The guest experience

Here we detail the security deposit feature from a guest perspective. Their experience depends on how you take payments for Booking.com (BDC) bookings.

[Scenario 1] Uplisting has a credit card payment for the booking

What bookings does scenario 1 affect?

  1. Vrbo bookings on instant payment (99% of members use instant payment for Vrbo).
  2. Bookings created on your Uplisting direct booking website
  3. Booking.com bookings where Booking.com provide a guest credit card.

The guest experience

Uplisting already has access to the guest payment information so doesn't need to collect it.

  1. Guest reserves your property on Booking.com, Vrbo or a direct booking - the booking is synced to Uplisting
  2. [At the same time] Your guest credit card details are validated on Uplisting (via Stripe). If the credit card is invalid the booking is marked as invalid on Booking.com (it's not possible for a Vrbo or Uplisting direct booking to have invalid credit card information).
  3. [24 hours before check-in] Security deposit is collected using the payment details provided
  4. If the booking is less than 6 days in length a pre-authorisation is taken on the card (no funds are transferred). If greater than 6 days the security deposit amount is charged and will be transferred to your bank account via Stripe.
  5. On successful check-out, a pre-authorisation is automatically lifted within 7 days (eg. if the booking is 6 nights in length, the pre-auth is lifted that day). If the booking was longer than 6 nights you will need to issue a refund manually via Stripe.

[Scenario 2] Uplisting doesn't have a credit card for the booking

What bookings does scenario 2 affect?

  1. Booking.com bookings on the Payment by Booking.com payment method
  2. Bookings created prior to you starting with Uplisting
  3. Airbnb bookings

The guest experience

1. Booking.com bookings on the Payment by Booking.com payment method

  1. Guest reserves your property on Booking.com and booking is synced to Uplisting
  2. [1 hour later or instantly if it's a last-minute booking] Guest receives an automated message with a link to the guest booking confirmation page where they can enter their payment details securely
  3. 2 further reminder messages are sent every 24 hours if a guest does not provide payment details
  4. [24 hours before check-in or instantly if it's a last-minute booking] Security deposit is collected using the payment details provided
  5. If the booking is less than 6 days in length a pre-authorisation is taken on the card (no funds are transferred). If greater than 6 days the security deposit amount is charged and will be transferred to your bank account via Stripe.
  6. On successful check-out, a pre-authorisation is automatically lifted within 7 days (eg. if the booking is 6 nights in length, the pre-auth is lifted that day).If the booking was longer than 6 nights you will need to issue a refund manually via Stripe.

Note: pre-authorisation is preferred as you aren't charged a transaction fee unless you issue a charge for the full or partial deposit amount. However, pre-authorisation only lasts for 7 days.

Guest security deposit payment form on the booking confirmation page

Guest security deposit message

Security deposit required to confirm your reservation at {public_listing_name}Hi {guest_name},Thanks for booking for 2 nights, checking in on Friday 15th of March.To confirm your reservation we require a refundable £150 security deposit.Visit https://guests.uplisting.io/g/bookings/{unique_reference} to enter your credit (or debit) card details. The deposit will be charged 1 day before check-in (Thursday 14th of March) and refunded after check-out.Your reservation is not confirmed until the security deposit is successfully charged.If you have any questions please let us know,{public_listing_name}

What if the guest doesn't provide payment details or Uplisting can't take full payment?

We have a number of checks and alerts in place. Protect FAQs ]


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