Alternative Vacation Rental Listing Sites
Airbnb tends to be the proverbial listing site in the vacation rental industry. However, there are numerous alternative vacation rental websites to list your properties, reach a large audience, and help boost your online visibility. Rental listing sites can be free, commission-based, or charge an annual subscription. Some of the most popular listing sites are commission based, like Airbnb and Booking.com, both of which charge a processing fee per booking. There are also many alternative sites, whether you are looking to explore other payment options or just want to get your vacation rental property on as many sites as possible. Check out the following alternative vacation rental listing sites every vacation rental owner should know about:
AllTheRooms is a travel accommodation site that was launched in 2013. AllTheRooms compares hundreds of sites (including Booking.com, RedAwning, FlipKey, Priceline, Agoda, HostelWorld, TripAdvisor, and Airbnb) to find the perfect vacation rental for people on the go. AllTheRooms aggregates nearly 14 million available rentals online, from couches to five-star hotels, bungalows to city apartments, boats to cabins, and much more. AllTheRooms also offers data analytics to help vacation rental owners and property managers scale their businesses. Their data analytics services include a market overview, property management reports, market share analysis, event analysis, corporate solutions, and custom solutions. AllTheRooms’ impressive database was recently used for Netflix’s original series, Stay Here.
VRBO & HomeAway
VRBO, or Vacation Rental by Owner, is a vacation rental site that, like Airbnb, directly connects travelers with vacation rental owners. Launched in 1995, VRBO now has properties in 190 countries around the world, making it a viable contender in the vacation rental industry. However, unlike Airbnb, VRBO only rents out full vacation properties, meaning there is no option to share with a host. This is a great option for large groups or families looking for long-term rental properties. In addition to a subscription fee, VRBO also charges a booking fee.
HomeAway is another travel accommodation site that offers an impressive market. Both VRBO and HomeAway are owned by Expedia and share the same database. Both sites allow vacation rental owners to post their properties, confirm bookings, and accept online payments. VRBO and HomeAway charge an annual subscription fee of $499.
Kayak is another alternative site great for listing properties. The site itself has a similar layout to TripAdvisor and lets users book everything they need for their vacation, including room, hotel, flight, and rental cars. Kayak also offers cruise ship deals and vacation bundles. Though it has a global network of listing sites under its umbrella, Kayak’s primary audience is the United States. This is an ideal option for vacation rental owners with properties in the states looking to reach an engaged audience of American travelers or those booking trips to America. Vacation rental owners may post their properties on Kayak only if their properties are bookable through an online travel agency (like Travelocity, Booking.com) or a Booking Engine (like WIHP or Travelclick) that works with Kayak. Though Kayak is primarily geared towards hotels and independent hotel owners, vacation rental owners can post long-term and short-term rentals to the site’s massive global audience.
With one search on Tripping, travelers have access to more than 12,000,000 available vacation rental properties around the world. Tripping’s portfolio includes some big-name contenders like HomeAway, VRBO, TripAdvisor, and Booking.com. Like AllTheRooms, Tripping aggregates all kinds of available vacation rentals far beyond the traditional hotel experience. Tripping lets vacation rental owners list their properties for free. Tripping charges a 3% fee per booking. Much like Airbnb — and most other popular vacation rental sites — property owners have full control over their listings and provide their own photos, descriptions, rates, availability, house rules, extra fees, and more. Hosts can accept online payments through credit cards or online payment services like PayPal.
FlipKey is a vacation rental site similar to Airbnb. Listing on FlipKey is simple; sign-up is free and the commission fee is 3% per booking. FlipKey is owned by TripAdvisor, which means you have access to TripAdvisor’s impressive audience of travelers by choosing to list on FlipKey’s site. Hosting on FlipKey also affords you the luxury of TripAdvisor’s trusted industry name. Property owners enjoy the site’s protected payments, easy data tools, and trusted verification process.
Misterb&b is a gay travel accommodation site and its primary goal is to ensure safe travel for LGBTQ+ members. The platform offers 310,000 LGBTQ hosts, 100,000 gay-friendly hotel rooms, and 210,000 reviews from LGBTQ travelers. Its blog is dedicated to creating a queer-friendly space for travel inspiration, ideas, safety tips, and more. Misterb&b is a fantastic, nondiscriminatory alternative option for listing your properties. Gain access to a diverse audience of eager travelers through this up-and-coming site. Check out their crowdfunding mission, which is still ongoing.
Wimdu is a vacation rentals site that primarily focuses on city apartments. Wimdu is most popular in Europe, so if you happen to own properties across Europe, give Wimdu a try! That said, Wimdu additionally has more than 350,000 vacation rentals all around the world. Wimdu’s approach is similar to that of AllTheRooms and Tripping, with an emphasis on unique locations, hidden gem rental spots, and authenticity. Wimdu is a great option for vacation rental owners to reach travelers looking for one-of-a-kind locations.
HomeToGo allows travelers to easily search for vacation rentals and hotels. HomeToGo compares more than 17,712,704 offers worldwide from over 600 vacation rental websites, including Booking.com, VRBO, and Airbnb. HomeToGo sees over 15 million users per month. This is a huge market audience to break into. Join HomeToGo’s impressive network of more than 300 providers and be seen on its user-friendly, flexible, and accommodating site that travelers love.
Listing your properties on multiple booking sites is the best way to expand your online visibility and reach more travelers. Big name sites like Airbnb, Booking.com, and TripAdvisor are staple platforms in the vacation rental industry. However, it’s important to attract travelers who are searching on alternative sites for hidden gems, can’t-miss deals, and unique experiences. Your rental home could be exactly what a traveler is looking for; make sure they don’t miss you.
About the author: Emily Russo is a writer based in New York. She loves traveling, meeting new people, reading, and being outdoors. She hopes to travel to Italy 500,000 more times in her lifetime.