Set a Custom Cancellation Policy with Square Appointments
Protect against no-shows with a customized cancellation policy. You can require that clients add their payment card when requesting an appointment with you online. If your client doesn’t show up or cancels outside of your cancellation window, you can choose to enforce your cancellation policy.
Cancellation Policy Setup
First, you’ll need to set a cut-off time for cancellations:
- Head to the Settings tab of your Appointments dashboard > click Calendar & Booking.
- Scroll down to Cut-off time for allowing clients to cancel or reschedule > set a cut-off window.
- Click Save.
Note: Your cancellation policy will show in your online booking flow and at the bottom of the confirmation emails your clients receive.
Hold Card for No-Show Protection
When you enable this feature, your clients will be required to add a payment card to complete their booking. This card can be charged if your client violates your cancellation policy. You can also enable No-Show Protection when creating an appointment from your calendar if you have your client’s card on file. If you want to save your client’s card on file for future payments, you will need to ask them to select Save Card when booking the appointment.
Note: If you are not activated to accept card payments with Square, you will be required to verify your identity before you can enable this feature. This process should be completed by the account holder. Learn more about what’s required to sign up for Square Point of Sale.
You’ll have two options with No-Show Protection: choose to either charge per service or charge a flat fee per appointment.
Note on Per-Service No-Show Protection
Depending on where the service was originally created, the per-service No-Show fee will have a different default charge amount.
Services Created In-App
Since there is not a field to add the No-Show fee in the Appointments app, when you enable per-service No-Show Protection for items created in-app, the default charge will be 50% of the service price.
Services Created Online
If you create a service from your Appointments dashboard, you’ll see the option to enter the per-service No-Show fee. For items created on the Appointments dashboard, the per-service fee will default to $0. To update, just enter in the amount to charge your customers from the Services tab in the event they cancel or reschedule outside of the allotted window.
Enable No-Show Protection
To enable No-Show Protection online:
- Visit the Settings tab of your Appointments dashboard > click Payments & Cancellations.
- Select Booking with No-Show Protection.
- Set a flat cancellation fee per appointments or enable for individual services. Note: When No-Show Protection is enabled for individual services, the cancellation fee will default to 50% of the total service charge for services created in-app, $0 for services created online. To update, head to your Services tab to add the cancellation fee amount.
- Click Save.
Note: There a $650 limit if you set your cancellation fee per appointment.
To enable No-Show Protection from the Square Appointments app:
- Tap the three horizontal lines to pull up your navigation bar.
- Tap Settings > Online Booking > Online Payments.
- Tap Hold Card for No-Show Protection.
If you enable No-Show Protection from the Square Appointments app before setting a cancellation policy using the steps above, the following default settings will be applied:
- Cut-off Time: 24 hours prior to the start of the appointment.
- Cancellation Fee: 50% of the total service price for services created in-app, $0 for services created online.
To update, head to your Services tab.
You can change your cut-off time settings from the Calendar & Booking section of your Square Appointments dashboard. To make changes to the cancellation fee, head to the Payments & Cancellations section.
At this point, customers will need to enter payment details in order to complete booking their appointment. Their billing information will be held solely for No-Show Protection and will not be saved for payment or future bookings.
Visit Square’s blog for tips on reducing no-show appointments.
Update Cancellation Fee Per Item
If you choose to charge a cancellation fee for each service, the default fee amount will be 50% of the total service price for services created in-app, $0 for services created online. You can update the cancellation fee at any time.
To do so:
- Login to your Appointments dashboard > Services.
- Click on the service to update.
- Under Pricing, enter in your new Cancellation Fee.
- Click Save.
Cancelling Appointments and No-shows
If a client requests to cancel or modify an appointment outside of your cancellation window, you’ll be given the option to enforce your cancellation policy.
Even if you have a cancellation policy enabled, policy enforcement will be at your discretion. You have two weeks (14 calendar days) to choose to charge your customer. If you do so, they will receive an email notification, including any note you add, informing them of the appointment cancellation and any resulting fee. Your client will also be reminded of your policy if they attempt to cancel outside of your cancellation window.
Payment cards are charged when you choose to enforce your cancellation policy. Should the card be declined, you’ll need to contact your customer for a new payment method.
Cancellation fees will be charged a processing rate of 2.9% + 30¢ and will be deposited to your linked bank account according to your deposit schedule.
Note: Cancelled appointments are labelled in grey and appointments marked no-show are labelled in red in the client’s record.