iGMS vs Host Tools

Are you wondering how Host Tools compares to other vacation rental software like iGMS? You’ve come to the right place!

If your daily routine looks like this:

  • Update your calendars on all your channels one by one
  • Type out replies to every guest query you received
  • Schedule cleanings and text your cleaners
  • Adjust your rates separately on every channel

There’s a good chance you’re not making the most of your time. Luckily, there are tools that can help you automate all these tasks!

Host Tools is an affordable, easy-to-use tool that can help you become a more efficient host from day one.

Host Tools helps you:

Want to increase your profit with an easy-to-use pricing tool? Host Tools comes with pre-built pricing templates focused on increasing your profit, not just your occupancy. Try Host Tools for free today.

But how does it compare to other tools like iGMS?

We created this page to walk you through the differences between iGMS and Host Tools and help you decide which one works better for your business.

Let’s dive in!

The chart below compares Host Tools and iGMS to help you decide which tool fits your business needs. Read on to find out more





Free trial

14 days

14 days

Monthly price per listing*



Setup fee



Channel integrations

Airbnb, VRBO, Houfy

Airbnb, Vrbo, Booking.com

Messaging automation

Review automation

Pricing automation

Availability sync

Smart lock support


Unified inbox

iCal support


Cleaner management

Noise detection

*The prices listed are for the first listing, billed monthly.

Host Tools vs iGMS: Pricing

Host Tools pricing

Host Tools has a simple pricing plan that gives you access to powerful tools without breaking the bank. It costs $5.00 per month per listing. It’s the most budget-friendly option on the market!

What’s included in the price: 

  • Multiple account management (Airbnb and Vrbo)
  • Channel manager
  • Unified inbox 
  • Multi-calendar
  • Automated messaging and reviews
  • Smart pricing tool
  • Smart lock automation
  • Cleaner management

Host Tools pricing vs iGMS

iGMS pricing

iGMS has three different pricing plans: Flexible, Pro, and Enterprise.

  • The Flexible plan is commission-based and costs $1.00 per booked night no matter how many rentals you have. Note that canceled reservations are considered reservations too. 
  • The Pro plan is subscription-based and costs $30.00 per listing per month if you have 1-19 rentals (paid on a monthly basis). If you have 20 listings or more, it costs $27.00 per listing per month. 
  • The Enterprise plan is a tailored plan for property managers who request a custom quote.

What’s included in the price: 

  • Multiple account management (Airbnb, Vrbo, and Booking.com)
  • Channel manager
  • Unified inbox
  • Multi-calendar
  • Automated messaging and reviews
  • Direct booking management
  • Mobile app
  • In-app and email notifications
  • Team management
  • Cleaning and task management
  • Financial reports
  • Payment processing
  • Key exchange management
  • Owner access
Image showing iGMS pricing plans

Host Tools vs iGMS: Channel manager

Host Tools channel manager

The Host Tools channel manager is an indispensable tool for property managers who advertise on more than just one website. It allows you to sync your calendar across all the channels you list your rentals on. It’s the best way to prevent double bookings. 

Host Tools directly integrates with Airbnb and Vrbo through API connections. This means that your connection will always be stable and your availability will get updated instantly when you receive a booking on either channel. If you advertise on more channels besides Airbnb and Vrbo, Host Tools lets you import your calendars via iCal links so you can synchronize them too.

And that’s not all. Host Tools lets you manage all your accounts from one place, saving you tons of time. No more logging into different platforms separately. Host Tools comes with a unified inbox that lets you manage all your messages from one place, and a multi-calendar that gives you an overview of bookings across all channels. 

Example of Host Tools unified inbox for short term rental hosts listing
Example of Host Tools unified inbox for short term rental hosts

iGMS channel manager

The iGMS channel manager has API integrations with Airbnb, Vrbo, and Booking.com. It also lets you import other calendars via iCal. This way, you can sync your availability and booking data across all your platforms. iGMS also comes with a unified inbox and a multi-calendar, so you can manage all your reservations from one place.

Host Tools vs iGMS: Features

Host Tools features

Host Tools has a variety of useful features for automating your vacation rental business. It’s an all-in-one tool for short-term rental hosts who want to save time, increase their efficiencies, and boost their profit.

The handiest features of Host Tools are:

  • Channel manager: connect your Airbnb and Vrbo accounts and sync your calendars automatically.
  • Unified inbox: manage all your guest messaging in one place.
  • Multi-calendar: see all your bookings in one easy-to-browse calendar.
  • Automated messages: send automated messages to your guests using message rules and message templates.
  • Automated reviews: automatically leave your guests 5-star reviews and ask for a review in return.
  • Cleaner management: manage your cleaning schedule in a hands-off way by sending automated messages to your cleaners.
  • Smart pricing tool: price your rentals using rule-based smart pricing so you never leave money on the table. 
  • Smart lock automation: automatically generate smart lock codes, get notified when guests use them and send automated messages to welcome guests the moment they check in.

iGMS features

iGMS has features that cover a lot of different areas of rental management. However, it lacks some crucial tools that can make a property manager’s life easier. For example, it doesn’t have smart lock automation, and its pricing automation tool is in Beta mode and hasn’t been released yet. 

iGMS’s features include:

  • Channel manager
  • Unified inbox
  • Multi-calendar
  • Automated messaging
  • Automated reviews
  • Mobile app
  • Team management
  • Cleaning and task management
  • Financial reports
  • Payment processing

Host Tools vs iGMS: Customer service

Host Tools customer service

Whenever you start using a new tool, you should have access to fast and reliable customer service. 

I’m a property manager who also happens to be a software developer. I built Host Tools to help myself and others become more efficient hosts. And, I’m personally available to answer all your questions. 

I designed Host Tools so that you can take advantage of it from day one. There is no steep learning curve, and the moment you have any specific questions, I’m always there to support you. 

iGMS customer service

iGMS offers support service through email and chat. However, if you pick the Flexible pricing model, you may have to wait 48 hours before they get back to you. 

If you’d like to see another vacation rental software comparison to make your decision even easier, check out our post on Host Tools vs Your Porter vs Smartbnb!

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