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Many owners and managers choose to use vacation rental listing sites to complement the activity they’re already doing on their own websites. In fact, it can be a great way to diversify your audience, get more guests looking at your rental and bring you more bookings.

One thing that doesn’t always get talked about, however, is the cost of using listing sites. While some of them are free to use, others come with a price ticket – usually at yours or your guest’s expense.

That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to all the major (and niche) vacation rental websites out there, complete with guest fees, host fees and listing costs. Take a look at the full guide below.

Top Vacation Rental Websites

Airbnb

Vacation Rental Websites Airbnb

Founded in 2008 from a San Francisco bedroom, Airbnb is now one of the biggest vacation rental websites in existence. Worth $30 billion, Airbnb now boasts more than 100 million users, including some 640,000 hosts.

It’s no surprise, then, that according to data from SimilarWeb, Airbnb is now the world’s second-ranked website in the accommodation and hotels category, just narrowly losing out to giant reservation website, Booking.com.

Airbnb Fees

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
Guests pay a service fee of 6-12% of the booking total, to cover costs of keeping Airbnb up and running. Approximately 3% to cover transaction fees, but it may vary depending on the total booking amount. Free to join and list entire property, private room or shared room.

HomeAway

Vacation Rental Websites HomeAway

The seemingly ever-expanding family of vacation rental websites belonging to umbrella company, HomeAway, have much to offer when it comes to listing properties. With over a million listings in more than 190 countries, HomeAway’s companies (HomeAway, VRBO, VacationRentals.com to name a few) are some of the biggest out there.

What’s more, using HomeAway, vacation rental owners and managers will have exposure to over 44 million travelers each month!

HomeAway Fees

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
Guest service fee is usually between 5-12% of the booking total. Dependent on listing plan – pay-per-booking subscriptions will pay a percentage (starting from 8%) on each reservation total.
Annual subscription owners will not incur any additional host charges.
Pay-per-booking
If renting for less than 6 weeks per year, this option is suitable. Just pay a commission on the bookings you take, starting at 8%.
Annual subscription
For year-long rentals, paying annually makes sense. Prices start at $399 (with online booking) or $549 (without).

TripAdvisor

Vacation Rental Websites TripAdvisor

The travel website, TripAdvisor, has built its strong following based on showcasing reliable reviews on just about everything travel-related. That includes hotels, restaurants activities and you guessed it, vacation rentals.

The latest figures show over 340 million travelers use TripAdvisor per month, and there are more than 800,000 vacation rental properties listed on the site. Active in over 190 countries, TripAdvisor automatically translates any property listings to appear on its 26 sister sites including FlipKey, HouseTrip, HolidayLettings and Niumba.

TripAdvisor Fees

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
Travelers are charged a booking fee, which TripAdvisor uses to run the platform, and this varies from 8% to 14.5% depending on reservation total. Hosts pay a 3% fee to TripAdvisor on every booking they make, deducted from the guest’s booking total. No upfront subscription fees or contract. List any property type for free.

Booking.com

Vacation Rental Websites Booking.com

Booking.com is undoubtedly the #1 fare website for travelers worldwide. Every day, more than 1.2 million room nights are reserved on the online travel agency. It’s also hugely international – the site is available in over 40 languages, and has almost 1.2 million properties in over 227 countries.

While Booking.com doesn’t cater solely to vacation rentals, the offerings for this section of the website are constantly growing, making it a fantastic vacation rental website for owners and managers to list on.

Booking.com Fees

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
No reservation fees for guests. Hosts pay commission on a per-booking basis (usually around 15%). Invoiced and paid monthly. No sign-up or subscription fees.

Roomorama

Vacation Rental Websites Roomorama

Another well-known vacation rental website is Roomorama. This online marketplace also allows guests to book vacation homes worldwide.

Unlike some of its competitors, Roomorama generally accommodates longer stays – around nine nights minimum – and most Roomorama users spend around $1,000+ per reservation (twice the industry average!).

Roomorama Fees

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
The guest fee is calculated depending on the length of stay and includes credit card processing fees. It’s usually 15%, but this decreases to 12% if the stay is one month or longer. Hosts on Roomorama don’t pay any fees. It’s free to list properties on Roomorama.

Wimdu

Vacation Rental Websites Wimdu

Wimdu has been offering vacation rentals on its website since 2011. It has 350,000 properties ready to accept bookings in 150 countries and in 15 different languages.

On Wimdu, there are rental accommodation choices to fit any budget and destination!

Wimdu Fees

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
Guests pay a processing fee which is automatically added on to the total amount of their booking. Wimdu hosts don’t pay any fees. It’s free to list accommodation offerings on Wimdu.

Niche vacation rental websites

Accomable

Vacation Rental Websites Accomable

Accomable is a recently founded vacation rental website which helps disabled travelers find and book accessible homes and apartments around the world.

