see the new AirBnB yourself; click here.

New Superhost Benefits

This is a good change but hard to see how it will really benefit superhosts worldwide. One of the main things which was touted was the host store […]

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Introducing Roomfilla Neighborhoods

Introducing Roomfilla Neighborhoods

When we created Roomfilla there were a few things which we always wanted to provide. These are in the foundations of how the company is run. The first of these is exceptional short term rental properties in great locations. Secondly, an excellent service on par with what you would receive in a hotel. Thirdly, all the additional services that you need to have a successful trip in a foreign land.

Short term rentals have gained more popularity in the past years and there are more ways than ever to discover and book properties. We try to stay on top of the […]

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How Roomfilla Optimizes It’s Listings

How Roomfilla Optimizes It’s Listings

If you are new to vacation rentals or renting your property out short term, then you may not know all the tricks of the trade. That is ok! With thousands of properties in our portfolio of listings, we have learnt a thing or two along the way. Your property may look great. It is another thing to make it look great on the channels that we use to get bookings. Using certain methods to optimize your property will ensure it rises to the top. This means more bookings and more money for you. Without further ado, let’s go into how […]

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Why Distribute Your Property Through a Channel Manager?

Why Distribute Your Property Through a Channel Manager?

A channel manager can be a great way to distribute your properties across the web. Knowing what a channel manager is and what it does would be a good place to start! A channel manager is a way that certain information about your property is synced across multiple places. For example, to avoid double bookings, a channel manager would sync the calendars. This means that if you were to get a booking on say HomeAway, it would update this information across AirBnB, TripAdvisor and every other website your property is listed to ensure that you do not get double bookings. […]

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Why Web Presence Is Important for Your Vacation Rental?

Why Web Presence Is Important for Your Vacation Rental?

This is a good question and something which should be taken seriously. Web presence is an investment, but it will pay off for your brand. Having a web presence for your property enables your customers to connect with you directly. Channels such as AirBnB, TripAdvisor and HomeAway are great for getting bookings but they all take fees. If your customers can book directly with you and ask you questions directly they will have a great experience. Providing a great experience for customers will increase the chance of repeat bookings and establishing your business in the long term. Learning why web […]

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