August 2017


How Two “Old School” Travel Platforms are Beating Airbnb

“It’s surprising then, that two companies that pre-date Airbnb and are competing in the same travel and vacation rental space are not only surviving, but thriving. HomeAway, the Austin-based vacation rental platform that also owns brands such as VRBO, recently reported 50 percent quarter-over-quarter revenue growth.”

Travel Pulse

Home Sharing Rentals Booming in Eclipse Viewing Destinations - Mia Taylor

“‘The total eclipse is right up there with huge events like the Super Bowl, a visit from the Pope and a giant music festival,’ HomeAway spokesperson Melanie Fish said. The biggest boon has been in markets that are not typically tourist destinations and don't have a large supply of hotel rooms to host the eclipse watchers. HomeAway Bookings in cities such as Ketchum, Idaho or McMinnville, Oregon, have skyrocketed, increasing anywhere from 100 to 300 percent.”


How to plan a total solar eclipse road trip - Eric Mack

“Rooms are even totally booked in many towns within short driving distance of the path of totality. Still, there are a few resources if you're determined to book something at the eleventh hour. Craigslist, Airbnb, HomeAway and even Sky and Telescope magazine's classifieds are also worth checking.”


You Can Stay in Elvis Presley’s Former Beverly Hills Home for $4,000 Per Night - Megan Stein

“Elvis Presley’s former Beverly Hills home is available for rent on HomeAway, and while it's not quite as expansive as his Graceland Hotel in Memphis, it does feature nods to the singer’s life, including the original gates he would enter through.”

New York Times

New Ways to Find and Book the Perfect Vacation Rental - Stephanie Rosenbloom

“One benefit of trying the Google tool is that you can see the same rental across multiple sites and compare prices as you would a hotel room. And that brings us to the notion of vacation-rental search engines, which allow you to browse properties from multiple rental websites like HomeAway and VRBO in one place.”

CNN Money

How to travel if you're young and broke - Shannon Gupta

“Short-term rental services like Airbnb allow you to stay in homes and apartments rather than in a hotel room -- and often for a fraction of the price. If you're traveling with a large group, you might also consider rental sites like”



Business Booms in Small Towns Across America Thanks to Total Solar Eclipse - Alexandra Talty

“For homeowners located in 65-mile path of totality stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, the potential for profits is huge. First-time users are turning to house-sharing websites like airbnb and HomeAway to make some cash on their pad for the once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event.”


Vacation Home Rental Wars

“Vacation home rentals are exploding, growing faster than hotels. Big names you know like Expedia’s HomeAway and Priceline’s are trying to take a bite out of Airbnb’s wild success.”

Austin Business Journal

With HomeAway growing like crazy, Expedia closes in on Airbnb for market share - Riley McDermid

“HomeAway bookings were up 48 in the first quarter compared with the same period a year prior. Revenue increased 30 percent year-over-year to $185 million for the three months ended March 31, according to securities filings.”

The Wall Street Journal

Expedia, Priceline Home In on Airbnb's Turf - Chris Kirkham

“HomeAway saw a 48% increase in online vacation rental bookings in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, to nearly $2.7 billion.”


Make your next vacation a runcation - Ashley Mateo

“Foregoing hotels and staying at local homes rented via services like HomeAway can make it feel just like you're prepping for a race at home. I stocked the fridge at my adorable rental house with pre-race favorites picked up from Whole Foods, had chill-out time by the private backyard pool (no annoying hotel guests to deal with), and even got to throw in a load of laundry so I could re-wear my lucky sports bra.”

New York Times

See How Tech Companies Got Together for a Day of Online Protest - Cecilia Kang

“Hundreds of companies coordinated a huge online protest on Wednesday against the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to scrap net neutrality rules. Expedia, the online travel company, had banners across all its sites, including,,, and”

CNN Travel

This Stockholm air traffic control tower is now a luxury apartment  - Francesca Street

“Arlanda has partnered with vacation rental company HomeAway and Swedavia to reinvent the 80-meter-high tower as a destination that'll appeal to aviation geeks, design freaks -- pretty much everyone else. HomeAway is renowned for making use of inventive spaces -- in 2016, the company transformed the Eiffel Tower's unused conference room into a luxury apartment.”

