Providing eChecks as a payment method to your guests can save your vacation rental business a ton of money in credit card processing fees. The article below explains how to setup and accept eChecks.
Setup Step #1- Payment Gateway
Check with your payment gateway to determine if you must add support eChecks at the gateway. For most gateways, there is a separate fee structure and terms that must be agreed to before you can begin accepting eChecks.
Here are some links to eCheck pricing at the various gateways:
CDG Commerce / Quantum Gateway: http://www.cdgcommerce.com/internet-services.php
Setup Step #2 - Lodgix
Once you are certain that you are all setup to accept eChecks at your payment gateway, go to Settings > Account Settings > Payment Gateway Setup within Lodgix.
Scroll down to Payment Types Accepted and click on the box to begin offering eChecks as a payment method.
Guest Online Booking Experience
Once eCheck is set as a payment method (and setup at your payment gateway), the guest will be able to choose to pay via eCheck or some other payment method. A sample check is displayed to aid the guest in finding their routing and account numbers.
The process for taking an eCheck over the phone is the same as taking a credit card over the phone. The guest's bank account data must first be entered within the Billing Details tab of the guest control panel. Once entered, a payment profile will be created at the gateway and a "Process and Record Payment" button will become visible both within the invoice and within the Payments Tab within the guest control panel.