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Online Payment Gateways

Our Booking Service gives you the option of two payment gateways, eWay and Paypal.

eWay

eWay works with a merchant facility that you get from your bank, and talks to all major Australian banks. A merchant facility allows you to take payments by credit/debit card and hooks up to eWay which handles the on-line gateway.

eWay transfers your funds into your bank account overnight, automatically.

Paypal

Paypal costs more per transaction but has no annual fees and is easier and quicker for you to set up. It’s ideal for smaller clubs. Members (and the public) do not need a Paypal account and can use a credit or debit card directly. However, opening a Paypal account means you do not need to enter credit card details each time you book.

Paypal doesn’t transfer funds to your club’s bank automatically, so you have to login and request a transfer to your bank.

Paypal charges 2.6% + $0.30 per transaction https://www.paypal.com/au/webapps/mpp/paypal-seller-fees.

You can get cheaper rates from Paypal if you have sufficient volume, but at volume, eWay plus your bank will be cheaper.

More Information

See our Help Pages for online payment gateway instructions.

Feb, 29

iCal sync for bookings

Channel Managers allow you to synchronise bookings between more than one Booking Service.  We have tested with https://www.smoobu.com/en/ who offer channels to some of the major agencies, e.g. booking.com, expedia, Airbnb etc. So far this interface hasn’t been used but please enquire if you need Channel Manager service. The Smoobu service would require an account with monthly payment.

Cheaper and almost as capable, iCal sync is offered by many booking services.  A good article on iCal vs Channel Managers is at https://suite.booking.com/blog/ical-channel-manager-technology/

For a few years now we have provided an iCal feed that allows Airbnb to check the Booking Service and although this is not real-time (Airbnb only checks every few hours) it removes 99% of enquiries for an already-booked room and saves you entering bookings into Airbnb manually.  We have recently extended this to two-way synchronisation. So whenever a room is clicked on the Booking Matrix, we check Airbnb instantly and update the matrix to prevent a booking getting to step 2. We also check Airbnb and update once an hour so the matrix is usually up-to-date before a room is clicked on.

Many booking services provide iCal sync, including Expedia, booking.com and others, so get in touch if you would like to get bookings from other platforms without creating clashes and more work for yourself.

We’ve also trialled a WordPress plugin that can display bookings (real-time) and take enquiries.  This may be useful if you want public enquiries without allowing direct access to bookings.

Feb, 29

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