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Guesty vs Uplisting

This article examines Guesty vs Uplisting by concentrating on the main features that a hospitality management software should offer. The data has been collected from Guesty’s and Uplisting’s websites and help articles. We also checked their reviews at Capterra to find the aspects that the actual users are emphasising.

Guest Review

In Capterra, Guesty has a ranking of 4.5, with the highest rating for Ease of Use. 

Trustpilot introduces Guesty as an Excellent tool with a 4.4 TrustScore.

In Capterra, Uplisting has a ranking of 4.9, with the highest rating for Value for Money. 

Trustpilot introduces Uplisting as an Excellent tool with a 4.7 TrustScore.

Guesty automates collecting guest information and verifying reservation details, Check-in Forms, rental agreements that explain your terms and conditions, and collecting guests’ e-signatures. 

Guesty’s integration with CheKin allows the automatic collection of necessary documentation from guests, directs relevant information to the authorities, and allows guests to check in online ahead of time.

Uplisting automatically collects the payment using Stripe 3D Secure Links. It automatically pre-authorises and releases the security deposit amount that you have set for your Booking.com and HomeAway guests.

Even if it is a channel collect, the guests will receive a link on the OTAs’ chatbox where they give you their payment information, and the amount will be pre-authorised and released based on the timeline you have set for each property.

Uplisting decides whether to hold or collect the security deposit amount based on the length of the guests’ stay. 

In the end, the guests will go through the verification process. They are asked to upload a picture of their passports, driving licenses, or identity cards. They can easily use their phone cameras to take a photo if needed.  

Guests can also allow you to use their contact information for further marketing, and the consent will be GDPR-compliant.

Guesty provides integrations with 60 different marketing platforms or channels. Almost every single channel uses a 2-way API connection instead of 1-way or an iCal connection.

Guesty has direct integrations with six online booking platforms, including Airbnb, Booking.com, Agoda, TripAdvisor, HomeAway and Misterb&b. 

By using Guesty: 

  • You will access an auto-pricing tool which automatically adjusts prices across all booking platforms according to your specifications. 
  • You can use the official, step-by-step, Guesty-guided connection process for integrating with various OTAs.
  • For Airbnb Integration, if you already have an Airbnb account, the integration takes about 5 minutes, and within 24 hours, all of your data from your Airbnb account or multiple accounts are pulled into Guesty.

Once you create your Uplisting account and connect to Airbnb, you can have all your listings imported to Uplisting, including prices, availability, bookings, and listing content.

You can set different OTAs rates that you are linked to and check the prices published on each in your calendar.

Guesty does not offer built-in cleaning features and suggests outsourcing cleaning services.

Uplisting helps you automate your cleaning management.

  • Uplisting gives limited access to your housekeepers.
  • For each of your bookings, a corresponding changeover band is created which shows the property name, property address, existing guest name, check-out time and date, and the number of guests (if available).
  • Your housekeepers will get updated about any changes in the information above, booking modifications, and cancellations via email.
  • The housekeeper can decide whether to accept the changeover or not, and the host will get notified about it upon refreshing the platform or via email.
  • Different housekeepers can be assigned to one or more properties of yours, which means they can only check the information about the chosen properties. 
  • You can leave notes for your cleaners about each booking.
  • You can keep track of the time each housekeeper starts and ends his/her task.
  • Your housekeepers have a cleaning schedule automatically created based on the bookings. 
  • You can also have cleaning teams defined in the system.

Guesty’s auto messaging enables you to send check-in instructions only if the Check-in Form has been completed. You can also use the filters to send your guests reminders to fill out the Check-in Form.

You can automatically send your check-in instructions to your guests, using automated messages based on the trigger rules you choose in Uplisting.

Regarding guest details and payment, the process is automated for direct bookings, and for channel bookings, the guests’ information will get updated.

Uplisting also generates a security deposit link for all your bookings. Still, as they believe some of the guests may not expect to pay a security deposit, you can easily copy-paste or email the link to the ones you wish to.

