January 2, 2014

The 3 Best Alternatives to HomeAway and VRBO

Ingrid Genest is a travel blogger specializing in alternative lodging trends, marketing, and advertising including Vacation Rentals, Inns, B & B's, private rooms, and sublets.

As the HomeAway network of vacation rental websites continues to grow, including well known sites VRBO and VacationRentals.com, so does the number of vacation rental advertisers questioning value.

Pricing structures for the two major sites, HomeAway and VRBO, include high annual listing fees and expensive pay-for-positioning packages that are not converting to increased rental inquiries and bookings. Further, site-wide updates appear "buggy" and customer support is mediocre at best, leaving vacation rental owners and property managers searching for viable alternatives:

Connecting Rentals Worldwide
www.connectingrentals.com
6 months free: http://www.connectingrentals.com/free-vacation-rental-listings

While relatively new to the online vacation rental marketplace, the company is no stranger to the vacation rental industry, and promises to deliver big. Backed by Connecting Rentals, Inc., a leading vacation rental agency in Bethel, Maine since 1991, Connecting Rentals Worldwide was developed by expert programmers in conjunction with rental professionals to deliver a secure, affordable, user friendly, full-featured listing alternative.

Connecting Rentals Worldwide welcomes Owners to try the site free with their industry leading 6 month free trial. If you receive no bookings during the trial period, your listing will be extended another 6 months for free. No credit card is required for registration.

Flipkey / TripAdvisor
www.flipkey.com
60 day free trial: http://www.flipkey.com/list/

FlipKey is the exclusive provider of vacation rentals on TripAdvisor - the largest travel community in the world with more than 35 million unique monthly visitors. With TripAdvisor's multiple lodging types, you can attract travelers who may have never considered a vacation rental.

Guest reviews give travelers more comfort in booking, which leads to better inquiries, higher booking rates, and more guests. FlipKey enables you to easily collect and manage guest reviews. These reviews can be seamlessly integrated onto your own website through a variety of tools.

FlipKey provides verification services for both professional property managers and individual homeowners. This verification process gives travelers more confidence when booking a property.

Vacation Home Rentals
www.vacationhomerentals.com
30 day free trial: http://www.vacationhomerentals.com/sign_up.html

Tired of listing on sites next to 100,000 other properties? Join the club. They may have bigger marketing budgets, but what does it matter if nobody can find you? VacationHomeRentals.com gets the most visitors per listing in the industry

Vacation Home Rentals is an established and respected company - advertising more than 10,000 properties in more than 100 countries around the world. They have five years of successful marketing and are growing at one of the fastest rates in the industry.