For professional property managers, it’s essential to work with a variety of alternative vacation rental sites. By distributing your listings to targeted audiences, you can increase your visibility, which will ultimately lead to higher occupancy and revenue. 

It’s never been more important to drive bookings from a wide range of channels than now. The competition for post-COVID-19 bookings is getting fiercer by the day, and you want as many eyes on your listings as possible.

To help you expand your distribution beyond the big OTAs, we’ve rounded up 7 top-performing alternative vacation rental sites that our clients have had success with (in no particular order). 

Let’s take a look at how to start advertising on them, without having to manually update your pricing or availability! 

  1. Google
  2. HomeToGo
  3. Holidu
  4. Plum Guide
  5. TravelStaytion
  6. TUI Villas
  7. Glamping Hub

The best-performing alternative vacation rental sites to get listed on in 2020

1. Google

The world’s largest search engine, Google has started turning up vacation rentals alongside hotels on the search results page. This means that you now have a chance to get your rentals in front of the millions of travellers who search, compare and book their accommodation through Google. 

The tech giant is partnering with big OTAs and a handful of channel managers to pull vacation rental listings into Google Maps and Search.

By working with one of Google’s software partners to get listed, you can expand your reach, target a highly qualified audience and get direct bookings with no commission fees. Appearing in search results can also help boost your brand recognition and improve your guest experience.

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If you choose to get listed on Google via Rentals United, we’ll create a Book Direct page for you. This is where travellers will be redirected from Google to complete their bookings.

Read our blog post on how to list your vacation rental on Google to learn more. 

  • How much commission does Google charge? None. Advertising on Google is currently free.
  • Do you need to create ads? No, Rentals United creates the ads for you. 
  • Are there any restrictions? No.

2. HomeToGo

HomeToGo is a Berlin-based metasearch engine for vacation rentals. This alternative vacation rental site allows travellers to compare more than 18 million listings from over 1,000 providers across 200 countries. They have a strong presence in the US. 

The main benefits of HomeToGo for property managers are its immense reach, diverse length-of-stay options and immediate payout. In short, HomeToGo gives you the power of an OTA with the control of a direct booking. 

By getting listed on HomeToGo via Rentals United, you can sync your rates, availability, bookings, photos and property info. 

  • How much commission does HomeToGo charge? 14%
  • Do you need to create an account? No, Rentals United creates the account and the ads for you. 
  • Are there any restrictions? No. 

As a helping hand to those that have been struggling to recover from the crisis, HomeToGo has launched their ‘Bounce Back Program’ waiving their commission until 2021 for new partners with US-based rental properties who sign up via Rentals United by July 31st. This offer is exclusive to those who are not yet listed on HomeToGo.

3. Holidu

Holidu, based in Munich, is a metasearch engine specialised in short-term rentals. It aggregates listings from hundreds of vacation rental websites so travellers can compare over 15 million listings.

Some of their most popular destinations are USA, Italy, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Spain and Costa Rica. 

By getting listed on Holidu via Rentals United, you can sync your rates, availability, bookings, photos and property info. 

  • How much commission does Holidu charge? 15%
  • Do you need to create an account? No, Rentals United creates the account and the ads for you. 
  • Are there any restrictions? Minimum 10 properties.

4. Plum Guide

Plum Guide is “the official selection of the world’s best vacation rentals”. It’s an alternative vacation rental site that only accepts the highest-quality homes at each price point, listing about 3% of the vacation rentals they vet. 

This level of curation gives property managers access to a new customer base (one that doesn’t shop for short-term rentals on mainstream OTAs) and guarantees an increase in high-value bookings – if their properties meet Plum Guide’s high standards. 

Plum Guide is popular in several US and European markets, including the cities of Barcelona, Berlin, London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. 

Rentals United can help you fast-track your application to Plum Guide. Once you’re listed, we’ll automatically sync your pricing and availability.

For more niche channels that target a discerning audience, check out our top 10 luxury vacation rental websites

  • How much commission does Plum Guide charge? 16.5%
  • Do you need to create an account? No, Rentals United creates the account and the ads for you. 
  • Are there any restrictions? Each property must pass the Plum Test. This is an in-person inspection by a local Plum Home Critic. To pass, your property must be clean and well-maintained, with high-quality furniture and kitchen equipment, and a stylish interior.

5. TravelStaytion

TravelStaytion offers a selection of handpicked properties around the world. Their portfolio consists of over 85,000 professionally managed properties in 600 destinations. 

The London-based alternative vacation rental site targets an audience that’s looking for quality and a value-added experience. Some of their most popular destinations are London, Rome, Paris and the Greek Islands, and they also have a strong presence in the United States. 

By getting listed on TravelStaytion via Rentals United, you can sync your rates, availability, bookings, photos and property info. 

  • How much commission does TravelStaytion charge? 15%
  • Do you need to create an account? No, Rentals United creates the account and the ads for you. 
  • Are there any restrictions? Only professionally managed properties.

6. TUI Villas

TUI Villas is TUI’s international holiday home platform with more than 300,000 properties. Their strongest market is Germany and Germans travelling internationally, especially to seasonal destinations. 

Listings posted on TUI Villas also appear on Atraveo. The TUI Villas website is available in 15 different languages.

By getting listed on TUI Villas via Rentals United, you can sync your rates, availability, bookings, photos and property info. 

  • How much commission does TUI Villas charge? 15-18%
  • Do you need to create an account? No, Rentals United creates the account and the ads for you. 
  • Are there any restrictions? Minimum 5 properties.

7. Glamping Hub

alternative vacation rental site Glamping Hub

Glamping Hub is the leading online platform for unique outdoor accommodations. 

Their portfolio consists of more than 30,000 handpicked tree houses, yurts, safari tents, tiny houses, tipis and more across the globe. 

By offering unique accommodation types close to nature, Glamping Hub is responding to current travel trends and targeting a niche audience looking for outdoor getaways. 

For property managers, getting listed on this alternative vacation rental site can be a great opportunity to showcase their unique properties and attract travellers who seek a luxurious camping experience.

By getting listed on Glamping hub via Rentals United, you can sync your rates, availability, photos and property info. You can work with Price per Night, Price per Guest or Length of Stay pricing.

  • How much commission does Glamping Hub charge? 4%
  • Do you need to create an account? No, Rentals United creates the account and the ads for you. 
  • Are there any restrictions? To get listed on Glamping Hub, your properties must have direct access to nature. 

What are your favourite alternative vacation rental sites?