Advertise Vacation Rentals Part 1:
VRBO / Homeaway
Advertising your properties on the right vacation rental sites will give you visibility to generate new bookings for your business. Choosing which listing site to advertise your property on is one of the most difficult choices. In a series of articles we will introduce the main vacation rental market places starting with VRBO.
If you are not yet on VRBO you currently manage your VRBO listings manually you can use our XML integration to publish your listings, automatically import bookings, update photos, prices and descriptions directly from Beds24.
What is VRBO/?
Founded in 1995 VRBO offers a global marketplace for vacation rentals. The VRBO network consists of a number of strong local brands including Homeaway, Homelidays.com, Abritel.fr, FeWo-direkt.de and Stayz.com.au reaching more than 75 million travellers per month across 190 countries, as well as additional exposure to Expedia Group’s 750M+ travellers per month
Homeowners and property managers have access to millions of travellers with a single log-in by automatically distributing your listings to VRBO and Expedia networks with a single log-in.
- List properties for free
VRBO offers two different commission models
- Professional Plan with a commission between 12% and 15% (+VAT as needed), no guest fee
- Owner Fee of 5% per booking plus a Guest Fee of 5-15% per booking
How does Beds24 integrate with VBRO?
You can list and manage your holiday rentals directly from Beds24:
- Add new listings or synchronize existing ones, so they are automatically updated.
- Changes in prices or availability are automatically updated.
- Bookings, modifications and cancellations are imported.
- Send changes in property information directly from Beds24.
- Full support for VRBO’s Guaranteed Pricing model.
What is the set up process?
Contact VRBO via this link and ask them to open a project for you to use Beds24 channel manager. Then send us a support ticket indicating you want to use the VRBO XML connection.
A dedicated VRBOimplementation specialist will get in touch and work with you to optimize your listings and set them live.
Are there minimum requirements?
In some regions VRBO requires property managers to have five or more listings to use their XML connection. If you do not qualify you can use our VRBO iCal connection to sync availability and bookings.
You will need some basic descriptive information and high resolution pictures.