6 Niche Vacation Rental Websites that Drive Bookings [2017 update]

Goes without saying that as a channel manager for vacation rentals we know very well what websites drive bookings for our clients. Here are some of the websites that have been very successful for our clients in 2017… and that you may not have heard off! Advertising with them without having to update calendars or prices is possible only with a Rentals United account!


1. Mister b&b


In which markets is Mister b&b strong?
With a community of 300,000 strong and 100,000 hosts in over 135 countries, Misterb&b is the largest gay accommodation brand in the world. Their strongest markets are France and North America.

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2. Atraveo

In which markets is Atraveo strong?
Atraveo’s website is translated in multiple languages. Their strongest market is Germany or Germans traveling internationally especially to seasonal destinations.

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3. Despegar


In which markets is Despegar strong?
Despegar is the largest travel agency in Latin America with sales up to 3,5 billion US dollars. The company, based in Buenos Aires is present in 21 countries.

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4. CanadaStays


In which markets is CanadaStays strong?
Founded in 2008 in Toronto, CanadaStays is Canada’s largest vacation rental marketplace, offering travelers a wide selection of unique vacation properties, including cottages, cabins, chalets, condos, lodges and B&B’s.

  • Commission? 10%
  • Do I need to create an account? No, Rentals United creates the account and the ads for you.
  • Any restrictions? Only accepts US, Canadian and Caribbean properties. Listings will be distributed to a Extended Distribution Network including HomeAway, VRBO, Vacatonrentals.com, Triiping, etc.
  • Need more Info? CanadaStays PDF Download or CanadaStays FAQ Section on Rentals United.
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5. Flat4Day

In which markets is Flat4Day strong?
Flat4Day is a Turkish based vacation rental site whose major investor is Homeaway. Their strongest market is Europe. Their site is translated in multiple languages.

  • Commission? Free, Flat4Day will add their commission on top of your rates.
  • Do I need to create an account? No, Rentals United creates the account and the ads for you
  • Any restrictions? Extra fees need to be paid on arrival.
  • Need more Info? Flat4Day PDF Download or Flat4Day FAQ Section on Rentals United.
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6. Only-Apartments

In which markets is Only-Apartments strong?
Only-Apartments is an online booking website focused purely on vacation rentals. They’ve been around since 2003 and boast 125,000 apartments in 109 countries worldwide. Only-Apartments attracts a lot of demand from Spanish & English families, couples & group of friends. Their average nights booking is 5 nights.

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Update: Thibault from the excellent Rentalpreneurs.com website wrote a very good article on how to find and successfully advertise on niche vacation rental listing sites. Definitely worth a read!


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  • I’m the proud owner of a niche vacation rental site (https://www.socoastal.com) that specifically targets beach vacation rentals on the East Coast. We launched on our home turf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on June 27th of this year. Less than a month later we’re at 604 fully automated and bookable listings. Would love to talk with the Rentals United team about partnership.

  • James Burrows

    Hi Justin. Thanks for your email. can you contact me directly on james@rentalsunited.com and we can discuss this.

  • Catalin Amaritei

    Hello Vanessa,
    thanks for your mails. I am the owner of three luxury properties rented by agencies which apply an average of 25% commission on the net price to me. I would be willing to join Rentalsunited, but I am afraid that publishing my properties directly to the final client with sites like Homeway would disturb them due to the lower price (no commissions, so I expect more clients). Any experiece or advices?
    Thanks