Rentalot Plus: Is it For You?
Rentalot Plus is a Joomla component that helps you to manage your holiday rental business. You manage the business in the back end, and Rentalot Plus takes care of all the displays on the site front end. Rentalot Plus is specifically designed for the holiday villa market. It is not suitable for hotels.
Rentalot Plus is very flexible and can satisfy the requirements of most holiday rental businesses, whether you have one unit, or hundreds. This page will help you decide if Rentalot Plus is right for you. Please read it carefully as we will not issue refunds if Rentalot Plus turns out to be unsuitable for your business due to issues mentioned here.
What Rentalot Plus is Really Good At
Individual, Unique Units
Rentalot Plus can be used for any type of overnight accommodation - villas, flats, mobile homes, boats, or whatever it is that you rent. You can have as many units as you like and call them whatever you like. Each unit has a name, a description, its own prices and its own bookings. Each unit is individually bookable - this is not a hotel system where a client books a type of accommodation. In Rentalot Plus, clients book a specific unit of accommodation.
Flexible Pricing and Discounting
Rentalot Plus can handle daily, weekly, or any other pricing periods. A price period can be any length of time from a single day to an entire year, and they don't all have to be the same length. If you want, you can have different prices for each day of the year, or do weekly rentals in summer and daily in winter. It really is very flexible. The key point to note is that each price period is the unit of pricing and booking. When a client requests a range of dates, the system adds up the prices for all the price periods overlapped by the requested dates to arrive at the total price. There is a flexible discount mechanism for clients booking multiple price periods. You can display prices and accept bookings in any number of currencies, with exchange rates updated automatically.
Rentalot Plus allows you to offer extras, such as linen, bike rental, exit cleaning, etc. Extras can be priced per day, per week, or per stay, and you can specify a minimum and maximum number that can be ordered per booking.
Rentalot Plus offers many different ways to display information about your accommodation, availability, and prices. There are four main views and two plugins. And since unit descriptions can include plugins, including the Rentalot Plus availability plugins, the flexibility is enormous. Our demo site shows some of the many possible ways you can configure the front end.
Flexible Payments, Online or Offline
You can configure a payment schedule of up to four stage payments per booking. Each payment can be a fixed amount or a percentage. If you enable online bookings, the first payment can be collected through PayPal, PayPlug or Moneybookers to create the booking. Special links can then be emailed to the client to enable subsequent payments to be collected online, or if you prefer you can collect payments by manual bank transfer. If you don't want to enable online booking, you can use the enquiry view to to invite clients to contact you, and subsequently make the booking yourself in the back end. If you want to enable online booking without online payment, you can do that too.
Full Back-end Administration System
The back end of Rentalot Plus includes full management of prices, payments, and bookings, with many useful reports to help you optimise your business. The system emails you reminders when payments are becoming due, and when bookings start or end.
What Rentalot Plus Does Not Do
Rentalot Plus is not a hotel system. It does not manage anonymous multiple units of a similar type. You cannot book "2 double rooms and 1 single room". In Rentalot Plus, each unit is a separate bookable entity. A booking is for one whole unit. You cannot book part of a unit. You cannot book more than one unit at a time.
Rentalot Plus is currently designed for a single administrator. The administrator has access to all the properties managed by the system. The administrator must have access to the Joomla administration interface. There are no front-end administrative functions.
Bookings of Less Than One Night
Rentalot Plus books nights, with the minimum bookable period being one night. This is, of course, the way that most accommodation businesses work. Rentalot Plus cannot manage hourly bookings or any other bookings of less than one night.
Multiple Prices for the Same Period
Rentalot Plus' pricing scheme is very flexible, allowing different prices for different periods. However, each period can only have one price. Some businesses might have historically offered a choice of prices, for example daily bookings at $150, mid-week breaks at $400, or weekly bookings at $600. Rentalot Plus does not support this kind of pricing. You can usually achieve similar results in Rentalot Plus by using daily pricing with a discount structure for multiple days, but it might not be exactly the same as your existing pricing.
Other Payment Gateways
Rentalot Plus provides built-in support for payment through PayPal, PayPlug and/or Moneybookers. These three gateways cover the majority of the world and the majority of the world's credit cards. There are many payment gateways and everyone seems to have a different favourite, however, integrating a new payment gateway into a product such as Rentalot Plus is not a trivial task.
Please use the small menu below to find out more about Rentalot Plus. Or you can download the user guide for free.