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TripAdvisor Instant Booking: Commssion and payment

TripAdvisor is the world most important travel website for travelers. Millions of travelers consult TripAdvisor for their next trip and searching for the perfect accommodation. It is now possible to connect your own booking engine to your TripAdvisor account via TripAdvisors' InstantBooking program. In this article we explain what the payment conditions are and what the commission rate is.

Index

  1. How do I pay for reservations made through TripAdvisor Instant Booking?
  2. Why should I choose the 15% commission rate versus the 12% one?
  3. What happens to the rest of the traveler views?
  4. Why do I need to provide a breakdown of taxes & fees from my base rate?
  5. What types of charges are considered “taxes & fees” for TripAdvisor?

1. How do I pay for reservations made through TripAdvisor Instant Booking?
TripAdvisor Instant Booking is a commission-based product. You’re only charged for bookings that turn into stays. You’ll be invoiced on a monthly basis by TripAdvisor, with each billed item reflecting a completed stay that was booked via TripAdvisor InstantBooking. You’ll have the opportunity to review these charges, and make any necessary adjustments based on booking changes. Then, the credit card you provide during TripAdvisor Instant Booking setup will be charged for the invoiced amount.

2. Why should I choose the 15% commission rate versus the 12% one?
The higher rate gives you a larger share of traveler views with the “Book on TripAdvisor” button. This increases the potential for bookings. And because TripAdvisor Instant Booking is a commission-based model, you’ll only pay when travelers stay at your property.  

3. What happens to the rest of the traveler views?
If you’re working with distribution partners such as OTAs, you can get half of the traveler views created by the “Book on TripAdvisor” button, and any resulting bookings, by choosing the 15% commission level. The other 50% of views are reserved for your other distribution channels that participate in Instant Booking.

4. Why do I need to provide a breakdown of taxes & fees from my base rate?
On some domains your base rate, minus taxes & fees, will be shown. If your base rate includes taxes & fees, your property may appear more expensive when compared to competitors. Hoteliers.com does not provide taxes & fees in their rates so an estimated amount will be set up.

5. What types of charges are considered “taxes & fees” for TripAdvisor?
For TripAdvisor purposes, “taxes” include National Taxes (including VAT), Local Taxes (including state or city taxes), Nightly occupancy fees levied by a jurisdiction or any other mandatory taxes that are collected for any authority. “Fees” include booking fees charged by the booking agent, mandatory resort or service fees (e.g. gratuities) as well as any other fees.

Are you interested in a connection between the booking engine and TripAdvisor Instant Booking? Please submit a new request.

If your question is not answered with above mentioned questions we refer to one of the other articles:

TripAdvisor Instant Booking: Hoe does it work?
TripAdvisor Instant Booking: Setting up the campaign

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