Travel Tips: Vrbo shares ways for families to spend smart

AUSTIN, Texas – April 8, 2021 – Today, Vrbo® shares ways families can make the most of their vacation budget amid an earlier-than-ever surge in summer travel demand. For families who are eager to reunite with loved ones post-vaccination and make up for lost vacation time, there are a couple ways to squeeze more value out of your next vacation.

“Families are splurging on their vacation homes this year because they might be staying longer, traveling with more people or booking a larger home with nicer amenities,” said Melanie Fish, Vrbo’s travel expert. “Another reason they may be spending more is they’ve missed out on vacations so are trying to make up for it now. ”

Here are Vrbo’s tips on how to stretch a dollar when it comes to booking and making the most of your Vrbo experience:

  • Book a vacation home that offers length-of-stay discounts: Some hosts offer discounts for new listings or weeklong or monthlong stays. Travelers can use filters to find these discounted properties when searching for a place to stay.

  • Be flexible with dates: Trying an undated search on Vrbo will yield a wider selection of homes in a destination, including less expensive options. After finding the perfect vacation home, check the property’s calendar to determine when it’s available or more affordable and plan your trip accordingly.

  • Book now, pay later: By teaming up with Affirm, select vacation homes on Vrbo allow families to split the total cost of their booking into monthly payments without hidden or late fees, making budget planning easier. Now through April 11, qualified travelers have access to 0% APR financing when booking a vacation home through Vrbo and paying with Affirm.

  • Explore a new destination: Vrbo is off to its best ever start to the year and some of the most popular destinations are quickly getting scooped up. Consider a destination that’s under-the-radar instead of visiting traditionally popular locales. Hidden gems like Cherry Log, Ga.; Bella Vista, Ark.; and Slade, Ky. may be lesser known but have more vacation rentals available to book.

Before booking, families should check for travel advisories and restrictions in their vacation destination and always follow health and safety guidance from health officials and local authorities. Visit this help article for more resources and information.

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In 1995, Vrbo introduced a new way for people to travel together, pairing homeowners with families and friends looking for places to stay. We were grounded in one purpose: To give people the space they need to drop the distractions of everyday life and simply be together. Since then, we've grown into a global community of homeowners and travelers, with unique properties around the world. Vrbo makes it easy and fun to book cabins, condos, beach houses and every kind of space in between.

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