Travelers Benefit from booking vacation rental homes directly with local property managers by avoiding hidden fees tacked on to base rates and taking advantage of the knowledge of people that LIVE where travelers want to vacation!

So many new travelers are searching for vacation rentals. They know that a stay in a hotel cannot match the huge value and level of comfort that a vacation rental brings.Yet, many travelers are paying too much by booking their vacation rental through a third-party channel. Did you know that you can save many of the fees, and get a higher level of service by booking directly with a local vacation rental company? They may even have more rentals that are not listed on the big sites like Expedia, HomeAway, VRBO and AirBnB.

Check out these 7 reasons to ditch the big OTA’s (Online Travel Agencies) and book direct with your local vacation rental company:

Book direct and save: Did you know that Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and TripAdvisor add hundreds of dollars of fees to your booking total?

When you book direct, you have direct contact with the property manager: When booking a vacation rental, peace of mind is important. Want to know if there is a grill, a kayak, 24/7 service, or a grocery store close by? When you book direct, you can find out many of these important questions and more before you commit to booking.

The best price isn’t on the OTAs: Unlike hotels, Online Travel Agencies and aggregators (like Airbnb, Expedia,,, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and FlipKey) don’t have the best price for travelers. In fact, you can save hundreds by booking direct and booking local.

Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t event listed on the major sites: Because of the cost of using the big sites, the best vacation homes with the highest demand cannot be found on the big websites. In some locations, only 30 percent of the homes for rent can be found on the big websites. By limiting your search to the aggregating websites, you might be missing out on the best vacation home for your family or group.

Local Vacation Rental Mangers have intimate knowledge about the destination: They can direct you the best rental for your needs and send you to the best activities, restaurants, and area service providers. Some companies, like Holiday Vacation Rentals, even offer special programs with local businesses to help you save money on vacation activities.

If you have special needs, a local rental manager can help: Looking for help with your family’s special needs or help with pets? A local rental manager can work with you directly to help with any of your individual needs and give you these assurances before you commit to a booking.

During non-peak travel times, vacation rental managers have special offers available: From events and activities to special rates to onsite services, with direct communication with managers, you get insider knowledge and the best offers.

Sindye Alexander
Sindye Alexander has lived in the beauty of northern Michigan her whole life. She has raised 4 children in the Petoskey area and loves spending time in the woods and watching the amazing sunsets over the Little Traverse Bay. Sindye has been with Holiday Vacation Rentals on and off since the mid 2000’s. Currently she serves as an online marketing specialist, creating blog and social media content. Her goal is to bring visitors the best information they can use to plan their northern Michigan vacations.

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