  1. Guesty offers its website builder to its users free of charge. However, Guesty charges a 3% commission of the income as its subscription fee. 
  2. Guesty’s website reflects all reservations made through your website in your central calendar. 
  3. Guesty allows you to sync your existing website with Guesty’s booking platform through Guesty’s Open API.

The website created by Guesty: 

  1. enables you to create customisable coupons to offer discounts to your customers. The user can set the minimum number of nights required, valid reservation dates, expiration of the coupon, and the number of times the coupon can be used.
  2. allows customisation in a sense that features the listing of your choice on the homepage.
  3. can be integrated with Google Analytics to keep track of your marketing efforts. 
  4. allows you to set up a Facebook Pixel to capture abandoned bookings directly through Facebook Ads.
  1. Uplisting direct booking website contains all of your listings’ information, including pictures, availability, and prices.
  2. The website is hosted securely, so you do not need to hire developers or buy a domain name.
  3. Direct bookings automatically block your dates on Airbnb, Booking.com, and other platforms.
  1. Uplisting gives you the chance to have a domain name without having to pay for that.
  2. Uplisting direct booking website automatically represents all your properties as they are shown on Airbnb with a click of a button.
  3. The website is mobile responsive.

Guesty allows you to:

  • incorporate mid-term stays into your rental company’s business model.
  • apply custom rate strategies to your listings, and Guesty will automatically adjust your prices and minimum night rules accordingly.
  • add your longer-term listings to Airbnb’s Monthly Stay programme along with other leading mid-term booking channels.
  • filter reports by the length of stay to tag extended stays within the Guesty admin to automate customised communication.

Uplisting does not have the option for defining and pushing weekly and/or monthly rates.

Guesty’s 24/7 Guest Communication Services: 

  • respond to your guests’  enquiries based on the urgency of incoming messages.
  • answer incoming enquiries  during your team’s off-hours.
  • can adjust bookings at your multi-calendar based on availability, price and location.
  • prioritise your reviews, escalating the most urgent ones to your attention.

Through filled detailed questionnaires and brief onboarding phases, Guesty users hand over their guest communications to Guesty’s team of experts.

Automated Guest Messages are designed to keep your guest informed from booking to check-out. You can make a unique tone of voice for the message templates. You can enable automated messages as below:

  1. New Booking
    Sent when a booking is confirmed (sent within 10 minutes of booking).
  1. One week before check-in (based on check-in time) This message is sent out if the guest books less than 7 days before check-in, but not if they book on the day of check-in.
  2. Reminder of upcoming stay Sent 72 hours (3 days) before check-in (based on check-in time).
  3. Check-in instructions Sent 24 hours (1 day) before check-in (based on check-in time).
  4. Day of check-in Sent 1 hour before check-in (based on check-in time).
  5. First morning of stay Sent at 10 am on the day after check-in (first morning of guest stay).
  6. Before check-out Sent 16 hours before check-out (based on check-out time).
  7. After check-out Sent 24 hours (1 day) after check-out (based on check-out time).
  Unified Inbox centralises guest communications.   Automated Review enables you to leave reviews for guests and increases the number of guests who will leave a review for you.    Enquiry auto-responder can respond instantly. You can also delay the response to up to 60 minutes to respond manually.    Saved replies can speed up guest messaging.   Uplisting manages your booking process as explained below: 
  1. The guest reserves your property on Booking.com, Vrbo or on your website, and the booking is synced to Uplisting.
  2. [5 mins later] The guest receives a ‘New Booking’ message (if enabled).
  3. [At the same time] The guest’s credit card details are validated on Uplisting. If the credit card is invalid, the booking is marked as invalid on Booking.com.
  4. [24 hours before check-in] The security deposit is collected using the payment details provided.
  5. If the booking is less than six days in length, a pre-authorisation is taken on the card (no funds are transferred). If greater than six days, the security deposit amount is charged and will be transferred to your bank account via Stripe.
  6. The check-in instructions email will be automatically triggered based on your trigger rules. 
  7. On successful check-out, a pre-authorisation is automatically lifted within seven days. If the booking was longer than six nights, you would need to issue a refund via Stripe manually. 

