Online booking system

Booking Widget

As our name suggests, our online booking system is completely FREE of charge. Not only that, but it is commission free, with NO additional charges to pay on bookings made through the system. The online booking system is designed to be integrated with your own website. Simply get your web developer to cut and paste our booking widget on your website and you can accept online bookings.

As with all of our services, our online booking system is suitable for all commercial accommodation properties ranging from large hotels, motels, holiday parks and backpackers to smaller B&Bs, homestays and self-catering properties. This is our full online booking system that we have previously charged customers for and includes advanced features such as multiple rate plans, additional products/services, minimum stays, special offers and a whole lot more.

Online booking system - fully customisable

Our FREE online booking system is very flexible and fully customisable to suit your business requirements, both in terms of how it works and how it looks. This includes the booking widget which goes on your website and the online booking sequence itself. You can choose from a number of colour schemes and layouts to suit the design of your website.

Online booking system features

Our advanced online booking system supports multiple rate plans, special offers, minimum stays, weekly rates, advance purchase rates, add on purchases and a whole host of other features. These types of features can turbo charge your bookings and dramatically increase your overall profitability.

Fresh modern new look
Photo slideshows - showcase your rooms with stunning photos
Multi-lingual - makes it easier for your overseas guest to book with you
Multi-currency - display your rates in the currency of your customers
Weekly deals view – great for self-catering properties!
Compulsory fees - add cleaning fees, surcharges, tourist taxes etc
Flexible rate plans - setup refundable rates, non-refundable rates, weekly rates, corporate rates etc
Sell additional services and products - maximise your profit with booking add-ons
Comprehensive restrictions - enforce minimum and maximum stays, check-in/out restrictions, same day and lead day restrictions
Special offers - use promotions to drive direct bookings
Fully customisable - fits into your website perfectly

Customisable booking widget and sequence

We recommend using our room availability grid on your booking sequence as customers are often flexible with dates and can easily see when you have availability if their initial dates are unavailable. We also offer a more traditional single date search for those properties wishing to display bigger pictures of your rooms. Our online booking service is fully responsive - so can be used on any type of device from smart phones to tablets and larger computer screens.

Single date search:


Availability grid search:

Availability Grid

Taking payments online

You can choose to capture guests credit card details and store them in our secure vault until you charge their card. Alternatively you can choose from one of a number of low cost payment gateways that we link with. Using this option payments are made directly into your bank account. Note that additional monthly and transactional charges apply if you use a third party payment gateway service.

Commission FREE

All bookings made via your free online booking system are commission free with NO additional charges/fees.

More details

The easiest way for us to show you how this service can benefit your business is for us to give you a short online demo. In just 20 minutes we can show you exactly how everything works and answer any questions you may have. Just click on the button below for more information.

Benefits of using an online booking system

We would strongly recommend that all accommodation business use an easy to use, highly functional and effective online booking system. If your do not offer online booking on your website then expect customers to book via one of the online travel agent (OTA) websites, which will of course will mean having to pay a high level of commission on the booking.

  • Available 24/7 - your booking service is available at all times night and day.
  • Save time and effort - offering an online booking system also means that customers won't have to phone or email you to make a booking. This can save you and your staff a considerable amount of time and effort in administration work.
  • Capture full guest details - as part of the booking sequence, guests have to enter their full contact details. This makes it easy for you to

How easy is it to setup an online booking system on your website?

freeonlinebooking can normally get you up and running with online booking in a couple of hours. You will need some decent photos of your rooms, and have a clear idea of how you want to sell your rooms. For instance do you wish to sell your rooms on a bed and breakfast or room only basis? Of course you may wish to offer multiple rate plans to give customers some choice. You will also need to put a bit of thought into your room rates and ensure that they are attractive to customers.

Once you have set everything up in freeonlinebooking, it is a simple case of deciding (with our assistance) how you wish your booking sequence to work. You can for instance select the default number of guests, whether you accept children or choose to have a special offer code box displayed or not etc. You also get to choose a colour scheme and booking sequence layout that best suits the design of your website.

Booking Widget

The final step is to decide how you wish your online booking system to be integrated with your website. You could have a simple clickable button to open the booking sequence in a new tab or window, use a booking widget (as in the example above) so the customer starts choosing number of guests and search date, or you can even embed the booking sequence within your own website so it looks like part of it. In most cases this will require only mininimal time and effort from your website designer to copy and paste the code onto your website.

More details

The easiest way for us to show you how this service can benefit your business is for us to give you a short online demo. In just 20 minutes we can show you exactly how everything works and answer any questions you may have. Just click on the button below for more information.

Who are freeonlinebooking?

We are freeonlinebooking - the reservation system experts.

Our multi award winning cloud-based reservation system is designed to be really easy to use and is packed with all of the features you need to run a successful accommodation business. The system is suitable for all property types, including B&Bs, motels, hotels, backpackers and holiday parks.

Choose from our totally FREE online booking system or upgrade to our Premium all-in-one property management system with channel manager and online booking system.

Join thousands of properties across the World that have already joined our online booking revolution!

