The 3 Best Alternatives to HomeAway and VRBO

The HomeAway company offers exceptional products that give vacation rental Owners everything they need to successfully market, advertise, and manage their vacation rentals.

Many Owners have been with HomeAway and/or flagship listing site VRBO for years, and have become dependent on the industry leaders for producing the majority of their rental income.

In recent years, changes to online booking requirements, booking fees, and advertising region clustering have caused some of these Owners to become increasingly irritated. Some even feel that HomeAway renter quality has diminished significantly, causing them to seek viable alternatives.

Unfortunately, due to recent Homeaway acquisitions, they are finding that their eggs are now in one basket and finding a non-HomeAway solution is easier said than done. They feel backed into a corner, frustrated, and fed up.

So what are Owners to do that are serious about transitioning their vacation rental business away from HomeAway while keeping their calendars full?

1. List your property on the 3 best alternatives to HomeAway: Airbnb, TripAdvisor, and Connecting Rentals Worldwide.

2. As you receive inquiries and reservation requests from HomeAway / VRBO, reply back to the potential renter asking them to please refer to your listing on Airbnb, TripAdvisor, or Connecting Rentals Worldwide. All 3 alternatives offer comparable reservation management tools.

3. Get them booked using one of your new platforms.

4. If your lead came from a reservation request, login to HomeAway / VRBO and decline the pending reservation request you just booked elsewhere - ignore the "ranking" warning for declining.

5. Update your HomeAway / VRBO calendar to "Blocked" for your new booked dates.

6. Repeat.

By following this simple process, you will begin to see your vacation rental business transition back into your own hands, and you will be independent of HomeAway & VRBO.

Host on Airbnb:

Founded in 2008, Airbnb is a global travel community that offers magical end-to-end trips, including where you stay, what you do and the people you meet. Airbnb uniquely leverages technology to economically empower millions of people around the world to unlock and monetize their spaces, passions and talents to become hospitality entrepreneurs. Airbnb’s accommodation marketplace offers access to millions of places to stay in more than 191 countries, from apartments and villas to castles, treehouses and B&Bs. With Experiences, people can see a different side to a destination through unique, handcrafted activities run by locals, while a partnership with Resy provides access to the best local restaurants in selected countries. All of this is brought together in one easy-to-use and beautifully designed website and app.

List Your Property:

TripAdvisor Rentals is a leading platform where thousands of travelers find their perfect rental. Whether you’re looking for a stylish city apartment, spacious poolside villa or cozy cabin, they have the rental for you, no matter what your budget or where you want to be in the world.

Using the power of TripAdvisor’s global travel community, TripAdvisor Rentals pairs the insider knowledge of homeowners with the collective wisdom of millions of reviews. You’ll discover not only the best vacation rentals, but the best attractions, the best restaurants, and the best things to do.

TripAdvisor Rentals travelers always stay the smarter way, thanks to a wealth of insider recommendations. TripAdvisor is an ever-growing resource where you can plan and book every part of your trip in one place. You can know better, book better, and go better.

Connecting Rentals Worldwide
List Your Property:

Connecting Rentals Worldwide brings people, places, and properties together in cities and towns around the World. receives thousands of visits daily and integrates an optional online booking and reservation management system that makes connecting Owners with Guests safe, fast and easy. There are no rental income holdover periods for Connecting Rentals verified Owner bookings. The people at Connecting Rentals Worldwide have personally booked and serviced reservations for thousands of Guests across all major platforms since 1994. They leverage their combined experience and collective feedback to deliver World class advertising and online booking.

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.

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