You work hard for your money and the last thing you want is to waste it on unnecessary service fees when booking your vacation rental.

Many large listing sites such as VRBO/HomeAway, TripAdvisor, Expedia, Booking.com and Airbnb charge service fees as high as 15%. That’s $150 for every $1000 you spend!

Booking Directly with your vacation rental owner or manager is the best way to insure you are getting the best value and to avoid hidden fees.

 

Here are 3 tips to help you avoid hidden fees:

 

  1. Check out the Association of Vacation Rental Operators and Affiliates (AVROA) certified listing sites below. They all provide unfettered communication with owners and managers and fully disclose any fees they charge.

 

  1. If you’re shopping for a vacation rental in a particular market, say Destin, Florida and you search for “Vacation Rentals Destin”. First you will see the advertisements for the “big brands”. They spend millions of dollars for those ads and all charge fees but if you look a little more, you will start finding owners and property managers that you can work directly with.

 

  1. If you do use a large listing service like VRBO/HomeAway, Trip Advisor, Airbnb or Expedia, look carefully and see if you can find the owner/manager name, the name of the property, or the neighborhood they’re in. Then try searching directly for these names on Google. Remember owners and managers want to be found!  All of them have websites, Facebook pages or groups. With a little more effort you will find them and save a lot of money.

AVROA Certified Listing Services:

To search for listing services serving a specific U.S. State or any country worldwide, enter the name into search box.

Learn more about becoming an AVROA Certified Listing Service…Here
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Listings
Service FeeDestinations
Serviced
Visit Website
35000NoneAlabama, Alaska, Arizona , Arkansas , California ,
Colorado , Connecticut , Delaware , Florida , Georgia ,
Hawaii , Idaho , Illinois, Indiana , Iowa , Kansas , Kentucky ,
Louisiana , Maine , Maryland , Massachusetts , Michigan ,
Minnesota , Mississippi , Missouri , Montana, Nebraska
,Nevada ,New Hampshire ,New Jersey , New Mexico ,
New York , North Carolina , North Dakota , Ohio , Oklahoma ,
Oregon , Pennsylvania, Rhode Island , South Carolina ,
South Dakota , Tennessee ,Texas ,Utah , Vermont ,
Virginia , Washington , West Virginia , Wisconsin , Wyoming
https://www.tripz.com/
1800NoneFlorida Pan Handle and Alabama Gulf Coasthttps://emeraldcoastbyowner.com/
1000NoneArgentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy ,Jamaica ,Japan ,Mexico ,Montenegro ,Morocco ,Netherlands ,Netherlands Antilles ,New Zealand ,Peru ,Poland ,Portugal ,Puerto Rico ,Saint Barthelemy ,South Africa ,Spain ,Switzerland ,Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates,, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsinhttp://www.rentpropertydirect.com/
850NoneAlabama, Alaska, Arizona , Arkansas , California ,
Colorado , Connecticut , Delaware , Florida , Georgia ,
Hawaii , Idaho , Illinois, Indiana , Iowa , Kansas , Kentucky ,
Louisiana , Maine , Maryland , Massachusetts , Michigan ,
Minnesota , Mississippi , Missouri , Montana, Nebraska
,Nevada ,New Hampshire ,New Jersey , New Mexico ,
New York , North Carolina , North Dakota , Ohio , Oklahoma ,
Oregon , Pennsylvania, Rhode Island , South Carolina ,
South Dakota , Tennessee ,Texas ,Utah , Vermont ,
Virginia , Washington , West Virginia , Wisconsin , Wyoming
https://www.houfy.com/
350NoneFloridahttps://www.floridarentalbyowners.com/
300NoneTennessee https://smokymountainsbyowners.com/
90NoneNew York Statehttps://www.newyorkrentalbyowner.com/
80NoneAlabamahttps://www.alabamavacationhomerentals.com/
25NoneNevada, Californiahttps://www.nevadarbo.com/