With the Hostaway channel manager you are able to sync the reservations and calendars for worlds most popular channels fast and easy. Some channels are quite similar in setup others take a bit more time. Overall there are 3 different ways channels can work with channel managing software.
2 way API channels:
By using API connected channels it is for most channels possible to sync reservations very fast. In general the channels sync in 2-15 minutes all day long. It also allows you to update rates, minimum stay and other availability settings between the channel manager software and the sales channel. In some cases these channels are also able to accept direct listing upload and editing.
2 way iCal channels:
A iCal calendar link is like a list of starting and ending days that contain some reservation content. In most cases this is the check-in, check-out, guest name and sometimes email and booking sum. These links can be used to download the information in to your own calendar but it is also used by some sales channels to sync your reservations. A big difference with API connections is the time it in general take to sync. Hostaway imports the iCal every 30-45 minutes but it is depending on the channels when they import it on there end. Some channels may take 1-6 hours before they sync.
1 way API / iCal channels:
These channels in most cases only allow you to upload new reservations and not downloading reservations from there channel. At Hostaway we only use these channels as backup options and in most cases you need to manually add new bookings in your dashboard.