A discount can be setup as automatic or manual. An automatic discount will be triggered if a certain condition (length of stay or last minute) is met and applied to the invoice automatically. A manual discount can be paired with a coupon code that can be issued on your website to trigger a percentage or fixed amount discount. For example, perhaps a property offers a 10% military discount. First a manual percentage discount of 10% would be setup and then a coupon code named "military" would be created and the discount assigned to that coupon code.
A guest can manually enter the coupon code to obtain the discount during the online booking process or the property manager can choose to apply the discount manually within each guest invoice.
Example of setting up a simple discount and coupon code
This subscriber set up a 94% discount (#1) and assigned a coupon code of "Belinda" to that discount and made it active for 8 days, from 8/15/2011 to 8/23/2011. . The coupon can be used for any property, and for any set of dates. Discounts cannot be property specific.
Discounts can also be setup to apply only to certain dates for properties, rather than all dates as in the case of a military or AAA discount.
Online Booking w/ a Coupon Code
If the guest has a coupon code and is making a booking online, they can enter the coupon / discount code during the online booking process. Once the discount has been applied, some text saying "discount code successfully applied will appear" and the discount amount will be reflect in the charges window.
Turn OFF the Coupon Code Box When Booking Online
Within the Booking Page editor:
There is a setting on the left side of the screen at the very bottom for "Display coupon code option", uncheck it and the coupon code box will not be shown when guests book online.
Adding a Discount to an Invoice Manually
As long as there is a discount setup, any invoice can have that discount applied to it. Simply go the Discounts section of the invoice, click on the green "+" icon, choose a discount from the drop down list and Save it. The discount will then be applied to the invoice and reflected within the rental charges.