Usually, once a booking is created in your system, it's something you want to have easy access to, right? After all, it contains all the information about your customer, what they've booked, how many, when... the list goes on. That's why we have made it easy for you to quickly access your booking details. The information on a booking can be viewed by clicking on an active invoice ID link anywhere in the system. A good example of this would be the screen found at Booking > Index, as shown in the image below:
Select an invoice by clicking on the booking ID, as shown in the screenshot below:
Once an invoice has been selected, it will appear on the screen ready for viewing and editing.
Invoice ViewBack to top
This is a detailed view of your customer's invoice. From here, you can edit the booking, change the booking status, add a note and apply a payment.
Booking StatusBack to top
Booking statuses enable you to adjust exactly where an invoice is in the booking process. Sometimes, an invoice may be in a pending state without any payments applied. The customer may then make a partial payment on that invoice, or even pay it in full. Either way, it's important for you as a business owner to know which customers owe you money and which customers maybe need a follow-up notification sending out. The current status of an invoice is indicated by a brightly coloured label in the top left corner of the document, as seen in the image below. You can click on this label and open a drop-down menu, in order to change the status of the booking.
Some of the statuses, such as Deposit, are known as system statuses and cannot be manually chosen by the user. An invoice would be set to Deposit, for example, when a partial payment is applied to the booking. Since this is not a status you can manually choose from the drop-down menu, it will not be listed there. If you need to set an invoice to the deposit status (maybe an old booking you wish to add to the system that already has a credit card payment applied), you will need to apply a partial POS payment in order to trigger the deposit status.
Inventory HoldsCustomer data from pre-bookings and void bookings is held in the system for 30 days. This provides you with an opportunity to reconcile your reports and our support team to better troubleshoot missing payments etc.
For more information on statuses, including how to create your own custom ones, please click here. If you have email notifications tied to a booking status, changing the status will trigger the notification and send an e-mail to the configured recipient(s). If you don't wish to trigger a notification, click on the new status from the drop-down menu and then uncheck the send email notifications field from the resulting popup window.
Adding NotesBack to top
You can attach notes to a specific booking by using the notes field located to the right of the invoice (or below depending on your screen size). Add your note in the field provided and then click the Create button to finish.If you also wish for the note to appear on the invoice, select Show on invoice as highlighted by yellow in the image below. Note: this also appears on the customer invoice.
If you need to delete or edit a note, you can hover over it with your mouse and select the appropriate link. There is a master view of all notes in the report section.
Editing a BookingBack to top
You can edit a booking by clicking on the Edit link just above the invoice. From here, you can change the customer details, or modify the items on the invoice. To do that, click the Change button next to the item you wish to modify.
Adding/Editing ItemsBack to top
You can add an item by clicking the Add Item button from the left sidebar of the Edit screen. The Edit dialog will allow you to change the date, quantity or the item/category itself. You can also supply or remove a discount code, or override the total. To change the item, select a new one from the drop-down menu. This will search the system for items based on the parameters supplied. If there are other items available, they will appear in the list and allow you to select one. If you only wish to see items that have availability, check the box labelled Hide unavailable items. Selecting a new item and changing the quantity or date will automatically query the system and return a new price. If there is a conflict, an error message will appear. When a booking has been modified, a new balance will be calculated and show on the invoice. If necessary the booking status will be also be changed.
Removing ItemsBack to top
To remove an item from the invoice, click on the Change button as mentioned above, then the red Remove from Invoice button. If the item you're removing has packaged items attached to it, the package contents will be removed as well.
If a payment has already been collected on the invoice, removing the item does not automatically refund it. You need to do so via the Transactions link above the invoice.
Deleting an Individual BookingBack to top
To delete an individual booking from the system, you must update the status of your booking to either cancelled or void. Once you've pulled up the booking you wish to remove in your Checkfront account, click on the booking status button to reveal a drop-down menu of statuses.
Choosing Cancelled, will remove the booking from your calendar and make the designated inventory available again. A pop-up window will remind you to refund any payments through the transactions tab. When cancelled, the booking will remain in your system for future reference. If you choose Void though, the booking will be purged from the system within 24 hours and will not be searchable in the future. Please bear in mind that you cannot void a booking that has any transactions applied to it. If transactions were applied, the void option will not be listed in the status drop-down. In this case, you should choose cancelled instead.
