UPDATE: In 2011 we added PayPal but in 2017 we integrated with a solution that was better for our customers. Freetobook now connects with Stripe.com instead. You can read more in our subsequent blogs:
You can now collect payments from your customers at the time of booking using the new Paypal integration with freetobook.
At freetobook we’re always adapting and enhancing our system to offer great new functionality and make it even easier to use. Our latest innovation gives you the opportunity to take either full payment or a deposit from customers at the time of booking – saving you time by automating your payment process.
You’ll find this new functionality on the extra “Pay” tab of your freetobook account:
It doesn’t just enable you take full/partial payment, it also lets you decide what kind of deposit you want to specify, whether it’s a flat fee, a per room charge, a percentage of the total amount or a deposit for only a certain number of nights. So it suits all kinds of booking policies, as well as being fully automated and so simple to use.
If you don’t already have a PayPal account, you will need to sign up with PayPal. There is a “Sign Up” link at the top of the page on www.paypal.com. It’s free and you can use the “Website Payments Standard” solution (you do not need a Payments Pro account). Set up is very quick and easy, but it will take a few days to verify your account.
PayPal is one of the biggest payment processing companies in the world. It is a trusted brand, so your customers will feel comfortable and secure making payments to you through it. It certainly provides one of the simplest ways to accept online payments from all types of credit card. So, at the point of finalising the booking, your customer will be directed to PayPal. They simply enter their card details and payment will be taken (according to your policy). Now, you’ll get an email from PayPal confirming that the payment has been taken, as well as an email from us with the booking details.
Freetobook makes no charges for the integration, but PayPal has a sliding scale of charges dependent on your turnover. You need to check that you agree to its charges, which at their highest are 3.4% + 20p and decrease for larger monthly volumes.