Maximize Your Vacation Experience: The Benefits of Booking Direct

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Every year, on the first Wednesday of February, vacation rental owners and property managers come together to promote one message: #BookDirect!

Book Direct Day is a yearly celebration of the power of booking directly with a vacation rental property. The purpose of the day is to encourage travelers to book either through a "No Booking Fee" website, or just directly through the property owner or management company, instead of relying on third-party booking sites such as Airbnb, VRBO, Expedia, and Booking.com.

This event is observed on the first Wednesday of February and was created to promote the value of direct booking and the many benefits it provides. This year’s #BookDirectDay is being celebrated today, February 1, and we are focusing on educating guests on how they can save money and get a tailored vacation experience by booking your monthly vacation rental direct.

What Does It Mean to Book Direct?

Booking with a vacation rental owner or property management company has numerous advantages that are often overlooked by travelers. By bypassing the middleman, travelers can ensure they are getting the best possible deal, personalized service, and the most up-to-date information about the property.

For property managers, there are additional benefits when guests book their vacations directly through you. It’s your booking platform, which means that you control the booking, the terms, the communication, the marketing, and the cancellation policies.

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Benefits of Booking Direct

Let’s take a closer look at why booking directly is beneficial for guests.

Best Available Rates

One of the biggest advantages is the ability to receive the best available rate. When booking through a third-party website, the rates offered can be higher than what is available through the property owner or management company's website. By booking directly, guests can take advantage of any special promotions, discounts, or packages that may not be available through third-party sites.

Many guests also don’t realize that, by using these third-party sites, they are paying additional booking fees—sometimes hundreds of dollars in fees, but these can be completely avoidable by booking direct. These additional fees can be up to 15% higher than the rate you get when booking direct. Imagine getting to use that extra money to go to the spa, take your family out for a nice dinner, or rent beach chairs and umbrellas!

Personalized Service

Booking directly with a vacation rental also means you will have direct access to the property owner or management company. This allows you to personalize your stay, whether that’s by requesting a specific rental unit, extra amenities, or even a late check-out. Direct booking also makes it easier to communicate any special requests or needs you may have, ensuring that your stay is tailored to your preferences. Truthfully, third-party online travel agencies (OTAs) have never seen the property you are booking, and oftentimes, they haven’t even been to the area where the vacation rental is located.

Accurate Information

When booking through a third-party website, the information listed about the property may not be accurate or up-to-date. Booking directly ensures that guests receive the most accurate and current information about the property, including details about the rental units, amenities, and services offered. When you book direct, you have access to local staff giving you information on the best places to eat or the most family-friendly activities in the area.

Better Communication

When booking through a third-party website, communication with the property owner or management company is often limited to a generic email address or phone number. By booking directly, guests can establish a direct line of communication with the property, making it easier to ask questions, make changes to their reservation, or receive assistance during their stay.

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No one knows their properties better than the vacation rental management company or property owner. From one-bedroom condos in the city to large beachfront homes, booking directly allows you direct access to people who can help you find the perfect vacation rental for your getaway.

How We Can Help You Book Direct

Booking directly offers numerous benefits, including the best available rates, personalized service, accurate information, and better communication. So why not book directly this Book Direct Day and experience the difference it makes? Connect with your favorite rentals on Monthly Rentals by Owner today and start enjoying the benefits of booking direct!

Monthly Rentals by Owner connects guests directly to the website of the property manager, ensuring that they are the merchant of record  and have complete control over your reservation, giving you all the benefits of booking direct. There are no fees passed along to guests for using the Monthly Rentals by Owner website, but they get the benefit of finding all of their favorite monthly vacation rental properties in one place.

Book Direct Day is officially today, but any day can be #bookdirect day! Make the most out of your next vacation by booking directly with a vacation rental at monthlyrentalsbyowner.com.

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10 Comments

  1. KENNETHWEST on February 3, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    Looking for a 2/2 king bedroom for December 1 to March 12024 would like on the beach a house or condo on the lower floor with a ramp not steps to the snowbirds rate



  2. Rita Luce on February 7, 2023 at 1:54 am

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  3. Elizabeth boudreaux on February 10, 2023 at 3:53 pm

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  4. Joyce Kubiak on February 10, 2023 at 4:38 pm

    Looking for small dog friendly 2 or 3 bedroom florida rental close to beach next year for month of Jan or Feb . Pool if option. Thx



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    looking for a 2 bedroom condo jan/Feb 2024 indian shores on beach



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    Looking for a 2+bedroom to rent from January 1, 2024 through March 1st in Southwest Florida gulf side.



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    2/2 or 3/2 with nearby pool. Double wide manufactured home are great. Budget is $2500. US from Jan 1-Mar 31 2024. No kids.



  8. Linda Erbele on February 20, 2023 at 5:18 pm

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