Good News: There's Now an Easy Way to Compare Vacation Rental Prices
Tripping.com released a new feature that helps travelers save money—sometimes hundreds of dollars—on home rentals.
Want to get the best deal on a Tuscan villa rental or Hamptons summer cottage? Tripping.com can help. The site—which has made its name by aggregating rental home listings from sites like VRBO and HomeAway—now helps you make sure you get the lowest possible price for the listing you want. Its new Price Comparison feature, launching today, shows you when a property is listed across more than one home rental site—say, Villas.com and Booking.com—and tells you which one is offering the better deal. “Based on initial research, close to 20 percent of our inventory is currently listed on multiple sites,” says Jen O’Neal, Founder and CEO of Tripping.com. And because owners will sometimes vary the price of their listings across platforms, Tripping.com estimates that the feature will save travelers an average of 18 percent per night.
On a beta preview of the tool, we found that the results can really stack up. A rental in South Lake Tahoe, for instance, was listed for $1130 a night on Booking.com, $1,125 on RedAwning, and $800 on VacayHero.com, all for the same dates. For a weeklong stay, that could represent a savings of $2,275. Another home in Maui was listed for $4,112 on HouseTrip and $3,500 on OwnerDirect—a difference of $612 per night. That said, most properties with price differences had far less variation, often times fluctuating as little as $1 per night. But peace of mind is basically a guarantee—and that’s worth a lot.