I'm considering various PMS options, and the main requirements I have are 1) the ability to maintain synced calendars across channels (Homeaway, Airbnb, etc) in real time, i.e. not using iCal since the channels already have this option and it doesn't update in real time, and 2) the ability to interface with dynamic pricing tools and push prices directly to channels.
There are many options out there now, but they have widely varying integration capabilities other than a few over-priced first movers like MyVR. Most do not have direct API integration with Homeaway, which as far as I know is necessary to satisfy my first requirement above. Also, even if they do have direct API integration, from what I can tell many channels like Homeaway require you to have a "Property Manager" account to access this capability.
- Does anyone know how to have your account designated as a "Property Manager" account? I've seen it mentioned that you must have 5+ properties on your account to get this designation, but it doesn't make sense to me that those with a lesser number of properties managed would be precluded from using the same management tools as those with 5 or more.
- In looking into the PMS options, OwnerRez seems to have a workaround for the 5+ property requirement with something they call "Channel Bridge". Does anyone have any experience with this, and would it satisfy my two requirements above?
- Also, are there any others that have a feature similar to the OwnerRez "Channel Bridge"? The ones I have been investigating are Lodgify, MyVR, Orbirental, OwnerRez, Tokeet, and Your Porter. I had eliminated most of them because they do not yet have direct API integration with Homeaway, but that might be moot due to the 5+ property requirement and might not even matter if they have a seeming workaround like OwnerRez.
- With respect to dynamic pricing options, I'm mainly looking at Beyond Pricing, OutSwitch, PriceLabs, and Wheelhouse. I'd prefer not to use Beyond Pricing or Wheelhouse because their 1% commission (or 1.25% for Beyond Pricing PMS integration) is pretty pricey. Does anyone have any experience with OutSwitch, PriceLabs, or any others?