Airbnb has grown to be the one of the most popular. However, there are other options out. Here are a few services that share a lot of the same perks.
HomeAway, VRBO, Booking.com, and Trip Advisor
HomeAway is the parent company to quite a few alternatives, including HomeAway. The property profiles offer info on number of bedrooms/bathrooms, images, minimum stay requirements, property description, reviews, limited information on the owners, amenities, and availability. You sign a quick rental agreement and pay 10-50% upfront to confirm a reservation. You may also need to provide a security deposit. Cancellation policy, among other minor details, depend on the rental agreement you sign with the property owner.
Vacation Rental By Owner, aka VRBO (verbo), is much more similar to Airbnb. It offers worldwide accommodations from people willing to rent out their space, and apart from the selection, is not very different from Airbnb. The property profile lists bedrooms and bathrooms, photos, reviews, minimum stay requirements, amenities offered, and availability. According to their site, cancellation and payment policies, vary by property.
Booking.com is a travel fare aggregator website and travel metasearch engine for lodging reservations. It was recently acquired by Packaged travel giant, Priceline, and what began a hotel-centric booking mechanism is now a much larger competitor of Airbnb worldwide. Each day more than 2,000,000 room nights are reserved on the website. The site is available in 43 languages. The property profile offers up details on the bedrooms and bathrooms, home amenities, charges for additional guests, minimum and maximum stays, house rules, reviews, and owner info.
Not as nifty looking as some of the other sites, Trip Advisor offers options for those looking to book worldwide. The property profile gives basic information like amenities provided, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, prices, and nearby attractions. Trip Advisor, at an average of 3% per booking, would be the cheaper alternative with relation to booking fees charged to their guests and the home owner.
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