When you book direct with the owner of a vacation rental, you can avoid high service and booking fees, saving money on your next vacation.
The word is out in the vacation rental community: VRBO, AirBnB, and HomeAway charge extra fees to their traveling consumers usually called a “service fee”. The service fee is often between 5 – 15% or more for most bookings.
Besides saving money, booking directly with the owner of the vacation rental provides travelers with an all-around better experience because they have intimate knowledge of the area and their property, and can provide “insider” information about their travel destination. Furthermore, owners can better help their guests optimize dates and travel details to meet their needs.
Recently launched this year, Vacation Soup is a website that provides travelers with insider travel information around the globe with links to vacation rental properties that allow direct booking to avoid unnecessary extra fees that third party travel companies charge.