I didn’t have much of bookings from VRBO at all last year. The last month, it suddenly being very active. How about you guys? anybody experience the same activities on VRBO?
What region are you in?
I am not getting anything from VRBO right now. But our region is heading into the low season - the high season for the Caribbean is the winter, and we are booked completely though mid-May, so I do not expect a lot of inquiries right now.
I’m in Las Vegas. We don’t seem to have so far ahead booking. Most bookings made for about couple of weeks before the stay. I guess because of Las Vegas is a convenient destination for vacations. Don’t need to plan ahead.
Las year for 6 months I got so many fake bs inquires and only got 3 bookings from VRBO, just this February, I got total 9 bookings through February and March from VRBO. Not many BS inquires at all. Just wonder what I did right to get so many bookings from VRBO. I’m currently on pay per booking program, not annual description.
That’s good question. They may have boosted your listing placement due to “Best Match” - VRBO will make more commission off you with a PPB than someone on subscription. And if you have some good reviews now and you did not have any reviews before - that always helps a lot. Even though I am an owner, I always check for reviews on properties, particularly verified reviews, before I book, as that is an easy way to be sure the listing is legitimate.
I don’t know your rates, but you might want to switch to the subscription plan once those bookings turn into reviews - you might save money.
That’s exactly what I was thinking. They make more commission off me with PPB than subscription so they boost my listings. I thought about to switch to the subscription but I am afraid after I signed up, it will go silent again. So what’s the point of that. Let them make more money off me, meanwhile I get more bookings. Seems like a win, win situation.- A new strategy with VRBO? What do you think?
I am pretty new to this, just started last year July on VRBO. I had one booking in September and very good review, then another one in October with very good review. Got tons of BS inquires. Don’t really like VRBO website, I even send them email that suggest who ever design and manager the website should try to use it. Very not use friendly. Like airbnb much better, but VRBO can be a good addition. Especially this year, suddenly so active.
I get the majority of my guests from homeaway/vrbo and have for the last year or so. I’m in the Catskill Mountains.
Are you on subscription or PPB?
Subscription to both HomeAway and VRBO.
I thought Homeaway and VRBO share guests, only need subscript to one website. I listed on VRBO but sometimes I have guest inquiries from Homeaway. How does it really work? I am new to these and very much don’t like VRBO website.
Yes, you only need to subscribe to one website. Some people have listed on both Homeaway and VRBO - it usually gets their listing showing twice. I get the majority of my guests from VRBO (probably 70%), so that is where my “home” listing is located.
I should review what their subscriptions offer me, but I was under the impression that in areas where there weren’t tons of listings - like mine - you would see stuff cross-posted, but if you paid for both you were placed higher. My subscription dates back to the days when you paid for your level of exposure.
I agree that the site is clunky, but I really doesn’t matter one way or another - a LOT of people seem to use it and I can only assume that in my market there is some kind of backlash against Airbnb. OR there may be a misperception among guests that they can only get shared accommodations on Air. Two or three years ago I saw only older follks on HA/VRBO, but that is no longer the case.
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