From Sea to Shining Sea! Here’s Where Celebs Celebrated July 4th  - Mackenzie Schmidt and Megan Stein

“Holly Robinson Peete: The Chicago Fire actress is taking in ‘the positive New Orleans porch energy’ during a visit to the Crescent City for Essence festival. ‘Btw loving our HomeAway house so much cooler than a hotel,’ she adds.”


11 Vacation Homes That Will Make Kids Yell, "HOLY SH*T!" And Then Get Grounded - Mike Spohr

“Online vacation rental marketplace HomeAway shared with BuzzFeed some of their most jaw dropping rentals for families.”



Japan’s Home-Sharing Law Gives HomeAway Opening in Airbnb Fight - Pavel Alpeyev

“While Airbnb has taken the lead in Japan with 52,000 listings, HomeAway’s focus on luxury vacation properties gives the company an advantage as the market expands beyond individuals sharing spare rooms, according to Kimura. Entire homes for rent already account for about 90 percent of HomeAway’s less than 10,000 listings in the archipelago, she said.”


U.S. News

Vacation Rental or Hotel: Which Is Right for Your European Vacation? - Lyn Mettler

“According to HomeAway, which offers more than 2 million vacation rentals around the world, demand for vacation home rentals is up this summer in major cities such as London, Rome and Paris, each up at least 50 percent or more in bookings.”

Entertainment Tonight

Tara Lipinski is Married—Here’s All the Details on Her Sweet Southern Wedding! - Desiree Murphy

“Last month, Lipinski and Kapostasy kicked off their celebrations with a joint bachelor-bachelorette party on Palmilla Beach in Mexico. The two stayed at Casa Captiva, a stunning beachfront villa located on a private cove. ‘One huge amazing @homeaway house, warm weather, pool and ocean, lots of tequila, Santos- our incredible chef, good music and 14 of our closest friends. What an incredible trip.’”


LGBTQ Hackathon Gives Chances for Community

“The event pairs members of the LGBTQ community who have start-ups that they are looking to grow, and it gives them a multitude of resources. This event is one of many that HomeAway plans to host here once they expand in 2019.”

Austin-American Statesman

Exclusive: HomeAway launches a major expansion that will add 2,000 workers in Austin - Lori Hawkins and Shonda Novak

“HomeAway’s expansion marks its continued rapid growth within the $100 billion vacation rental category, the fastest-growing segment in the travel industry. The new building will house HomeAway’s growing product and design, engineering and information technology teams, Kim said. The number of HomeAway tech workers in Austin alone has grown by 50 percent in the past two years, and the company continues to invest heavily in this area, he said.”

U.S. News

America’s 7 Top Towns to Celebrate July Fourth - Liz Weiss

“The demand for vacation rentals in Southern beach destinations soars over the holiday weekend, says Melanie Fish, a spokesperson for Santa Rosa Beach saw the greatest spike in rentals for 2017, increasing by 67 percent from last year for the holiday weekend, Fish says.”

Business Insider

The 25 tech companies everyone wants to work for right now - Áine Cain

“Job site Paysa recently released a report breaking down which tech companies were able to recruit and retain the best employees from April 2016 to April 2017. HomeAway ranks eighth out of the 25 most improved companies from last year.”


Travel Back in Time With These Affordable Historic Vacation Rentals - Jodi O'Connell

“Historic doesn't mean outdated, however. When these historic homes were built, many were on the cutting edge of amenities for their day. You'll enjoy that same feeling today in historic vacation home rentals that are fully modernized. Many are more affordable than you might think. Some are similar in price to a nice motel room. Others have a steeper price tag, but accommodate a large number of people. Click through to see which of these affordable rentals, all available through the rental site HomeAway, might be on your travel bucket list.”

