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Check Availability Widget

I'm configuring WooCommerce Bookings to be used as a hotel booking system. A common requirement is to have a "Check Availability" widget seen throughout the site. Visitors can pick their dates, hit submit, and they would see a list of results showing which rooms (products) are available for those dates.

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      • Steve commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Commenting to agree... I only wish we heard something from Woo about this--- even if they decided to charge money for this extra, I'd pay whatever they charge! Please guys--- at least respond?

      • Allen Swindells commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Have to say this is a must have for ANY accommodation booking site it is the number 1 criteria. When I book a holiday the first concern is where and then when, I will soon give up on the site if I find the ideal accom and then find it's not available when I can go. Please please fix this big hole in the plugin.

      • ELAN42 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Can someone confirm or deny what @Namrata says ?

        Is this request/idea fully doable with that guide ?

      • Brian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        First off, I appreciate all the hard work at Woo to enhance and add features to this plugin - some as the result of input/votes from members, so hopefully this particular suggestion garners enough support and attention by the Woo team to offer a viable solution.

        I'm nearly complete with the development of a new site for a very large vacation property rental company (over 90 vacation homes) and their current (archaic, non-responsive) site has the ability to filter available properties based on a check-in and check-out date entered by a customer. Despite all the other cool bells and whistles I'm adding to their new site, lacking this one feature is a real kill-joy to all my nearly 300 hours of work building this complicated site.

        I love all the filter options I've added to their new site and they love 'em too (categories, variables, and a product comparison), and I've been able to work around some other minor failings with this extension, but this is a huge defect in the extension design that I'm surprised was not discovered during whatever research the Woo designers did to match or exceed current options available out there.

        As a footnote - even when customers manage to filter down to a few properties out of the 90+ available, they have to 'hope' that the few left in the filter results are available during the period they wish to book. Considering the average bookable night rental for any one of these properties is $250 USD a night, hopefully you can see how detrimental it is the possibility that a prospective customer is frustrated their vacation dates are foiled because they can't find the property that fits their requirements and it's not available...

        Enough rambling....

        HELP?

      • Brian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I concur...

        Virtually every hotel room booking site known to man has this feature (widget) visible on their front page allowing a prospective customer view all available rentals for the period they enter.

        I'm building a site for a client using the Bookings extension and all is going swimmingly well with exception to this one feature. Their current archaic site has the feature that will filter available properties available during the period the customer designates (check in/check out) (http://berkeleyspringscottagerentals.com/) but your extension does not offer this.

        My big question is "WHY NOT"?

        As it is now, a customer must filter for the property type they're looking to rent (various variables and categories) which is good for them to narrow down to a few choices their top properties to compare, but they need to check availability via each product page.

        Please Help me Help them!

      • Lena commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would prefer it being a calendar view as in the demonstration videos. When a filter is chosen, then the frontend calendar changes to only display the bookalbe products within that filter.

        Filters could either be by bookable product or by category.

        Really hope you will implement this soon, as it will have a huge impact on the user expereince.

      • Pam Blizzard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is extremely important when you are booking multiple persons or resources over a span of days.

      • Yannis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ability to filter bookable products by date. Enter e.g. from July 5 to July 8 and it would display only the products that are available for that period. See this example of a car rental site: http://santorinicarrentalonline.com
        This could be implemented with a form (like the above example) or within Layered Navigation or both!

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