Once you have registered as a guest you will have direct contact with the owner or property management company, if they have been certified as verified.
Our objectives: To provide you value for money and secure effected payments!
Scroll down to see how to negotiate the best nightly rate for your vacation rental, amongst a lot of other points, before booking through us or any other website.
To avoid fraudulent listings, if the vacation rental owner is not yet verified by us, then you only effect a 25% deposit which we hold until 3 days after your departure.
On arrival, you pay the balance directly to the vacation owner or property management company.
See our article on 7 Ways to Protect Yourself From Vacation Rental Scams .
Vacation rental owners do not pay commission or listing fees but just a small one off processing fee of € 10, what ever the booking amount.Check out our FREE vacation rental listings renewal policy .
It is up to the owner to decide whether they pass on those savings onto the guest or provide optional free services during the booking process by using our Add-on module .
The hospitality industry (hotels) and less so the vacation rental industry offer all types of promotions heavily discounted, the most common being:
Our favourite is the "Early Bird" promotion. This type of promotion are bookings for:
Note: The discounts are what we would recommend.
If the owner uses our features to the fullest extent, they may set up these promotional rates and discounts through their dashboard.
Guests booking vacation rentals are not necessarily dealing with hospitality marketing experts and therefore this knowledge has to be acquired through trial and error. This said, some property management companies apply knowledge gained from the hospitality industry and apply them in this ever expanding vacation rental industry.
The rate paid for staying in a vacation rental is generally determined by the vacation rental rate, i.e. the rate paid for staying each night spent in a vacation rental. The basic vacation rental rate usually does not include anything but accommodation i.e. self-catering. Although unusual, and generally offered with serviced vacation rentals, meals are not included and usually incur extra charges. Use of some of the vacation rental facilities, if it is a vacation rental residence managed by property managers, might also not be free for the guests. It is good to make sure what is included in the rate and what are the chargeable extras before booking.
Vacation rentals usually have a standard rate called the " rack rate" (standard rate) . The rack rate is usually the highest rate the vacation rental would charge for the vacation rental, as it is often required by legal restrictions. There are usually many rates one can pay for a given night that are lower than the rack rate, and the value of the rate depends on a number of factors. Knowing how a vacation rental owner may set their offered rates can help you book your desired vacation rental cheaper.
Some of the factors that can influence the value of the nightly rate:
This structured marketing knowledge is not privy to small vacation rental owners that only administrate one home. Major on-line travel agencies like AirBnB have no incentive to "educate" the individual owners because their business model is based on commission. The higher the nightly rate, the more revenue for them and to the guest's detriment.
It is so easy to find and book your next vacation rental for your holidays with owners directly.
Once you find the vacation rental of your choice, you may ask the owner or management company questions before booking directly.
It’s easy to book online. Listings that have a “Calculate” button permits you to submit an instant booking request. Some property owners or agents/managers may not accept online bookings, then you will need to contact them directly, by clicking the "contact" button i.e. their contact form, to finalise your reservation.
Do you have questions about a specific vacation rental property?
Vacation rental owners, agents and managers will be happy to answer any questions directly which you prior to and after booking right up to your arrival.
Any reviews on our website have either been sent to us by the owner or processed by a guest after they leave their booked vacation rental.
If the owner has sent us the reviews to enter manually, we will state so.The reviews sent to us by the owner, have to be from from a source like AirBnB, Booking.com etc. The owner has to provide us links to the reviews and we take the latest 10 reviews to enter manually.
One would think that big on-line travel operators would be more seductive, stop and read the difference .
It’s now easier than ever to plan and book your vacation rental with owners directly! Communicate with owner before making your final decision.
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Friday 30th November 2018.
Vacation rental owners tips
29 vacation rental tips | Tip #1: Keep your property immaculately clean! Works wonders for reviews | Tip #2: Take 10 minutes to greet your guests and assess any special needs. Start building that bond | Tip #3: Don’t give discounts! Provide your guests with an authentic experience, that they’ll NEVER forget | Tip #4: Don't oversell your property vacation rental | Tip #5: Offer your guests free transfer to your vacation rental | Tip #6: Let your guests arrive as Kings and leave as Emperors | Tip #7: Provide your guests with WHITE spotless bath towels | Tip #8: Facilitate your guests' expectancies | Tip #9: Don't take your guests for a ride | Tip #10: Give a free upgrade to your guests | Tip #11: Invite your guests for dinner | Tip #12: Make sure the bathroom is spotless | Tip #13: Limit your time with the opposite sex | Tip #14: Assists your guests, however small the gesture | Tip #15: Sit and talk with your guests without overstaying | Tip #16: Inform your guests the best spots for them | Tip #17: Avoid discussing dress code, state in welcome letter | Tip #18: Provide your guests with tide times and chart for the duration of their stay | Tip #19: Provide your guests a list of local activities and excursion providers. | Tip #20: Don't disturb your guest if they are alone. | Tip #21: Offer your guests a bottle for no reason. | Tip #22: Don't be intimate in front of your guests. | Tip #23: Go out of your way, and really surprise your guests. | Tip #24: Make sure that your security is flawless. | Tip #25: Ask your clients to save water. Bathe together? | Tip #26: Clean where the eye can't see | Tip #27: Talk to children for constructive criticism | Tip #28: Be cautious when providing advice | Tip #29: Provide weather forecast in your welcome letter