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Uplisting provides you with a certain set of data about your guests. Using Uplisting, you can have records of 

  • guest lists
  • guest name
  • phone number and email address
  • number of guests
  • booking site confirmation code

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Guesty has its native mobile app, which enables its users to manage their business on-the-go by offering:

  • Unified Inbox
  • Multi-Calendar 
  • Task Management Tools

Employees will be notified through the access they have to the Task Management feature of your native mobile app. The employee’s task management software is included in the main app with a limited portion of  information accessible.

Uplisting has a mobile app for IOS and Android. Using the mobile app, you

  • get notifications for every new guest message from Airbnb, Booking.com, Vrbo (HomeAway), and direct bookings.
  • have all guest messages in one place.
  • can use pre-filled response templates to save time. You can easily select a template from your phone when responding to a guest. 
  • can pull the guest’s booking data into the message with personalised snippets.

You can help the guests in real-time by answering back to them, changing the arrival time, sending them your pre-set templates, or stopping the automated email messaging for that particular guest. 

You can also call the guests.

If you do not have time to answer the guest, you can also change the reservation’s status, booking type, and booking site.

Guesty’s Multi-Unit feature allows you to group similar listings together. In this way, you can group your multi-units and single units to create a hotel complex and connect with SiteMinder and Booking.com. It also streamlines tasks and increases occupancy.

Uplisting helps you manage different Airbnb and Booking.com accounts from one central system, meaning that the properties may also be in different locations.

Guesty enables task management by: 

  • creating tasks after specific triggering events such as check-ins, check-outs, planned arrivals or departures and reservation confirmations. Triggers might be related to property availability such as first availability in a row or end of rentals. 

    After completion of certain tasks, other actions are activated automatically similar to the domino effect.  
  • creating manual tasks and notifying the assignee. 
  • using the Task Management feature of the Guesty mobile app.

Uplisting Action Screen, which is like a to-do list, will show you the list of your check-ins and check-outs weekly.

  • Uplisting Action Screen is very mobile-friendly and is also printable. 
  • You can use Actions to track guests.
  • You can mark guests as checked-in or checked-out for guest management, which is visible on the main Action view. It is helpful in arranging cleaning and other tasks.

Guesty’s Owner Portal brings transparency for the owners and is compatible with 15+ different languages. 

It provides reports that detail each property’s yearly and monthly revenues, compare their performances to one another and highlight notable trends.

Guesty’s Owner Portal allows the owners to reserve a stay at their properties directly from the portal.

Uplisting gives access to your invited owners.

Its owner portal gives owners access to action and calendar screens with certain limitations. For instance, the owners can see the bookings and unavailability; they can also create blocked dates. However, they cannot see guest contact details or messages.

Guesty’s online payment processor accumulates guests’ charges under their reservation, facilitates payments, and sends receipts to guests. 

The auto-payments feature allows Guesty to charge guests according to your specified policies.

The auto-payments feature allows collecting each payment at the stage of your choice. However, one person on Capterra has mentioned the deficiency of this feature and Guesty’s inability to split payment. 

Guesty’s payment processing feature collects all payment-related information, adding them automatically to the data on your dashboard, which is useful for charging repeat guests. 

Uplisting collects all the payments using 3D Secure Links, thanks to its integration with Stripe. If you do not wish to use a Stripe account for all your properties, you can decide which ones you want to connect to your account, enabling guests to pay while booking from your website.

Uplisting verifies whether the guest’s credit card is valid or not. If it is not, Uplisting will automatically mark the card as invalid on Booking.com, and the same thing happens for your direct website bookings.

Guesty Reporting Tools create reports on specific aspects of your business from over 65 parameters, including check-in time, addresses, revenue and many more.

Uplisting provides you with some reports which can be filtered by date range and/or listing. 

You can use Uplisting reports for

  • Client invoicing: you can quickly calculate client invoices by filtering the invoice list to an individual property on a monthly basis.
  • Task scheduling and operations: it gives you a list of cleanings, maintenance tasks, and welcomes.
  • Accounting reports: these include a price breakdown for all bookings, and you can work out your earnings and tax deductibles (cleaning, booking site commission).
  • Performance analysis: you can find more about your average daily rate and nightly occupancy, the average length of stay, and nights sold.

