How-to: Provide a Payment Plan Using Installments With Automated Reminders

To make your Trip more affordable for your Travelers, you have the ability to provide a payment plan with Installments. For each installment, YouLi can send Automated Reminders, ensuring that your Travelers stay on top of their payments.

Details on Payment Installments

  • INSTALLMENTS are per person (not per INVITATION GROUP, if you have one set up)
  • You can still change the DUE DATE after the original selection
  • We roll up/combine all INSTALLMENTS of the amounts which are due within 7 days (or past due)
    • This is meant as a convenience, so that the Traveler doesn’t need to pay the DEPOSIT and then immediately pay the remaining amount due
  • No email requesting payment will be sent to a Traveler who has completed their DEPOSIT or payment before or by the DUE DATE
  • Automated Email Reminders for payments are only sent if
    • And the INSTALLMENT has the AUTOMATED REMINDERS option enabled
  • Learn more about all Automated Email Reminders and Confirmations that you can utilize in YouLi

NOTE: Are Fixed Schedule Installments just not flexible enough? Consider Chip Away payments, to allow your Travelers to pay what they can (above your minimum) each month or on their own schedule.


How to set up Payment Installments

1. Choose Bookings Mode

Access this option for a TRIP by clicking UPDATE TRIP > PRICING or by clicking the PRICE in the header.

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2. Set Payment Installments & Due Dates

  • You can provide an INSTALLMENT plan for your Travelers
    • but only one Installment plan per Trip, NOT per Traveler
  • This can be as simple as:
    • DEPOSIT (add by clicking the green button)Screenshot 2023-06-13 at 6.36.20 pm
    • BALANCE DUE (always there and will calculate automatically)
  • Or it can be more complicated by adding as many installments as you like. In the example below, there are 2 installments, the Deposit for 20% and the next installment for 40%.
    • The Traveler will be prompted to pay the first 60% (20% + 40% = 60%) of the total between the first two payments
    • No need to add another installment for the final 40%, will be covered by the BALANCE DUE - and if they change their price or add-ons, that will be added to the remaining balance automatically.

IMPORTANT: Because the "Balance Due" is calculated automatically (based on other Installments added), you do not need to add an Installment for the remaining balance.


Choose a Fixed Amount or Percentage

  • When you create the DEPOSIT, you'll be prompted to choose whether it is
    • or a PERCENTAGE


CAUTION: Once selected, you'll have to delete the entire Installment to change to the other option (i.e. percentage > fixed), so choose wisely.

Additionally, if a payment is made on an Installment, you will not be able to make changes to it & you will need to contact YouLi Support via the HELP box.

TIP: We highly recommend using a percentage (over a fixed amount), beyond your initial deposit, if you have different priced Packages.

YouLi does the math for your "Remaining" amount and will not allow your Travelers to overpay for their Package, but this can get tricky if you do your math incorrectly by charging too much on Installments because you're using a fixed amount with your highest priced Package in mind. 


Add additional Installments, following the Deposit

  • After you've added the DEPOSIT, you can continue to add as many as 6 INSTALLMENTS spread out over 6 months. Just keep clicking "ADD PAYMENT INSTALLMENT" to add an additional Installment.

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  • Click on the EDIT (to the right of the INSTALLMENT), to open the popup and set
    • When they are due
    • And whether or not AUTOMATED EMAIL REMINDERS are sent

edit installments

  • Fill in all of the information in the popup and be sure to click UPDATE, to save your changes


Percentage Installment

If you have selected "Percentage," then you'll be prompted to enter the percent for that particular INSTALLMENT.

TIP: There is always a balance due, so no need to make your Installment Percentages add up to 100%. In fact, it's better if they don't!

Pretty Percentages - Rounding Up (Optional)

  • When you've selected "Percentage," you can optionally choose to round up the percentage to be a nice, even number.