Fast Company

What Happens To Your Brain When You Work On Vacation - Stephanie Vozza

“A study conducted by the University of Texas and vacation rental site HomeAway found that working on your trip for just one hour a day can make you 43% more likely to have trouble remembering your vacation.”

Parents Magazine

What Kids Really Want from a Family Vacation - Liz Schnabolk

“While your clan may have its go-to spots (beach house, please!) or yearly traditions (check another national park off the bucket list!), the new Kidpinions survey from vacation-rental website HomeAway and FamilyFun magazine found that many kids are getting involved in every step of planning their family’s vacations.”

May 2017

Fox News

Frommer’s and HomeAway are giving away free vacations to military families - Cailey Rizzo

“To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Frommer’s Guides, the travel company is giving away vacations to six military families with some help from HomeAway.”

See Paris in a way most tourists never experience (and save money, too) - Robin Kawakami

“Additional housing options are available through Haven In, Paris Perfect, HomeAway, VRBO and many other services.”


Summer travel tips with Pauline Frommer

“For the 60th Anniversary we really wanted to do something very special. And so we turned to HomeAway, who’s the premiere vacation rental company in the world, and they are going to help us celebrate by looking back at the roots of Frommer’s.”

NBC News

Iceland is Getting Hotter, Thanks to Game of Thrones - Harriet Baskas

“HomeAway’s listings in Iceland have grown by 68 percent in the past year, while demand for stays grew 81 percent, said HomeAway travel expert Melanie Fish.”


31 Best Travel Sites to Save You Money

“Vacation rentals are an especially good value for groups because they generally offer more space and amenities for prices similar to or less than hotel rates. HomeAway offers more than two million rental lodgings in 190 countries, with more than a million worldwide listings across its family of sites (including VRBO and”

Fox 8 Cleveland

Summer travel: Almost half haven’t booked, most haven’t saved - Daren Sweeney

“Feel like you’re behind on your summer vacation planning? You are not alone. According to a new survey by HomeAway, 44% of U.S. adults planning a summer getaway haven’t booked their trip.”

April 2017

Built In Austin

6 Austin Tech Companies Where Giving Back is a Perk-- and a priority - Kelly Jackson

“The vacation rental hub HomeAway offers employees two "giving days" a year dedicated to volunteerism. Over 150 HomeAway employees can be found using the days leading up to the winter holidays building a home for an Austin family in need as part of Habitat for Humanity.”


9 Genius Ways to Save Money on Summer Travel — from Airfare Hacks to Hotel Deals and More - Gina Ragusa

"Indeed, a more expensive vacation isn't even necessarily better, according to a new study by HomeAway and the University of Texas: 'A $500 vacation is just as memorable as one for $5,000,' Melanie Fish, HomeAway travel expert told Mic."

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"'By cooking meals in your rental rather than eating out for every meal, many travelers save hundreds of dollars to spend on other aspects of their trips,' Johnson said. You can search for rental properties on sites such as,,"

Good Housekeeping

50 Vacation Homes You Can Rent for Your Next Family Getaway - Meghann Foye

"This mid-century home is directly on the golf course in Indian Canyon, and the views are simply awe-inspiring, especially at sundown. But the modern kitchen and ultra-chic art will lure you to spend some time indoors, too. Canyon ranch, sleeps 8, $450 a night on"

Chicago Tribune

Spending: Tips for people on the go - Miriam Cross

"The sharing economy isn't always about sharing. It's often simply about saving money. For example, you can rent a house, apartment or private room (or a castle, houseboat or yurt) through sites . . . and HomeAway."


15 Things You Need To Know To Save Big On 2017 Summer Travel - Maya Kachroo-Levine

"Hotels may become your second choice compared to . . . housing options on According to the American Express Global Business Travel report, hotel prices may rise by between 2% and 4.6% in North America this year."

