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Google Vacation Rentals Now Available for All!

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The wait is over! Maybe you missed the most exciting part of our March 13th release with 21 updates, but it's not too late to read all about how Google Vacation Rentals is now available for all! Oh, and we tweaked some guest Booking.com billing messaging and fixed some bugs, too.

New Features

Google Vacation Rentals Now Available for All!

It happened! πŸŽ‰ In case you missed the forum announcement, Google Vacation Rentals (GVR) is now available for all users!

No more beta group, no more having to request to join. You can now connect and configure GVR directly in your channel settings.

If you're wondering what this is all about, here's a quick recap. For several years now, billions of travelers have used Google for flight and hotel planning. Google shows flight and hotel results directly in their search results, and a special Google Travel dashboard shows travel-related search options. Google recently added vacation rentals to the same Google Travel interface, and OwnerRez was approved as a vacation rental software partner. The integration was complex and took a year to finish, with a special beta group helping us test along the way. Now that the integration is finished, you can join at any time.

When you configure the GVR integration, you can select where you want guests to go when they book - your OwnerRez hosted website or a new OwnerRez-provided global landing page - both of which create direct bookings, not bookings created on Google. Google does not have a dashboard for hosts or any mechanism for guests to book on their side. Also, all bookings are commission-free as Google does not charge a fee for listing your properties or click-throughs. That's right, you end up with totally-free direct bookings by using GVR!

Wondering what your property could look like on GVR?

Google Vacation Rentals Example

When the guest clicks on either the "Website" or "Visit Site" buttons, they will be taken to the property's default URL as defined inside of OwnerRez on the General Info tab of each property. Note that this may be different than the landing page you configured. The landing page is only used when the guest checks availability or rates and then requests to book that in GVR.

Can't wait to get started? First, you'll need to decide if you want to direct potential GVR guests to your own hosted website (if you have one provided by OwnerRez) or to the new global landing page.

If you choose a hosted website, potential GVR guests will be sent to your property's booking page, prepopulated with the dates, group size, and other information guests requested on the Google side.

OwnerRez Hosted Website Book Now Webpage

Don't have an OwnerRez hosted site? No problem. The new OwnerRez global landing page is available to all OwnerRez users regardless of whether they have a hosted website or not. As with the hosted website, the global landing page is prepopulated with the dates, group size, and other information the guest requested on the Google side. Here's an example of how that looks:

The guest is shown a clean, focused interface that shows them their trip details, property, and price, and pushes them to move forward and book.

Does this snazzy new landing page look familiar? It should, as it's based on our work on the redesigned Guest Review and Guest Travel Insurance forms. If you want to add your logo or other brand information, you can do that using the header/footer options in the Settings > Themeing > Forms section.

If you're curious, GVR integration took about 15 months of development to get to this point, with many starts and stops along the way. It differs from our other channel integration in several significant ways, but we stayed the course and are proud to have reached this point.

We want to thank the 200+ users (and their nearly 2,000 properties) who participated in the GVR private beta. Your participation proved to be invaluable throughout this process.

Wondering about how "worth it" it is to join GVR? During the beta period, some users had great success, with a couple getting as many as 70 bookings! πŸ€‘ That type of traffic is not typical for everyone, of course. Still, we are seeing really great signs across the majority of our customer base that there is positive, measurable activity. Google's massive size means that it can potentially send you a lot of traffic. And with it being free and a direct-booking result, there's no downside!

Read our Google Vacation Rentals Overview and Setup & Connecting support articles to get started today!

Enhancements & Tweaks

Send Billing Info to Guest System Message as Channel Message for Booking.com

Following February's Platform Email Addresses No Longer Imported for Airbnb, Booking.com, and Vrbo API-connected Bookings release, OwnerRez no longer uses platform email addresses for API-connected channels that have channel messaging (Airbnb, Vrbo, Booking.com). However, Booking.com guests who experienced credit card failures did not receive any OwnerRez system message notifying them of that with instructions to rectify.

To remedy this, we've added the first system message that goes out via channel messaging (instead of email) for this exact Booking.com scenario. Again, this is needed for things where you don't have the guest's email yet, but they need to receive information to complete their booking.

Booking.com Channel Message to Guests Who Experienct Credit Card Failure

We're looking into adding other system messages to be sent automatically via channel messaging for other situations.