With over 1,000 wheelchair-friendly listings ranging from cottages to yurts, static caravans to luxury spa retreats, there’s something to suit everyone.

Accomable Fees

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
Guests do not pay any extra fees to use the Accommable platform. Accomable charges hosts 10% of the total booking cost, to be deducted from guest’s payment. Includes payment processing fees. Listing accessible properties is free on Accomable.

BringFido.com

Vacation Rental Websites BringFido.com

More than just a vacation rental website, BringFido.com is a one-stop shop for all things necessary when it comes to planning dog-friendly getaways.

Search their 10,000 pet-friendly vacation rentals by price, rating, pet policy, or region!

BringFido.com Fees

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
No booking fees are charged when making a reservation. Plus, guests get a free gift (such as a t-shirt, sticker etc.) when they arrive home from the trip. BringFido.com usually takes a small commission from bookings made through the platform. If the owner already has their own website or listings on HomeAway, VRBO, Airbnb or TripAdvisor, BringFido.com will use the link to create a listing free of charge.

Otherwise, individual property listings start at $249 per year.

Clanventure

Vacation Rental Websites Clanventure

For finding kid-friendly vacation rentals and travel ideas, look no further than Clanventure. Each property is thoroughly vetted and handpicked by real-life parents to ensure the offerings are suitable for vacations with young travelers.

That means guaranteeing not only the safety features and amenities of each property, but that it’s also in a family-friendly area with plenty of activities nearby.

Clanventure Fees

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
A flat $79 fee is charged to guests who book using the site, and includes accidental damage protection during trip. Clanventure charges a 10% host fee every time a booking is made through the site. This includes credit card fee.

Discounts may be available if owners have multiple properties.

It’s free, but homes must be approved by Clanventure before listing.

misterb&b

Vacation Rental Websites misterb&b

Founded in Paris in 2013, misterb&b is a travel and vacation rental website that primarily provides accommodation to individuals from the LGBTQA community.

The idea of creating a gay-friendly niche travel website occurred to misterb&b’s founder after staying in an Airbnb in Barcelona, whereby the owner started reacting badly upon learning he was gay. misterb&b is now the largest gay accommodation provider on the internet, with more than 60,000 hosts in over 135 countries.

misterb&b Fees

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
misterb&b charges a 12% guest fee on the gross amount of the rental (e.g. rent+cleaning fee). Cross-border transactions are subject to another 3% charge. misterb&b charges 5% commission on each booking taken on the platform for the processing of guest payments. Setting up your listing on misterb&b is completely free.

Niche Escapes

Vacation Rental Websites NicheEscapes

The Niche Escapes vacation rental website allows owners to list and travelers to book unique destinations and properties worldwide. With a view to inspiring travelers into booking something a bit more exact, the website matches guests with a property that would be a perfect fit for their needs – whether that’s cycling or history, rural retreats or accessible offerings.

For each property listed, owners can select up to three niches – allowing the rental to be marketed in three different categories across the site. All properties are vetted by Niche Escapes to make sure they comply with the niche(s) they choose and that they’re up to standard.

Niche Escapes Fees

Guest fees Host fees Listing fees
Niche Escapes charges a 10% guest fee on top of each booking. With Niche Escapes, owners can opt to pay a 3% fee on a per-booking basis which covers credit card fees. Otherwise, they can pay early. If paying yearly, there is an introductory offer of £49 for the first year (instead of £150!).

Increasingly, owners and managers are using their own websites alongside vacation rental listings, in the hope of one day achieving listing site independence. Earning 100% of your bookings direct can take a long time to materialize, but diversifying your channels in the meantime – e.g. trying new listing sites every season – can be a great way to build your brand, get more bookings and attract guests from all over the world.

What vacation rental website has brought you great results? Are we missing your favorite one? Let us know in the comments!

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(4) Comments
  1. Sabrina Reply

    check the new site for ultimate villas http://hauteretreats.com owners can list for free and manage their bookings (10% commission on real bookings) no fees for the guests!!

    check it out…collaborating with jet services and luxury car rentals for great rates!

    Sabrina

  2. Simon Reply

    Whilst you say that Booking.com doesn’t charge the guest a fee many owners will hike their prices to cover some or all of the 15% commission they get charged. Booking says it will match any price the guest can find cheaper elsewhere but only on like for like bookings so all owners need to do is offer something slightly different on Booking and they can charge more on the site. Going Direct is always going to be cheaper.

  3. Tom Bucker Reply

    Awesome information!

  4. Charlie Bond Reply

    It’s probably not a major site on the scale of the ones above, but we are getting a good response from My Favourite Holiday Cottages for our property in Devon. The site has around 800 UK holiday cottages listed. We particularly like it as we can display our online booking calendar within our advert to get online bookings – no commission or booking fees. The web address is http://www.myfavouriteholidaycottages.co.uk

    in the meantime we’ll check out the Bringfido site as we also advertise on HA but haven’t come across it before.

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