With so many vacation rental websites like Homeaway/VRBO, Airbnb and Booking.com, it can be hard to find a manager or owner you can count on to deliver an amazing vacation experience for you and your family or group.
The big vacation rental websites make browsing countless options easy. But don’t you want to know who’s behind the vacation rental you’re booking for your next family vacation?
This isn’t always evident when you use a third-party booking site. By booking directly with a vacation rental manager you can be sure of the service you expect to receive from the moment you book through your stay. But that isn’t the only benefit of working directly with a local vacation rental manager.
Other reasons to book directly with a local vacation rental manager include:
- Saving on substantial third-party booking fees from big vacation rental websites.
- Finding special offers not available on big vacation rental websites.
- Access to local events and current area information to help plan your trip.
- Working with hospitality professionals. It’s our job to make sure you have the best experience possible.
Almost all vacation rental managers (including Lakeshore Lodging) have their own website where you can check live availability and book the home of your choosing instantly, making it just as easy as using a big vacation rental website but without additional fees.
When you do this you’re also supporting small business in your favorite vacation destination. Help us support local vacation rental managers everywhere by booking your next vacation direct.
#BookDirect Guest Education Day recurs the first Wednesday in February and is a worldwide effort encouraging travelers to book directly with local vacation rental managers.
If you usually book your vacation rentals through websites like HomeAway, Airbnb and Booking.com, you’re probably paying too much.
Many people who book vacation rentals do so through these online travel agencies (or OTAs). These websites make it easy to see a variety of homes your vacation destination has to offer. But you may not realize that such a service comes at a cost–one that is attached to the price you pay to book the home and can add up to hundreds of dollars.
There’s a simple way to avoid paying that extra cash: Book directly with the vacation rental manager who listed the home. Today, vacation rental managers like us are celebrating #BookDirect day—a day designed to inform our guests about the benefits of choosing to book direct.
How to #BookDirect
Online travel agencies don’t link to the property managers’ websites for obvious reasons–they want to discourage you from avoiding the fees they charge. But a simple Google search of the property manager’s name (e.g. Lakeshore Lodging) will take you right to their website, where you’ll not only find the property you’re looking for at a better price, but a variety of beautiful homes you might not have seen otherwise.
There’s plenty of reasons to choose to book directly with the property manager you’re staying with. Here are our top three.
3 reasons to #BookDirect
Save serious cash
The fee OTAs add to reservations made through them can add up to hundreds of dollars. But the service you receive from the people you book with is the same. Why choose to pay so much more for the same service? You have the freedom to avoid those costs by simply choosing to book direct.
Find homes you might not see on OTAs
Vacation rental managers don’t always list all of their rentals on online travel agencies. You might miss out on a home that’s even more perfect for your vacation than the one you found on HomeAway or Airbnb. Be sure to visit the vacation rental manager’s website to see all of the available offerings.
Support local small business
The vacation rental managers who list their properties on OTAs are often small businesses who call your vacation destination home. When you book direct, you’re choosing to directly support their business.