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  • This will appear in the table as "20% rounding up to the nearest 50 (of the CURRENCY you have set on your TRIP)." Note that this is a per-Installment feature, so each INSTALLMENT can be rounded differently (including not rounded at all).

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Why would you want to do this?

Simply put, to make your INSTALLMENT amounts just a bit prettier!💄


An example & how to set Rounding Percentages up

  • For example, if you want to charge a 20% Deposit but for a PACKAGE that costs $1,948 this would make the amount due for that INSTALLMENT: $389.60 <-- not so nice looking
    • You could instead set your ROUNDING to:
      • 0 - NO rounding, amount due will be $389.60
      • 1 - this will round it to $390
      • 5 - this will round it to $390
      • 50 - this will round it to $400


  • Using the example above, your INSTALLMENTS will look nice and clean on TRIP PAGE after rounding (Note: We did not round up the Deposit, so it doesn't look as "pretty"😊).


  • Continuing this example, if you have more than one PRICING PACKAGE on that same TRIP, then someone who selects a more expensive Package (or includes ADD-ONS, changing the cost of their BASE PRICE) might owe $2,348:
  • If your Deposit is 20%, without using ROUNDING, your Deposit would be $469.60 <-- not so nice looking
    • You could instead set your ROUNDING to:
      • 0 - NO rounding, the amount due will be $469.60
      • 1 - this will round it to $470
      • 5 - this will round it to $470
      • 50 - this will round it to $500


Was that too much math? Watch it in action in this video...



Specific or Relative Due Dates

  • PAYMENT/INSTALLMENT DUE DATES are displayed to Travelers in AUTOMATED REMINDER EMAILS and within the Trip Page.
  • They can either be:
    • SET DATE  - Example: April 30, 2022 (this will be the same for all travelers)
    • RELATIVE TO REGISTRATION DATE - Example: 15 days after registration (dynamic per Traveler, based on when they register for your TRIP)
  • Use the toggle (see image below) under the input box to switch between the two.



3. Enable/disable Automated Email Reminders

  • By default, TRIPS only have one INSTALLMENT: "BALANCE DUE" and no DUE DATE is set, so no AUTOMATED EMAIL REMINDERS will be sent. 
  • To enable AUTOMATED EMAIL REMINDERS you will first need to add a DEPOSIT


  • After filling in the information, be sure to check the box to SEND AUTOMATED REMINDERS
  • When a Traveler registers for a TRIP with an INSTALLMENT reminder set, YouLi sends up to 3 AUTOMATED EMAIL REMINDERS on your behalf
  • You can see which installments have reminders enabled in the table
    • ON - qualified Travelers will be sent a reminder as per the schedule if they have not paid the installment
    • OFF - no Travelers will be sent automated reminders. You can still send manual reminders from Manage Payments.



But what if my Traveler decides not to go on the Trip? Will they be reminded to pay?

  • Sometimes people register for TRIPS and then decide they don’t want to go. But don't worry! The payment reminder email will give them the option to “PAY NOW” or “DECLINE.”
  • If they choose to decline, you will see this STATUS reflected under MANAGE PEOPLE & REPORTS and they will no longer be emailed automated reminders to pay (or complete tasks).



And what if a Traveler was refunded on an Installment? Will they still receive Automated Reminders for that Installment and others?

  • Yes, AUTOMATED EMAIL REMINDERS (when turned on for a particular INSTALLMENT) will still be sent for a refunded payment because the Traveler may need to pay a different amount, and unless they aren't going on the TRIP, YouLi assumes you want reminders sent.
  • If you do not want them sent, you can simply change their STATUS to "Declined."

    How to make a change to an Installment that someone has already made a payment on

    1. Delete the payment on that INSTALLMENT

    NOTE: If it is for a credit card payment, please open a Support Request ticket, so that we can delete the payment for you.

    1. Then delete the actual INSTALLMENT
    2. Now, create the new INSTALLMENT with the updates you want
    3. Add a MANUAL PAYMENT or CREDIT to that new INSTALLMENT, for that same Traveler


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