You’ve furnished your vacation home. Stocked it with all the guest necessities. And now you’re ready to open the doors to your first guests. But where do you find those guests? Or, rather, where will they find you? Airbnb? Vrbo? Or someplace else?
Travelers today have more places to browse vacation rentals than ever before. The key to your success is to diversify, instead of simply listing on one site. The equation is simple: More websites your home is listed on = More exposure + more potential earnings.
Let’s break down your options for vacation rental listing sites, then compare the two biggest players.
Here are some of the biggest booking sites where you can list your vacation home. Focus your efforts here first.
Now a household name in travel, Airbnb has hosted 1.4 billion guest arrivals1 since they started in 2007.
Owned by the Expedia Group, Vrbo garners 15.9 million unique worldwide visitors2 each month.
That’s us! What makes us different? Our guests can trust our vacation rentals are fully cleaned, stocked, and ready for a great stay—thanks to our local vacation home management team. Even better, guests can reach out to us anytime, 24/7 for assistance.
Booking.com is one of the longest-standing travel booking sites in the world. More than 1.5 million room nights are booked on their platform every day.3
TripAdvisor boasts 463 million monthly users worldwide4, one of the largest audiences of any travel site.
After considering the top sites, you can post to vacation home sites that market to specific travelers. These can include:
How are Airbnb and Vrbo different for vacation homeowners? Let’s compare the two.
On Airbnb, hosts have a choice:
Vrbo also offers two payment models:
Guests have up to 14 days to leave you a review and can’t edit a review beyond that. As the Airbnb host, you’ll also have up to 14 days to leave a review of the guest, if you’d like. The reviews are then posted after both you and your guests leave a review (or after the 14-day period has ended—whichever happens first).
Vrbo allows both guests and hosts up to a year after the stay to leave a review for each other. However, once one party fills out a review, the other party has 14 days to complete their own review. Both reviews are kept private during this 14-day window and no edits are allowed once the reviews are submitted and published.
Read more: How to get good reviews on Airbnb and Vrbo
While Airbnb offers traditional vacation homes, they’re best known for unconventional properties including treehouses, castles, yurts, barns, and even boats. Plus, they allow hosts to rent out private rooms in a shared house.
Vrbo specializes in private vacation rentals, what they like to call ‘whole vacation homes’. This means that hosts are only allowed to post properties that are fully used by only guests, not shared with hosts.
Airbnb is especially popular with millennial travelers looking for unique, local experiences. Airbnb’s city homes are well-suited for travelers who want to be in the middle of the action and business travelers looking to be close to businesses and urban centers.
Families and large groups looking for multiple rooms and beds under one roof like to turn to Vrbo’s collection of private vacation homes.
While listing on multiple sites offers vastly more exposure over listing in just one place, you’ll now have even more details to oversee. Multiple listing sites means multiple log-ins, calendars, bookings, guest emails, and more opportunities for overbookings (and chaos).
If you’re overwhelmed with juggling multiple listings and calendars, we’re here to help. Vacasa will handle all your listings for you—managing, syncing availability and bookings, responding to guest inquiries, and marketing your listings across Airbnb, Vrbo, Booking.com, and more. (It's all automatically included in our management fee, so you get maximum rewards with minimal effort.)
If you want to rent out your entire home, consider listing on both channels to reach the largest audience possible. At Vacasa, we list all our vacation homes on top booking sites, including Airbnb, Booking.com, Vrbo, and of course our own platform, Vacasa.com. Select properties are chosen to be listed on Homes & Villas by Marriott International as well.
Yes, you can sync pricing between Airbnb and Vrbo (and many other channels) with the help of channel management technology. This type of software can also sync your booking calendars to avoid overbookings. At Vacasa, we use our own channel management tech to manage all of your dates, rates, and channels. We pair this with our dynamic pricing software, to make sure that we’re setting the best possible rate based on demand, so you can make the most money out of every stay.
Yes, it’s possible to make more money from Airbnb and Vrbo versus long-term renting. One of the biggest benefits of owning a vacation rental is the flexibility to align your nightly rate with demand. For example, special events, high season, and weather can all be reasons to charge higher rates.
At Vacasa, our revenue analysts update our homes’ rates daily to match future demand, so you can effortlessly capitalize on those peak periods. Long-term rental leases, on the other hand, usually cap your earnings and lock you into a set rent amount month after month.
Call 844-518-0967 to speak with a Homeowner Consultant, who can answer preliminary questions and see if we’d be a good fit for you.
If you'd like to move forward, we’ll put you in touch with our market expert in your neighborhood to explore the financial potential of your home, outline our management fee, and introduce your local team.
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