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Airbnb vs. VRBO: Which Is Better for Property Owners?

When travel restrictions lift and vacations resume, you'll want to list your property on a vacation rental site like Airbnb or VRBO.


[Updated: Jun 30, 2021 ] Jul 03, 2020 by Barbara Bellesi Zito

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Feature Airbnb VRBO
Approximate number of listings 6.1 million 2 million
Listing fee None None
Booking fee (commission taken by site) • 3% flat fee for every booking.
• No credit card fees.
• Annual fee of $499 for unlimited listings, or 8% per booking (5% commission + 3% credit card).
• Additional 2% fee for international credit card.
Instant Booking option Yes Yes
Communication between host and guest Online through site Online through site
Guest service fee (usually includes cleaning fee) As much as 20% (not including taxes and other fees) 6% to 12%
Listing photos At least 5 are required to show up in search on site. 24 photos needed to achieve a high ranking.
Single rooms for rent Yes, many Yes, but not nearly as many
Whole house/property for rent Yes Yes
Guest experiences available Yes No

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