Avoiding Service Fee’s from VRBO, Homeaway, and AirBnB

You don’t mind paying a few extra hundred dollars on your next Destin vacation rental, do you? National sites like AirBnB, HomeAway & VRBO say you don’t. They have actually said that “travelers don’t mind paying a service fee”. I’m not sure what reality they are living in, but it is not even close to a real world reality.These fee’s can increase the cost of your next Destin vacation by up to 20%.

You can avoid the VRBO, Homeaway, AirBnB service fees. These service fees are just an extra means of income for these national booking sites, despite the fact that the property listings are also paying a service fee as well to list on these national websites. These service fees being charged to guest by sites like VRBO does NOT provide any added benefit to the guest or the vacation experience.

VRBO/HomeAway is attempting to hamper any effort for travelers to avoid paying the Service Fee. They have begun blocking telephone numbers from rental listings so the only way travelers will be able to contact the Property Manager is through their system. Now they are hiding travelers contact information (name, email address, telephone number) from the homeowners and property managers until the traveler books, leaving the only communication possible being through their system.

Guest can avoid these additional fee’s by visiting our website (https://www.gulftidedestin.com) for the best and lowest rate. When booking directly with Gulf Tide Vacations for your next Destin Vacation Rental you will save anywhere from 6-20% of the rental rate as compared to national travel websites since there is no additional service fee when booking direct.

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