Forms Used to Process Guest Charges and Payments - Hotel Front Office Management

The folio, transfers, and paid - out slips are documents that allow for the documentation and transfer of charges and payments to a guest’s account. In a property management system, the electronic folio is stored in the computer memory until a hard copy is required. The hard copy of the electronic folio is a standard folio that lists the date of transaction, item, transfer slip number for referral, debit or credit amount, and updated balance.

Thetransfer slip allows the desk clerk to transfer an amount of money from one account to another while creating a paper trail.

A paid - out slip (a prenumbered form that authorizes cash disbursement from the front desk clerk’s bank for products on behalf of a guest or an employee of the hotel) documents the authorized payment of cash to a vendor or an employee for a quick purchase of materials for the hotel. In a hotel with a PMS that interfaces with the various point - of - sale departments, the transfer of charges incurred by the guest or the transfer of a portion of one guest’s bill to another guest’s folio is done automatically.

Front Office Forms used in Hotels

The front desk clerk uses these forms in posting charges and payments, which is the process of debiting and crediting charges and payments to a guest folio. The night auditor can then track the procedures that the front desk clerk used in posting. These forms assist in maintaining control of book keeping activities in the front office.

Account Ledgers

The guest ledger is a collection of folios(guests’ records of charges and payments) of current guests of the hotel. The city ledger is a collection of folios of unregistered hotel

The front desk clerk will post a credit-card payment on a guest’s folio. (Photocourtesy of The Breakers.)

front desk clerk will post a credit-card payment on a guest’s folio

guests who maintain accounts with the hotel. These guests may submit cash advances fora future purchase of the hotel’s goods and services, such as a deposit on a banquet or on a reservation. The hotel may also offer personal billing accounts to business people in the city, who are also part of the city ledger. These unregistered hotel guests may keep open accounts for entertaining clients, for example. The folio well, a device that holds the individual guest folios and city ledger folios, or bucket provides the physical dimensions of the guest ledger and city ledger.

The accurate and timely processing of all these accounts assists the front office manager in maintaining hard copies of guests’ financial transactions with the hotel.

These accounts are collectively referred to as the hotel’s accounts receivable - what guests owe the hotel. The accounts receivable consist of two categories, the guest ledger and the city ledger.

Tracking a guest stay, from initial reservation through checkout, provides examples of the many charges and payments that affect the guest ledger. Likewise, following the activities of the nonregistered guest shows how city ledger accounts are affected

Table Transactions Affecting the Guest Ledger

Transactions Affecting the Guest Ledger

Table Transactions Affecting the City Ledger

Transactions Affecting the City Ledger


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