Airbnb vs. VRBO for Hosts
As a hosting platform, Airbnb and VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) both offer the opportunity to rent out your property to guests. However, there are some key differences between the two platforms:
- Audience: Airbnb has a larger user base and is generally known for attracting a younger, more budget-conscious crowd. VRBO is often seen as more focused on families and groups seeking a traditional vacation rental experience.
- Fees: Airbnb charges a service fee of 3% for hosts and between 14-20% for guests, while VRBO charges a listing fee and a service fee that ranges from 6-12%.
- Listing requirements: Airbnb has stricter requirements for hosts to ensure that properties meet a certain level of quality, while VRBO is generally more lenient.
- Marketing: Airbnb offers various tools to help hosts market their properties, including dynamic pricing and smart pricing. VRBO allows hosts to add photos, descriptions and detailed information about their properties, but doesn’t offer as many marketing tools as Airbnb.
- Customer support: Airbnb provides 24/7 customer support, while VRBO’s customer support is only available during limited hours.
Ultimately, the choice between Airbnb and VRBO will depend on your needs, preferences, and target audience. Both platforms have their pros and cons, and it’s up to you to decide which one will work best for you.