What are Annual/Seasonal Minimum Stays and Gap Fills, and how do I use them?

Updated 1 week ago by Beyond Pricing

Minimum Night Stays allow you to set the lowest for number of nights for a reservation right within Beyond Pricing, both year round and by dates. Pro tip: use Gap Fills to make sure you're maximizing your revenue!

If you have a direct connection to HomeAway/VRBO you must manage your Minimum Stay Requirements through Beyond Pricing. If you have a direct connection to Airbnb, you can choose whether to manage your Minimum Stays in Beyond Pricing or Airbnb. To see if Minimum Night Stays are available for your integration, check out our information for your PMS.

I require a Minimum Stay. Can I still use Beyond Pricing?

Our pricing model aims to maximize revenue for each day so you'll know you're making the most from each reservation, no matter the length of stay.

For supported integrations, you can set Annual Minimum Stays for your listing directly in your Beyond Pricing Customize Tab. Keep in mind that more restrictions will likely mean fewer qualified reservations. 

Setting Minimum Night Stays by Season or Event

You can set up Minimum Night Stays for certain dates, too. This is helpful if you would like to set a shorter Minimum Night Stay during low season, or a longer Minimum Night Stay during a 3-day event or holiday, for example.

Taking a look at our listing in Palm Springs, we'd like to reduce our Minimum Night Stay during times of low demand so we can maximize our Occupancy during the months that we generally get fewer bookings. At the same time, we would like to increase our Minimum Night Stay to three nights during Thanksgiving, a popular holiday to visit Palm Springs.

Last Minute Minimum Stays

Last Minute Minimum Stays enable you to set a Minimum Stay requirement based on how far away the stay is from the booking date.

For example, taking a look at our listing in Orlando, we have an Annual Minimum Night Stay requirement of 5 nights. As we get closer to the date of stay and we have nights that need to be filled, we are willing to accept bookings of 2 nights. By setting up a Last Minute Minimum Stay of 2 nights for the next 14 days Beyond Pricing will automatically reduce our Minimum Night Stay requirement to 2 nights for the next 2 weeks.
For my listing in Las Vegas, I have an Annual Minimum Night Stay requirement of 2 nights. I live over an hour away and I can't always get to my listing last minute, so I don't like to take bookings for the next day. By setting my Last Minute Minimum Stay to 30 nights for the next 1 day I essentially make my place unbookable as I rarely have a gap of 30 days in my calendar.
The order in which we apply Minimum Stays for each listing is as follows: Last Minute Minimum Stays > Seasonal Minimum Stays > Annual Minimum Stays. Gap Fills apply to the Annual Minimum Stays only.

Gap Fills

Gap Fills pair well with Minimum Night Stays to increase flexibility and receive extra bookings (and increase revenue!) between longer stays.

Note that at the moment, Gap Fills are only available for those with a connection through Airbnb, Escapia, Guesty, HomeAway/VRBO or Hostfully, Track. Check your integrations page to view all features available to you.

How Gap Fills work: Beyond Pricing will automatically set the Gap Fill to the number of days between the bookings. For example, if there are two reservations with three nights in between, the minimum stay for that period will be reduced to three nights. You can set Gap Fills up in the Customize Tab for each listing.

We've set up a two night Minimum Stay for our Palm Springs listing, as well as a few Seasonal Minimum Stays. We'd also like guests to be able to book our place when there are fewer than two nights available between reservations or blocked dates -- no matter the season. Let's enable Gap Fills to make that happen:
Enabling gap fills will allow one night bookings. If you wish to use gap fills but not allow one night bookings, please reach out to us at support@beyondpricing.com with the lowest number of nights you are willing to accept for a booking and we can set that up for you.


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