Category Archives: bookings

City Guides – Facebook new app and Book Now

Attention freetobookers: It is time to update your property Facebook pages with the “Book Now” button, as Facebook has launched a new app – City Guides! The app’s aim is to give its users ideas on things to do, places … Continue reading

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Increase Bookings by Making your Website more Personal

Imagine you’re a looking for somewhere to stay and you stumble upon your website. What do you see? Evaluate, how your website looks, what feelings do the descriptions create, what are the colours saying to you? These are the first … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Boost Direct Bookings

Direct bookings save commission and are much less likely to cancel. The more direct bookings you get the more money and time you are saving. 1) Make sure you offer the best deal. Research has shown again and again that … Continue reading

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Tips for Switching booking system

Switching your booking engine can be a lot easier than you think. Here are a few tips gleaned from our clients. But first a word of warning, it’s not just about cost savings.  Whilst cost is always important there are … Continue reading

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TripAdvisor lower commission

At 12% TripAdvisor’s Instant Booking connection has a lower commission than big online travel agents. Is it time you looked into how to get your share ? Why not start by checking out your own listing on TripAdvisor to see … Continue reading

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Spread your booking sources

Increasing direct bookings is the priority and we certainly help thousands of businesses grow theirs. The next priority is to ensure you have a good mix of other booking sources so you don’t have all your eggs in one basket. … Continue reading

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Booking extras now even better

Freetobook properties have always been able to offer their very own extras enabling customers to choose items that will make their stay special, whilst adding to to property’s revenue. We have now added the ability for you to define nightly … Continue reading

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Reduce your commission bill with promo codes

On the phones we hear the pain many accommodation owners feel when they get the monthly commission bill from their OTAs. Particularly annoying is finding repeat or regular customers who somehow end up booking through an OTA rather than directly. … Continue reading

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TripAdvisor at 12 percent

Own the bookings on your TripAdvisor page More and more bookings are being made on TripAdvisor, we have some information and friendly advice to help ensure you are not losing out. In the last week we have seen a 400% … Continue reading

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Direct Bookings vs OTA Bookings

Grow your direct bookings whilst using the OTAs How much more of the “booking cake” can the OTAs (Online Travel Agents) take and how much bigger is the online booking sphere getting? They’re both interesting questions we continue to ask … Continue reading

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