SmartCONNECT for Payment ensures that hotel guests’ payments can be made quickly, securely, and hospitably. With the click of a button, payments for online and offline bookings are automatically billed by the payment service provider and processed directly in the hotel’s Property Management System (PMS).

Should you have made the Smart choice to use our payment solution, this guide will show you how you can track all your online payments.

How does SmartCONNECT for Payment work?

SmartCONNECT for Payment is a payment automation system that you can set up according to personal preferences using Policies. This gives you full authority and flexibility about how, when, and where to charge your guests’ bookings. For example, you can automatically and securely verify or charge (virtual) credit cards. You can also send out payment links to your guests before, during or after their stay at your hotel.

SmartCONNECT for Payment provides real-time payment information between hotel software systems, booking channels, sales tools, and manual entry into the PMS. The PMS automatically receives payment status notifications and associates guarantees or deposits from the payment provider with the reservation.

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SmartCONNECT for Payments – all you need to know

SmartCONNECT for Payments - Demo

Accessing your Payment Studio

To log into your payment studio, please visit https://paymentstudio.smarthotel.nl/

Your Username and Password would have been provided to you by your SmartHOTEL Consultant.

Access to the Payment Studio requires 2-Factor Authentication. Verification codes can be retrieved via the following options.

  • Google Authenticator app on your phone
  • Chrome web extension on your Desktop

Dashboard

Your Dashboard will show an overview of all Payment transactions and you can review data for the last 7 days

Payments Overview

The Payments section will provide you with an overview of all transactions on the specified date or a date range.

The status column will show you at what stage the payment request is at

By clicking any of the lines you get more information on the transaction

You can also do an Advanced Search to locate a specific transaction.

Manual Deposit  Links

It’s also possible to create manual payment links which are useful for properties that don’t have a PMS connection or if a payment is being requested on a booking that does not have an applicable payment policy attached.

By clicking on the link, you can add in all the relevant stay and guest information and get a payment link created to be sent to the booker.  The process will be the same as mentioned before but no deposit will be automatically delivered into the PMS.

All payment details will be shown, including the transaction codes once payment has been made.

Manual Payment Links

It’s also possible to create manual payment links for collecting monies for ad hoc items, such as lost property or vouchers.

By clicking on the link, you simply need to add the email address and the funds requested to get a payment link sent to the customer.  The process will be the same as mentioned before with no funds sent to the PMS but held in your Payment Gateway Account.

All payment details will be shown, including the transaction codes once payment has been made.

Virtual Cards

The Virtual Cards section works in the same way as the Payments section.  The only exception is that charges are processed on the day the card is activated in the reservation.

On the day of the booking, the details will be found in the Payments section where the card has been authorized and tokenized.

Then, on the day the card is activated, you will find the details in the Virtual Card section.  Charges are done automatically at 06:00 UTC on that date as long as the effective date has been provided.  Any charge for the same day will be done the next morning.

You also have the ability to select the booking to make the charge manually.  This is useful for same day charges and you don't want to wait until the following day or the Automatic charge has not processed for some reason.

Manual Virtual Card charges

There is the possibility to manually enter VCC’s from the Payment studio to charge. This can be useful for cards issued in the past, risk-free reservations from Booking.com where the initial card value is 0.00 (but funds have subsequently been added) or because the charge has not gone through the automatic process.

When in the Virtual Card section you can click on the 3 dots on the right to open the screen

The following screen will then open

You then have two possibilities

  1. You can request the virtual card from our Vault
    1. Enter the reservation ID, the guest name and arrival and departure date.
    2. Then you press the shield which becomes visible and you can do the charge.
  2. You can also enter the card details by hand
    1. Then fill in the fields under "virtual card" and press "Send"

Automatic card charging is not possible for cards issued on "risk free” bookings from Booking.com because the balance of the cards remains "0". If the guest arrives then they pay the hotel directly.  If they cancel after the cancellation policy or are a no-show then you can charge the card manually.

Accounts

In the Accounts section is where we set up user accounts and manage passwords.

There are two types of users available.

  1. Hotel – this grants access to the Payment Studio only in a Read Only capacity
  2. Payment – this grants access to the Payment Studio, generating payment links as well as Read Only access to the CONNECT studio

To create a new account simply click “Add Account”

To reset a password, click on the “Actions”

Pay by Link emails

If a payment cannot be automatically taken by the Payment Provider, then a PayByLink email is sent to the email address of the guest.  This is primarily used for fallback.

Should you be using the SmartHOTEL Payment provider, your emails can be customized in our CONNECT Studio (if you don’t have access this will be done by your SmartHOTEL consultant for you).  It is possible to create emails in different languages and, should the incoming reservation contain the country code of the booker, we can send the email in that language.  Otherwise, it will default to English.