Bug Fixes

Fix for Airbnb RTB Option. Some listing channel settings were incorrectly set to Instant Book, which affected users who attempted to but were unable to set their Airbnb API connection to Request to Book (RTB). We resolved those listing channel settings to allow users to select the Airbnb RTB setting in their Airbnb API connection.

Fix for Deleting an Airbnb Channel Can Get Guest and Thread Participants Stuck. Airbnb API-connected users who messaged with guests in OwnerRez and subsequently disabled their Airbnb API connection encountered their Airbnb messages getting stuck in the "queued" status after their Airbnb API connection's reactivation. OR corrected this glitch, and Airbnb API-connected users can message guests in OR after their Airbnb API connection's reactivation.

Fix for Guest Conversations Being Mixed. Due to a bug, some guest conversation feeds were getting mixed up. We resolved this issue so that channel guest conversation IDs will always get attached to only the correct booking to ensure that guest conversation feeds are correctly reflected.

Fix Inquiry Triggers Executed Outside of After/Before Boundaries. Incorrect logic caused message templates to be sent in error for some inquiry triggers. OR fixed this bug, and inquiry triggers will send message templates correctly as configured.

Fix Query Timeout on Booking Grid Search When Filtering by Deposit Status. Filtering by deposit status on the booking grid search sometimes resulted in timeout errors. We corrected this issue to ensure that the filtering process on the booking grid will occur promptly.

Fix Search Widget Date Fields, When Configured to Show Results on a Different Page and Custom Account Datetime Format is Used. Custom account Date and time formats in the Search widget failed to display correctly when the search results were configured to display on a different page. OR fixed this bug, and any custom account Date and time formats in the Search widget will display correctly when the search results are configured to display on a different page.

Fix Viewing of Booking Messages. Some channel messages encountered triggers that linked incorrect IDs on the booking messaging tab, resulting in 404 errors when clicked on. We resolved this glitch, and channel messages will have the correct IDs on the booking messaging tab.

Fix for Vrbo Message Threads. Some Vrbo guest conversation thread merge events failed if the thread feed contained no reservation information. OR corrected this issue, and Vrbo guest conversation thread merge events will allow empty reservation information to process correctly.

Canceled Bookings Should Allow Rule Updates. The Change Rules and Reset to Property Rules buttons were not correctly displayed during the booking cancellation process. We resolved this glitch, and the Change Rules and Reset to Property Rules buttons will be correctly displayed during the booking cancellation process. 

Google Vacation Rentals:

  • Bookings Shouldn't be Calendar-linked Bookings That Block Changes. Google Vacation Rentals (GVR) bookings could not be changed without unlinking them from the channel because they were incorrectly calendar-linked. OR fixed this bug, and GVR bookings will allow for booking changes and not blocked due to being calendar-linked.
  • Cap Availability at 999 Days in Feed. Due to a GVR limit, property future availability is limited to 999 days or less. Properties with future availability configured to more than 999 days will have future availability capped at 999 days for GVR.
  • Remove Branding Editing and Errors. Unapproved GVR Brands generated widespread errors. We determined that adding GVR Brands will no longer be available for new GVR API-connected listings, and previously approved Brands will not have the ability to be edited by the user. OwnerRez will look to add this back in a future release, but we wanted to get Google Vacation Rentals released widely for all without these hurdles.
  • StayDates are Computed for Rate Modifications and Promotions But Not Filled In. StayDates that included specific dates or a period of time with a start and end date, such as seasons, were calculated but not included in the feeds sent to GVR. OR fixed this issue, and calculated StayDates will be included in the XML feeds sent to GVR.
  • Property Sync Messaging Clarifications. The property sync messaging language displayed on GVR API connections confused users. To clear up the confusion, we've removed the paragraph on the message page that starts with, "You can publish..."

Limit Line Item Pivot Report to 10K Rows. The Line Item Pivot Report will now be limited to 10,000 rows at a time for memory optimization.

Listing Quality Analyzer Shows Errors for Surcharge That Is Excluded From Channel. The Listing Quality Analyzer (LQA) incorrectly displayed surcharge errors for listing channels excluded from the surcharge. OR fixed this bug to ensure that the LQA no longer returns surcharge errors for listing channels excluded from the surcharge.

Report to User When an Unsupported Currency is Configured on an Airbnb Property. Notifications to Airbnb API-connected users who configured unsupported currencies failed to be sent. We resolved this glitch to ensure Airbnb API-connected users receive notifications regarding unsupported currencies.