March 2017

USA Today 10Best

You'll want to spend the night in these 10 treehouses - Lois Alter Mark

"We all dream of having our own private treehouse when we’re kids, but these magical places have turned that head-in-the-clouds wish into a real travel option for adults."

Travel + Leisure

You Can Stay in a 'Beauty and the Beast'-style Castle for Less Than $60 Per Night - Stephanie Hallett

"If all the current hype around Beauty and the Beast has you itching to vacation in a castle, we’ve got good news: HomeAway, a vacation rental service, has put together a list of its top 20 Beauty and the Beast-style fairytale castles around the world".

Chicago Tribune

Why sleeping on an air mattress or in a car at SXSW can be 'worth it' - Meg Graham

"The company ended up winning a contest hosted by Homeaway, the Austin-based vacation rental marketplace, to stay in its funky downtown offices for the weekend. Homeaway’s office has a giant 'birdhouse', which it outfitted with West Elm furnishings and Casper mattresses."


Be Our Guest! No Really — You Can Vacation in These 10 Fairytale Castles - Mackenzie Schmidt

"You don't need to buy a royal-worthy estate to live like Belle and the Beast for a little while. Book a stay in of these stunning castles, available via vacation rental site HomeAway, and live out all your disney fantasies, if only for a few days."


Why HomeAway's New President Is Building A Science Lab Instead Of a Sales Strategy - Julie Loffredi

"HomeAway's new President John Kim wants to give travelers exactly what they are looking for and believes science - not sales - is the way to do it. The vacation rental company just built a user experience (UX) lab to help solve complex problems and beat competitors."


See The Coolest SXSW Digs From West Elm & HomeAway - Shelby Wax

"Finding any available hotel room or rental in Austin around SXSW is pretty impossible. A few people are even turning to sleeping in a birdhouse. Well, a larger-than-life birdhouse decorated entirely with West Elm products that is. Located in the HomeAway offices, the cool set-up was decked out for a lucky up-and-coming tech mogul, musician, or filmmaker in need of lodging for the festival."


6 Castles Even Your Broke Ass Can Book for Vacation (From $20!) - Alesandra Dubin

"Vacation rental booking site HomeAway has debuted its Castle Collection in celebration of Disney’s new film, and there are a solid list of 20 to choose from in seven countries around the world."


Here are 20 stunning castles around the world that you can rent out right now - Anna Ben Yehuda

"From a fortress in Challain-la-Potherie, France that sleep over 50 people to a massive estate in Italy's Chianti area, HomeAway just unveiled a collection of castles available for rent that will have you reconsider your current living situation."

February 2017

Los Angeles Times

For the budget traveler who wants luxury, an Asian vacation may be the ticket, thanks to an emerging home rental market - Catharine Hamm

"A vacation rental does have much to recommend it, including privacy and flexibility, said Jeff Hurst, chief commercial officer for HomeAway, which is making headway in the Asia market."


Stay Like Belle (Minus the Beast) in This Castle That’s a Complete Fairy Tale Dream - Megan Stein

"With Emma Watson's highly anticipated live-action version of Beauty and the Beast on the horizon, vacation rental site HomeAway has teamed up with Disney to offer a real-life fairy tale to one winner and 20 of their friends: a trip to Europe and a stay in this incredible castle.”

Elite Daily

There’s A ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Castle Where You Can Live Just Like Belle - Adam Silvers

"According to reports, it appears vacation rental company HomeAway has partnered with Disney to offer one lucky fan the opportunity to stay at a castle in Europe that looks exactly like the one from 'Beauty and the Beast'!"

Condé Nast Traveler

Win a 'Beauty and the Beast' Stay in a Scottish Castle Through This HomeAway Contest - Meredith Carey

"The 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast is getting a 2017 Hollywood live-action remake starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Ian McKellen, and HomeAway is offering Disney fans the chance to create their own tale as old as time in a Scottish castle."


