Did you know listing sites like VRBO, TripAdvisor/FlipKey and AirBnB charge the traveler an additional 5-15% of your rental total? It’s often hidden among the charges or not clearly marked, making many travelers think the fees belong to the owner. They do not. Read on to find out more. The original post can also be found by following the link below or clicking here.
These fees may seem minimal, but often can equal what you’d pay for a nice (or several) meal out while vacationing, or a week’s worth of groceries to stock the fridge and feed your family while you stay at your vacation rental. The sites often use scare tactics to make guests feel their fees are justified and required for a trustworthy experience.
An easy way to save this fee and get personalized, friendly service is to contact owners directly outside of these sites. We’ll share more about that in a future post.
“GUEST SERVICE FEES (AN EXPLANATION)” OR DO YOU HAVE MONEY TO BURN ?
If you have arrived at this page then you may well have searched for “Guest Service Fees”, why you are being asked to pay them when booking a vacation rental and why they even exist!
DO YOU HAVE TO PAY ANY OF THESE FEES?
NO: We anticipate up to 90% of “full properties” (not shared accommodation) can be booked direct and on other sites more cheaply and do not carry these punishing costs. [our page is example of where you can book direct]
Booking direct always gives the best results, as you are dealing with the actual manager or owner. Who else knows the property and location better: those on-site or an advertising website in San Francisco which has pictures, writing and promises!
Many guests are new to booking online and will research, quite naturally, by gravitating to these biggest, slickest and most advertised or recognized brand in the business. These are more often the ones that have paid the most money to be at the top of Google or another search engine.