Reuse Code From Existing Lock on the Same Integration. Property door lock integrations that had one failed door lock code and one successful door lock code experienced failures for both door lock codes. OR fixed this bug to enable the reuse of successful door lock codes from existing doors that are part of the same door lock integration.

When Editing/Reactivating a Booking, Clarify Damage Protection Default. Bookings for properties with Damage Protection (DP) enabled did not have DP added by default when a canceled booking was reactivated, nor was there any warning callout regarding the DP. Or resolved this glitch, and DP-enabled properties will have a DP warning callout when a canceled booking is reactivated.

44 Comments (add yours)

Toni L
Mar 26, 2024 11:35 AM
Joined Feb, 2023 6 posts

I intergrated with GVR 3 weeks ago and it still shows pending.  Why is that?

Anne S
Mar 26, 2024 12:34 PM
OR Team Member Joined Sep, 2022 125 posts

I intergrated with GVR 3 weeks ago and it still shows pending.  Why is that?

by Toni L – Mar 26, 2024 3:35 PM (UTC)

Toni, as we stated in our GVR Overview support article, "Users can expect a delay of 2+ weeks before their properties go live on Google Vacation Rentals due to a manual onboarding process by Google Vacation Rentals."

With all of the new GVR API integrations, it is possible that going live will take longer than expected. For reasons unknown, some users have had luck with checking the status of their GVR API Integration.

Umi Haft-Funke
Mar 26, 2024 4:12 PM
Joined Jun, 2020 4 posts

I have connected both of my properties to GVR and in OwnerRez the Listing Status states "Active" in green. Under synced it says "Sync Requested". Does this mean my listing is active and should be showing up on GVR? I can't seem to find my listing. What does Sync Requested mean?

Anne S
Mar 26, 2024 4:55 PM
OR Team Member Joined Sep, 2022 125 posts

I have connected both of my properties to GVR and in OwnerRez the Listing Status states "Active" in green. Under synced it says "Sync Requested". Does this mean my listing is active and should be showing up on GVR? I can't seem to find my listing. What does Sync Requested mean?

Umi, have you checked the My GVR listing isn't active yet, and it's been longer than anticipated to become active. What can I do? 

Umi Haft-Funke
Mar 26, 2024 5:29 PM
Joined Jun, 2020 4 posts

Yes, it's showing that they are mapped correctly. 

Anne S
Mar 26, 2024 5:44 PM
OR Team Member Joined Sep, 2022 125 posts

Yes, it's showing that they are mapped correctly. 

Great, Umi! You should be able to view your live GVR listing by clicking on the green listing link on your GVR API Integration page. 

Green Listing Link on Your GVR API Integration page

Having trouble seeing your listing on GVR? See I can't find my listing when I search Google Vacation Rentals! FAQ.

Toni L
Mar 27, 2024 11:30 AM
Joined Feb, 2023 6 posts

It hows that I am now intergrated with GVR.  When I go to GVR several things are occuring.

1: My property does not show under "houses" but shows under "cottage"

2: There isn't a landing page that shows pricing or "inquire"

3: It doesn't show that it is available despite using dates that I know are open.

4:  I have an error under "analyzing listing" under channel rules with GVR. The message reads, "Apply Season by only supports split across"

5: How do I get my google business reviews to show on the landing page?

Thank you so much,

Toni

Umi Haft-Funke
Mar 27, 2024 12:40 PM
Joined Jun, 2020 4 posts

It's showing the long listing number as shown above but it's not green so it won't let me click on it. Does that mean it's still not live on GVR?

Anne S
Mar 27, 2024 2:11 PM
OR Team Member Joined Sep, 2022 125 posts

It's showing the long listing number as shown above but it's not green so it won't let me click on it. Does that mean it's still not live on GVR?

Correct.

Anne S
Mar 27, 2024 2:27 PM
OR Team Member Joined Sep, 2022 125 posts

It hows that I am now intergrated with GVR.  When I go to GVR several things are occuring.

1: My property does not show under "houses" but shows under "cottage"

2: There isn't a landing page that shows pricing or "inquire"

3: It doesn't show that it is available despite using dates that I know are open.

4:  I have an error under "analyzing listing" under channel rules with GVR. The message reads, "Apply Season by only supports split across"

5: How do I get my google business reviews to show on the landing page?

Thank you so much,

Toni

by Toni L – Mar 27, 2024 3:30 PM (UTC)

Toni, I'm not convinced that your GVR listing is live yet, but I will try to address some of your questions. 

