Find out everything you need to know about the different types of HomeAway fees users have to pay here.
HomeAway Fees: The Details for Hosts
Unlike Airbnb which is free to list, there are two different payment options for paying HomeAway fees if you are a host. These distinct models allow hosts to make the most out of their vacation listings on the HomeAway owner platform, deciding on the option that best fits their needs. Each owner can choose between a yearly subscription or a Pay-Per-Booking basis.
When hosts choose to pay the annual subscription fee from HomeAway, they’ll be able to enjoy unlimited bookings for their business for a whole year – that means no extra fees at any time!
There are two different prices for the annual subscription, depending on whether hosts have online reservation enabled. For properties with online booking active, the cost is set at $349 for the year. Without online reservation, however, this charge increases to $499.
HomeAway encourages its users to choose the annual subscription with online reservation. This is not only reflected in its price (a whole $150 cheaper!), but also in the way it helps users’ rentals show up in search results based on the best match algorithm in place by the site.
Hosts also have the option to pay per booking they receive on their profile, which can be more suitable for some vacation rental owners. In paying per booking, hosts avoid paying anything upfront. They will instead pay a minimum of 8% commission on each reservation they take using the platform.
Paying per booking can be a better option for those users who only rent their home out at certain times of year, or who only let it for special events like weddings. It’s recommended for users who take less than three bookings each year.
The Details for Travelers
For guests wanting to book accommodation on HomeAway/VRBO websites, bear in mind that the company charges a service fee. This payment helps out with the cost of providing 24/7 customer service support, enhanced site and mobile features for guests and hosts alike, plus broader marketing efforts to create more visibility in international audiences.
Paying Traveler Fees
Any bookings made through HomeAway or VRBO websites are subject to a service fee when guests pay for their accommodation by credit card. Once the reservation has been accepted, the service fee is charged to the booker’s payment card. There is not one set price or percentage for this fee: it varies from 4% to 9% of the total rental cost, excluding any deposit or taxes.
Other Property Fees
Guests have to pay the traveler service fee direct to HomeAway – there are no two ways about it. Hosts do, however, have the choice to add on extra charges to their listings if they see fit. They recommends naming any extra fees or charges something other than “service fee” to save any confusion. For example, if you charge cleaning, pets or maintenance fees, name these appropriately on your listing as “Cleaning fee”, “Pet fee” or “Maintenance fee”.