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Channel Bridge - Common Issues & Questions

We've created a tool called "OwnerRez Channel Bridge" which is a Chrome browser extension that gives you extra functionality when working with listing sites. Read about it in our Channel Bridge Overview article.

This article provides a list of common questions and answers about Channel Bridge that are not covered elsewhere.

I'm getting an error like "Must be a valid Excel xlsx formatted file" or "Couldn't match columns to standard template" or "Couldn't find worksheet".

Make sure you're selecting the correct download file from the Channel Bridge extension and you haven't changed the file layout. You can delete rows to remove bookings, but don't rename columns or worksheets or move them around.

I'm getting an error like "Couldn't find property by Listing Number or Property Name".

We attempt to match properties by property name, but often the names are different in OwnerRez vs. the channel. To fix this, go to Settings > Channels, open the synced channel (or create a new one if there is none yet) Property Settings tab. Enter the listing numbers for each property there -- just the numeric portion of the number like 123456 -- not any ha suffix or URL. If you have multiple listing numbers for a single property, you can enter them all, separated with commas.

I'm getting an error like "Couldn't merge new charges..."

The default options to merge with existing charges and transactions will work if you haven't already recorded charges or payments against the booking manually or using the channel payments/transactions import. If you have charges that are different than the ones coming in from the channel, you'll get an error in Merge mode to ensure that you know about the situation.

This is most likely because you've manually edited the charges on the booking, for example to add a pet fee, but you haven't switched the booking to manual charges mode.

To fix it, decide what you want to do -- overwrite, switch to manual mode, or skip the charge update. Pick the desired option, and finish the import.

Channel Bridge isn't properly picking up my Airbnb Resolutions payments.

True. Unfortunately, Airbnb is often inconsistent about recording resolutions and their payments. Sometimes Channel Bridge can only see one and not the other, or neither.

If you can see the resolution and its payment in your Airbnb control panel, try this. If that doesn't work, you'll just have to manually enter whatever is missing, in the Charges or Transactions tab as appropriate.

We are actively working with Airbnb to get Resolutions data added to the API so we can collect it automatically.

I'm not getting any financial data about my bookings when I run Channel Bridge.

You must be logged into the listing site using the main account, not a co-host account, because co-hosts are not able to view booking financial data.  If you can't see it, neither can Channel Bridge.

Or, if that isn't the problem, we sometimes see this for very large accounts.  Take a look at your transaction history in your Airbnb control panel.  Does it have this message?

If so, you're out of luck - Airbnb won't display the individual payment transactions in a way that Channel Bridge can see them.  Yes, you can download the CSV file they mention, which contains them all... but that file doesn't include any reservation numbers for resolutions, so it's impossible to match everything to individual bookings correctly.  :-/

Normally, Channel Bridge is still able to collect records of past payments that have already occurred, just not upcoming future ones. So your intake of payment records will simply be delayed, but not cut off entirely.

We are actively working with Airbnb to get payment data added to the API so it can be brought in automatically.

I have multiple Vrbo/Airbnb accounts, and Channel Bridge is in the wrong one.

Channel Bridge "piggybacks" off of your browser's login to Vrbo and/or Airbnb. So, if you have multiple accounts, it's easy to change which one you are logged in as:

  1. Open another browser tab in the same browser as Channel Bridge.
  2. Browse to your Airbnb/Vrbo control panel.
  3. Log out.
  4. Repeat as many times as as necessary until Airbnb/Vrbo thinks you aren't logged in anymore.
  5. Then, log in using the account credentials of the Airbnb/Vrbo account you want to use Channel Bridge with.
  6. Switch back to the browser tan with Channel Bridge in it, and refresh the page.

You should now be able to use Channel Bridge to gather data from the new account.

Channel Bridge is running forever, and then errors out.

Here's a couple things to try:

  • Are you on a fast, stable Internet connection?  That can help Channel Bridge complete its work.
  • Are you attempting to download data for multiple properties at once?  Doing only one property at a time can reduce errors.
  • Are you trying to download Airbnb data using a co-host account?  Those are unpredictable and often cannot access the required data - if yours doesn't, you'll have to try again using the login for the full regular account that controls the property listings.
  • Try using the date-range settings to only collect a limited range of data at a time - one year, or a couple of months.
  • If all else fails, use the Advanced Options to tell Channel Bridge to ignore errors (Airbnb Bookings only).  That way, at least you can successfully collect whatever data it's able to get.

I tried the above, and it still isn't working.

OK.  Try doing a "Staying Between" search instead, and then do one for a specific reservation.

1) First, use the Staying Between option - like this, for the month of January for instance:

2) If that doesn't work, try it again.  Only this time, pick the bottom Reservation ID option.  Put in one of your Airbnb or Vrbo reservation numbers, like this:

If these work, great!

If not, take a screenshot after they fail.  Then, close the work window with the error, and click on the Channel Bridge version number in grey in the lower right corner of your screen. This will open a secret debug log window. Copy the entire contents of this log, and send it in to the Helpdesk along with the screenshot. It will help our engineers evaluate the source of the problem.

I'm running Channel Bridge on a Mac and it's downloading a .numbers file instead of an Excel spreadsheet. I can't import it into OwnerRez.

We've seen cases of Channel Bridge producing a file in .numbers format when using a Mac. Fortunately, Apple has instructions on how to convert a .numbers file to Excel.

Browse to www.icloud.com then sign in with your Apple ID. You should see a range of apps available for you to use, which include Mail, calendar, Photos , Notes, Pages, and most importantly Numbers.

How to edit numbers files on Windows

Double-click on the Numbers icon and then click on the gear icon at the top of the screen which will open a dropdown menu.

How to edit numbers files on Windows

At the top of the list is Upload Spreadsheet. Select this and then navigate to your .numbers file and click Open.

With your .numbers file now open you can choose to either edit it in the online version of Numbers, or export it in a format that Excel will accept.

To create a .xlsx file make sure that the .numbers file is open, then go to the spanner icon in the upper right area of the screen. Click this and a dropdown menu appears.

how to edit numbers files on Windows

Select Download a Copy and then choose Excel from the list of file formats.

how to edit numbers files on windows

Now Numbers will convert the file into one you can save, open and use in Excel and import to OwnerRez.

But I don't have an Apple account!

No worries - there's a free converter available online here.