5 Awesome Alternatives to VRBO and Airbnb plus Homeaway
Are you looking for alternatives to VRBO? Would you like to use a website like VRBO but not pay any service fees?
Did you ever think of booking directly with the owner?
VRBO Service Fees have inspired vacationers to seek out alternatives to VRBO and Airbnb when booking a North Conway vacation rental. Find out the best vacation rental sites in 2020 and learn how to find no booking fee rentals.
Before we talk about the alternatives to VRBO, let me explain how Vacation Rentals have become such a big thing!
Vacation rentals booked directly with owners are one of the most popular ways to travel these days because of how convenient and affordable they are!
Because of the huge increase in popularity, the Internet has become clogged with Online Travel Agencies (OTA’s) like VRBO (Verbo), Airbnb and Booking.com, that clamor for your travel dollars.
Several years ago, HomeAway, VRBO and Airbnb started allowing property managers of vacation rentals to advertise on their family of sites.
So now, instead of talking to the owner of vacation rentals, you might be dealing with a property manager that has an inventory of hundreds of properties. Any questions that you have are answered off a description sheet instead of chatting with an owner who loves their property!
You might be wondering what’s so special about booking a vacation rental directly with an owner?
VRBO Service Fees for North Conway Lodge or North Conway Vacation Rentals
Here are several reasons to rent a vacation rental directly from an owner and not a property manager or an OTA such as Airbnb, VRBO or Homeaway.
In December 2016, VRBO and HomeAway were both purchased by Expedia for 4 BILLION dollars.
Now, Expedia is on a mission to earn back that money. Do you know where it’s going to come from? YOUR pockets!
That's right, VRBO is now a publicly traded company and their price per share on the stock exchange is their main concern.
Customer service rankings have tanked and owners of vacation rentals are being treated as inventory, not as folks that have huge sums of money invested in their vacation rental real estate.
If you look around Facebook, you'll find groups of vacationers and vacation rental owners that are frustrated and upset about how VRBO, Airbnb, and the rest are treating them.
VRBO Service Fees and North Conway Vacation Rentals
Expedia now owns VRBO and the first change they made was to introduce a (VRBO) Service Fee in February of 2016 of 4-12%.
The VRBO Service Fees are applied to your payment when you complete the booking online on any of sites owned by Expedia and the percentage you'll pay has risen.
Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Booking.com and other OTA’s charge similar fees, except theirs are higher. Expect to pay 4-21% when using these sites.
Most folks don't know that the Service Fee that the vacation rental GUESTS pay is a fee for using VRBO, Airbnb, Booking.com websites!
Most folks are looking for one stop, vacation rental shopping, but is that the BEST way to book a vacation rental?
I’ll let you decide if up to a $699 Service Fee from VRBO/HomeAway and up to 15-21% from TripAdvisor/Flipkey, tacked onto your credit card is worth using their sites.
There is talk industry-wide that those fees are headed higher in 2020!
Don’t Despair! You don’t have to pay VRBO Service Fees and there are alternatives to VRBO and Airbnb!
5 Awesome Ways to Find Alternatives to VRBO
You don't have to be a computer geek to use these quick tricks and find a great North Conway vacation rental or North Conway lodge on websites like VRBO - except you won't pay any Service Fees.
My personal favorite way to find great vacation rentals is using Google to do an image search.
Follow along and I'll show you how...
5 Ways to Avoid VRBO Service Fees!
Imagine renting a vacation rental house and getting a ski lift ticket free or being able to take your entire family out to dinner at a gourmet restaurant for free?
You CAN if you book directly with a vacation rental owner.
Consider These When Renting a North Conway Cabin Rental or North Conway Lodge
Pull up your favorite search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.) and in the search box type in something like [town, vacation rental, amenity].
Refine the search to fit your group’s needs and hopefully, you will have a list of vacation rentals that meet your needs to choose from.
Read out blog on Safe Rental Tips!
PS I love to talk about North Conway and my horses so give me a shout!
About Teena, the Author: I have owned Four Seasons Lodge in North Conway, NH for over 20 years and have welcomed almost 15,000 happy guests to my Lodge.
I receive so many thank-you's for wonderful and fun suggestions, taking lots of family photos for them, and providing them with a spotlessly clean and meticulously maintained vacation rental!
Four Seasons Lodge
31 Whiskiers Lane
North Conway, NH 03860
We are locals and know the ins and outs of North Conway.