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FAQs

Is Anytime Booking the right booking software for you?

Why should I use Anytime Booking?

Because we believe we are the best software on the market for the camping, glamping and self-catering sectors. We have spent years learning about this market and we’ve created a system with an incredible amount of functionality to keep you ahead.

Camping, glamping and cottage rentals are complicated in that they are selling much more than a room. Every business does things slightly differently. We have thought about that!

Your admin will be carved in half with the level of automation in the system. You will enjoy an increase in connectivity which will rake in the bookings. We partner with various channel managers, online travel agents (OTAs) and global distribution networks relevant to you to put you in front of an international audience of millions.

How tech savvy do I have to be to use your system?

Most people find that learning to use our system is pretty simple, as it’s been designed to be both intuitive and easy to use and customisable for your needs. If you can use the internet, you’ll be able to use our system.

How long will it take to get up and running?

As a rule of thumb, we find that businesses with 5 units (i.e. pitches, glamping pods or properties) or less can usually get up and running within a week, most camping sites within a month and most larger sites within 2 months.

However, to some extent the speed depends on how much data needs to be transferred to your system and how decisive you can be about your pricing, especially if you’re transferring from a paper-based system!

Is the system responsive to all devices?

For the online customer booking a holiday, the system is completely responsive to any device, so customers can use anything which connects to the internet. While in the admin area, because of a fixed width of view of 960 pixels, it’s best to run on a larger screen, such as a tablet, iPad, PC or Mac.

Do you recommend any particular browsers to use with your system?

When in the admin area, it’s best to be running with up-to-date versions of Safari, Firefox or Chrome.

How many users can I have on my account?

As many as you want – it’s unlimited, and you can assign them all different levels of access.

Do you integrate with accounting software?

Not at the moment, but this is high on our bucket list of things to do!

Who is the software mainly aimed at?

Mainly at camping, glamping and self-catering businesses, although we also have an increasing number of customers with B&Bs, hostels, bunkhouses, activity centres and marinas who find our flexible system also meets their needs.

Can you set up my account for me?

Yes, we can, for a fee at our standard Project Management rate – but you’ll still need training to use the system for its ongoing use! So what we really recommend is to set your account up yourself (it’s the best way to learn how to use the system) by working through our training videos and extensive Knowledge Base of article. You’re also eligible for unlimited email and phone support with staff dedicated to your account as you go through the onboarding process to get you up and running quickly and painlessly. Most people find that learning to use our system is pretty simple, as it’s been designed to be both intuitive and easy to use and customisable for your needs. If you can use the internet, you’ll be able to use our system.

Will it run with my existing website?

Yes, the system will run with any kind of website, whether that involves HTML (layout), Javascript (functionality) or CSS (colours).

Can I commission specific development work if we need a feature your system presently doesn’t have?

Yes. Though we’re generally careful to prioritise development time free of charge for new features which will help the whole of our customer base, we can schedule in bespoke work for individual businesses at our hourly Professional Services rate for you, if needed.

Can I run multiple businesses from within one Anytime Booking account?

Yes. You can run multiple businesses from one account, which can also connect with multiple merchant accounts and providers.

Which sales channels do you connect to?

We have connections with camping and glamping-related online travel agents (OTAs) such as Campsites.co.uk, Pitchup.com, Lovecamping, Cool Camping and Canopy & Stars. We also partner with GDNs (global distribution networks) to put you in front of an international audience of millions via Booking.com, TripAdvisor, AirBnB, Expedia, Homeaway, Hostelworld and Last Minute Cottages to name a few.

What payment gateways or other payment systems do you connect with?

Sagepay, Worldpay, Paypal and Stripe are our most popular payment partners, but we do connect with more.

Security

What happens if my internet goes down?

Though Anytime Booking uses a cloud based internet system which means that normally you can access it from any internet connection, you can also access the system through public wifi or on your mobile or tablet via 3G or 4G.

How secure is your software?

We host the software with a trusted provider, and it is backed up hourly with the highest level of security to ensure your data is kept secure and safe.

Our fees

What do you charge to use the system?

We initially charge a set-up fee based on the size and complexity of your business. This typically includes: the styling of your customer-facing booking form and customer login area to match your website, a custom URL for your booking page, a basic search or availability calendar widget, as much training as you need and help with the configuration of your account.

We then charge a monthly licence fee to use the software based on the size of your business and the mix of your accommodation types. We like to talk to you personally about what you are looking for in a system and to provide you with a quote tailored exactly to your needs.

 

 

Do you have any extra, charged services I can tap into to run my business?

 

Yes, we do. We have a whole host of services you can plug into to enhance the guest experience, all completely optional. Please ask a member of our team to run through all the options. 

Support

What support do you offer?

Here at Anytime Booking, we are very proud of our support network to you. We offer unlimited support during the lifetime of your account either by email, phone or chatbot from within your Anytime account area.  

How reliable is your system?

We guarantee 99.8% uptime and have consistently achieved much better than this. If we do system maintenance we try to do it out of office hours.

What is your Service Level Agreement?

We pride ourselves on our high level of customer service and we feel this is a major differentiator from the vast majority of our competitors. Most of the time, you’ll get your resolution on the same working day, at the very outside, it will be within 3 working days if it is a non-urgent enquiry.

Everyday use and customisation

Can I enter telephone bookings alongside online bookings?

Certainly. You can put those in as and when they come in. Alternatively, your customers can make their own bookings online without you needing to take them yourself.

 

Can I add or remove accommodation from my account?

Yes, you can up-or down-scale any time as required. The system notifies us and your licence fee is adjusted accordingly.

Can you provide interactive pitch maps?

Yes – we work with select designers who can create an image of your property, park, or glamping site and we then digitise it to make it clickable, showing availability for each unit via the map itself.

What kind of calendars do you have?

We have two types of calendars; a single unit or multi-unit calendar, read more here. 

Can I place a Book Now button to my website?

Yes, you will have a web address to place onto the button as a re-direction to your booking form.

Can I mass transfer my previous, current and future bookings from another system in one go?

Yes. If you have less than 100 bookings this is relatively simple to do yourself. If you have more than 100, we can do the work for you, though we’d need to give you a quote for the work.

 

“Over recent months the enthusiastic and professional team at Anytime have proven themselves to be very capable and willing suppliers. With their help and on-site training, the adoption of the cost effective Anytime Booking application, for our new Experience Freedom accommodation offerings, was a smooth and painless process which allowed us to bring a new product to market quickly and successfully. ”
Stephen Rowcroft, Caravan & Motorhome Club