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VRBOs New Fees And How They Affect You
VRBO and recent changes to their model - How it affects you!
Before you book your next trip to beautiful 30A, consider this. VRBO was purchased by Expedia along with Homeway and vacationrentals.com. With this purchase, they are incorporating some of Expedia’s philosophy on fees. They eliminated the tiered pricing owners could purchase. Their tiered pricing gave owners the opportunity to rank higher on the search done by renters. Now all owners are changed the same rate with an algorithm determining what properties show first.
The way VRBO is making its money now directly impacts the vacationer. VRBO will charge anywhere from 5 1/2% - 9% booking fee to people using their website to book their rental. The fee will be maxed out at $399. Vacationers need to understand no part of this fee is determined by the owner - all of the money is going to VRBO. At the time of booking, there is a service fee plus a VAT (Value Add Tax) assessed. The VAT is only charged in areas where applicable.
When you are ready to plan your vacation to 30A, South Walton, Miramar Beach, Destin, etc., book directly with he rental management company and save yourself a few hundred dollars.
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