Save Money On Your Next Vacation -The Importance Of #BookDirect

Save Money On Your Next Vacation #BookDirect
Save Money On Your Next Vacation #BookDirect

Save Money On Your Next Vacation. Today Is Guest Education Day where we share The Importance Of #BookDirect!

February 7, 2018 marks the first Vacation Rental Industry-wide campaign to bring awareness to our guests and guests of ALL worldwide vacation rentals by owners. The industry has chosen a simple hashtag to represent what it means to work directly with owners of Vacation Rentals – #BookDirect.

February 6, 2019 – UPDATE!  #BookDirect is working. Our guests are saving hundreds of dollars by booking directly with us, the vacation rental owner, an not using booking sites that charge fees!

For many years Online Travel Agencies (OTA) and online booking sites have been charging guests ‘convenience’ or ‘booking’ fees with little to no added value in the way of products or services. It’s simply a way to line the pockets of corporations with your hard earned dollars.

There was a time (before Expedia paid 4 BILLION dollars to acquire it) when VRBO.com was the vacation rental industry leader. In the beginning, VRBO was a simple plan really that became immensely successful.  Create a website where owners can pay a subscription fee to list their vacation rental. Guests pay nothing, but sign up to find rentals in the destination of their vacation, a matchmaking service if you will. But four billion dollars of stockholder money needs to be repaid and Expedia is doing that on the backs of vacationers like you and me. The booking fees are created using a mysterious algorithm and can range from 7 to 18%.  Vacation Rental owners do not collect this fee. Needles to say, we don’t list or advertise with VRBO (or any site that collects fees from guests.)

Guest Education Day #BookDirect

 

At Kihei Hale O Maluhia, we NEVER charge booking fees and NEVER list or advertise with websites that do either.  We think guests would agree that they’re looking for the best travel deals and want to spend hard earned money on activities, eating out or shopping. Not paying fees.

So today we ask that you share with your friends the hashtag #BookDirect. Help spread the word that the true value in travel lies with working directly with owners. After all, who knows our condo better than us? Certainly not an agent in a call center half-way around the world.

Guest Education Day #BookDirect

Benefits of #BookDirect

Book direct and save: Did you know that it’s not just VRBO that charges these outrageous fees. Airbnb, HomeAway and TripAdvisor also add hundreds of dollars of fees to your booking total?

When you book direct, you have direct contact with the manager or owner: When booking a vacation rental, peace of mind is important. Want to know if there is a grill, a kayak, 24/7 service, a grocery store close by? When you book direct, you can find out many of these important questions and more before you commit to booking.

The best price isn’t on the OTAs: Unlike hotels, OTAs and aggregators (like Airbnb, Expedia, Booking.com, VRBO.com, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and FlipKey) don’t have the best price for travelers. In fact, you can save hundreds by booking direct and booking local.

Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t event listed on the major sites: Because of the cost of using the big sites, the best vacation homes with the highest demand cannot be found on the big websites. For example along North Carolina’s beaches, alone, only 30 percent of the homes for rent can be found on the big websites. By limiting your search to the aggregating websites, you might be missing out on the best vacation home for your family or group.

Mangers and owners have intimate knowledge about the destination: They can direct you the best rental for your needs and send you to the best activities, restaurants, and area service providers.

If you have special needs, a manager or homeowner can help: Looking for help with your family’s special needs or are you celebrating a special event like an anniversary or birthday? An owner or manager can work with you directly to help with any of your individual needs and give you these assurances before you commit to a booking.

During non-peak travel times, managers and owners have special offers available: From events and activities to special rates to onsite services, with direct communication with managers and owners, you get insider knowledge and the best offers.

The Evolution Is NOW

The travel industry is evolving to meet the needs of travelers and we recognize that and are evolving too. Destination marketing is really a key to survival for owners in a sea of rentals that are popping up.  We’ve partnered with www.VacationSoup.com a breakout leader in the travel industry.  The approach is simple, Owner contributed travel content driving travelers to destinations. As vacation rental owners, we know our destination better than the OTA’s and we love to share this insider information with our guests. We want our guests to have access to the latest and greatest things to do, places to see, activities to try and we post about it regularly. All of our blog posts are share with Vacation Soup, we’re part of the ‘ingredients’ that make it so immensely successful.

A few weeks ago we wrote a post ‘Best Money Saving Travel Tip‘ about saving money by booking direct. Essentially we were just ahead of this industry wide campaign to bring awareness to travelers looking to save money.

Travel Outside Of Maui

We know that our guests travel to places other than Maui and we’d like to share a few of the listing sites we’ve partnered with that DO NOT charge booking fees and allow direct contact with owners, saving you $$.

• TIP – When searching for a Vacation Rental, seek out regional listing sites!

Listing Sites with NO BOOKING FEES

www.VacationSoup.com

www.vacation.rentals/

www.vhrnetwork.com

www.homeescape.com

www.houfy.com/

Alternately, many vacation rental owners who are transitioning away from the big listing sites are still listed there but can be found by doing a simple Google search using the unit #, name of the vacation rental or looking the owner up on Facebook.

And finally, Facebook has seen an explosion in regional groups where owners and guests can chat about rentals available and things to see and do at the vacation destination. Simply search for groups using your desired destination as the keyword.

