Cost Estimator: How do I estimate the cost of a booking?

Do you want to know how your Rategenie rates will translate into an actual booking total? Estimate the cost of a hypothetical booking using the Cost Estimator feature.


Let's take a look at an example where we check to see how much a 3-night stay will cost for a guest booking our rental for Valentine's Day. This is the average length of stay for our rental, and we want to know what the cost would be during a popular holiday.
  1. Click the Actions button

    The Actions button is located in the top-right corner of the rates table. Click here to open the Actions menu.

  2. Select Estimator from the dropdown menu.

  3. Select the rental

    The Cost Estimator modal requires four fields to be completed. First, select the Rental that will be used to estimate the booking cost.
    In our example, we have selected Rental A. This will allow us to estimate the cost for a booking made for this rental.

  4. Select the range of dates

    Next, select the Arrive Date and Depart Date for the booking. This allows you to estimate the rates for a booking spanning the specified dates for your chosen rental.
    In our example, Valentine's Day falls on a Friday in 2025. We expect this to be the arrival date most guests choose for that holiday. So, we have selected 14-February-2025 to 17-February-2025.

  5. Enter the guest count

    Next, enter the number of Adults and Children (optional) that will be booked for the stay. If there is an additional guest fee for the rental, then Rategenie will include that in its cost estimation.
    In our example, we do not anticipate any children accompanying guests on Valentine's Day. So, we have entered an adult count of 2. We have left the child count untouched, as a result. Upon completing these four required fields, a cost estimate will be generated. Without any further modifications, a 3-night stay on Valentine's Day will cost $1,539 for Rental A.

  6. OPTIONAL: Select the channel

    Next, costs can be estimated without specifying a channel. However, if there is a Channel Adjustment Rule or Currency Adjustment Rule added to the rental strategy, you have the option to select a Channel. Doing so will allow you to see channel specific booking totals.
    In our example, we have selected Booking.com as the channel. Because we have a +15% Channel Adjustment Rule for Booking.com, we see that the cost estimate has increased by 15% to $1,770.

  7. OPTIONAL: Enter the discount code

    Next, if you have created any discount codes in your channel manager account, then you can enter the Discount Code value to see the estimated cost adjusted.
    In our example, we have a 10% discount code for 2025 guests. So, the cost estimate has now been adjusted down by 10% to $1,593.

  8. Click the Done button

    Lastly, when you're ready to exit the Cost Estimator, click the Done button to close the modal.

As always, please contact us with questions any time. We're happy to help.


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