Bulk Edit BookingsBack to top
If you have several bookings you wish to cancel or void, select them using the checkbox to the left of the bookings in your Booking > Index screen (1). Then, click on the button (2) highlighted in the screenshot below. This is the bulk editor.
From here, choose your booking status from the Update Status menu and then click confirm. If you wish to email the customer and inform them of the change, check the Deliver Notifications box.
Don't forget to refund your customer if required!
TransactionsBack to top
The transaction view lists all of the payments and refunds that have been applied to the booking. If the invoice is not paid in full, the Add a Payment button in the left sidebar will be active and you can click on that to create a new transaction.
RefundsBack to top
To refund a transaction click the Refund button beside the transaction. You can refund a manual or credit card payment.
If you refund a credit card payment, the customer's card will be automatically credited the transaction amount.
It's also possible to provide the refund in the form of a gift certificate. To do this, select Gift Certificate from the Payment Type field at the top of the refund window.
Fill out the fields to configure the gift certificate how you wish. When it comes to entering the Gift Certificate Number, leave the field blank to create a new gift certificate. If however, the customer already has a gift certificate with your business, you can input the code in the field provided. The value of the refund will then be added to the balance of said gift certificate! When you're ready, click the blue Refund button at the bottom to complete.
LogBack to top
The booking log is a detailed journal of all events that took place for the given booking. This will include notifications sent, status updates, payments and booking changes. A master view can also be found under Reports > Log.
DocumentsBack to top
The documents tab contains any waiver documents that are assigned to the booking. Click on the View drop-down menu to verify the signed waiver. From here, you can also detach the waiver from the booking or delete it altogether.
Click on the downward facing arrow on the right-hand side to view additional information regarding the waiver in question. This includes document signatures and the creation/updated dates.
For detailed documentation on waivers and documents, please go here.
Check-in/Check-outBack to top
In the left sidebar, next to the invoice, you'll notice a Check-in button. When clicked, this will update the customer as "Checked-in" and add a note on behalf of the logged in account. A checked-in booking can also be checked-out by clicking the same button, which will now say Check-out instead. It's not necessary to use the check-in feature, but when you do, you'll have greater insight into your inventory availability, arrivals, and no-shows.
When either option has been selected, an icon is added to the booking status label showing the Check-in (checkmark), or Checked-out (forward arrow) as part of the status. This can be seen in several reports throughout the system, including the booking and availability report.
Reset Check-inBack to top
You can reset the check-in status for a booking by clicking on the Reset Check-In button in the left sidebar. This button will only appear once a customer has been checked out in the system. Once reset, any checked-in or checked-out notes from before, will remain in the notes section of the invoice, but the customer can now be checked in again, should you so wish.
It's not necessary to use the check-in feature, but when you do, you'll have greater insight into your inventory availability, arrivals, and no-shows.
Applying a PaymentBack to top
You can manually apply a payment to a booking by clicking on the Add Payment button in the left sidebar.
The payment dialog allows you to make a full or partial payment towards the invoice. If you have a capable payment gateway setup you can supply credit card details and automatically bill the customer. Alternatively, you can add a manual payment (POS). Manual payments will still create a transaction, but do not collect any funds. From the Payment Type field, you can select the type of POS transaction to apply.
If you've just created your Checkfront account and need to add a pre-existing booking to your system, that has a credit card payment already applied, you can choose credit card from the POS payment type menu. This enables you to manually enter that previous payment and add any notes below that may be applicable to the transaction. A third payment type is Gift Certificate. Simply enter the gift certificate number and the payment amount due will be deducted from the gift certificate balance.
When a payment is made, a transaction will be applied to the invoice and the balance will be updated. If the full payment is supplied, the booking status will automatically be set to PAID, otherwise, it will be set to DEPOSIT. To add a note along with the payment, you can use the notes field provided. Checking off Show on invoice will also include the note on the customer invoice.
|IMPORTANT! Due to PCI compliance issues, you absolutely must not store any credit card details within your Checkfront account. If you apply a POS payment, which was paid for with a credit card, DO NOT add the credit card details to the notes section of the invoice. Failure to comply can result in the suspension of your account until such issues are rectified.|
If you have notifications enabled for either of those statuses, the corresponding email will be triggered. You can skip any configured notifications by unchecking the notification option.