While we don’t advertise on this listing site, you can see that their parody really sums it up in a comical way.

 

 

 

 

Looking for more Maui vacation ideas? Lots of things to see and do,

come on over and visit our Local Maui Guide!

 

Save Money On Your Next Vacation #BookDirect - www.AlohaCondoRental.com Vacation Rental Maui

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Why We Love Our Guests

Why We Love Our Guests
Why We Love Our Guests!

We really love our guests! They say the nicest things, and it’s our pleasure to go above and beyond all other Maui vacation rentals. Have a look at what one guest wrote in our Guest Book.

Why We Love Our Guests

If you’re thinking about where to stay on your Maui Vacation, consider Kihei Hale O Maluhia. You know you’re renting direct from the owner, no middleman, and that we’re here for you. Our Availability Calendar is live and up to date. Have a look and see when you can make your Maui Vacation Dreams come true!

 

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come on over and visit our Local Maui Guide or Maui Events Calendar!

 

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Best Money Saving Travel Tip

Best Money Saving Travel Tip
Best Money Saving Travel Tip

Are you dreaming of getting away?  Summer vacation is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning and booking your Maui Vacation!

Many don’t know this but most listing sites are now charging you huge BOOKING FEES or ‘Service Fees‘ when you book through their platform. AirBnB set the trend and it wasn’t long before VRBO (and the whole family of HomeAway websites), Trip Advisor and FlipKey followed suit. These corporations are happy to tack on an addition 12% to a whopping 20% just for the “convenience” of booking through their platform.

Imagine you’re paying the following;

 

Best Money Saving Travel Tip

 

With the big booking sites you could be paying a whopping $166 more or worse!

 

A colleague sent us this actual phone screenshot of a quote from TripAdvisor (not for our rental but another). Note the $500.00 TripAdvisor Fee plus a Booking Fee of $136.30.  The fees are more than the rental cost.  No, we’re not kidding!  Insane right?  

Best Money Saving Travel Tip

 

The question is WHY?Best Money Saving Travel Tip

Imagine what you could spend this $166 on during your vacation.  How about a Whale Watching adventure? Or what about a fancy dinner for two at Mama’s Fish House? Maybe you want to rent Kayaks or go Deep Sea Fishing?

The big corporations would have you believe that you’re ‘safer’ booking with their ‘guarantee’. But what if there’s a problem with your accommodations? Is someone in a call center halfway around the world going to help you out? Will they be able to give you inside travel tips about Maui? We think not. Wouldn’t you rather speak to the owner directly, someone who intimately knows the property you’re renting and can actually help solve issues?  Yea, us too!

  • You won’t pay booking fees
  • You have direct contact with owners
  • Guaranteed lowest price
  • Shared local knowledge – We KNOW MAUI!
  • Payments are SECURE!

That’s why we’re proud to be part of the vacation rental revolution and we ONLY book our guests direct. We manage our calendar, our housekeeping staff, and the condo ourselves. The condo you’re staying in is our home away from home too. We want only the best and don’t want our guests to pay extra! You’re GUARANTEED to pay the lowest price when you book direct.

Word is getting out among savvy travelers, no one wants to pay an online travel agency more money for the same vacation. BOOK DIRECT AND SAVE!

Best Money Saving Travel Tip

 

For more money saving Maui Travel Tips, have a look at our post ‘Top 12 Ways To Save Money On Your Maui Vacation

 

Looking for more Maui vacation ideas? Lots of things to see and do,

come on over and visit our Local Maui Guide or Maui Events Calendar!

 

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe to our Maui Travel Guide to receive the latest travel tips, special events and to find out what's happening in our Island Paradise! * Your privacy is paramount to us. We will never share or sell your information! *

 

 

Best Money Saving Travel Tip - www.AlohaCondoRental.com Maui Vacation Rental
She Screams Because She Paid Booking Fees With VRBO #BookDirect
Keep Your Money In The Bank When You #BookDirect
INSERT PINTEREST TEXT HERE
Sip Cocktails With The Money You Save When You #BookDirect For Your Vacation Rental
They Are Extatic - They Saved Money When They Booked Direct For Their Vacation Rental #BookDirect
INSERT PINTEREST TEXT HERE
They Are Happy Campers - They Saved Money On Their Vacation Rental #BookDirect
They Are Jumping For Joy Because They Didn't Pay Booking Fees- Book Your Next Vacation Rental Direct With Owners #BookDirect
They Got An Extra Day At The Beach Because They Didn't Pay Booking Fees- Book Your Next Vacation Rental Direct With Owners #BookDirect
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Finding The Right Vacation Rental In Maui

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Finding The Right Vacation Rental In Maui

We know that when it comes to finding a vacation rental in Maui that you have literally thousands of choices. When it comes to finding the right vacation rental in Maui, reading previous guest reviews can help you decide if this condo is a match for your needs. So we’re always grateful to our wonderful guests and even more happy when they leave us kind words on our online reviews or in our Guest Book in the condo – you, our potential guest can see what others loved about choosing our condo.

We strive to have the best vacation condo rental in Kihei!  We’re proud of our 5 star reviews! Have a look at what our guests say.

Finding The Right Vacation Rental In Maui

 

Have a look at why we get 5-Star reviews.

 

Looking for more Maui vacation ideas? Lots of things to see and do,

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