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We are excited to announce the release of online booking functionality on FlipKey.com.  Vacation rental guests will now find our Online Reservation widget in the right-hand column of any vacation rental property accepting online bookings on FlipKey.com. Properties not offering online bookings will continue to feature email reservation forms and phone numbers that will allow guests to contact the reservation manager.


Why we are excited: 
The combination of guest reviews + online booking functionality is the holy grail of establishing trust in the vacation rental industry.  FlipKey guest reviews help prospective guests learn from the experiences of past guests, so they can select the right home and feel comfortable and confident in their decision.    Once the guest has found the perfect home, the booking process is straightforward and as simple as booking a hotel online.   Although many guests may prefer to call your reservation number or send you an email inquiry, simply knowing that your operation offers the ability to book online helps the consumer understand the professionalism of your operations….

The powerful combination of guest reviews and online booking functionality has several tangible benefits.   Most relevant to FlipKey, is FlipKey’s RepScore (short for Reputation Score), a scoring system that determines promotional listing placement on FlipKey and TripAdvisor (coming soon!).   By simply offering online booking functionality on FlipKey we can determine a more confident user experience compared to a similar property not offering online booking, which improves your listing placement on both FlipKey and soon on TripAdvisor.

If your software company supports online bookings and you’re interested in (i) collecting guest reviews and (ii) accepting online bookings through FlipKey contact us at myreviews@flipkey.com for more information.

FlipKey currently accepts online bookings for property managers using any of Instant Software’s services (V12, PropertyPlus, First Resort, Entech) or Escapia’s online distribution service EscapiaNet.