17 Jan 2020
Booking your Destin, Florida, vacation is easier than ever. The development of online travel agencies, or OTAs, like Airbnb, VRBO, Booking.com, etc., bring the power to the booker. But, could there still be a cheaper, easier booking option?
Yes! In fact, if you’re interested in booking at a resort with an onsite rental company, it’s usually cheaper to book directly through the onsite rental company.
Booking directly allows you to get the lowest rate on your vacation rental. Many online travel agencies add a booking fee (charged to the guest) in addition to the nightly rate, cleaning, and tax. These booking fees can range from 5% to 15% of the total, which can become quite costly.
In addition, when you book direct, you can take advantage of booking discounts and weekly specials. These discounts aren't offered through OTAs and can often take at least 10% off the regular rate. That means more money to spend at restaurants and on other fun activities!
If you enjoy a hotel-like experience at vacation rentals (think spotless, tidy spaces), you should book your vacation rental directly. There are many rentals online that are offered through owners themselves. However, owner-managed units are not necessarily as clean as those professionally managed. Similarly, we have designated housekeepers and maintenance people so that, in case there is an issue with a unit, it can be resolved as quickly as possible.
Better Customer Service
Because many OTAs are just directories, the company will not have specific knowledge about a property. When booking directly, you can always pick up the phone to ask questions about the units or get advice on which unit to book. You can reach us at (850) 269-1005 seven days per week.
There are several compelling reasons to rent directly from us, Compass Resorts. We're a property management company, and not only do we have local knowledge of the Destin area and our properties, we can also help you get the best rates.
Our team lives in Destin and is passionate about the area! We love helping people experience the Emerald Coast. If you have any questions on the trip planning process (like directions, travel information, things to do, restaurant recommendations, etc.), we will happily help you out.