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.

The recent acquisition of HomeAway by OTA Expedia, which also includes flagship listing site VRBO, brings with it a number of controversial changes that have vacation rental advertisers and renters seriously questioning value.

With listing sites acting as pseudo-agents in a market that doesn't really fit an OTA model, overhead costs have risen considerably causing advertising and booking costs to skyrocket. People are now actively seeking alternatives, and companies are starting to step up to the plate:

Connecting Rentals Worldwide /
List Your Property:

Formed by members of Connecting Rentals of Bethel, the leading vacation rental agency in Bethel, Maine since 1994, Connecting Rentals Worldwide brings you, a full-featured advertising alternative with $49 per listing annual subscription pricing for the by Owner market. offers an easy, secure booking experience with full support, and every day more and more people are booking the same or similar properties listed on sites like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO on to avoid additional fees for services already provided by owners or their managers.

With strong agency / listing site infrastructure in place, Connecting Rentals is poised for rapid expansion in both by owner and professionally managed segments as they move toward 2020.

Become A Member:

AVROA stands for “The Association of Vacation Rental Operators and Affiliates”. They were founded in 2011 and are there to help you.

AVROA is not a property listing service. They are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to supporting your business regardless if you are a vacation rental owner or manager. Your membership gives you access to an ever growing list of programs designed to increase your profits.

As the cost of advertising your rentals continues to increase, AVROA researches and rates available listing services so you can maximize your advertising dollars and improve your guests’ experience.

TripAdvisor / Flipkey
List Your Home:

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.

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