What are the disadvantages of Vrbo?

Steep Service Fees A guest may find two comparable vacation rental properties but choose to book the property on a website that does not include additional service fees. This feature has caused guests to look elsewhere when choosing their vacation rental, which has proven to be a major disadvantage to VRBO owners.

What are the downsides of Vrbo?

Vrbo Cons. The downside to using Vrbo is that they have much lower visibility than Airbnb since they have fewer listings overall (2 million compared with 6 million). This means you may not get as much exposure for your listing as you would if you used Airbnb instead.

Which is safer Airbnb or Vrbo?

Although both VRBO and Airbnb take precautions to guarantee the protection of their visitors, Airbnb poses more potential dangers for guests simply because it allows visitors to remain in shared spaces.

Is it safe to book through Vrbo?

Yes, Vrbo is a legitimate online vacation rental site.

Why do people use Vrbo instead of Airbnb?

Vrbo's map looks a bit outdated by comparison. However, aesthetics aside, Vrbo offers far better filter and sort functionality than Airbnb. For example, Vrbo lets you filter by user reviews, including properties rated highly for cleanliness and properties rated 4 stars and above.

What SUCKS about VRBO!

What is the host fee on VRBO?

Vrbo fees to owners are typically 8% per booking. This is made up of a 5% Vrbo manager fee and a 3% Vrbo payment processing fee.

Do hosts make more money on VRBO or Airbnb?

To break down the math for easy comparison; If you host guests with VRBO for 166 days out of 365 (which is less than half a year), the commission rate becomes equal to that of Airbnb. If you are lucky enough to host a guest every day of the year, the commission fee goes to as low as 1.65 a day.

Do houses on Vrbo have cameras?

Vacation rental policies

Vrbo has a policy that surveillance devices, which include video or audio recording, can't be used inside of a property. Security devices and smart doorbells outside of the property are allowed to record audio and video if they follow certain rules.

How do you know if someone is legit on Vrbo?

Common signs of a scam
  1. Incorrect or unusual spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation.
  2. More information provided than usual.
  3. A request for you to communicate offsite.
  4. A request to pay by certified check, cashier's check, or unsecured wire transfer.

Are you insured with Vrbo?

If a reservation is processed online through Vrbo checkout, coverage is automatically provided under the terms of this program for the term of the rental period. If a booking is processed or paid for outside of Vrbo checkout, the program does not provide coverage.

Why not to use Airbnb?


The biggest problem with Airbnb is hosts cancelling on you last minute. Most short-term rentals are not licensed and thus illegal. At the time of writing almost 80% of online listings were not licensed. You and the owner could be fined.

Who owns Vrbo?

Vrbo (originally known as Vacation Rental by Owner) was founded in 1995 and now is owned by the Expedia Group. According to their website, there are over 2 million property listings in 190 countries available on the vacation rental platform.

Do people still use Airbnb?

There are still great Airbnb listings and many options on the platform, and the company is making major efforts to become digital nomads' preferred option, but travelers must consider all pros and cons before booking their stay in 2023.

Why are the fees so high on Vrbo?

The service fee is a percentage of the total amount of the reservation, excluding taxes and refundable fees paid by the guest. This fee helps cover the cost of secure transactions, product development, and 24/7 customer service.

Why do people use Vrbo?

Vrbo allows shoppers to search for properties based on guest ratings and reviews, so they can look only at properties that other guests have endorsed, and it also offers a tool that filters out properties that don't offer free cancellation. Airbnb does not offer these tools at this time.

Is it cheaper to book through Vrbo?

Booking Fees

Booking with Vrbo, guests are charged a 6% to 15% service fee of the subtotal (minus taxes), so this can be cheaper than Airbnb in some circumstances.

How do I know if my Vrbo has hidden cameras?

Darken the room and use your smartphone flashlight to scan the room for hidden camera lenses. They will be revealed by the reflection of the flashlight. You can also look around the room using your smartphone camera.

Are Vrbo properties vetted?

Background checks are used by rental companies—like Vrbo, Airbnb, HomeAway, and Booking.com—to vet guests and hosts to see if they have a criminal record.

How do I trust Vrbo?

Top 5 tips for using VRBO safely
  1. Look closely at a listing before you book. Read the listing's specifications, including the cancellation or re-booking policies. ...
  2. Contact the property manager. ...
  3. Do some deeper research. ...
  4. Buy travel insurance. ...
  5. Use a secure payment method whenever possible.

Can my phone detect hidden cameras?

Some hidden cameras emit IR (infrared radiation) light, which isn't visible to the naked eye. The camera lens on your Android phone will pick up infrared light if you hold your device close enough. If you find a hidden camera that emits IR, it will appear in your camera's display as bright blue-white light.

How does Vrbo pay property owners?

Vrbo Payment Policy

Vrbo processes the credit card payment (usually with a 3% processing fee) and pays out the rest of the funds to the property owner's bank account, minus the 5% commission if the property owner is on the commission model. Vrbo disburses payments one day after check-in.

Does Vrbo give you the address?

Property addresses are automatically released to guests 30 days prior to check-in on all confirmed bookings. If check-in is more than 30 days away, a countdown appears in the traveler's account, notifying them when the booking address is available.

What is cleaning fee on VRBO?

A cleaning fee is set by hosts and may differ depending on the location, size of the property, and the cleaner's rates. It could include basic cleaning, laundering linens, restocking supplies, and anything else that helps the owner clean and prepare their rental for their next guests.

What is a host fee?

A Host Service Fee is a fee you pay to list your property on Airbnb's platform. It's a percentage of the total booking price and is calculated based on how many nights guests book, how much they spend per night and the price of your listings.

Do vrbo owners rate their guests?

Hosts can rate their guests when they book and pay through our sites. When a guest submits a booking request and they've been rated by previous owners, their rating will display within the conversation for the owner. On checkout day, a marketplace feed card will display in the host's account to review their guests.