3. Why aren't my rates displayed on my Google Vacation Rentals listing?

4. Your seasons must be configured to Split Across. Navigate to Settings > Pricing > Pricing Preferences > Change > Apply Season By > Split Across.
Navigate to Settings > Pricing > Pricing Preferences > Change > Apply Season By > Split Across.

5. I have reviews on my Google Business Profile. How do I make sure that they are displayed in Google Vacation Rentals? 

Toni L
Mar 27, 2024 2:30 PM
Joined Feb, 2023 6 posts

Thank you so much. It looks like a travel website in Amsterdam has my property on GVR as a cottage. Kinda weird as I am not affliated with this website and to book you have to you their site. Will this be a problem?  Makes sense to me know why some STRs have multiple GVR profiles.

Well Wishes,

Toni

Anne S
Mar 27, 2024 2:35 PM
OR Team Member Joined Sep, 2022 125 posts
Toni L
Mar 27, 2024 3:02 PM
Joined Feb, 2023 6 posts

That absolutely makes sense

toni

Vacation A
Mar 28, 2024 12:33 PM
Joined Aug, 2023 5 posts

I intergrated with GVR 3 weeks ago and it still shows pending.  Why is that?

by Toni L – Mar 26, 2024 3:35 PM (UTC)

Toni, as we stated in our GVR Overview support article, "Users can expect a delay of 2+ weeks before their properties go live on Google Vacation Rentals due to a manual onboarding process by Google Vacation Rentals."

With all of the new GVR API integrations, it is possible that going live will take longer than expected. For reasons unknown, some users have had luck with checking the status of their GVR API Integration.

by Anne S – Mar 26, 2024 4:34 PM (UTC)

 

This is exactly what I did and it worked! Simply click "Check Status" under the "Actions" tab on the far right. I did get a warning message the first time after I clicked it, but when I closed out of it, it still went live. I no longer get that warning message and everything is working fine.

Vacation A
Mar 28, 2024 1:20 PM
Joined Aug, 2023 5 posts

Since GVR redirects through our website, when we get a booking, in the Overview tab will it show the Listing Site as "My Website" or "Google Vacation Rentals"?

Toni L
Mar 28, 2024 9:29 PM
Joined Feb, 2023 6 posts

I think my listing is active although I haven’t seen it online. It does show active on OR. I tried to pull a full synch and I’m getting this error message

 

 

Caitlin C
Apr 1, 2024 2:50 PM
Joined Sep, 2020 3 posts

If we integrate with pricelabs for our pricing, does this affect things on GVR?  I read the Google Price Accuracy Policy but I'm not understanding whether or rates are just transferred from ownerrez to GVR ike they are with other channels or if there is anything special I need to do?

Also, I turned on the GVR integration but it says "2 properties don't show in this list because they aren't connected" why would this be?

Anne S
Apr 3, 2024 10:16 AM
OR Team Member Joined Sep, 2022 125 posts

Since GVR redirects through our website, when we get a booking, in the Overview tab will it show the Listing Site as "My Website" or "Google Vacation Rentals"?

The listing site will display Google Vacation Rentals.

Anne S
Apr 3, 2024 10:19 AM
OR Team Member Joined Sep, 2022 125 posts

Toni, if you are still experiencing this, I suggest you reach out to the OR Helpdesk directly for this issue.

Anne S
Apr 3, 2024 10:28 AM
OR Team Member Joined Sep, 2022 125 posts

If we integrate with pricelabs for our pricing, does this affect things on GVR?  I read the Google Price Accuracy Policy but I'm not understanding whether or rates are just transferred from ownerrez to GVR ike they are with other channels or if there is anything special I need to do?

Also, I turned on the GVR integration but it says "2 properties don't show in this list because they aren't connected" why would this be?

by Caitlin C – Apr 1, 2024 6:50 PM (UTC)

Caitlin, 

Nightly rates are pushed to GVR from OwnerRez directly, regardless if you are integrated with dynamic price tools (e.g., Pricelabs) or not, so no, you don't need to do anything special to address that.

Without looking at your account, I suspect that your "2 properties don't show in this list because they aren't connected," indicates that your GVR listings are not yet live. See the Waiting for Google to go Live section of the Google Vacation Rentals Setup & Connecting support article for more information. Due to the manual onboarding process by Google Vacation Rentals and the large number of OwnerRez GVR integrations, we are seeing slightly longer integration times.