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The best online vacation rental magazine for discerning holiday property owners
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Harsh but true
This is what the web thinks about the #homeaway  "service" fee
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 Vacation Rental Marketing News
It just gets worse
Now Homeaway Want To Use YOUR Personal Facebook Posts on their site to better boost their business. What Do you think about them looking into your Facebook?

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Vacation Rental Marketing News
The New HomeAway Terms and Conditions State that All Listings Created or Renewed After May 1, 2016 Must Use Online Booking and Must Use the HomeAway Checkout to Finalize Bookings

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Homeaway drop tiered subscription fees from the 11th of July
Here's some of what they had to say (click link for details)
We remain committed to delivering you more travelers and bookings
The vacation rental space is rapidly evolving, and so are traveler, owner, and property manager expectations. Today, we are announcing some changes in an effort to better meet and exceed these expectations – resulting in the best experience possible with HomeAway. Our goal is to provide travelers with a simple online booking experience and a sense of security that their vacation is protected, while still providing you with the levels of control and flexibility in listing options that you deserve.
#homeaway   #vrbo  

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Get your money back from Homeaway and VRBO
As everyone knows, Homeaway and VRBO bookings have dropped off a cliff in recent months and owners and managers across the globe are up in arms about what’s been going on in Austin.
Many, many owners feel that they have been ripped off as lots have paid for very expensive tiered subscription packages only to have seen their listing disappear down into the depths of page 10 and beyond.
I’ve read lots of reports of owners ringing customer service asking for a refund but HA have been giving a stock reply of – “Sorry, no refunds”. This has lead to a lawsuit quoting, among other things, “bait and switch” tactics.
Anyway, I came across this letter on a consumer site that shows there is a way to get your money back…
We’ve all heard the complaints! Most homeowners have suffered huge losses in rental income thanks to these ** at VRBO/HomeAway. Having said this, my plan has been to leave these greedy crooks. Before leaving I built my own site with “GoWebsite”, signed up for a free 2 month listing with “Vacation Home Rentals”, and a totally free listing with “Home Escape.”
With all these alternatives in place I still did not feel right about just pissing off the remaining 6 months of listing with VRBO, not to mention all the lost money in rentals they have caused me and everyone else. So I called VRBO and asked for a refund since they moved me way down in the listing, because I did not opt in for the “BookIt” feature. Secondly they have changed the terms of agreement on 2/19/16, in the middle of my year long contract with them. You all know the answer “sorry we don’t give refunds.” Upset I left it at that until I read someone’s posting here on this site to file a chargeback against VRBO through your credit card company used to pay for your listing. I myself used a Chase Visa card to pay for my listing and so spent a few minutes and called my credit card people, explained my position and requested a form to ask for the refund of my money.
I wrote how I was moved way down on the listing pages, how they changed the terms of agreement with no notice and to review this site as well as Consumer Affairs complaints on VRBO. Also mentioned that a class action lawsuit process has been started in Texas. All in all I invested about 20 minutes calling, filling out the form and faxing it in. I did this about 20 days ago. I’m excited to say that “I WON AND VRBO LOST!!!” I only really wanted a 50% refund, but went ahead and asked for the entire amount. I received back my full yearly subscription of $899.00 today!!! Take that you son of a guns!!! I encourage everyone that has felt screwed over by them to file a dispute of charges with their credit card company and to ask for your money back. Again I want to thank the person who suggested that people try this avenue of justice, posted on this forum, and I can gladly testify that it can and did work for me!!!
So, if you are unhappy with Homeaway and or VRBO there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
Get on to your credit card company, invest half an hour of your time and you could be $1,000’s of dollars better off in a few weeks time!  

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Vacation Rentals – A Booking Boosting Masterclass


By Alan Egan Want more bookings? Of course you do. What if I told you that as a vacation rental owner or manager you are selling the wrong thing in the wrong way? What would you say to that? Well read on and see how you can easily double bookings… Marketing is evolving. It’s constantly morphing through technology, platforms and more modern, conceptual thinking but if you look at vacation...

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http://rentmoreweeks.com/2016/04/13/vacation-rentals-a-booking-boosting-masterclass/

Posted by Alan of rentmoreweeks.com

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7 Social Media Tricks You MUST Have Up Your Sleeve

Social Media Tricks How many social tricks do you have up your sleeve? One, two, maybe three? Well how about the entire magician’s manual at your fingertips. You might think you know every trick in the book – think again. For ultimate social media success, there are certain tricks and secrets that even the savvy can’t afford to miss out on. Be sure to note the following and use them...

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http://rentmoreweeks.com/2016/04/10/7-social-media-tricks-must-sleeve/

Posted by Alan of rentmoreweeks.com

#vacationrentalnews
#vacationrentalblog

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7 Social Media Tricks You MUST Have Up Your Sleeve

Social Media Tricks How many social tricks do you have up your sleeve? One, two, maybe three? Well how about the entire magician’s manual at your fingertips. You might think you know every trick in the book – think again. For ultimate social media success, there are certain tricks and secrets that even the savvy can’t afford to miss out on. Be sure to note the following and use them...

Read more at
http://rentmoreweeks.com/2016/04/10/7-social-media-tricks-must-sleeve/

Posted by Alan of rentmoreweeks.com

#vacationrentalnews
#vacationrentalblog

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VRBO Bombs To One Star Rating

By Alan Egan When the #### hits the fan it tends to get spread around. A lot! I have just been having a look through consumeraffairs.com’s page for VRBO and things really don’t look good for the company right now. Vacation rental owners are spitting flames regarding the introduction of “traveller fees”, “best” match and more. So much so that the company has received only a one star rating (from 496...

Read more at
http://rentmoreweeks.com/2016/04/10/vrbo-bombs-one-star-rating/

Posted by Alan of rentmoreweeks.com

#vacationrentalnews
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