Print (PDF)Back to top
Although you can print an invoice directly through your browser, you can also produce a high-quality PDF print-out by clicking on the Print button in the sidebar. This will open up a new browser window containing the PDF invoice. You can then, within your browser, choose to save this to your computer or print it out.
This will open up a new browser window containing the PDF invoice. You can then, within your browser, choose to save this to your computer or print it out.
Emailing the CustomerBack to top
Notifications are an efficient way to streamline invoices, receipts and follow up emails. There is, however, an occasion where you need to quickly send a note to a customer to notify them of updated booking details. You can send a customer a notification by clicking on the Email button in the sidebar while viewing a booking.
The email button, in the left sidebar, will be disabled if the customer does not supply an email address during the booking process. If you have the email address, you must first add it to the customer's profile, before you can email them through the system.
From the pop-up window, you are able to select the recipient, the sender, a subject for the message and a carbon copy (CC) recipient. There is also a box in which to input your message, before sending it on its way.
To: The recipient can be chosen from the drop-down menu. By default, the customer will be selected as the recipient of the notification email. However, you can instead input a custom recipient, by clicking on the Edit Recipient link, or choose one of your staff members, if you'd prefer to send an in-house notification for the booking.
From: By default, the email will be sent from the main company email, as configured in your account settings. However, you can change this to your own staff email account by selecting it from the drop-down menu. Any replies will go to that same address.
Subject: The subject field is pre-populated with some details on the booking in question. If you'd like though, this can be replaced with whatever you like. Best to keep it short and to the point!
CC: If there's somebody else you'd like to receive the notification also, enter their email address in the CC field. Multiple addresses can be used and should be separated by a comma.
Include Invoice in Email: If you'd like to include a copy of the invoice with the email, check the box at the bottom of the window. The invoice will be embedded below any content you add to the message field.
Customer ProfileBack to top
Clicking on the Customer button in the left sidebar will take you to the customer profile of the invoice owner. The number next to the customer label, in this case '2', depicts the number of bookings attached to the customer's profile.
From the customer profile, you can create a new booking for that customer or review bookings that have been made in the past. You can also update the customer details by editing their profile fields.
For more information on the Customer Profile screen, please review this support document.
BookmarkBack to top
Bookmarks are a great way to highlight certain invoices for quick access later on. Rather than having to search for the invoice you need, you can instead add a bookmark, which can then be accessed through the Booking > Bookmarks menu. This is great if you are working on a booking and need to make some updates later on once everything is confirmed. To add a bookmark to the invoice, click on the Bookmark button in the left sidebar.
The invoice will now be added to your list of bookmarks, which can be accessed at Booking > Bookmarks in your main navigation bar. Go there now and have a look.
The bookmarks screen can be accessed from anywhere in the Booking menu by clicking on the Bookmarks link, as highlighted in yellow above. Once you're finished with the bookmark, you can remove it by returning to the invoice and clicking on the Remove Bookmark button, which has replaced the original Bookmark button in the left sidebar.
Attributing a Partner to Your BookingBack to top
Bookings by a partner are usually made by the partner themselves. However, there may be times when you or a staff member in your organization need to manually attribute a booking to one of these partners. To do this, pull up the invoice for the booking in question and look over to the left sidebar. You'll see a button labelled Add Partner Attribution.
Clicking on this button will launch a pop-up window with a drop-down field labelled Select a Partner. Simply choose the relevant partner from the list and click Submit.
And that's it! The selected partner now has the booking attributed to them.
Of course, you may wish to change the partner attribution, in which case, you'll see a button in the left sidebar labelled Change Partner Attribution.
Click on that button and follow the same steps as above to change the partner that the booking is attributed to.
Q: I have a payment gateway setup, but still can't use "Add Payment"
A: Hosted gateways such as Paypal Standard and Google Checkout do not support this functionality.
Q: What is the difference between VOID and CANCELLED?
A: A VOID booking will be removed from the system after 24 hours. A CANCELLED booking will not. You cannot VOID a booking that has a payment attached to it.
Q: Emails seem to be getting caught in my junk folder
A: Checkfront is sending the e-mail on behalf of the domain you have configured. If you have a sender policy rule setup, you'll need to add Checkfront to the list of verified senders (howto).