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January 2, 2017

How to Avoid Paying Vacation Rental Booking and Service Fees

Booking and Service Fees Charged By Other Companies

Guest Fees Host Fees Listing Fees
Airbnb Guests pay a booking fee of 6-12%, depending on the total of the reservation amount Airbnb hosts pay 3% of the total booking to Airbnb Listing a property on Airbnb is free
TripAdvisor Guests pay a booking fee of 5-15%, depending on the total cost of the rental FlipKey hosts can either list for free and pay FlipKey 3%. FlipKey hosts can either list for free and pay 3% per booking.
HomeAway/VRBO Guests pay a booking fee of 4-10%, but the fee is capped at $499 HomeAway hosts can choose to either pay an annual subscription fee or an 8% pay-per-booking fee (this is 10% if you are overseas.) Hosts pay an annual subscription fee of $349 if the property has online booking and $499 if it does not.
Roomorama Guests pay a booking fee of 15%, or 12% if the stay is longer than 1 month. Roomorama hosts do not pay Roomorama a fee. Listing a property on Roomorama is free.
Gloveler Guests pay a 15% booking fee Gloveler hosts do not pay Gloveler a fee Listing a property on Gloveler is free
Wimdu Guests pay a 15% booking fee Wimdu hosts pay Wimdu a 3% processing fee Listing a property on Wimdu is free
Way to Stay Guests do not pay a booking fee Way to Stay hosts pay a variable percentage of the total booking to Way to Stay Listing a property on Way to Stay is free
9Flats Guests do not pay a booking fee 9Flats hosts pay 15% of the total booking to 9Flats Listing a property on 9Flats is free
CanadaStays Guests pay a booking fee of 8%. Annual subscription customers pay a yearly fee of $349 Canadian dollars plus a 3% on each booking. Pay per booking customers pay a 10% commission on each booking. Listing a property on CanadaStays is free for pay per booking customers and $349 for annual subscription customers.
Bedycasa Guests pay no booking fee Bedycasa hosts pay 15% of the total booking to Bedycasa and have the option of including this fee in their listing’s displayed price Listing a property on Bedycasa is free
Luxury Retreats Guests are subject to a government tax for the property that ranges from 5-15%. Hosts pay a certain commission per booking that is determined by Luxury Retreats. Listing your property on Luxury Retreats is free.
only-apartments A commission of 15-21% is included in the total price that a guest sees. Property owners do not have to pay a commission. Listing your rental on only-apartments is free.
Perfect Places Guests do not have to pay service fees, but local and cleaning fees may apply. Owners are not charged commission when a booking is made. Owners pay a monthly membership fee of $14.95, and can pay for up to 2 years at a time for a discounted rate.
RedAwning Guests do not pay a booking fee. Affiliate site to pay per book. Owners pay a 3% fee on each reservation that is made. Owners pay a monthly membership fee of $14.95, and can pay for up to 2 years at a time for a discounted rate.
VacayHero Travelers are charged an unspecified service fee which is rolled into the total displayed amount. Owners are not charged a commission. Owners can list their rental for free.
VayStays Guests pay a fee of 7-12% on the booking, depending on the total amount. VayStays charges an 8.5% commission rate on each booking made. Listing your property is free on VayStays.

Courtesy of Tripping Aug 2016