VRBO /Homeaway iCal

This page is about the menu  (SETTINGS) CHANNEL MANAGER > VRBO ICAL and explains synchronize calendars with your VRBO/ HomeAway calendar.


1 Capabilities

  • com can export inventory.
  • com can import bookings.
  • com can import booking modifications.
  • com can import booking cancellations.

For details please click here

We also have a certified XML connection which is more reliable. You should only use iCal if you are not eligible for the API connection.

2 Limitations

  • Prices cannot be exported and must be set in the VRBO/Homeaway system.
  • VRBO/Homeaway initiate the inventory update of their calendar, we cannot control how often they update their calendar.
  • Past bookings are not imported.
  • Guest email addresses are not imported.
  • You might still need to log into VRBO/Homeaway and press “Update” in the calendar settings so VRBO/Homeaway registers that you are maintaining your listing.

3 Before you connect


Even though prices are not sent you need valid prices in MASTERINSOFT so we can send availability.

Rooms and room types

If you have room types with a quantity greater than one in other channels you can set up virtual roooms

4 What you will need

You need to save the MASTERINSOFT “Import Calendar (Inventory)” URL into the VRBO/Homeaway Calendar Import so VRBO/Homeaway can update their calendar from MASTERINSOFT.

You need to save VRBO/HomeAway Export Calendar URL into the “Export Calendar (Bookings)” setting so MASTERINSOFT can import VRBO/Homeaway bookings.

5 Setup

5.1 Export Inventory to VRBO/Homeaway

We have no control over how often VRBO/Homeaway update calendars.

  • Tick the Inventory checkbox to make your MASTERINSOFT availability calendar available to VRBO/Homeaway and save.
  • Copy the ” Import Calendar (Inventory)” URL from the VRBO/Homeaway Channel Manager page in MASTERINSOFT.
  • Log into VRBO/Homeaway and go to “Calendar”.
  • Click on the calendar icon in the top right of the calendar
  • Click on “Calendar Import”
  • Paste the MASTERINSOFT Calendar URL where requested in VRBO/Homeaway

5.2 Import Bookings to MASTERINSOFT

  • To import bookings tick the Bookings check box and save.
  • Log into VRBO/Homeaway and go to “Calendar”.
  • Click on the calendar icon in the top right of the calendar
  • Click on “Calendar Export”
  • Copy the URL listed for “Export Calendar”
  • Paste the VRBO/Homeaway Export Calendar URL into the “Export Calendar (Bookings)” setting on the VRBO/Homeaway Channel Manager settings page in MASTERINSOFT and save.
  • If you do not want to import “Requests” into MASTERINSOFT set “Booking Requests” = ignore.

6 Common Errors

We were not able to connect to that calendar service. Please check the URL you entered and try again.

*check that  “Inventory”  is ticked.

*double check the link is correct.

7 Disconnect

  • Unticking “Inventory” and “Bookings” will stop the synchronization for a room.
  • Log into your VRBO/Homeaway extranet and delete the MASTERINSOFT URL.