Welcome to free online booking

Book direct experts

We are book direct champions

Here at freeonlinebooking, we have always been champions of zero commission and direct bookings and we fully embrace the #BookDirect movement.

The benefits of direct bookings for your accommodation business are significant. Not only are you avoiding the high commissions charged by the Online Travel Agents (OTAs), you also have much more control of your business and will enjoy a much more direct relationship with your customers.

Our mission is to help your accommodation business maximise profits by adopting a book direct strategy.

Why switch to freeonlinebooking?

  • All our services are really easy to use
  • This means that it is easy for you to learn and easy to train your staff.
  • Our innovative rate and commission management features
  • We make it very easy to manage your rates and commission to maximise your profitability. In most cases our system pays for itself in just a matter of weeks.
  • Our fabulous round the clock support
  • As we are global, we can offer round the clock support from our friendly team, with 24/7 support for all urgent issues.
  • No commission or additional fees on bookings
  • We do not charge any additional fees or commission on bookings made through websites such as
  • Wide range of flexible functionality
  • Our services are a step up from the basic booking diaries that limit what you can do and constrain your business. Our system includes many features available on bigger more expensive systems.
  • We can help you get setup quickly and without fuss
  • Our team can quickly and efficiently help you move from your current reservation system vendor. We can even automatically import data from your old system if required.
  • We help you maximise bookings through your website
  • As we do not earn any additional fees or commission on bookings through websites such as, we will encourage you to maximise bookings through your own website rather than the big expensive websites.
  • All our services are very affordable
  • We offer excellent value for money. You may find cheaper, however you will probably find that you may not be able to get the system functionality and support you need.
  • We have been servicing the accommodation and tourism sectors since 2001
  • In short, we have lots of experience in this industry and we know our onions. That's why we are the reservation system experts.
  • No risk
  • We offer a FREE 30 day trial and FREE setup & training if you decide to use our services.

What our customers say about us

direct booking experts
Simple, stress free and very cost effective. I'm also dealing with one supplier, not three. Paid for itself in the first week with bookings from sources we had little previous success from.
Wine Country Lodge, Havelock North
After looking around for several months we decided to go with freeonlinebooking and we have to say we are so glad we did. This is our first experience of using a channel manager and it has not disappointed, it is user friendly, clear and reliable. We had support right from the beginning and still do. freeonlinebooking has a small team that enables them to address any concerns, queries or problems we may have immediately, 24/7. A team that actually talks to each other, this is a testimonial in itself. The cost of this channel manager compared to others gives value for money and we believe we are safe within the knowledge, that if we would like any adaptations or changes within the site, our opinions are valued and examined. Having said that, freeonlinebooking is consistently making additions and amendments to enhance their service to us as users. We would therefore recommend.
Mark and Lyn Rogers, Bryn Derwen Guest House

We have been very impressed with the service we have received from freeonlinebooking. We were a new business setting up our systems when we first met them at a trade show and they have been very supportive in setting up their online booking system for our website, showing us how to make the most of all the features and how we can use the features to grow our business. Over the last year we have contacted them numerous times and they are always happy to support us with our queries and we would definitely recommend them.
Kat and Spencer, Twentieth Century B&B
18 Years of experience on different booking systems, love freeonlinebooking.
Martie van Schalkwyk Tarawera River Lodge
Brilliant no nonsense system that functions well in our small B&B. Simple to use, great value and excellent prompt back up help.
The Pillars Retreat, Taupo
direct booking experts

bed and breakfast
Agar House in Llandudno has been working withfreeonlinebooking for 8 months now. We changed from another channel manager and so pleased we did. We would highly recommend freeonlinebooking, from training sessions to the 24/7 support you have is second to none. You are kept updated with any changes and they produce a monthly newsletter which always keeps you in touch with any new developments in our industry or site development which might be happening in the future. Well done freeonlinebooking so pleased we changed over to you and would highly recommend them.
Betty and Ian Davidson, Agar House
I cannot rate freeonlinebooking more. We only took over our Guest House in July 2019. freeonlinebooking have been great and have been a tremendous help to us from the start. Being new to the industry we are so very thankful for the support that we have received.
Teresa and Mark, The Cranmore Hotel

I bought a Bed & Breakfast business in Cornwall in 2018 and chose freeonlinebooking as my management system. I have never run my own business before and the level of personalised support and coaching I get from Liz andfreeonlinebooking is nothing short of outstanding, they are always available on the phone to talk me through any new processes or updates that I need to do, emails are always answered immediately to answer any questions I have and helpful suggestions are often offered to help me stay competitive. The system is easy to use and has many facilities within it to meet all your business requirements, I would recommend it to anyone and would not look at a different management system for my business.
Nicky Pender, Three Tees B&B
We have been with freeonlinebooking four years now, from day one we have used their entire package PMS + Channel Managment + Online Booking Service . My lack of computer expertise was never an issue and your patient staff talked me through things in a logical manner. Always a friendly voice at the end of the phone when I was unsure and helped me every step of the way during the set up period. The system operates to my every expectation. Would recommend them 100%.
Linda & Rob, Sherwood Hotel
holiday park

Free online booking