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January 2, 2017

How to Avoid Paying Vacation Rental Booking and Service Fees

Booking and Service Fees Charged By Other Companies

Do your homework when planning a vacation to make for a more enjoyable experience. Proper planning and cost savings will help your budget when planning to stay at vacation rentals. Asking all the right questions and inquiring about discounts for more days, early check-in and house rules prepare you for a “no surprise” vacation.

Guest FeesHost FeesListing Fees
AirbnbGuests pay a booking fee of 6-12%, depending on the total of the reservation amount(edited: This can be as much as 15% now)Airbnb hosts pay 3% of the total booking to AirbnbListing a property on Airbnb is free
TripAdvisorGuests pay a booking fee of 5-15%, depending on the total cost of the rentalFlipKey hosts can either list for free and pay FlipKey 3%.FlipKey hosts can either list for free and pay 3% per booking.
HomeAway/VRBOGuests pay a booking fee of 4-10%, but the fee is capped at $499HomeAway hosts can choose to either pay an annual subscription fee or an 8% pay-per-booking fee (this is 10% if you are overseas.)Hosts pay an annual subscription fee of $349 if the property has online booking and $499 if it does not.
RoomoramaGuests pay a booking fee of 15%, or 12% if the stay is longer than 1 month.Roomorama hosts do not pay Roomorama a fee.Listing a property on Roomorama is free.
GlovelerGuests pay a 15% booking feeGloveler hosts do not pay Gloveler a feeListing a property on Gloveler is free
WimduGuests pay a 15% booking feeWimdu hosts pay Wimdu a 3% processing feeListing a property on Wimdu is free
Way to StayGuests do not pay a booking feeWay to Stay hosts pay a variable percentage of the total booking to Way to StayListing a property on Way to Stay is free
9FlatsGuests do not pay a booking fee9Flats hosts pay 15% of the total booking to 9FlatsListing a property on 9Flats is free
CanadaStaysGuests pay a booking fee of 8%.Annual subscription customers pay a yearly fee of $349 Canadian dollars plus a 3% on each booking. Pay per booking customers pay a 10% commission on each booking.Listing a property on CanadaStays is free for pay per booking customers and $349 for annual subscription customers.
BedycasaGuests pay no booking feeBedycasa hosts pay 15% of the total booking to Bedycasa and have the option of including this fee in their listing’s displayed priceListing a property on Bedycasa is free
Luxury RetreatsGuests are subject to a government tax for the property that ranges from 5-15%.Hosts pay a certain commission per booking that is determined by Luxury Retreats.Listing your property on Luxury Retreats is free.
only-apartmentsA commission of 15-21% is included in the total price that a guest sees.Property owners do not have to pay a commission.Listing your rental on only-apartments is free.
Perfect PlacesGuests do not have to pay service fees, but local and cleaning fees may apply.Owners are not charged commission when a booking is made.Owners pay a monthly membership fee of $14.95, and can pay for up to 2 years at a time for a discounted rate.
RedAwningGuests do not pay a booking fee. Affiliate site to pay per book.Owners pay a 3% fee on each reservation that is made.Owners pay a monthly membership fee of $14.95, and can pay for up to 2 years at a time for a discounted rate.
VacayHeroTravelers are charged an unspecified service fee which is rolled into the total displayed amount.Owners are not charged a commission.Owners can list their rental for free.
VayStaysGuests pay a fee of 7-12% on the booking, depending on the total amount.VayStays charges an 8.5% commission rate on each booking made.Listing your property is free on VayStays.

Courtesy of Tripping Aug 2016 *user to verify actual charges.

Helping travelers find savings and location destinations make traveling fun. Staying in a vacation rental by owner is usually more appealing than a hotel/motel experience.