With #BookDirect Education Day approaching on February 5, we’re gearing up to spread the word on how booking direct can save you time, money, and hassle on your next vacation. These days, the number of online travel sites (third-party agencies like Airbnb, VRBO, Booking.com, etc) can be overwhelming! We’re here to shed some light on why you should always book directly – and why third-party travel sites are not the best option for a stellar vacation.
Here’s what you get when you #BookDirect:
When you book through a third-party travel site, that low nightly rate doesn’t show the hefty booking fees that most charge owners and renters. Companies like Airbnb, VRBO, Expedia, Booking.com and others tack on substantial fees for using their site – sometimes hundreds of dollars! But when you book direct, you bypass those hidden booking fees. At Northwest Stays, we guarantee no additional Online Travel Agency booking fees for any of our destinations! That means less cost for your stay – and more in your pocket for spending. It’s our Best Rate Guarantee! You won’t find a cheaper price anywhere than booking direct!
Speaking of saving money – when you book direct, you could get special pricing that third-party websites don’t offer. Most vacation rental management companies offer seasonal rates and discount pricing when you book direct, cutting your costs even more. They may even offer specials and discounts for local businesses and attractions, giving you more fun for less!
Many rental owners choose not to place their units on third-party sites because they’re often charged high commission rates for bookings. In fact, the best rentals in an area book easily, so they aren’t usually listed on travel sites at all. When you book directly with Northwest Stays and their local property managers, you’ll gain access to more (and better) homes and rentals to choose from.
When you book direct, you’re working with a local owner or vacation manager – not a staff member of a large travel site who may not even live in the same state. Booking direct means you’re working with people who live, work, and play in the area, giving them intimate knowledge of your destination. They can give suggestions on local attractions, places to eat and drink, the best routes to avoid traffic, and more. At Northwest Stays, our vacation rental managers are always Pacific Northwest locals who are happy to share their expertise to give you the best local experiences.
When you book direct, you get immediate contact with your rental management company. That means questions or concerns about your stay can be asked – and answered – quicker than with large, intermediary travel sites. Sites like VRBO and Airbnb only rent you the accommodations. They aren’t there to help you should an issue arise with your rental. Having a local property manager means that if something does go wrong (don’t worry, it’s rare), they’ll be close at hand to make it right. When you book direct, your rental management company can also help with special needs or requests to make your trip easier.
A Better Experience
Booking direct means a better overall experience. Local vacation rental management companies are more invested in your vacation and satisfaction, so they’ll go the extra mile to make sure both are five-star. They can easily match your vacation style to properties and areas to give you the best possible experience for the best possible price.Planning a Pacific Northwest vacation? Don’t take the long way around – book your trip directly with Northwest Stays and our vacation rental partners! We offer a variety of rentals and provide easy book-direct options for every one of them. It’s the easiest way to ensure a stress-free, affordable vacation to one of the most beautiful areas in the country.