You can create properties in the Channex interface and then map on your side. However it is much faster if you build to our create property methods so onboarding new properties is faster for your team.
Create Room Types
Creating a Room Type is best practice, we would require some information regarding the name and occupancy
Create Rate Plans
Creating Rate plans via API saves a lot of time since by creating you would auto map it to your internal room and rate combination.
If you set Room Type to 2 Persons you cannot create Rate Plan for above 2 persons. It will cause an error.
We have a content module active in Channex, If you want to provide property images or room type images when you create it is recommended
Tax API is still not yet available, please let us now if you require this. Tax setup is required for Google and the Booking Engine.
Mapping Screens UI Example
For Channex you have 2 ways you can map from your system
Traditional Mapping Screens
Traditional screens lets you map to an account that already exists or allows you to create. This is the most flexible as it allows you to map existing properties, rooms and rates or if it is an empty account to create everything.
Example of credential section
Once the property is chosen or created, they you must map the room types and rate plans.
Example of mapping screen
As you notice the mapping screen allows you to map to existing room/rate or to create new. This allows you to be flexible to map something created in Channex.
The Reload Inventory button allows you to pull room and rate information from Channex to show what is already created. This is useful if they user wants to create in Channex then map manually.
We also allow you to delete rooms and rates via API. There will be an error if it is mapped to a channel. It's optional if you want to delete in your mapping screen, you can do this in the Channex interface.
For some PMS or systems it might be simpler to auto create and map and to keep the mapping interface to the administrator.
This method would be handy if you want to provide easy self service to your users.
Auto create property, rooms and rate plans on new accounts
Auto sync new rate plans that are created
Delete any removed rate plans (Make sure you check its deleted from Channex before deleting in PMS as it could be mapped to channel)
Provide an iframe of channels from Channex to users to self map to OTA. (Coming Soon)
It is advisable to have the traditional mapping screens for admin to fix any issues that might come from the auto methods.
Be sure to auto create and remove rates and rooms, you also need to check if it's removed from Channex before removing in the PMS or you will break the chain.
Send ARI to Channex
At Channex we like to receive updates for Availability and Rate & Restrictions separately.
Example: To update Channex for 10 days you would send 10 days of Availability information in one message and prices and restrictions in another.
If you want to chat about ways to keep your system out of scope for credit cards please get in touch. We can tokenise cards in a payment gateway before passing you the reservation.
At Channex you may notice we have some advanced tools or methods for controlling availability or mapping to OTA. It would be better to do a basic connection first and then look to add any advanced features required later.