Aside from the standard Pay By Link fallback emails you can also create Reminder and Expired emails should payment not be processed.  The wording of these emails can be different as you are chasing up on payment or advising that the booking is being cancelled because the deposit has not been received.

If you are making use of the Payment Links for ad hoc requests, an additional Pay By Link email is required.

All email templates are fully customizable to your hotels' branding

Policies

All payment automation is defined by the policies that have been set up. This gives you full authority and flexibility about how, when, and where to charge your guests’ bookings.

Policies can be set on different levels, as well as a combination of the levels

  • Source (OTA, PMS, CRS, IBE)
  • Rates (Connect rates, Manual rates)
  • IATA (per booking site)

Here are some examples of the policies you might consider

  • Credit Card Authorization
    • The card details are sent to the Payment Provider to be checked for required funds without taking any charge
  • Full Pre-payment
    • Take the full charge of the stay at the time of the booking
  • Partial Pre-Payment
    • Take only a partial percentage of the stay at the time of booking
  • Staggered Payment
    • Take only a partial percentage of the stay at the time of booking and then an additional payment at a later stage
  • Days before arrival
    • Take payment on specified days before arrival

2-Factor Authentication

When you first log in, the following screen will appear.

You can now either scan the QR code in the Google Authentication App on your phone or use the Authenticator extension on your desktop.

Subsequent logins will only require you to add the verification code from the app.

Chrome Extension

Open Chrome and navigate to the following link.

Chrome web store - Google Authenticator

Click the button and the extension will be added to the extensions toolbar in Chrome.

Click on the Extensions icon and then the Pin icon for the Authenticator.

This makes the extension permanently visible in the toolbar.

To use the desktop extension, click on the icon on your toolbar and then Scan QR code

The screen dims a bit and an animation to click and drag will be shown on screen.

Now click the left mouse in the upper left corner of the QR code and drag to the lower right corner with the left mouse button pressed. After releasing the mouse button, a screenshot of the QR code will be taken and SmartCONNECT will be added to the Authenticator.

Click on the code in the Authenticator window, give permission to use the clipboard if required, and paste the code in the Verification code textbox in the Payment Studio.

SmartCONNECT Payment Studio is now registered in the Authenticator and can be used at every login. This might even be simpler and quicker than using your phone. Just make sure to only install this on PCs with limited and restricted/authorized access.

Phone App

Install the Google Authenticator App on your phone.  Once installed you can open the App and scan the QR code.  You will then be provided with the Verification code which changes every 30 seconds.

Adyen will payout to the hotel every Tuesday and Friday.  The settlement amount is always nett, less fees.

Check your Account

You can view all details in your Customer Area.

  1. Log in to your Customer Area
  2. Go to Home

Here you can see an overview of all settlements for the month and the projected next settlement

Check your payout

You can also view your payout details:

  1. Go to Finance > Sales to payouts.
  2. Select the Payouts tab at the top of the page.
  3. You can then choose the date range you want to view.
  4. The bars represent the payout amount for the selected date range. Click on a bar to view more detailed information, such as sales and refund amounts, below the payout chart.

From here you can also download the Settlement details report.  The report is generated whenever a payable batch closes. This report contains information on the transactions that were credited or debited to your account, including the costs associated with these transactions.

Use this report to validate funds received and clear your accounts receivable balance.

To cross reference this information against the reservations in your PMS you can use the Advance Search feature in the Payments section and then view the results.  You can search by either the PSP or Merchant References

To get your settlement details report we recommend you Automate generating reports.

  1. Go to Reports > Suggested
  2. Search for Settlement Details report
  3. Select Automatic Generation
  4. Also add this to your favorites

SmartHOTEL Invoices

SmartHOTEL will also provide an invoice at the beginning of each month for the previous months payouts.  This invoice shows the fees deducted from the settlement plus VAT.  The invoice is for accounting purposes only as the amounts have already been deducted from the settlement received from Adyen.

Depending on your accounting procedures, the hotel should book the transaction costs as "costs" and the VAT is booked separately on the VAT account.

You may wish to use the Pay by Link feature which allows you to send an automated email to the guest requesting payment via a link instead of taking payment automatically.

Pay by Link requests can be created using the policies.  The link expiration can also be configured.  This can be either a set number of days after the booking or a set number of days prior to arrival.

The customer will receive an email every single day reminding them to pay for their booking until the expiry date.  At this point, the hotel will be notified that the link has expired and to follow up directly with the customer.

Note: Payment links expiry is a maximum of 70 days from the time it is created