Reservations and Deposits

Dave McNamara
Dave McNamara
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In this article, we’ll explain Reservations and Deposits. We’ll guide you through the steps of how to Reserve a Ticket and take a Deposit on an Order. We’ll also provide links to other resources you may find helpful.

 

What are Reservations and Deposits?

You can use Reservations and Deposits to manage large Orders or Group bookings.

 

Reservation

A Reservation lets you allocate Seats to a Customer, which can be purchased at a later date. 

The Seats are held against the Reservation until the Order is paid for or the Reservation expires. You can set Reservations to expire within a certain period of time. This can help you manage demand for popular Events and mitigate the risk of large cancelled Reservations.

 

Deposit

A Deposit is a payment made against a Reservation. It is usually a percentage of the full value of the Order. Deposits aren’t essential to finalise a Reservation, however, you may wish to take them for larger group bookings in line with your organisation’s terms and conditions. 

Once you’ve taken a Deposit, you can use it later to pay for the Order when the Customer purchases the Tickets.

A Deposit is treated as credit and stored against the Order. To learn how to manage credit, read How does Spektrix deal with Credit?

 

How to create a Reservation

There are five steps to creating a Reservation:

  1. Creating an Order
  2. Setting a Reservation Timeout (optional)
  3. Taking a Deposit (optional)
  4. Confirming the Reservation
  5. Sending an invoice (optional)

 

Creating an Order

Creating a Reservation is similar to performing a sale. Once you have added Tickets and a Customer to the Basket/Cart, follow these steps:

  1. Check the box next to the Ticket(s)in the Basket/Cart:

     

  2. Click Reserve:

     

  3. You’ll see the Tickets change to a Reservation:

     

TIP: When you create a Reservation, you may see Ticket Commission in the Basket/Cart. Ticket Commission isn’t applied until the Tickets are purchased.

If you send a Proforma Invoice to your Customer after you’ve confirmed the Reservation, Ticket Commission won’t be displayed in the invoice. If you want to include Ticket Commission in your Proforma Invoices, contact Support using the Report Request Form.

 

Reservation Timeout

When you perform a Reservation, you may want to add a Reservation Timeout. A Reservation Timeout can be thought of as an agreed timescale you give the customer to pay for the Order.

TIP: You can keep track of Reservation Timeouts by running the Event Sales & Reservations Report.

If the Tickets haven’t been purchased when the Reservation Timeout period ends, the Reservation may be released.

When you Reserve Tickets, you’ll see a Reservation Timeout section within the Basket/Cart:

 

The default settings for a Reservation TImeout are Do not automatically release and Reservations will Time out after 24 hours.

To change the Reservation Timeout, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the pencil to change the Reservation Timeout:

     

  2. You’ll see a Reservations Options screen:

     

You can choose from the following options:

  • Do not automatically release: If this box is checked the tickets in the reservation will not be released when the timeout period ends. Uncheck the box if you would like the reservation to release the tickets once the reservation period times out.
  • Timeout: Choose hours, days, or a specific Time and Date.
  • Reset to default: The default settings for a Reservation TImeout are Do not automatically release and Reservations will Time out after 24 hours.
  • Remember value for this session: Select this option to remember your choices for the rest of your session. When you log out of Spektrix, the Reservation Timeout will change back to the default settings.

Once you’ve selected the Reservation Timeout, click Confirm.

You should advise the Customer of the Date on which they need to make the payment. You can include this information in a Proforma Invoice. Once the Reservation is confirmed, it will be displayed in the Order:

 

Taking a Deposit

You can also choose to take a Deposit from a Customer

If you choose not to take a Deposit, proceed to Confirming a Reservation. If you want to take a Deposit, follow these steps:

  1. Click Payments:

  2. Select the payment method:

     

To learn how to take a payment using each method of payment, read Adding Payments to a Transaction.

Once you’ve selected a Method of Payment, you’ll see a Payment Options screen:

 

 

The fields you see will depend on the method of payment. Whichever method you select, you should complete the following to take a Deposit:

  • Amount: Enter the Deposit amount.
  • Take as deposit: Tick this checkbox to take a Deposit against the Reservation.
  • Deposit Ref: Enter a Reference for the Deposit (optional).

