How To Make More Bookings On Hostel Booking Engines

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Improve Your Profile!

Try to make the best looking “Profile” you can. Here are some tips:

  1. Short description: These are the first words the customer sees – keep it short and include a great reason to stay with you. Keep it fresh – perhaps try updating it with seasonal information, or something relevant to what’s going on in your area.
  2. Long description: Give an informative, interesting description, and list the reasons why customers should stay with you. It really works.
  3. Images: Great images mean more bookings. Take some good quality photographs showing the best features of your hostel, and upload as many as you can.
  4. Map: All customers want to see a map before they book, to see where you are in relation to the town centre or other landmarks. How good is your map?
  5. Credit Cards: Many booking engines accept more than just one type of payment card. The more you can accept as a hostel, the more chance there is of a customer making a booking with you.
  6. Release period: Backpackers are often searching for accommodation on the same day they want to stay. If you have your release period set to accept same day bookings, you’ll find you receive more bookings!
  7. Languages: Write your description in as many different languages as the booking engine allows. Many backpackers don’t speak English as their first language.

Experiment With Prices, Rooms & Beds

This is crucial if you want to increase your bookings. Here are a few essential tips:

  1. Add private and dorm rooms: Most booking engines book all room types from dorm through to doubles to quad rooms. Add each of your room types and see how it changes the number of bookings you receive.
  2. Try reducing prices for quiet times – midweek, weekends or low season: When a customer “sorts by price” you will appear at the top.
  3. Increase your prices for your busy times, or add a minimum stay: Don’t close out busy times – make the most of them!
  4. Update early: Many customers book more than 1 month out. Some booking engines book up to 2 years in advance, so ensure your beds and prices are up to date at all times.
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