How much are Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway Service Fees?

Online travel agencies dominated the market place and have been a fruitful platform for property owners while giving guests the comfort of real reviews and variety of vacation homes to choose from.

The biggest ones in the market are Airbnb, VRBO/Homeaway and Tripadvisor/Flipkey. recently penetrated into vacation rental space too.

What are Airbnb fees?

Airbnb charges the guest around 10-13% depending on the amount of the booking, the more you pay, the less % is the service fee. They do not hold a security deposit on your card, but if your host claims and documents damaged, you may be charged for it. They charge hosts 3%, which is kind of similar to credit card processing fee. They pay the host a few days after the guests check-in. Hosts have an option to eat up the guest service fee and pay all themselves.

What are VRBO/Homeaway fees?

They lately became more greedy every year after being acquired by Expedia. They did not use to charge the guest, but only host until 3 years ago but now similar to Airbnb, they charge the guest between 9-13% service fee. But for the host, there are two options: 1) Pay $499/yr listing fee plus 3% processing fee of bookings 2) Pay per booking model of 8% (of which 3% is processing fee). They charge the security deposit on guests card, and it is easier for host to hold the deposit against damage. Depending on the payment model, they pay the host around 5-7 days after the payment was made or guest checked-in. If you connect VRBO to your PMS such as Ownerrez, you are then supposed to collect all charges but VRBO booking fees (these fees are separately charged to the guest) using your own payment processor, which means you do not pay 3% processing fee and collect the funds immediately. In pay per booking model, they bill you for the 5%.

What are Flipkey/Tripadvisor fees?

They have always been charging the guests 8-16% booking fee (I believe it is a flat 15%), however lately they began not transparently displaying it as a line item, but embed into rent price. They charge the owners 3% as others do. Security deposits were used to held on the credit card, but again lately, guests reported that they did not see the security deposit. They pay the host after check-in.

How to avoid Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway Service Fees?

It is not fair trying to avoid the fees which you willingly accept as a host. An honestly, we do not do it. However, for the guest, the situation is different. It can be a bit annoying to pay a hefty 15% on top of a $3,000 vacation.

Most hosts try to avoid a situation to divert the inquiries to direct bookings for not only fairness, but also the lesser you get bookings from OTA, the lower your ranking becomes in time. Also they would give up on the valuable review opportunity.

Sometimes, it is the guest, who wants to know how to book direct and avoid fees; otherwise he would not book your property. All the OTAs have policies against doing this, no surprise there. All these portals have sophisticated algorithms to prevent you from exchanging contact details before booking (one exception being VRBO, showing contact details to some trusted hosts in the inquiry). Tripadvisor filter can be so annoying, you cannot even share the Tripadvisor links of your other properties, it gets blocked. They also do not share the contacts until the last payment is done

For direct bookings to happen, hosts must have a platform to get paid. That could be by means of a professional looking website like this one, or sending a Paypal invoice (which may let guest feel secure knowing Paypal’s Buyer Protection, if not, they may feel suspicious). Hosts are also advised to keep a mailing list of the inquiries and past bookings, and use mailing platforms like Mailchimp (free up to 2000 subscribers) to send emails from time to time to remind themselves and divert guests to their booking site.

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United Airlines ending service with Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. — United Airlines will end service to and from Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport in March.

United told Channel 3 Thursday that due to changes in the long-term sustainability of the particular route they will be ending discontinuing the route to and from Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.

United had not stated whether the end of service is permanent. They say they will continue to reevaluate their options.

Channel 3 was issued a statement from United following the announcement:

Due to changes in the long-term sustainability of this particular route, United will end service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach in March 2022. We are working with customers impacted by the change to help them make alternate plans. It’s important to note that many different factors determine a successful route and our decisions include careful evaluation of our overall network, fleet, resources at our regional partners and yields. With that in mind, we have determined that this particular route is not sustainable for the long-term. As we do with all markets, we’ll continue to evaluate the feasibility of returning based on the operational and financial environment.

Channel 3 has requested a comment from Okaloosa County about United’s announcement.

