How to get Last Minute Vacation Rental Bookings & Be Ready

An incredible 44% of leisure travellers and 56% of business traveler in the USA book last minute (source). Moreover, 72% of mobile bookings on OTA sites or apps were made within one day of the stay (source). This trend will likely continue and is a great opportunity for hosts to bring in more additional bookings, especially in off-season. What is is that you should do in order to get the last-minute bookings and how can you make sure that you’re ready to receive guests at the last moment? Read on.

1. GET LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS: Listing Site Settings

With most listing websites you will have last minute availability settings – even though they may differ from one site to the next. On Airbnb for example, you have the option to fill in until what time your guests can arrive on the day itself.

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2. GET LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS: Mobile Friendly Book Now

Last minute bookings are often made via phone or a tablet, so if you have a website make sure that everything about it is mobile friendly…. and especially the payment area! Rentals United now offers mobile optimised “book now” pages for your rentals: see an example.

3. GET LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS: Drop rates

Many websites will make you stand out from the rest when you give a discount. You can choose to do this manually or you can automate this for all websites you work with using a channel manager for vacation rentals. On Rentals United you have the option to set a % discount in a time frame before the arrival date:
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4. BE READY FOR LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS: Streamline cleaning

Make sure you know the time that your guests leave and always send the cleaner round at that time. To help you streamline this you can use innovative cleaning software & service DoInn in many destinations in Europe.

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5. BE READY FOR LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS: Streamline maintenance

The cleaner notices that the vacation rental needs maintenance? Try VQuarter (from 2017) a sharing economy app for maintenance or Bleaufire. Describe your maintenance issue on the app and the right person will come to fix it.

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6. BE READY FOR LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS: Streamline checkins

Whether you do your own check-ins, employ someone or use a company, having an alternative solution ready for last minute bookings is a must. Plenty of Property Management companies will slice their services up and offer occasional check-ins if you need them (such as WeGuest in Spain or BnBSitter in France). You could also opt for keyless locks – in case you can’t provide that personal check-in experience every time – or the smart lock box by Igloohome for example.

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What else do you do to get last minute vacation rental bookings and be ready for them? Tell us in the comments below!

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