HomeAway via Rentals United FAQs

Reservations 

Where can I find my HomeAway bookings in Guesty?

You can view all of your bookings by clicking on "Reservations" in Guesty's top menu. You can also view bookings which originated only from HomeAway by adding a source filter and choosing HomeAway as its value.

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Clicking on a reservation will open the reservation details page where you can view and make changes to the reservations status, financials, guests, payments, inbox and tasks.

You can also view your HomeAway bookings directly in Rentals United by clicking My Bookings in Rentals United top menu.

Can we alter the dates of a Home Away reservation on the Guesty dashboard? My guest wants to shorten/extend their stay.

No, but you can alter reservation dates in HomeAway or Rentals United. Your Guesty dashboard will be updated with the changes made in Rentals United on an hourly basis.

Can I cancel a HomeAway booking in Guesty?

 Yes. By changing a reservation status to cancel (Reservation > Status > Canceled)

Guesty will send the update to RU indicating that you canceled the reservation and they will forward it to HomeAway.

 

If you would like to cancel the reservation on your guest's behalf, you must do it via HomeAway's dashboard.

If I receive a booking from Airbnb, when will my calendar be blocked in RU?

Once a reservation is confirmed, the calendar for that reservation date(s) will be immediately blocked in all connected channels

How does the flow with HomeAway work?

A guest can send an inquiry which will reach Guesty as an inquiry and will remain such forever (will not turn to another status). Only once the guest sends a Booking Request, will the dates be blocked in the calendar and you could accept/ decline through Guesty. That Booking request will reach Guesty with a Reserved status, and will remain such for 24 hours, offering a grace period for you to decide whether to accept or decline.

After 24 hours the reservation will become confirmed automatically.

How to clarify your cancellation policy for HomeAway?

If your listing originated from Airbnb, Guesty will set your Airbnb cancellation policy in HomeAway. Otherwise, Guesty will set your cancellation policy to be 50% refund up until 7 days prior to check in. This means the guests will be refunded 50% of the accommodation fare if they cancel the reservation up to 7 days prior to check in. If the guests cancel less than 7 days in advance, the accommodation fee is not refunded.

Guesty does not support updating the cancellation policy in the Guesty platform at this point.

However, your cancellation policy can be easily updated from your Rentals United account either in bulk or at a property level. Please ask your Rentals United account manager for instructions on how to do this. The cancellation policy, once updated, will then be sent via the API to HomeAway.

Payments

I can't charge the guest because there is no credit card number for my VRBO booking. Where can I find it?

 Credit cards which are received with the reservations appear in the "Collect a payment" dialog under the "payment method" drop-down. Go to Reservation > Financials > Collect a payment > Payment method

If no credit card appears then either we didn't get a CC or we failed to create a token for it. We suggest turning on the "Failed Credit Card" notification to catch these instances live. Read further in this help center article

You can also set auto payments according to your payment policy. To read more please check out our Auto Payments article.

You can use Stripe via Guesty to charge manual reservations.

Am I obligated to use Guesty's payment processor when connecting my listing to HomeAway?

No, you're not obligated to use Guesty's payment processor in order to connect to HomeAway.

However, HomeAway does require you to set up a payment processor during the connection setup.
You are able to see the guest's credit card details for 10 days after the reservation confirmation directly in Rentals United by using the "Click to review" option.

Is there a way to send a special offer via HomeAway?

Guesty doesn't support special offers at this point. We suggest creating the reservation either locally in Guesty or in Homeaway then editing the invoice item in Guesty to get the required total.

Pricing breakdown

When a VRBO booking comes through to Guesty, how/where can I view the pricing breakdown?

Price breakdown is available on the reservation financials tab. Go to Reservation > Financials.

The breakdown includes accommodation fare, cleaning fee, and taxes. We're planning to add host channel fee in the near future

Taxes

How should I set up the taxes in HA?

The tax values should be the same values that you have set up in Guesty.

Are taxes included in the payout that comes from HA thru RU to Guesty?

Yes, and Guesty breaks it in the reservation financials accordingly