Opening up your calendar and seeing it all pink is something that has taken us a while to perfect. At first we were delighted if there were just a few days covered in pink, now if we see white spots we wonder hey why so quiet?! Your calendar is the route of all reservations, but can also cause you a little headache and so that is why we use two calendars.
The airbnb calender is great but we also use the Google calendar. The reason for needing the second calendar is that we like to ‘take note’ if we have had enquires but the potential guest has not booked yet although it seems likely they will. The airbnb calendar does not show enquires, only confirmed bookings and pending reservation requests to be accepted.
When we first started there were a couple of instances where we took a booking on dates where someone had made an enquiry a few days before. A simple error, but not nice for the first person who enquired.
It’s all about good karma folks!
Luckily airbnb use the iCal format, so you can export your airbnb calendar or calendars straight out to your Google calendar saving you time and allowing you to manage not just airbnb but other important stuff in your life!
One big note on the calendars in airbnb…every day without fail click the green ‘my calendar is up to date’ button. Failure to do this will result in you not marching up the rankings. Even if you accept a booking, airbnb does not register this on your calendar as activity, your ranking will stay the same. This button has now gone. Airbnb have the systems in place to monitor activity, so whenever you have a booking, change rates or close/open dates, Airbnb see’s this activity and knows your listing has activity.
If you have dates where you are unavailable, then put them in to airbnb. Although they say that refusing a booking doesn’t affect your ranking (something I’m not convinced is true) there is nothing worse than having an enquiry where they want to book and you have to refuse. We know, it happened to us and in one instance we saw we’d just missed out on a €450 booking. Ouch!
So, click the green ‘my calendar is up to date’ and close out dates you can’t take a booking on and you have peace of mind, and see your listing move up the rankings.
I have added a quick tutorial on how to quickly set up airbnb calendars with google, you can view it by clicking here.