Perhaps you are already using Smoobu - it's been some time since you set up your account, and now you have a new property to add but can't recall the process? Not to worry, here we’ll explain those initial set-up steps again.
First of all: In Smoobu an 'Accommodation' is a bookable unit. Be it rooms, houses, apartments, cabins or villas. Can your guests choose to stay in a room? Well, then that is the unit's name that you should enter in Smoobu.
- Go to Settings – Accommodation and enter the unit's name. In our example, Villa Mary.
If you rent your entire property and also its sub-units, you must create this structure in Smoobu. Click here to see the step by step.
Now that you have added the new accommodation, let’s connect it with the booking portals.
Connect a new accommodation to a booking portal
You already have your other units connected to the portals, but you must synchronize this new one. For that, we will edit the configuration of your portals in Smoobu and thus add the new property to your existing cast.
2. Go to Settings – Booking Portals. Under the heading “My Portals” you will see the portals you have added so far.
3. Click on Edit and repeat the indicated steps to connect. You must do this for each of the portals in which you’ve listed your new unit.
4. For Booking.com, Expedia and Agoda do not forget to map the rate plans to be synchronized. How? Go to Settings – Portals – Price synchronization. Select the rate to be synchronized (Standard rate or the first one from the drop-down menu).
Enter your direct bookings and blocked periods
Remember, your main calendar is Smoobu. If you have periods that should not be available for booking (either because of maintenance, phone bookings or other reasons) you should inform Smoobu. Do it with the “Enter booking” button – available in every Smoobu screen – located in the upper left corner in desktop version and in the lower right corner in the mobile APP.
Additional recommended steps
Request an initial availability push
Now you just have to check that your Smoobu calendar is complete. Then, contact the team to send initial availability to your portals for the next 2 years (or the maximum allowed by the portal). This way, we will replicate your Smoobu calendar in your connected booking portals. We highly recommend this to reopen dates which you might have closed previously, reopen an auto-closed calendar or if your listing is new to a certain booking portal. Read more about how Smoobu works with availability
Make sure you've got prices across all portals
Smoobu can start running working with your pre-existing prices - the ones you had entered on the different booking portals prior to connecting to Smoobu. We will not overwrite any of this information.
However, if you are new to some portals they might not make your property LIVE until you set your prices. If that's your case, then you should take a look to the following pricing guide.
Set up self-managed availability for Airbnb, Booking.com and Expedia
You can now also self-manage availability. Define bookable days in advance so Smoobu opens your calendar every day, one more day far out in the future. Or, choose an end date to be bookable until. This function does not replace the initial availability push and only applies to dates >90 days in the future. More info