Today, February 7, 2018, is the first #BookDirect Guest Education Day! Homeowners are coming together to let you know a dirty little secret: those online travel agencies and booking sites are charging you extra fees! I’m going to show you how to save money on your next vacation.
You might see something on your price quote called “service fee”. Guess what? It goes directly to the listing site – not the owner of the property you’re booking! These fees can be from 5-15%, sometimes even more. They’re double-dipping; they collect fees from the owners to list the properties, and they collect fees from you to rent the properties. It can be avoided!
So how do you avoid paying unnecessary fees? Book direct with the owner!
Look but don’t book
Search those big listing sites to find properties you like. Now google the name of the property, or the owner’s name, or both. Many of us have created our own websites so you can book direct (like this one www.panbeachcondo.com).
Try searching Facebook for the owner’s name, property name, or the area you’re interested in. Most owners have a facebook page for their property.
Just say NO to unearned service fees!