How to Know if an Email is Fraudulent

For small hotels and bed & breakfasts, weeding out fraudulent email requests can be more of an art than a science. But, here are some foolproof methods of identifying scam emails in under a minute. Fraud prevention has become an important part of everyday business at Instant World Booking, so we’ve learned a few things along the way.

Whenever you receive an email reservation request, and the body of the email mentions “credit cards used for full payment”, this is a red flag. Most legitimate requests would never ask about full payment in advance by credit card.

90% of fraud emails will be sent from yahoo, gmail, hotmail, or some other free email service. So, if there’s any doubt about the content of the email, check the sender’s email address.

Now, here’s the foolproof part. Check the email headers. Many scammers have become good at faking email addresses, website domains, even copying the exact logos and website content of legitimate businesses. However, they cannot fake the “email headers”. Here’s how to check them:

From your email inbox, right-click the suspect email. Select “Message options”. You will immediately see the headers, starting with something like “Return-path:”, “Envelope-to”, etc.

If the header contains a source domain or address that looks suspicious, the email is most likely fraudulent.


Why Online Reservation Management is Better than your Desktop Software?

We speak with dozens of innkeepers and small hostel and hotel owners each year.  Many of them have built or adapted homegrown software solutions for their reservation or client management.  Most of these solutions consist of desktop software.  These innkeepers and managers are mostly proud of their solutions, and boast that they don’t have ongoing costs or commissions.

But, the reality is that these desktop software solutions have a limited life.  How can MS Access have a limited life they ask?  It’s not that the MS Access brand has a limited life, it’s that your particular version of MS Access has a limited life. For example, I personally used MS Office 2003 up until about 2008, then upgraded to Office 2007 (not an insignificant cost). I think Office 2007 is an outstanding product, but unfortunately it’s already obsolete, and I’ll need to upgrde soon. Why upgrade software that is running perfectly? Because my desktop will soon need to be replaced (desktops and latops last no more than about 5-6 years on average). If I need to replace my current desktop, which runs Windows XP, I’ll need to purchase upgrades to most of my software since Windows XP has been replaced by Windows 7 on all new computers, and it won’t run my old software.

The moral of the story is that software purchased for desktop use in a busines environment always needs to be upgraded periodically (costly), and if not the software, then the hardware, which will force a replacement of the software. Online solutions don’t have this problem since you always benefit immediately from constant software upgrades (unless you have selected a service that charges maintenance fees, and most do not). This is not to mention the problem with backups. Many users say they maintain backups, but have you ever had to restore a backup of deskop software when a computer crashed? Not a very pleasant task.

Online solutions today eliminate all of the problems associated with the above. And if you still believe that online reservation systems always have a high cost or commission, I encourage you to read this article:

BedandBreakfast.com, Rezovation, and Webervations Raise Prices

Check out Instant World Booking for a PMS or booking engine solution that’s surprisingly affordable and trouble-free.

http://www.iwbfrontdesk.com

http://www.instantworldbooking.com/booking-engine.php

 


New Payment Methods for IWB Payments and Affiliate Programs

If you use Instant World Booking’s excellent IWB Payments service, or are an affiliated hotel, take advantage of our most efficient payment option: Delivery by EFT Electronic Funds Transfer (ACH)

Choosing this delivery option directs us to automatically deposit the funds to a specified bank account.   Receiving funds by EFT is free, and is relatively fast, although not as fast as a Wire Transfer.   So if you are currently receiving funds by Bank Wire Transfer, and wish to save the fee associated with that method, choose EFT.  Free delivery via EFT is currently available for the following currencies and countries:

AUD to Australia.

CAD to Canada.

EUR to France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain.

GBP to The United Kingdom.

NZD to New Zealand.

To sign up for IWB Payments see:

http://www.instantworldbooking.com/payments-systems.php

Learn more about our affiliate programs:

http://www.instantworldbooking.com/affiliate-programs.php


Property Management System for Hotels, Hostels, B&Bs

Need a property management system for your hotel, hostel, or B&B inn? IWBFrontDesk offers winning tools that save money.

What can IWBFrontDesk do for you?

  • Availability Calendar Management
  • Guest Management
  • Reservation Management
  • Accounting and Reporting
  • Billing Statements
  • Attractive and Uncluttered Interface
  • Full Customer Support
  • Complete Online Solution (No backups or software updates required)

For a limited time only, we have extended our offer of a 30-day free trial to Instant World Booking members.  Contact us for your promo code when you sign up at:

www.IWBFrontDesk.com

info@instantworldbooking.com


What can IWBFrontDesk do for you?

IWBFrontDesk offers all the features you need to manage your front desk.  Engineered as an alternative to products like RezOvation®, Webervations®, SuperInn, Resnexus®, Hostel Power, HostelMate, etc., IWBFrontDesk is easier to use, and saves you money.  This special opportunity for a free demo is only available for a limited time.  Sign in today to get your 30-day free trial.

