Cascading rates are a special kind of daily rate that allows you to charge a different price during the same date range depending on the customer’s length of stay.
Cascading rates only work when you’re charging less on a daily basis as the length of stay increases.
First, create multiple bands for the same date range – as many bands as there are different lengths of stay. Then for each date band, alter the number of days and daily rate according to the number of days’ stay. Your cascading rate must start with a length of stay of 1 night or it will not work.
To the right of the daily rate is another box defining the minimum nights. Set this for each date band to ensure people can’t book for fewer than your specified minimum number of nights stay. In the example above, the minimum expectation for a stay is 1 night until the summer (June) where a guest must stay for a minimum of 2 nights.
You can also choose which days your customers can arrive on (ie changeover days) by using the tick boxes in the Arrival Days column. They all default as on, but you can untick the boxes if you don’t want people turning up on those days (the tick boxes go Sunday night to Saturday night, there is a reminder in the tool tipper).
This can also be a really neat way of using daily rates to set up what are effectively short breaks with set change-over days without having to input each single weekend and midweek date band though the year.
You can set up weekend, midweek or weekly stays by setting your minimum nights of stay to 3 nights and forcing people to arrive only on a Friday for a weekend stay of 3 nights, on Monday for a midweek stay of 4 nights or a weekly stay which can start either on a Monday or Friday. Please see the video above for further details on how to set this up!