To manage properties effectively, you must understand the concepts and workflows on this page. Further below, you'll also find a list of essential tasks.
Property creation workflow¶
The following diagram shows the steps you need to take. Each swimlane represents a property status.
Our tutorial covers most of these steps and is a good place to start if you're new to this process.
Legal entity ID¶
To create properties on behalf of a client, you need a legal entity ID for that client. You don't need a legal entity ID to update existing properties.
You acquire a legal entity ID by having the client click your unique affiliate link and fill out an online form. If you don't have an affiliate link, you can request one from Booking.com Connectivity Support.
The entire process looks like this:
To see what legal entity IDs you already have, use /xml/legalentities[b_xml-getlegalentities].
If you're using Content API to manage properties, you'll want to start with these tasks.
Creating a property from scratch¶
Follow these steps to build an entirely new property for display on Booking.com:
- Create a property
- Create a room type
- Create a rate plan
- Connect a room and rate
- Specify availability
- Open a property
Advanced property tasks¶
These are optional tasks which you can do in any order:
- Create an independent property
- Create a multi-bedroom setup
- Modify property name
- Modify property contact information
- Modify property facilities
- Modify property photos
- Modify property policies
- [Setting up children policies][/setting-up-children-policies-and-pricing.md]
Monitoring & reporting for properties¶
These are some things you may want to do after successfully creating a property: