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In this article, we will introduce the MaxAllowedFreeChildren (MAFC) setting and how to use it.

What is the MaxAllowedFreeChildren (MAFC) setting? 

This new setting has been created to address your concerns regarding the limited flexibility of Agoda’s child policy support. This setting allows you to set “free child” limits at the room level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This new setting replaces the “Free Child Logic” field and both the “Default free children logic” AND “Respect the number of max allowed guests” settings (shown below). This field will be removed from the Property Settings section in favor of the MaxAllowedFreeChildren to provide greater flexibility.

 

How do you access the setting? 

This setting is in the Room Setup view within the Settings tab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How will you be impacted? 

If you have enabled “Children stay free on existing bedding”, then this option will have certain YCS settings updated in order to fully enable effective child policies.

Properties with “Children stay free on existing bedding” enabled and “Respect the number of max allowed guests including free children” selected: 

Updates include:

  • Defaulting the Room Setup – Max Allowed Free Children value = 1 for ALL rooms allowing children
  • Updating the Room Setup – “Allow children in this room type” to YES for all standard rooms AND suites including the word “Family”
  • Updating the Property Level setting “Minimum Guest Age for stay” value = 0

Properties with “Children stay free on existing bedding” enabled and “Default free children logic” selected: 

Updates include:

  • Defaulting the Room Setup – Max Allowed Free Children value based on existing occupancy based on the following table:

  • Updating the Room Setup – “Allow children in this room type” to YES for all standard rooms AND suites including the word “Family”
  • Updating the Property Level setting “Minimum Guest Age for stay” value = 0

Properties with “Children stay free on existing bedding” NOT enabled will now see the new field available with a default setting of Max Allowed Free Children = 0. 

 

How can you change this field? 

Partners can now update this field within YCS by opening the Room Setup option in the Settings tab. This setting can now be updated for each room.

Step 1. Access the Room Setup settings as shown below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2. Once in Room Setup, update the “Children allowed for free” field to the desired value for each room:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions  

Who does this change impact? 

This new setting is available for all properties. However, only properties which currently have “Children stay free on existing bedding” enabled will see any noticeable differences as part of the update.

How does this settings work? 

Properties will now be able to indicate exactly how many children can stay for free at the room level. To do this, update the “Children allowed for free” to the desired value. Note, child guests in excess of this value will be treated as adult guests and will be subject to standard room occupancy constraints.

Why is this good for my property? 

This setting will allow properties to customize the maximum number of “free” children per each room – and avoid situations where a guest arrives with too many children.

What updates are happening? 

The following settings will be updated only if you have currently enabled “Children stay free on existing bedding”:

  • The “Free Children Logic” setting will be replaced with “Children allowed for free” 
  • The “Children allowed for free” value will be updated based on your current settings
  • Settings that prevent family bookings will be updated (for example, the “Minimum Guest Age” will be updated to “0”)

Other minor visual/aesthetic changes will be made.

What if I don’t want to allow children to stay for free? 

  • If you do not wish to allow children to stay for free at your property, please disable the “Children stay free on existing bedding”
  • If you wish to allow children to stay for free at your property, but want to exclude this benefit from certain rooms, set the “Children allowed for free” to 0 for the specified room.
  • If you do not wish to allow ANY children to stay at your property, please update the “Minimum Guest Age” setting to the desired age.
  • If you do not wish to allow children to stay in certain rooms, please update the “Allow children in this room type” setting to “NO”

What should I do if I have questions about this process? 

Please submit your questions/concerns via the “Need Help”  button on YCS.

 

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