Today, there are many websites that offer alternatives to traditional hotels, for those of us who are on a bit of a budget. It has now become more common for homeowners to list their own properties on websites, and then rent those properties for a short period of time (such as a vacation) to a network of people created by a website. One of the most popular services for this is HomeAway.com, but what is it exactly, and how does it work?
HomeAway is an international residency booking service that allows users to list their own properties, or to book a stay at a listed property. The properties traditionally have greater appeal than a hotel because of location or available amenities, and are often cheaper than a hotel or a resort.
How Does HomeAway Work?
HomeAway is a website that has listings for over one million homes in over 190 countries. As a user, you can visit the website and start browsing through available listings. Owners list their properties on HomeAway and users and book stays at the locations. The website can be used as often as you want, and is free to use.
Users pay fees based on the property owners’ desired earnings for the time stayed at their property, which is pre-determined before the stay is booked. All amenities, appliances, stipulations, and additional fees are outlined prior to booking. The HomeAway website also includes millions of reviews, so you can make an educated decision about where to stay.
Search for available listings on HomeAway
Begin by entering your desired destination, your travel dates, and your party size, and then filter and browse through available residences.
Enter your information to reserve a booking
From there, simply fill out your personal information, review the terms and policies of your stay, and then wait to see if you have been accepted by the renters.
Sign up for a free account
You can also create a free account to better manage your vacations and remember the places you’ve booked with.
Make money by listing your own property as an owner
If you have a place you may like to rent out to others through HomeAway, considering signing up as a renter and listing your property.
There is so much you can do with HomeAway, and so much to be learned! Now that you know a little bit about the vacation rental booking website, consider checking out the rest of our HomeAway course, where we’ll review HomeAway, teach you how to sign up for an account, show you how to book properties, and much more. Start by checking out our next tutorial where we go over HomeAway safety tips!