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How to Book for minimum number of days with WooCommerce

It’s a common practice these days to book hotel rooms online. Sometimes while doing so, we notice that we cannot book the room for just one night. We have to book for a minimum of two (or more) nights. Sometimes, you are hosting a party and you need props. The vendors make you rent it for at least two days. So basically you have to rent or book an item for a minimum number of days. You can book more then the minimum, but it cannot be lower then the minimum.

In this post we are going learn how to book for minimum number of days with the WooCommerce Booking & Appointment Plugin.

Book for minimum number of days with WooCommerce Booking & Appointment Plugin: Admin Experience

The first step will be creating your bookable product. You can do that from the Products -> Add Product link. On the same page, you would also find the Booking meta box that allows you to setup your bookable product. Then you have to do some general booking settings.

Under the “Booking options” tab, I have selected the Enable Booking Date. This option works only with multiple day booking. So you will need to enable “Allow multiple day booking” setting.

The option Minimum Day Booking For Multiple Days should be enabled to set a minimum number of days for booking. I have set that the Minimum number of days to book for multiple day bookings as “2”. So when a customer tries to make a reservation, they have to book for a minimum of two nights. The option Lockout date after X orders lets you give a maximum number of bookings you can do on a particular day. I have set that value as “60”. For a hotel room as my product, the lockout will depend on the number of such rooms available. Once all of these are booked, it should lock the bookings for hotel rooms. Hence, your lockout should depend on the number of your bookable products / units available.

Book for minimum number of days with WooCommerce - General Booking Settings
General Booking Settings

A booking system must allow you to specify how much time in advance you want the customer to book the product.

The WooCommerce Booking & Appointment plugin allows you to do that by specifying the number of hours in the Advance Booking Period field. It is present in the Bookable Time Period tab.I have set it to “24” hours which means if you are trying to book today for today’s check-in, you won’t be able to do that. You will have earliest check-in of 24 hours from today, which would be tomorrow.

The Number of Dates to choose lets you determine the maximum number of days from today which you want to allow booking for. In some cases, this could be a month (30 days) or even a year (365 days). I have set it to 365 days, which means the check-in calendar will have dates for a year from today to choose from.

Book for minimum number of days with WooCommerce - Bookable Time Period Settings
Bookable Time Period Settings

Since this is a “Simple Product”, there aren’t any specific settings under the product data section. You just have to enter the basic details like the Regular price and Sale price.

Book for minimum number of days with WooCommerce - Product Settings
Product Settings

Since you are booking hotel rooms, you might want to change the labels on the frontend accordingly. You can do that from Booking -> Settings -> Booking Labels. There are labels on product page, order received page, email notifications, cart and checkout page, so you have to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of these. Make changes wherever necessary and once that is done click on the “Save Changes” button. For hotel bookings, I have changed it to “Check-in date” and “Check-out date” on all the pages.

Book for minimum number of days with WooCommerce - Changing Booking Labels
Changing Booking Labels

Once you have completed all these steps, unless you don’t have anything more to add, your WooCommerce Bookable product for hotel room is ready.

Book for minimum number of days with WooCommerce Booking & Appointment Plugin: User Experience

This is how the booking appears on the frontend when the product page is loaded and the date is selected respectively.

Book for minimum number of days with WooCommerce - Frontend
Frontend
Book for minimum number of days with WooCommerce - Frontend Calendar
Frontend-Calendar

I selected the check-in date as 10th Sep. In the check-out calendar, 11th Sep appears disabled. Only the dates starting from 12th Sep were available for booking.

Note: The check-in calendar appears however in the above screenshot it’s hidden behind the check-out calendar.

Book for minimum number of days with WooCommerce - Frontend
Frontend

Once you select the check-in and check-out dates, the “Add to Cart” button is visible. When you click on that button, the order is added to your cart and there is a button to “View your Cart”. On clicking that you are directed to the cart page which will show all the details of your order.

Book for minimum number of days with WooCommerce - Cart Page
Cart Page

When on the cart page, unless you don’t want to update your cart, you can go to the checkout page by clicking on “Proceed to checkout” button.

Book for minimum number of days with WooCommerce - Checkout Page
Checkout Page

The checkout page will show the booking details and the total amount for your order. You can place your order if everything seems fine. Checkout page gives you a preview of the actual order. Please ensure you check everything and then click on the “Place Order” button.

After placing your order, the final details are shown on the Thank You page. Email notifications are sent to the customer and the administrator with the details.

Book for minimum number of days with WooCommerce - Thank You Page
Thank You Page
Book for minimum number of days with WooCommerce - Email
Email

Enable Minimum day booking for all products

There is another way to enable minimum day bookings for all your products by default. You can do that by going to Bookings -> Settings and enabling Minimum Day Booking. This will apply to all products. So you do not have to go in each product & configure manually.

Global Settings for Minimum number day booking
Global Settings for Minimum number of days booking

Conclusion

This setup shows how the minutest details of bookings are taken care with ease. Everything is similar to the usual hotel booking setup except for the minimum number of days option.

Having the ability to set the Minimum booking days for all products together is a huge plus.

It is also possible to use this setup with WooCommerce Variations. The above example was for Simple Products only.

Since this was a very simple setup as a first timer it will not take you more than 15 minutes to get the system up and ready.

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