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The Differences Between Booking. Com, AirBnB, And VRBO – Which One Is the Right for You

Added: Jul 12, 2019
Category: Vacation Rental Tips

Using vacation rental sites has become very common in this day and age. Gone are the days when you would visit a travel agency to book your trip anywhere around the world. Booking everything from flights to accommodation and activities is now as simple as tapping a few keys on your keyboard, clicking a few mouse clicks, and you’re on your way to your next vacation experience without sacrificing too much time. You can even shop based on whether you want the cheapest options, highest rated reviews, or even amenities. What’s more, you don’t even need a computer to do so; a mobile phone is all you really need. 

But not all vacation websites are the same, and this applies even to vacation rental sites. Here are three websites that you might want to check out before choosing the right one to book your next vacation rental property.

Booking.Com: is an online hotel booking service that sees over 40 million monthly visitors to its website. Now by this heavy number, you could tell how helpful it might’ve been to millions of people in booking a nice hotel in an exotic place that even you dream of visiting someday. There are, however, a few pros and cons that you might want to consider before making your final call on choosing this online booking service.


  • Provides an option for sorting hotels according to the hotel’s charges, in-hotel services, ratings, distance from famous spots in the city to visit and also transportation services etc.

  • You can make your own customized bundle package for your entire trip.

  • If you would like, then you can also book restaurants or taxis to take you anywhere around the place you visit.


  • doesn’t update you with the changes that occur in the prices.

  • There is no reward scheme that gives you the opportunity to earn points for later use.

If you are looking for an amazing deal that will tell you all about the experiences of other people who have visited the places you want to, then go for airBnB. This website has some amazing pros that you might want to consider.


  • Communication is just like between you and your best friend. They text you back immediately if you have any query related to booking your upcoming visit.

  • With airBnB, you can save tons and tons of money. You can end up getting hotel rooms under $50 that are actually worth $200.

  • Budget-conscious and adventurous visitors can find a multitude of options that can suite their budget and desired experience.


  • There aren’t any loyalty scheme plans that you could avail as upgrades or free rooms options when you book a new trip next time.

  • Rooms may have to be shared with your hosts, which means no privacy.


VRBO is another online vacation rental service that’s been around for quite a while. It might not be as popular as the other two previously mentioned sites, but it has some pros and cons that you might want to consider before using.


  • Provides an in-detail description of all destinations and hotels that you might want to book.

  • Has its own mobile app to book trips on-the-go instead of using a website on the laptop.

  • Also has a secure payment method for all your bookings.


  • There is a requirement of service fees that you need to pay for booking with VRBO.

  • Upon confirmation, a 10% fee has to be paid which is expensive.

To sum up, not every website that you visit provides the same benefits that may be looking for. Each one of them has their own offers of rental services that aim to fulfill your needs. Thanks to technology we have plenty of online websites that provide you with the best that you could use within the comfort of your home. 

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