Time is running out to get a 30-Day Free Trial of IWBFrontDesk.  Sign up hassle-free in just minutes.  Enhance your front desk management today!

30-Day Free Trials are available only to Instant World Booking member properties.  If you are a member, please contact us for your promo code:  info@instantworldbooking.com.


Property Management System

We are now pleased to introduce a fully-functional demo for IWBFrontDesk.com.  Instant World Booking’s new property management system (PMS) is designed to satisfy your front desk needs in many ways not previously available to accommodation managers.  At Instant World Booking our core principles are that technology should not only make your life easie, it should also reduce your costs.  IWBFrontDesk certainly achieves these goals.

In our last post, we showed price comparisons indicating savings of 30% to 75%+ versus many of the most popular PMS providers.  Now, for complete details, pricing, and to get started with your free trial, please go to:

 www.IWBFrontDesk.com

IWBFrontDesk offers all the features you would expect from a property management system (PMS), and much more. 

  • Availability Calendar Management
  • Guest Management
  • Reservation Management
  • Accounting and Reporting
  • Billing Statements
  • Fully online solution (no backups or software updates needed)
  • Attractive, Uncluttered, and Effortless Interface
  • Full Customer Support

Your IWBFrontDesk free trial features no setup fees, and hassle-free startup.  In just minutes you can begin loading your rooms, calendar, and start taking reservations.


IWBFrontDesk is a new property management system (PMS)

IWBFrontDesk is Here!
IWBFrontDesk is a new property management system (PMS).  Get your Demo today.Engineered as an alternative to products like RezOvation ®, Webervations ®, SuperInn, Resnexus ®, Hostel Power, HostelMate, etc., IWBFrontDesk has one major advantage: Savings of 30% to 75% or more over competing services. With prices so low, you can’t afford not to try it.

Try it Now?

  Get Your Free Trial
for 2 Weeks
Hassle-free set-up in just minutes.
Start booking reservations today!IWBFrontDesk offers all the features you need from a Property Management System (PMS). Suitable for Hotels, Hostels, Bed & Breakfasts, and more.  Within minutes, you could be saving from 30% to 75% versus your current provider. Why not start increasing your profits today.

Get 2 Week Trial?

What Can You Do with IWBFrontDesk?

Need a property management system for your hotel, hostel, or B&B inn? IWBFrontDesk offers winning tools that save money.

  • Availability Calendar Management
  • Guest Management
  • Reservation Management
  • Accounting and Reporting
  • Billing Statements
  • Attractive and Uncluttered Interface
  • Full Customer Support
  • Complete Online Solution (No backups or software updates required)

Compare Prices Now?

 

  Booking Engines for your Website
Get a new Booking Engine for your website, fully integrated with IWBFrontDesk. We guarantee a lower cost than you’ll find from any competing service. We also offer more flexible options than any other provider, like the ability to collect any deposit level from your guests. Increase your profits by switching today.
Payments Services
Need convenient credit card services, accessible from any location around the world? Want to collect from your customers for no-shows and cancellations? Instant World Booking offers unique credit card collection services for travel companies that don’t currently have their own credit card processing. Get your credit card virtual terminal today.
 
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Compare Prices for IWBFrontDesk, a Property Management System

As an update to our recent announcement about IWBFrontDesk, Instant World Booking’s property management system, we include here an indication of the typical savings hotels, hostels, and bed & breakfasts may achieve by switching to IWBFrontDesk:

Rezovation GT Online      65% – 75% typical savings

Webervations 2.0            10% – 30%

HostelPower                   5% – 35%

SuperInn                       40% – 55%

Resnexus                       65% – 80%

The previous post can be read at the following page:

IWBFrontDesk property management system

A winning property management system, fully integrated with Instant World Booking’s Booking Engine (for your property website), IWBFrontDesk is certain to fulfill all your front desk administration needs, including:

  • Availability Calendar Management
  • Guest Management
  • Reservation Management
  • Accounting and Reporting
  • Billing Statements
  • Fully online solution (no backups or software updates needed)
  • Attractive, Uncluttered, and Effortless Interface
  • Full Customer Support

To learn more about IWBFrontDesk, and to get started, please read more about Property Management Systems


June 2011 Newsletter – Instant World Booking

You’re Paying Too Much for Your Website Booking Engine

How do we know?

Because Instant World Booking offers the lowest cost online reservation system available for any accommodation website.

Fact. Our booking engine offers a lower cost, and even more pricing options, than any other system. So look no further.

Did we mention that IWB’s Booking Engine also comes with more payment and deposit options for your guests than other providers? Contact us today with your current provider and pricing. We guarantee we’ll beat any price.

Want a Quote and Demo?