Once you’ve taken payment, click Confirm to complete the Reservation:

Choose whether you want to send a Confirmation Email:

    1. Click on the Credit, Deposit & vouchers tab:

       

    2. Click Take Deposit:

       

    3. Enter the Deposit Amount, add a Reference (optional) and click OK:

       

    4. Click on the Payments tab:

       

    5. Select the method of Payment:

       

    To learn how to take a payment using each method of payment, read Adding Payments to a Transaction.

    Once you’ve selected method of Payment, you’ll see a Payment Options screen:

    The fields you see will depend on the method of payment. Whichever method you select, you should complete the following to take a Deposit:
    • Amount: Enter the Deposit amount
    • Deposit Ref: Enter a Reference for the Deposit (optional)

 

Confirming a Reservation

Once you are happy with your Reservation, click Confirm:

This will generate an Order number for the reservation, which you can give to the Customer or send in a Confirmation Email:

 

Issuing a Proforma Invoice

A Proforma Invoice is a request for payment that you can issue to a Customer when an Order contains Reserved Tickets

A Proforma Invoice will break down the details of the tickets reserved, the outstanding balance due, and the reservation timeout date/time of an Order.

TIP: If you don’t have Proforma Invoices in your system, you can request one by completing the Report Request Form.

To issue a Proforma Invoice, follow these steps:

  1. Search for the Order
  2. In the Order Details section, click Proforma Invoice:

  3. You’ll see a Generate Proforma Invoice screen:

  4. Select a template, an output and click Ok.
  5. Save the invoice to your computer to print or send by email.

To learn more about Proforma Invoices read our article on Order Reports.

 

Turning a Reservation into a sale

When the customer is ready to pay for their reservation, you'll need to Return the Reservation that has been created and turn it into a sale by taking payment.

Follow these steps:

  1. Search for the Order
  2. In the Reservations section, select the Tickets by placing a tick in the check box:

     

  3. Click the drop down arrow next to Print and click Buy. If you use Group Booking Mode, click Edit:

     

  4. You’ll see a New Transaction pop up. Select the Sales Channel:

     

  5. You’ll be taken to the Basket/Cart. You’ll see the Tickets and the Reservation you’re Returning:

     

If the Customer has paid a Deposit, go to the next section, Using a Deposit against an Order. If there is no Deposit against the Reservation, proceed to Adding Payments to a Transaction.

Once you’ve added the Payment to the Transaction, click Confirm:

 

Choose whether you want to send a Confirmation Email:



 

Using a Deposit against an Order

Once you’ve returned the Tickets to the Basket/Cart, you can use the Deposit as payment towards the Order.

If you see an exclamation mark when viewing an Order, this indicates the Order has an unused Deposit:

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To use the Deposit, you must Return the Reservation and purchase the Tickets.

 

Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Credit, deposit & vouchers tab. You’ll see an exclamation mark indicating an unused Deposit:

     

  2. Click Use deposit:

     

  3. On the Use Deposit screen, check the Amount is correct, enter a Reference (optional) and click Ok:

     

  4. Click on the Payments tab:

     

  5. Select the Method of Payment:

     

To learn how to perform a Sale using the available Methods of Payment, read Adding Payments to a Transaction.

Once you’ve added the Payment to the Transaction, click Confirm:

 

Choose whether you want to send a Confirmation Email:

 

Managing Reservations

If the customer does not wish to turn their reservation into a sale, or if their reservation automatically times out you can manage the reservation in the following ways:

  • If no Deposit has been paid: No further action is required.You don’t need to do anything further with the Reservation. If the Customer wants to Reserve the seats again, you can create another Reservation
  • If a non-refundable Deposit has been paid: Depending on your terms and conditions, you can either retain the deposit or choose to return the deposit to the customer.
  • If a refundable Deposit has been paid: You don’t need to Return the Reservation as the Seats have already been released. You'll need to refund the Deposit.

TIP: You’ll need to coordinate with your finance team about how you choose to manage unused Deposits on your system.

 

Here’s how a Reservation looks once it has Timed out:

 

Refunding a Deposit on a Reservation Timeout

You don’t need to Return the Reservation as the Seats have already been released. You'll just need to refund the Deposit.

  • TIP: If you're refunding a Deposit back to card, you can only refund back to the same card used to pay the Deposit.