HomeAway: Twice the Space at Half the Cost - Angela Rose

"RewardExpert spoke with Melanie Fish, HomeAway’s travel expert, to learn more about the company’s rapid growth, why the vacation home rental market is expanding and how you can use the website or app to plan your next vacation."


This Small Town is Apparently America's #1 Up-And-Coming Vacation Destination - Lyndsey Matthews

"It's no surprise that Hawaii, New York City and Florida's beaches continue to be the most popular destinations for people booking rentals via HomeAway, but you've probably never heard of the small town that topped the company's list of up-and-coming vacation destinations this year."

ELLE Decor

You Could Rent the Kardashian Family's Costa Rica House for $16,500 a Night - Rachel Swalin

"From amenities such as a splash pool to morning coffee service, it's pretty much your dream getaway, and it's available to rent on HomeAway...if you've got $16,500 a night to spare, that is."

January 2017

The New York Times

Traveling Is Stressful, but Do It With Us, Companies Say - Martha C. White

“The idea that getting away from it all can be as stressful as what you’re getting away from is one that has gained traction.'Customers just really want a break,' said Mariano Dima, global chief marketing officer for HomeAway, the home-rental site.”


How Expedia Is Transforming HomeAway Asia and the Sector - Raini Hamdi

“Prashant 'PK' Kirtane, who is leading HomeAway’s expansion in Asia after HomeAway fully acquired his Singapore-based Travelmob in 2015, is feeling the startup rush all over again. With 'significant' investment being pumped in, he’s charged up to build awareness of both the brand and the home rentals category in the region.”

Los Angeles Times

The secrets to saving money on your vacation accommodations - Catharine Hamm

“If it’s privacy you want, consider a vacation home rental. That’s one of the drivers of the growing home rental market, said Melanie Fish, a representative for HomeAway, which has more than a million vacation rental properties in 190 countries.


Ad of the Day: Nick Offerman Narrates an Ode to HomeAway Not Screwing Up Your Vacation - Tim Nudd

“Nick Offerman... returns to narrate another ad for holiday rental company HomeAway, a year after making his debut with the brand. And once again, he’s preaching—this time in rhyme—the benefits of a HomeAway holiday home compared to the pitfalls of hotels and sharing-economy accommodations.”


PHOTOS: Inside Kylie Jenner's Oceanfront Mexican Vacation House - Mackenzie Schmidt

“Kylie Jenner, 19, and boyfriend Tyga, 27, have been staying at this stunning beachfront estate while vacationing in Punta Mita, Mexico. The home, known as Casa Aramara... is available for anyone (with a load of cash) to book on vacation rental site HomeAway.”

The Washington Times

Vacation booking sees jump in January, travel expert says - Eric Althoff

“According to HomeAway travel expert Melanie Fish, the biggest time to book is now. “We took a look at historical data from and found that vacation home demand tends to jump 75 percent from December to January, with the most popular time to book a vacation being the second and third weeks in January,” Ms. Fish said.”


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Look inside Scotland’s historic Duns Castle with TODAY
Sheinelle Jones and Al Roker take a tour of Duns Castle, where HomeAway is giving one lucky winner + 20 friends a stay in honor of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast".


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TODAY visits HomeAway castle
HomeAway hosts TODAY's Al Roker, Sheinelle Jones and Keir Simmons at Duns Castle in Scotland.

Live With Kelly

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Kelly and Christian Announce Castle Giveaway
Kelly Ripa and Christian Slater announce that the show is giving away a trip to a castle in France, sponsored by HomeAway in honor of Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast".

Better Connecticut

Better Connecticut

Reroute Santa
Travel expert Melanie Fish discusses HomeAway's Reroute Santa website with Better Connecticut's hosts Scot and Kara. 

Fox News Austin

Fox 7 News

Drivable Destinations
Fox's Lauren Petrowski sits down with HomeAway travel expert Melanie Fish to talk drivable destinations for Central Texans. 

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