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Under Rules: Setting to change minimum nights if there is a gap

Replies: 7 - Pages: 1 - Last Reply: Mar 13, 2020 7:02 PM by: Lydia B
san pedro
Registered: 2/8/20
Under Rules: Setting to change minimum nights if there is a gap

I have a 28 day minimum because I'm going after corporate housing which is generally 3 month stays. I set up length restriction for one my apartments 204 to 28 day minimum with a 2 night minimum during gaps. My understanding is if two nice monthly booking are made...and they create a gap that is less than 28 days between the two bookings...then according to this rule...I could still get bookings with now...a 2 night minimum. Software says: "Night During Gaps: At least 2 required". This is how I want it. However I checked by going to Tools>Rate Calendar...and when highlighting the gap (in this case there was a gap of 8 nights between two monthly bookings)....the software indicated that there is an 8 night minimum. Where is the rule change? The 2 night minimum during gaps?

Paul W
Registered: 6/9/09
Re: Under Rules: Setting to change minimum nights if there is a gap

Gap rules will reduce the minimum number of nights require TO the gap until it hits your minimum. So if there's a gap between the 28-day bookings, it will use that gap as the new required minimum until it drops below 2 at which point it will no longer allows bookings. You're basically telling the system to let the min. night rules drop lower below your normal minimum so that the gap can be booked until it hits a point you're no longer comfortable with.

san pedro
Registered: 2/8/20
Re: Under Rules: Setting to change minimum nights if there is a gap

Gap rules are supposed to reduce the minimum # of nights required WITHIN a gap correct? So I have a 28 day minimum on an apartment. But I set up at TWO (2) night minimum during gaps. The problem is withing that gap...when verifying the minimum...the rules still say there is a 28 night minimum...which is incorrect...during gaps...the minimum is set to two (2) night minimum.

If you look at my listing starting: "309 Lg. Studio Center of San Pedro"...using Rate Tester....if you input the listing "309 Lg. Studio Center of San Pedro"....enter Arrival Dates "May 5, 2020"....Departure Dates "May 8,202"...Listing Site "Direct Online"...2 Adults...it will return an error that "This property requires a minimum of 20 nights". 20 nights is the gap in this case...between two long term bookings. However if you look in the RULES of this listing ...I have a TWO (2) night minimum required during gaps.

So if there is a gap between two, 28 day long term rentals...I want to be able to lessen the minimum requirement from 28 days to 2 days....during the gaps...so i Can fill/occupy the apartment during those gaps.

Currently it wont let me as noted in the example. Its now saying those dates are a violation/error....and guest needs to rent a minimum of 20 days in this example. I want 2 night minimum during gaps.

Lydia B
Registered: 5/8/19
Re: Under Rules: Setting to change minimum nights if there is a gap

I have also been dealing with this. I appreciate the effort to push as many nights as possible, but in my case, when my minimum nights is 5, the gap is 3 nights, and my minimum nights in gap is 2, it is still forcing a 3 night booking. Almost wish I could define " if gap is x to y nights, make gap minimum z."

Chris Hynes
Registered: 10/19/12
Re: Under Rules: Setting to change minimum nights if there is a gap

Yep, that's a good idea -- a second option to put in a min instead of using the gap length. We'll chew on it and see how it can factor in.

Reducing min to the gap length makes sense a lot of times but sometimes it'd be nice to relax it. Might also have to ignore the "disallow gaps" setting in a gap too -- that could cause time to be unbookable as well.

san pedro
Registered: 2/8/20
Re: Under Rules: Setting to change minimum nights if there is a gap

Thanks for chiming in Lydia...so we are saying the exact same thing. My question is...what is that whole..."Nights during gaps" under the rules section? I was under the impression that this is the area where we put the minimum # of nights when their is a Gap. So does that function not work properly? Or is that rule for something else? I'm still unclear what the bottom line is here regarding this topic.

Lydia B
Registered: 5/8/19
Re: Under Rules: Setting to change minimum nights if there is a gap

Hey there, San Pedro! I also did not understand it. My impression was if I have a gap it will drop the requirement to my minimum nights in gap figure. I've tested it and that is NOT what it does.

I was thinking it would be nice if we could have something similar to the "Booking Fields" found in the setup for trigger email. Like:

"When Gap is Equal to or Greater Than XXX Days, Minimum Gap Nights Equal XXX" (as long as the number in minimum gap nights is actually applied, unlike the way it works now).

Or maybe "When Gap is Between XXX and XXX Days, Minimum Gap Nights Equal XXX"

And having the ability to set more than one parameter would be fabulous!

I'm sure Chris and Ken and Paul just love these ideas from a non-programmer! :)

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