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What is Outdoorsy’s INSTAbook? What benefits do I receive?

INSTAbook is an Outdoorsy feature that allows enters to automatically confirm booking requests for your vehicle and submit payment details immediately.

This is a great way to maximize earning potential; just be sure to keep your availability up to date.

How does it work?

When you enable Instant Book on your account, all upcoming booking requests will be automatically confirmed. The renter’s credit card is charged for the initial amount, you receive a confirmation email with the booking details, and the reservation details will automatically become available in your Dashboard. If for any reason you’d like to disable this setting, you can do so easily in your account.

What are the benefits of Instant Book?

  • Maximize Bookings – Instant Book gives renters the fastest and easiest way to book your property – they are only one click away from a confirmed booking. This encourages renters to book your vehicle, rather than shopping around, which increases overall bookings.

  • Attract More Travelers – Your vehicle will display a lightning bolt icon on search pages to make it stand out. Renters who know what they want and are ready to book know to click these listings for the easiest booking experience.

  • Save Time – There’s no need to manually review and approve each booking request. You can still communicate with a guest after they have booked, and you can cancel a reservation if the renter doesn’t meet your rules.

How do I enable Instant Book?

Go to your dashboard and select the “Manage Vehicles” option from the left-hand menu. From there, click on “Booking Preferences” (next to the default green button “Manage Vehicles”) and scroll down to the “Instant Book” section. Here you can click the dropdown menu to toggle on Instant Book and modify your cutoff times (for example, no same-day bookings).

(In “Booking Preferences,” you can also modify your turnaround time to make sure that you always have time to prepare your vehicle for the next renter.)

What if I change my mind and want to return to requiring approval for bookings?

You can easily switch from Instant Book to manual review through your dashboard. Simply follow the directions above to change your “Booking Preferences.”

Will Instant Booking cause me to rank higher in search results?

Yes, there are many factors that determine your rank in search, including your Instant Book status.

Can I cancel an Instant Booking reservation?

Yes, you can cancel an instant booking reservation if the renter does not meet your stated rules, policies, or terms and conditions. If you need to cancel the booking for one of these reasons, do so right away. However, if a renter meets all your requirements, then you should only cancel the reservation if it’s requested by the renter.