it is with pleasure that I share important news with you. Some of these developments will be of interest to many of you as you have been asking for them before and it is now that are fianally implemented. Lets go through the details. Hereafter is the list of the new features:
- VAT Breakdown: It will be displayed to the client during the reservation process online.
- Restricted Access to the control panel of WuBook
- Links for credit card confirmation for reservations awaiting confirmation.
- New Payment gateways: Banca Sella y PagSeguro
- Is that all? What else are we doing?
VAT Breakdown: It will be displayed to the client during the reservation process online.
The VAT breakdown in the booking engine has had a lot of success. Many of you have activated it and so are publishing prices before VAT on your own booking engine. It is in the last step, the confirmation, when the system adds the VAT. Now, the only problem there was on this, is sorted out now: There´s no more the “surprise factor” for clients when finding out, at the end of the process the VAT was not included now, they can see this clause right from the begining. The following image shows how this lack of information has been resolved (with the green banner on top of the rooms list):
Quick reminder, specially to those reading us in Latin America, that the option to published prices without VAT can be enabled from the Facility>Facility>Reservations Settings (on the bottom of the page, VAT and Prices). This is a very powerful tool considering it makes your direct sale the most competitive offer in comparison to all other reservation channels (OTAs, Metasearch, etc).
Restricted Access to the control panel of WuBook
For a very long time that has been requested to restrict the access into WuBook by user level. Well, that has been finally developed! and we have introduced a “Security Layer” that allows you to restrict access to some sections of your control panel with a password. This is a very important feature and we will continue to further develop it to make it better. As it is now it will still cover most of your needs. There´s a new section: Manage>Security where you can enable the security layers by creating a password. Once the password has been chosen, you can then decide which sections you need to restrict access to. Everyone needing to access those sections will need to enter the password:
Links for credit card confirmation for reservations awaiting confirmation.
When a guest makes a reservation with the “awaiting confirmation” model (differ model) they will automatically receive a link within the reservation voucher to enter their credit card details and guarantee and confirm the reservation. This is a feature requested by many of you as from now on you will not need to send the link manually on a different email. With this development, having to send a proposal with YouBook now is a super simple and super quick task!
Here is an example of how guests receive the confirmation voucher:
Obvioulsy, this feature is only available for those of you who have chosen the differ reservation model – for any other model this feature does not apply. This is however also applicable for proposals made manually on YouBook (telephone, email and walk in enquiries) – and for those who still not use Zak
New Payment gateways: Banca Sella y PagSeguro
We are very happy to announce connectivity to new payment gateways for those of you who ask for deposit payments to guarantee reservations. These new providers are Banca Sella, one of the most important in Italy; and PagSeguro, a very popular provider in Latin America. Not much more to say here except how it works in the big picture.
Once the gateway is setup you can get clients making reservations on your booking engine to pay a deposit or the total amount of the booking as a guarantee using any of these providers. This prepayment option can be set up for your special offers such as non refundable offer.
Is that all? What else are we getting on?
For now that´s it. Soon we will be posting more news and new features as well as new connectivities with partners such as Trivago, and some others we are working on like MaxMind, Prestigia, MalaPronta, HotelsCombined, etc. Probably also Atreveo, which will be developed as a Plugin.