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Photo: A United Airlines jetliner lifts off from a runway at Denver International Airport, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Southwest Airlines Service To Destin/Ft. Walton (VPS)

Beginning May 6, 2021, Southwest will commence service to an 11th airport in the Sunshine State, bringing a third option for beachcombers to access the Florida panhandle. Southwest Customers will be able to fly nonstop between Destin/Ft. Walton Beach and four destinations: Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Dallas (Love Field), and Nashville, bringing additional connecting or same-plane service to more than 50 cities, with added nonstop service to Chicago (Midway) beginning June 6, 2021. This new service is available for purchase now at

VPS is a very convenient airport, just 30 mins drive from our condos. Book your vacation rental now.

COVID-19 Policies

Our standard cancellation policy is in effect for bookings done after 03/31/2020.

Although not mandatory, Resort Management kindly requests guests to wear masks wherever they cannot socially distance (i.e. elevators)

How do we clean our condos?

– Bathrooms
Clorox 4 In One Disinfecting Spray Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner + Bleach
Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner Clinging Bleach Gel

– Kitchen and living rooms
Microban 24 Hour Multi-Purpose Cleaner.
Alcohol to clean windows and all glass surfaces.
Soap and hot water and new sponge

Housekeeper washes hands immediately after entering the condo and puts on rubber gloves, sprays all light fixtures and door knobs. Keeping the gloves on; gathers all dirty linen in a trash bag and in laundry linen bag.

She washes her hands, puts on new pair of gloves and clean the kitchen. Soaks the counter tops with Microban multi purpose disinfectant spray. To decontaminate a surface, she scrubs it until the entire surface is wet, and then let it dry on its own. She wipes it up with paper towels and then spray a light spray and let air dry. For food preparation areas she uses hot water and soap; scrubbing the entire area.

She sprays disinfectant on all remotes, wipes them and sprays again, lets dry. She vacuums all floors and uses steam cleaner and a hand held steamer. She steams the couch and beds before making them up with clean linen. The bathrooms are sprayed down with bleach and disinfectant spray, everything is soaked and cleaned. All towels are replaced no matter if they are clean and bath mats are replaced with clean ones. Trash cans are washed and wiped out and sprayed with disinfectant.

Vervaco Cross Stitch Kits

A great hobby for isolation days

These days are difficult for all of us. Especially keeping ourselves and our children occupied is the biggest challenge. Here is a great suggestion: Cross Stitch Kits, both for children and adults.

Craftmar is a company importing the famous Vervaco Cross Stitch Kits from Belgium. Some kits are stamped meaning the patterns are painted on the canvas, these are relatively difficult. Counted kits are not printed and you need to use the template in the kits to count the stitches.

All kits come with the canvas, yarn, instructions and a picture of the pattern in them.

Vervaco 8598
Vervaco 21805
Vervaco 149170

Here are the categories:
Vervaco Counted Cross Stitch Kits
Vervaco Stamped Cushion Cross Stitch Kits
Vervaco Bookmark Cross Stitch Kits
Vervaco Tablecloths and Table Runner Cross Stitch Kits
Vervaco Latch Hook Kits

Concerts in the Village, Destin. Sept 27, Oct 4, 11

Gates open at 6 p.m. Bring a chair, wine and picnic dinner or purchase dinner prepared fresh on site. Coke products and bottled water are also available

No pets, drones or tables larger than two feet are permitted. Admission is $15 per person. Concerts are free for Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation members and for children 12 and under. Children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No pets allowed. Volunteer opportunities are available. Enjoy a charitable raffle at intermission. Raffle items are needed. For details and to purchase tickets, please visit

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Hurricane Nate and Destin, Pelican Beach Resort

Pelican Beach Resort is a great place to choose when it comes to Destin. It is only 5 minutes drive to Destin and you still get the best sand and ocean in the area, staying on the beach. This year, we had two hurricanes, having a risk to hit Destin. Tropical storm sixteen turned into Hurricane Nate and expected to take a bath over New Orleans and then north east over Georgia. Destin is expected to have thunders and rain stating Saturday afternoon for a couple days but after that we hope sun to be back for enjoying October and November. Snowbirds are expected to start their stays around December. Here is the link to NHC for following up Hurricane Nate.