    If you want to refund the Deposit, follow these steps:

    1. Search for the Order.
    2. Click the blue Basket/Cart button to edit the Order:

       

    3. You’ll see a New Transaction pop up. Select the Sales Channel:

       

    4. Click Credit, deposit & vouchers:

       

    5. Click Use deposit:

       

    6. You’ll see a Use deposit screen. Check the Amount is correct, enter a Reference (optional) and click Ok:

       

    7. You’ll see the Amount to refund. Click on the Refunds tab:

       

    8. Select the Refund type that matches the original Payment Method. In this example we’re using Cash:

       

    9. In the Cash Refund screen, check the amount is correct and click Ok:

       

    10. Click Confirm:

       

    11. Choose whether you want to send a Confirmation Email:

       

    TIP: When performing a Refund, the refund type should match the original method of payment.

Editing a Reservation

Once a Reservation has been created, you can make changes, if a Customer changes their mind.

To edit a reservation, follow these steps:

  1. Search for the Order.
  2. Click the blue Basket/Cart button to edit the Order:

     

  3. You’ll see a New Transaction pop up. Select the Sales Channel:

     

 

Adding Seats to a Reservation

  • Once you’ve opened and edited the Order in Editing a Reservation, follow these steps:

    1. Search for the Event and Instance
    2. Select the required Seats from the Seating Plan. In this example, Seats A10 and A11 are already Reserved and we’re adding seats A9 and A12 to the same Reservation:

       

    3. Click Update Basket/Cart:

    4. You’ll see the additional Ticket(s) in the Items section of the Basket/Cart:

       

    5. Select the Tickets by placing a tick in the check box:

       

    6. Click Reserve:

       

    7. You’ll see the Tickets change to a Reservation:

       

    8. Click Confirm:

       

    9. Choose whether you want to send a Confirmation Email:

       

    When you access the Order, you’ll see it has been updated with the additional Tickets:

 

Removing Seats from a Reservation

  • Once you’ve opened and edited the Order in How to edit a Reservation, follow these steps:

    1. Place a tick in the check box next to the Seat(s) you want to remove:

       

    2. Click the drop down arrow next to Print and select Return:

       

    When you remove Seats from a Reservation, you may see an Information pop up:

    Choose from the following options:

    • Recalculate offer prices: The Basket/Cart total will be updated to reflect the number of Tickets in the Basket/Cart eligible for an Offer.
    • Preserve offer prices: The price for Tickets in the Reservation remains the same even if Basket is no longer eligible for the Offer.

    Once you're ready to proceed, click Confirm:

    Choose whether you want to send a Confirmation Email:

     

 

Cancelling a Reservation

To cancel a Reservation, follow these steps:

  1. Search for the Order
  2. In the Reservations section, select the Tickets by placing a tick in the check box:

     

  3. Click the drop down arrow next to Print and click Return. If you use Group Booking Mode, click Edit:

     

  4. You’ll see a New Transaction pop up. Select the Sales Channel:

     

  5. You’ll be taken to the Basket/Cart. Select the Tickets by placing a tick in the checkbox:

     

  6. Click Delete:

     

  7. If you’re not returning the Deposit click Confirm:

     

 

Refunding a Deposit

TIP: If you're refunding a Deposit back to card, you can only refund back to the same card used to pay the Deposit.

Once you’ve returned the Tickets back to the Basket/Cart you can refund the deposit. Follow these steps:

  1. Click Credit, deposit & vouchers:

     

  2. Click Use deposit:

     

  3. You’ll see a Use deposit screen. Check the Amount is correct, enter a Reference (optional) and click Ok:

     

  4. You’ll see the Amount to refund. Click on the Refunds tab:

     

  5. Select the Refund type that matches the original Payment Method. In this example we’re using Cash:

     

  6. In the Cash Refund screen, check the amount is correct and click Ok:

     

  7. Click Confirm:

     

  8. Choose whether you want to send a Confirmation Email:

     

    TIP: When performing a Refund, the refund type should match the original method of payment.

 

Reporting on Reservations and Deposits

If you want to report on Reservations, there are several Standard Reports available. Read the Event Sales & Reservations section of A Guide to Standard Reports in Spektrix to learn more.

To report on the current value of unused Deposits and the amount in your liability account, run the The Special Report. You can also find more information by reading How does Spektrix deal with Credit?

TIP: - You’ll need the Insights & Mailings User Role on your User Account before you can access Reports. If you don’t have this, ask the Administrator in your organisation.

This article should give you the information you need to perform Reservations and take Deposits. To learn more visit the Sell items and fulfill Orders section of our Support Centre.