Summer is here, and properties are going quickly.
Did you know that one in three Americans who will take a summer vacation haven't started planning yet? If that's you, then here are some tips to help you secure your HomeAway and get the best experience while booking it.
For last-minute planners, filter the available properties on HomeAway.com to see only places offering instant confirmation. The experience is more like booking a hotel, with no wait for an owner to approve the request. HomeAway hack: Narrow your search even more by scrolling to properties that have the premier partner badge on them. That means the owner has a track record of providing quick, good customer service.
For planners on the move, use the HomeAway app to browse while waiting in the carpool line or for a conference call to start. HomeAway hack: Keep track of the properties you like by “hearting” them, and text or email links immediately to fellow travelers for quick decision making.
For those who waited too long to snag a spot in a super popular area, expand the search. If the house right on the beach is no longer available, move the map to see the closest available places. HomeAway hack: The HomeAway app lets you draw a circle with your finger on a map and will create a list of available properties in that area.
For first-time renters, make sure to book through a reputable site, whether it’s HomeAway.com or VRBO.com. Paying through the site activates protections and gives access to 24/7 customer service. HomeAway hack: If renters have a complaint about the vacation home when they arrive, they should contact the property manager immediately. If the owner or property manager doesn’t fix the problem, renters should call HomeAway customer service before spending any time in the house.
For more information on last minute travel tips click here to hear from travel expert Melanie Fish on FOX 7’s Good Day Austin.