Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway, Booking.com, Agodia, Expedia… there are several booking platforms where you can post your vacation rental, therefore it is not easy to give a quick answer to the question which is the best booking platform for your BnB.
For this reason, we give you now some tips and tell you on which booking platforms it makes sense to advertise.
On how many booking portals should I list my vacation rental?
There are so many booking portals for holiday apartments that you can quickly lose your focus. This means that the demand for holiday homes or BnBs has grown extremely and so has the number of potential guests for your holiday home.
In general, it can be said that it is advantageous to use several booking portals. However, it should be noted that the more booking platforms are involved, the greater the administrative effort, as each booking platform is set up differently and requires its own rules and commissions.
By using multiple platforms, the amount of work involved in managing your listing should not be underestimated. You have to be ready at all times to edit your listings and update your calendars to avoid double bookings.
Since a bad and poorly cared listing means negative advertising for your vacation rental, we do not advise you to publish your listing on all possible platforms.
Our suggestion: Focus on the most popular platforms worldwide
As always in life, every person has different preferences. The same applies also in this case when it comes to booking platforms for vacation rentals.
Due to the number of users and the popularity, we prefer the platforms Airbnb, Booking.com, Agoda and Expedia.
One of the world’s best-known platforms is Airbnb. On this platform, you will find all kinds of accommodation from villas to tents.
Airbnb is one of the most user-friendly booking platforms for guests and hosts. However, in order to be successful with your vacation rental on Airbnb, you must be extremely familiar with the platform so that your listing will stand out from the crowd.
The host commission ranges between 3-5% of the night price and depends on the country and the cancellation policy you have chosen as host.
This platform is rather less intuitive to use and offers a lot of features for hosts, which are more often needed in the hotel industry.
For owners of vacation rentals, most setting parameters are rather irrelevant. However, you should take a close look at Booking.com. In fact, if the setting parameters are incorrect, some problems may occur.
Agoda and Expedia
These are two of the best-known booking portals in the world. In the last few years they have become more involved with the topic of short-term rentals.
Despite not being particularly user-friendly, these platforms are marked by the fact that each of them has developed specially tailored home-sharing platforms.
Regarding the host commission of both platforms the difference lies in the fact that Agoda does not charge any commission and Expedia adjusts its commission individually for each vacation rental.
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