 

IWB Front Desk Coming Soon

Do you need a winning property management system, without paying a high price?IWBFrontDesk is an alternative to front desk systems like RezOvation ®, Webervations ®, SuperInn, Resnexus ®, Hostel Power, HostelMate, etc., but with one major difference. At a price starting at less than $20 per month, you save 30% or more over most competing services. Want to pay less? You can’t afford not to try it.

Want a Preview?

More Ideas to Increase Profits

Channel Manager
Now is an excellent time to join Instant World Booking.   Why?
Beginning soon, our new Channel Manager service will enable you to feed your calendar directly to all the top hostel booking sites and GDS/IDS booking sites. That’s right, manage your calendar only once. You need to already be an IWB member to take advantage of this new service.

 

Instant World Booking offers more choices to increase your business and save money.Travel Agent Commissions
Travel Agents earn instant commissions of 25% on all bookings. No complicated sign-up or applications.Payment Services
Collect for no-shows and cancellations. It’s easy to accept credit cards from your guests for any travel-related expense. No merchant accounts, no bank applications.

Online Reservations for your Website
Get Full Protection for No-shows and Cancellations. We guarantee a lower cost than any competing service. Receive incentives for switching today.

14 Reasons to Join IWB for Free
Adding your hotel, hostel, B&B, or property chain is free. See 14 reasons to sign up today.


IWBFrontDesk – New Property Management System

Instant World Booking recently announced the soon-to-be-released IWBFrontDesk, a brand new full-featured property management system (PMS or Front Desk System).  Subscribers to Instant World Booking’s services, and our insider’s distribution list, have been the first to learn of this new product, which promises substantial savings for hotel owners, hostel managers and innkeepers alike.  Our core principles and technology platform have always led to a single philosophy: properties should not overpay for services that are designed to make our lives easier and more efficient. 

IWBFrontDesk certainly achieves these goals, with significant savings compared to comparable products including Rezovation GT Online, Webervations, HostelPower, SuperInn, Resnexus, and dozens more.

IWBFrontDesk offers all the features you would expect from a property management system (PMS), and much more.  Some of the features you can expect from this new product include:

  • Availability Calendar Management
  • Guest Management
  • Reservation Management
  • Accounting and Reporting
  • Billing Statements
  • Fully online solution (no backups or software updates needed)
  • Attractive, Uncluttered, and Effortless Interface
  • Full Customer Support

With this level of capability, Instant World Booking’s PMS makes it easier and cheaper to run your property and front desk.  It’s also nice to know that IWBFrontDesk has no setup fees, and hassle-free startup.

 If that’s not enough to convince you to at least try IWBFrontDesk, consider having these additional integrated services at your fingertips.  Each of these services are offered in conjunction with the IWBFrontDesk PMS or separately as standalone products of Instant World Booking.  You can choose which services you want.

 1.    Booking Engine for your website

  • Instant World Booking’s leading Booking Engine for your website integrates perfectly with IWBFrontDesk.  Our booking engine includes more flexible pricing and payment options for your guests than any other provider.  You tell us how you want guests to pay.  Collect a deposit or not.  Offer special discounts or not.  Choose instant booking or request-method reservations.  You tell us how you want it to work, and we’ll provide it for cheaper than any other provider … we guarantee it.

2.    Credit Card Collections

  • We can handle deposit collection and customer payments for you.  No merchant accounts or bank applications are required.

3.    Online Requests or Instant Booking

  • While instant booking is always preferred for online reservations, we understand that not every accommodation is prepared to accept instant confirmations.  This is why we offer an optional request-method version for your website’s booking engine.

4.    Channel Management

  • Do you want to be able to manage your calendar only once, and then feed it to multiple other sources?  Now you can.  Use either the IWBFrontDesk PMS to manage your calendar (or the Instant World Booking calendar interface).  Then feed your calendar to multiple 3rd party booking services, channel managers, etc.  Our automatic calendar feeds are fully XML compliant, and we can integrate with virtually any 3rd party channel distribution system.

5.    GDS/IDS Feeds

  • Multiply your online exposure by feeding your availability to your choice of more than 100 GDS channels and booking sites (e.g., Expedia.com, Booking.com, Hotels.com, etc.).  If you currently use a similar service elsewhere, or are considering taking online reservations from GDS sites, know that we offer pricing up to 60% cheaper than most other providers.  Please let us know if we can help you save money on your GDS marketing.

6.    Chain and Association Management

  • Instant World Booking features special services and discounts to help lodging chains and associations manage their properties and online marketing.  Any of the services described above can be customized specifically for your chain or association, all at substantial discounts.

If you have special needs or requirements, Instant World Booking specializes in developing custom solutions for your accommodation business or association.  So please enquire with your own specific requirements.  And remember, Don’t Overpay!  As you can see from the sample discounts shown above, Instant World Booking always offers substantial savings over competing providers for the customized services you need to run your business.

Contact us today, or get on our distribution list to learn more about IWBFrontDesk.