Airbnb vs. HomeAway: Which home-based rental app is the best?

Airbnb vs. HomeAway: Which home-based rental app is the best?

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Home-based vacation rentals give travelers great opportunities to save money, stay in areas outside mainstream tourist districts, and to have more customized experiences than many hotels can offer. Airbnb and HomeAway (owner of VRBO and others) are the undisputed leaders of the vacation rental market, each with its own take on how to open homes up to travelers. Airbnb is the biggest, but plenty of travelers are choosing HomeAway. Which one is best?

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Airbnb spans the globe, offering everything from treehouses to RVs, private rooms, shared rooms, and entire properties. In the last few years, the company has offered more "experiences" such as tours and restaurant bookings. Airbnb fans love the variety and feel that the company has worked hard to develop that crucial trust factor between hosts and guests.

Airbnb, because alpacas.

HomeAway/VRBO has been around a lot longer than the competition, and focuses on renting whole properties. It's popular with people looking for long stays. Hosts will often post on Airbnb and HomeAway, and guests may find lower rates on HomeAway for the same listing.

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