Many travelers are searching for vacation rentals and know that a stay in a hotel cannot match the value, convenience and level of comfort that a vacation rental brings. Yet, many travelers are paying too much by booking their vacation rental through third-party channels like Expedia, HomeAway, VRBO and AirBnB.
Check our these 7 reasons to ditch the big online travel agencies and book direct with a local vacation rental company:
Book Direct and save: Did you know that Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and Trip Advisor add hundreds of dollars 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 get answers to important questions before you commit to booking!
The best price isn’t on the OTAs: Online Travel Agencies and aggregators like Airbnb, Expedia, Booking.com, VRBO.com, 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 even listed on the major sites: Because of the cost of using the big sites, many of the best vacation rental homes with the highest demand cannot be found on the big OTA 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 Managers have intimate knowledge about the destination: They can direct you to the best rental for your needs and recommend activities, restaurants, and entertainment for a memorable vacation. Holiday Vacation Rentals, can even provide you with discounts and special promotions with local businesses to help you save money while on vacation.
If you have special needs, a local rental manager can help: Looking for help with your families special needs? A local rental manager can work with you directly to help with any of your individual needs before you commit to booking.
Find yourself in northern Michigan: From events and activities, to special promotion services, booking direct is your best value. Download our Insiders Guide to vacationing in northern Michigan for insider knowledge and start planning your trip!
Alan R. Hammond is the founder and Managing Director of Holiday Vacation Rentals and Birchwood Property Management. He has served as a Director, Officer, and Treasurer of the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) and holds the Certificated Vacation Rental Manager (CVRM) designation. A recognized industry leader, Alan is featured in the book The Rental Game: Winning with a Professional Vacation Rental Team by Maureen Regan. Read more....