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Airbnb Alternatives: Where to Make More Money Off Your Short-term Rental or Vacation Home

Airbnb isn’t the only option when it comes to marketing your short-term rental properties. Here are seven Airbnb alternatives you’ll want on your radar.

[Updated: Apr 09, 2021 ] Dec 16, 2019 by Aly J. Yale

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HomeAway / VRBO $499 per year or 8% commission per booking 190 countries, millions of travelers annually • Built-in pricing tool

• Customizable house rules

• Two-way reviews

• Fraud protection

• $1 million in liability protection

Vacasa 35% management fee 17 countries, 2 million guests per year • Full-service property management, housekeeping, and guest booking

• Promotion on other listing platforms, including Airbnb, Expedia & VRBO

• Built-in pricing tools

• Real-time data and analytics

• Included 3D virtual tours and professional HD photography

TurnKey 17.5% commission or higher, depending on your listing and market Marketing on 50-plus travel websites, promotion to 130 million Marriott Bonvoy members • Annual revenue guarantee

• Full-service property management, housekeeping, and guest booking

• Promotion on 50-plus travel websites

• Fraud protection

• Included photography, virtual tour, and digital floor plan

• Nearly $5,000 in home technology (digital locks, noise monitors, etc.) Variable commission per booking (see your area’s commission structure here) 1.5 million nights booked daily • Included Google Maps advertising

• Promotion with airlines like Emirate, American Airlines, and EasyJet

• Guest misconduct reporting

FlipKey 3% fee per booking Worldwide exposure and millions of visitors per day via TripAdvisor • Promotion in TripAdvisor search results

• Payments in 24 hours

• Listing management, booking, and guest communication available via mobile app Variable fee per booking (agreed upon during set-up) 675 million monthly visitors • Promotion on partner sites like Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Trivago, and more

• Promotion on over 200 websites across 70 countries

• Real-time market data and listing analytics

• Included search engine marketing

• Built-in revenue management tools

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