You can also export all your reports in CSV.

Uplisting offers integration with Key Data, a trusted data & analytics provider of real-time vacation rental market data for the short-term rental industry.

Guesty’s Yield Management feature sets custom rate strategies to adjust rates and minimum night stay rules and offers rate plans.

Uplisting offers integration with Wheelhouse, PriceLabs, Beyond, and Airbnb Smart Pricing for dynamic pricing.

Uplisting pushes your rates to all the channels you are linked to in real-time. You can set different markup percentages for any OTAs and see the final price published to each channel separately under your default rate, which is applied to your website and used by the admin. 

You can also check promotions and last-minute discounts from your Uplisting account.

The main way to reach Guesty is through live chat, accessible on all pages of their website. They are committed to being available 24/7 and responding to messages in a timely manner. Moreover, you can contact the partnerships and press team by email in five different languages. There is also a 5-week onboarding process which comes at an additional cost and is separate from the month-to-month subscription fee.

Training

  • In-Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation

Support

  • 24/7 (Live Rep)
  • Business Hours
  • Online

Guesty is integrated with Quickbooks and Xero for facilitating trust accounting. 

Sage Intacct is another integration you need to have if your vacation rental business is considered an enterprise-size company. 

Guesty does not include a built-in accounting module.

Uplisting does not have any dashboards for analytics like occupancy or rates yet. 

However, as you may be managing other people’s properties, Uplisting provides you with a management fee report per booking.

The management fee is included in each booking price breakdown, reports, and the Zapier app’s webhooks.

As Uplisting offers integration with Zapier, you can have your account connected to Xero, ZohoBooks, etc. for your accounting.

Guesty’s unified inbox lets you receive emails and enquiries through booking channels.  

Archiving and filtering capabilities, and also Saved Views are useful. The most effective Saved Views suggested by Guesty are: 

  1. Potential guests
  2. Guests checking in that day 
  3. Assignee

Uplisting’s unified inbox displays all your guest messages in a single feed. You can quickly view and reply to messages from your Airbnb and Booking.com accounts, even if you are using multiple accounts!

Uplisting’s unified inbox for other booking sites such as HomeAway/Vrbo via email is coming soon.

In Uplisting unified inbox, you can:

  • close & star guest messages.
  • filter guest messages.
  • change message ordering.
  • save replies as templates.
  • reply to your multiple accounts’ messages using your mobile phone.

Pricing

Guesty’s pricing strategy is different from most of its competitors, and the pricing information is not publicly available. However, it is a commission-based pricing model, so you will be charged for bookings made through the software. If you want to have a more accurate estimation of how much your costs would be, you may schedule a conversation with the Guesty sales team.

Uplisting pricing starts at 14.45 GBP ($20.00) per month, and there is 0% commission. Minimum subscription is 72.23 GBP/m ($100/m) for 5 listings. If you have 1-5 properties, you need to pay 72.23 GBP ($100) no matter if you have 1 or 5. Uplisting does not have a free version, but it offers a free trial.

Guesty vs Uplisting: Which Property Management System to Choose?

Guesty is one of the most popular PMS providers in the vacation rental industry. Guesty has a different pricing strategy compared to most of its competitors. The pricing model is commission-based, which means you will be charged for the bookings made through the software. This naturally increases the amount of commission you have to pay to Guesty while managing and scaling your short-term rental business. Guesty lacks built-in trust accounting, cleaning management, and maintenance management. However, Guesty is famous for having one of the most user-friendly platforms in the industry.

Uplisting is a well-known Vacation Rental Management Software. The system sets automated messages and helps you get connected to multiple booking channels. Uplisting automatically pulls your listings from Airbnb and pushes your data to Booking.com, HomeAway, and Vrbo. Thus, it can be one of your choices if you manage your properties using these channels only.

We are committed to ensuring that all our comparison articles are factually entirely correct and accurate. If you have spotted anything that you feel is wrong or misleading in this article, we’d appreciate hearing from you.

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