Sync Calendars Using iCal

One of the objectives most have when using a system like Lodgix is to stop having to update calendar availability on multiple sites. The best way to do this is through a full reservation sync. However, not all channels offer it, and those that do generally limit full reservation sync to property managers with 5 or more properties.

Fortunately, most listing sites use the iCalendar format for exporting and importing calendar data. iCalendar data is limited but it allows Lodgix to act as a central hub for your availability calendar across almost all listing sites. Once you setup an iCal sync with a channel, a reservation created on Lodgix will block the calendar on that channel, and a reservation created on that channel will block the dates on your Lodgix calendar.

Setting Up an iCal Sync

Let's review the components of the Lodgix iCalendar interface:

  1. iCal Export URL -  This URL would be entered into listing sites that accept iCal imports.  This URL will contain basic Lodgix availability data to block dates, assuring that double bookings cannot occur on the listing site.
  2. iCal Import URL -  Lodgix supports multiple iCal import URLs.  You will obtain this import url from the listing site you wish to sync with. Site specific instructions can be found below.
  3. Auto Import -  The auto import features allows Lodgix to automatically poll the iCal import URL.  Lodgix will poll the import URL every 60 minutes to see if there are any changes in availability.  If set to OFF,  the import is a manual process.
  4. Manual sync - property -  To force a manual import of any new or changed calendar data, the sync button can be used.
  5. Manual sync - all properties -  To force a manual import of any new or changed calendar data for all properties, the Import iCal - All Sources button can be used.

Site Specific Instructions

Below you can find instructions specific to popular listing sites. These include screenshots of where to locate the Import URL on each site.

Homeaway / VRBO

FlipKey / TripAdvisor