We are big fans of online travel agencies ("OTAs") like Airbnb, VRBO, TripAdvisor, FlipKey and others and most of our vacation renters come from these sites.  You can find the Retreat at Eden Isle listed on each of these sites (I've provided links, below).  These OTAs smooth the process between vacation rental home owners and vacation home renters, but they do so at a significant cost.  OTAs like Airbnb and VRBO charge travelers additional service fees and commissions to book a vacation rental on their sites. An increasing number of vacation rental owners and vacation rental buyers are learning that direct bookings allow both the vacation rental home owner and the vacation rental home renter to save money.  

Consider the following hypothetical booking for June 1 through 8 of 2018:

  • Booking the Retreat via VRBO for the week of June 1 through 8 will cost $1,384.44 ($1050 for 7 nights, plus a $100 cleaning fee, taxes of $116.44, and VRBO's $118 service fee.
  • Booking the Retreat via Airbnb for the week of June 1 through 8 will cost $1,305 ($961 for 7 nights, plus a $100 cleaning fee, taxes of $107, and Airbnb's $118 service fee.
  • Booking the Retreat via TripAdvisor for the week of June 1 through 8 will cost $1,335 ($1,136 for 7 nights, plus a $100 Owners (cleaning fee), and taxes of $99.
  • Booking the Retreat DIRECT for the week of June 1 through 8 will cost only $1156.32  ($950 for 7 nights, plus a $100 cleaning fee and taxes of $106.31).  A savings of $148.68 over the Airbnb rate, $178 over the TripAdvisor rate, and a savings of $228.12 over the VRBO rate FOR THE SAME VACATION!