I just checked my VRBO listing and put in some open dates I have in August. Over the last few months they have been increasing my geographic area.
Now I really have zero idea how many are really listed under my city. At one point there were a whopping 13 of us! - that’s not a typo. Then it went to 81 and so on. Of course many of the properties being pulled in are up to one hour away.
But today…I see there are 145 rentals for the dates from August. So then I punched in a couple of dates in January and 245 rentals show up!
Out of the 245 listed…you don’t see me until you get to the page that shows 151-200 listings. I am so far down the list because I do not use their payment system or alternative payments. So HA can’t collect a service fee from my guests.
I wonder how this will play out in the long run. Will travelers get so frustrated because they can’t find a place where they really want to be? Are travelers even confirming distances or are they just entering in reservation requests?
While I understand that the sites want the traveler to book any property instead of leaving the site altogether…when will they just abandon the search and move onto a hotel?
I can’t tell if Air is mixing up all the properties like this. I know they are pulling in 300 properties and mine still shows as one of the first in my area. But I can’t tell from many of the listings if they are really in my city or not.
I don’t click on map features and zoom in, etc. when I am searching for places. I just expect that if I punch in the name of a city, then at least those will appear first, and then maybe places further away will appear towards the end. I really hope I am in the minority. What is such a shame is that someone wants to be in my area and they end up booking some place 30 minutes down the road.