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How to Sync Your Airbnb and VRBO Calendars

If you’re listing on both Airbnb and VRBO, you can sync your calendars to prevent multiple guests from booking the same dates. Both Airbnb and VRBO (Homeaway) use the same iCal calendar format, and can easily be synced with each other, and with other calendars like your Google calendar.

Follow this quick 2-part process to sync your Airbnb and VRBO calendars.

Be aware that your calendars won’t sync immediately. Your Airbnb and VRBO calendars may take a few hours to update. If you want a real-time connection, you’ll need to use a channel manager.

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Part 1: Import your Airbnb calendar into VRBO

Helpful Tip: Use a channel manager (like Your Porter or Lodgify) to easily sync all your booking calendars across multiple channels, including Airbnb, VRBO, Booking.com, and others.

  1. Go to your Airbnb dashboard > Listings and select a listing
  2. Go to Pricing and availability > Calendar sync
  3. Click Export Calendar
  4. Copy the Airbnb calendar link/URL
In Airbnb, go to Host > Listing and scroll down to ‘Sync Calendars’
  1. In your VRBO.com (or Homeaway) account, select the property you want to edit
  2. Click Calendars in the left navigation menu, then click Reservations
  3. Click the Import/Export arrows icon in the top right, and click Import Calendar
In VRBO, go to Calendars > Reservations and click ‘Import Calendar’
  1. Name your calendar (e.g., ‘Airbnb’), and choose a color
  2. Paste your Airbnb calendar link/URL
  3. Make sure the calendar is set to ‘block’ your calendar availability (this should be selected by default)
  4. Click Import Calendar
Paste the Airbnb calendar link, name your calendar, and click ‘Import Calendar’

Your VRBO calendar will now pull in bookings from Airbnb. Now we need to do the same thing, but in reverse.

Part 2: Import your VRBO calendar into Airbnb

  1. In your VRBO.com (or Homeaway) account, select the property you want to edit
  2. Click Calendars in the left navigation menu, then click Reservations
  3. Click the Import/Export arrows icon in the top right, and click Export Calendar
  4. Copy the VRBO calendar link/URL
  5. On airbnb.com, go to Host and select Listing
  6. Click Availability and scroll down until you see Sync calendars
  7. Under Sync calendars, select Import Calendar
  8. Paste the URL for your VRBO calendar into the Calendar address (URL) field
  9. Name your calendar (e.g. ‘VRBO’)
  10. Click Import calendar
Paste your VRBO calendar link, name your calendar, and click ‘Import Calendar’

And that’s it! Now your Airbnb and VRBO calendars are synced. They should update every couple of hours.

How to Avoid Double Bookings

It’s important that you’re aware that your calendars won’t update immediately. How often does your Airbnb calendar sync? Airbnb and VRBO calendars usually take a couple of hours to update. This means there’s a chance that a guest could book on one platform, and another guest could book the same dates on another platform in the time it takes for your calendar to update.

Depending on how often you’re getting bookings, the chances that two guests book the same dates within a few hours of each other will probably be quite low.

However, if you are concerned about the possibility of double bookings, you do have some of options.

1. Manually Refresh Your Calendars

You can manually sync your Airbnb or VRBO calendar whenever you get a new booking. Just click the Refresh icon next to your calendar under Sync Calendars on Airbnb. This isn’t an ideal solution, since the point of syncing calendars is to automate this. But if you are available when you get booking notifications, this is an option you can consider.

2. Use a Vacation Rental Channel Manager

The easiest and most effective way to avoid double bookings is to use a channel manager. There are lots of vacation rental management software platforms (like Your Porter or Lodgify) that offer channel management to keep your Airbnb, VRBO, website, and other booking calendars synced. Check out our post on the best vacation rental channel managers.

To avoid the time delay, make sure the channel manager you choose uses an API integration, rather than relying on iCal calendar sync (which is the process we covered in this post).

This post covers how to manage Airbnb and Vrbo calendars. For more information on how to sync other vacation rental calendars, check out our Vacation Rental Calendar Sync Guide.