Booking Types - Setting up auto-confirm for Smaller Bookings Within a Booking Type

If you'd like to set up auto-confirm up to a certain number of guests, you will have to set this up per booking type.

To start doing this, go to:

  • Settings > Venues > Choose Your Venue > Booking Types

  • Click on the booking type

  • Scroll down to Auto-Confirm Rules > click 'Add Another' and under Days and tick the days of the week you'd like to activate this for (EG: Friday and Saturday).

  • Input the min guests (normally 1) and the max guests (this will depend on the venue, the most common guest size is 8) and the time parameters you'd like them to arrive before and after. If you have an existing booking type with the same rules you'd like to set up, for example, both your Lunch and Dinner auto-confirm max is 8 all week, you can use the 'Copy from type' button. This will copy over existing Auto-confirm rules from a selected booking type. To do this > Select the 'Copy from type' button > Select the booking type you wish to copy the rules from  


  • You can also:

> choose to let the customer enquire for a timeslot if Collins cannot find availability by ticking the box for 'Still take enquiries for bookings if no available areas found'

> Restrict when bookings that can't be auto-confirmed may be accepted as an enquiry

> Choose auto-confirm capacity rules (see below)

> and add a Buffer

Underneath the Auto-Confirm Rules is the Areas For This Booking Type section. You will need to complete this section to activate Auto-confirm. When you have your Tables/Areas section set up, simply click 'Edit Areas' and select the very top box to select all tables in your venue or tick the relevant tables. This will be the list of tables that Collins will auto-confirm bookings into. If you would like to remove tables out of this list to keep them for walk-ins - simply remove them by unticking the relevant table.   


  • This list of tables will be the hierarchy that Collins will place tables into, so if you would like to adjust this, you can use the drag and drop cross on the far right to re-order tables.


  • Make sure to SAVE the settings

! Please note that the max to auto-confirm is the biggest group size that will automatically be confirmed. Any group size over the Max Guests, will come into Collins as an Enquiry - to set the maximum group size that an enquiry can be submitted for you'll need to enter the Min/Max Enquiry size in the Availability section, for example, Min Enquiry Size is 1 and Max Enquiry Size is 30.

! Please note that auto-confirm works off the 'Min People' and 'Max Seated' columns in the Tables/Areas section - so make sure you have this filled out. If you have set a large number to auto-confirm, make sure you set up your 'Joined Tables/Areas' too.

USEFUL - Though auto-confirm rules work by default off 'Max Seated' capacity, you can change this to take the 'Max People' capacity instead. This can be useful, for example, if you offer a Drinks booking type and would like to auto-confirm bookings based on seated+standing capacity:  

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