I really want to rent a cabin rental near me but I need some alternatives to VRBO
Here I sit, a cocktail in one hand and my computer on my lap. I NEED a find a great vacation rental and don't want it to be a run of the mill, hotel or motel destination vacation.
In the past, I always went to sites like hotels.com or expedia.com. It was easy peasy - pick a destination and get served up a buffet of venues in all shapes and sizes!
Enter big business. Really BIG business. In 2015, Expedia purchased VRBO and HomeAway for 3.9 BILLION dollars! Yikes! Vacation rentals (New Hampshire vacation rentals too) were catapulted onto the stock exchange and suddenly, wayyyy more money needed to be made with every transaction.
How does this affect me, you ask? I'm just the gal to tell you...
Book Direct When Renting a North Conway Cabin Rental!
If you book direct by searching for an alternative to VRBO, you will save ALL the fees described below!
Expedia laid down a ton of money and now it was time to earn it back. Enter Guest Service Fees.
For some unknown reason, Expedia decided to make money by charging guests a Service Fee for the use of their websites to book a vacation rental. At the very least, their business model is very unusual!
Expedia isn't the only online listing site that's charging GUEST fees! Add Tripadvisor, Airbnb, Flipkey, Booking.com, Homeaway and many more!
Check out the table below for sample Service Fees and remember if you book direct, you won't pay these fees!
And guess what folks? Those fees listed above are set to go up in the next few months!
There Are Many Sites Like VRBO That Will Save You Money
The sites like VRBO that I would recommend are more regional and niche type sites or take a complete departure and search for a homeowner of a vacation rental site.
There are many single venue vacation rental owners that have wonderful properties and have created websites that showcase their properties. Finding and renting from these folks can save you big bucks!
You'll save Service Fees, Booking Fees and you can even save the credit card fees!
Here at Four Seasons Lodge, we do not do online bookings or accept Book It Now requests. We communicate by phone and email with our guests and book directly.
Let's Get Back To Finding a Cabin Rental Near Me
Personally, I like to utilize social media. There's nothing like getting a recommendation from someone I know when renting a White Mountain cabin rental.
If you post a request and add a catchy photo, you'll be surprised by how many folks are excited about recommending vacation rentals that they have enjoyed!
There are many other ways to search for the perfect cabin rental...
Awesome Ways to Avoid Service Fees On A Cabin Rental [Infographic]
Check out the infographic below for 5 ways to avoid Service Fees when renting a cabin rental near you!
1. Do a Google Image search - Load google.com and click images. Drag and drop and image into the search box.
Try this image: (I bet it will result in the BEST White Mountain cabin rental - Four Seasons Lodge!)
2. Do a Facebook search. Gather the owners name, name of the vacation rental and location and search for it on Facebook.
3. Do a Google search. Type in owners name, name of vacation rental, number of bedrooms, unique amenities, and location.
4. Ask friends. A recommendation from someone who has vacationed at the cabin rental is priceless.
5. Niche websites. There are many regional, specialty and niche websites listing cabin rentals with no added Service Fees.
OK, let's wrap this up!
I've given you lots of ways to rent a cabin rental near where you live without having to pay the huge service fees on sites like VRBO.
If you do some research, you'll be rewarded with a wonderful North Conway vacation rental. If you rent Four Seasons Lodge, everyone in your group will be wow'd with our heated, indoor pool, sauna, foosball, Karaoke, Wii, WiFi, PHEW! That's a ton of amenities!
I look forward to meeting and hosting you at the best cabin rental in the White Mountains!
We are locals and know the ins and outs of North Conway.