iCal sync with Holiday Lettings, Airbnb, Flipkey and others
Get found and get booked by keeping your calendars up to date.
iCal enables customers to see your true availability leading to better quality enquiries, happier customers and most importantly more bookings. However, its a bore logging into all these systems and updating each one separately. The freetobook iCal service updates availability on many of the world’s big sales channels automatically.
Very recently Holiday Lettings added an iCal calendar syncing feature so freetobook’s iCal export can now be used to update airbnb, Flipkey, Wimdu, House Trip and any other systems that accept iCal imports.
How the freetobook iCal calendar updater can work for you (youtube video)
iCal calendar sync is a standard format for calendars that’s used widely to share date information. Large companies use iCal to receive simple availability data because it’s an easy, simple and basic format of calendar data. We have created a way for you to export your availability in an iCal format to these big sales systems. If you have an account with Holiday Lettings, Airbnb, FlipKey or anyone that allows iCal import you can register for our iCal service and use freetobook to export your open/closed dates.
Due to the simplicity of iCal there are limitations. You can synchronize open/closed dates but you cannot give rates, minimum stays or other data. Another very important limitation is data only goes one way, so freetobook will give you an availability feed for export but we do not import any data. This means bookings from Holiday Lettings, Wimdu, FlipKey etc. must to be added manually into freetobook to keep your diary up to date.
Part of the freetobook iCal service is a private iCal feed for all of your bookings. This private feed can be used on your iPhone or other mobile device, enabling you to keep up with your bookings while on the go. The standard format of iCal means are many ways to view your bookings on many different calendars.
Freetobook offers both of these iCal services, just go to your TAB ”Plus” if you already have a freetobook account. If you are not with freetobook why not start TODAY and enjoy some of our many fantastic booking solutions.
Find out more about freetobook and the iCal calendar sync
Freetobook is a Internet Booking Engine and channel manager with many added services and connections to the world’s biggest sales systems like TripAdvisor TripConnect, Booking.com, Expedia, HostelWorld and many others. Using freetobook can greatly improve your worldwide distribution and add bookings to your bottom line : find out more about freetobook on our home page.
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6 thoughts on “iCal calendar sync”
I use freetobook for booking.com and expedia. I also have another calendar in ical format that is automatically updated with all my other bookings and I really need to import any changes from this calendar to my freetobook calendar. Do you have or plan some option for remotely reading and updating availability (some form of API or feed)?
We only have plans for export in iCal format from freetobook. There are no current plans to import
Is it still not possible to export an Airbnb to calendar to Freetobook?
The ball is in Airbnbs court, we do hope they will make a connection we are waiting.
I do not understand, what feature Airbnb has to enable it?.
Ical feed is read only with your freetobook diary as the master copy. Airbnb and others can read your availability from your freetobook diary. That is all it does, nothing more. Booking.com, Expedia are full 2way channel manager connections with masses of functionality but they have nothing to do with Ical. Hope that helps.
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