Free Holiday Rental Advertising
The Best Listings Sites For Short-Term Rental Properties in 2019
These are some of the world's leading listing sites where owners and managers can list their holiday rental accommodation free of charge. Whether you manage an apartment, boat, caravan, cottage, house, room or villa, this list should give you a great starting point in finding the best ways to advertise a holiday let for free across the internet.
These sites include completely free listings, commission-based 'pay-per-booking' models and those offering free trial periods.
Global website traffic data compiled using Alexa Rankings which combines the estimated average of daily unique visitors to a site and its number of page views over the past 3 months.
Top Global Sites to Advertise Holiday Rental Properties (March 2019)
- Booking.com 94
- Airbnb 292
- VRBO 2413 (US - HomeAway Group)
- Couchsurfing 4252
- HomeAway 6795
- Fewo-Direkt 14606 (DE - HomeAway Group)
- Abritel 18491 (FR - HomeAway Group)
- HomeAway.co.uk 25029 (UK - HomeAway Group)
- Alugue Temporado 39420 (BR - HomeAway Group)
- Luxury Retreats 53674 (Airbnb)
- Homelidays 53794 (FR - HomeAway Group)
- FlipKey 57923 (US - TripAdvisor Group)
- Stayz 64412 (AU - HomeAway Group)
- Holiday Lettings 67714 (UK - TripAdvisor Group)
- Homestay 71386 (IE)
(Website - Global Alexa Ranking 04 March 2019 - Parent Company)
OTAs (Online Travel Agents)
Be seen by millions of travellers and guests for free!
Using OTAs and listing sites is a quick way of getting millions of prospective guests to find your property.
• Free Listings
Pay-per-booking: 3% commission
500 million guest arrivals (Q1 2019)
Over 6 million listings worldwide
2.9 million hosts (14,000 new every month)
Hosts in 81,000 cities across 191 countries
Over 100 million stays booked in 2017
100,000 places booked daily
Between 2 - 3.5 million guests per night
• No Credit Card Fees
• No Invalid Credit Cards
• Professional photography
Available in most areas.
• Host Guarantee
Up to $1 million damage protection.
• Host Protection Insurance
Liability coverage for up to $1 million.
"Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere". It is the fastest growing global guest community website for holiday rentals.
There have been nearly 500 million guest arrivals (100m expected from Q3 2018-Q1 2019) with Airbnb. The platform is on a path to achieve 1 billion guests by 2028.
Advertising your rental home is free. No long-term contract is required.
Rooms, shared spaces and entire properties are listed under property types as Vacation Home, Unique Space, B&B and Boutiques. Rented spaces include RVs, yurts, boats and treehouses.
Booking commission is just 3% and funds are transferred directly.
The core values of Airbnb are being independent, local, unique offerings, quality and great hospitality.
Tiers of service include Airbnb Plus (selection of high quality, well equipped homes verified in person), Airbnb Beyond (luxury properties will a full hospitality service) and Collections categories - family, work, honeymoon, weddings, social stays, dinner parties, one-of-a-kind and group getaways.
Business Travel (Airbnb For Work) now accounts for some 15% of overall Airbnb bookings.
As a host you are fully in control of availability, prices and house rules. You can set check-in times and handle the process however you like.
Airbnb’s secure payment system means you never have to deal with money directly. Guests are charged before arrival, and you are paid automatically after check in, minus a 3% service fee.
All Airbnb travellers must submit a profile photo and verify their phone & email. Hosts can also require an official ID.
After the stay both parties are invited to simultaneously write a review about each other. Reviews keep guests accountable for treating hosts and their homes with respect and provide an owner with useful historical information.
When you share your space on Airbnb, you’re covered by our $1m Host Guarantee coverage in case property damage occurs and our Host Protection Insurance provides liability coverage for up to $1m for every listing. This is automatically applied to each listing meaning you don’t have to do anything to sign up. 24/7 phone support.
Airbnb in the UK » Reveal
Airbnb in the UK (2017)
Income earned by UK hosts: £657 million
Inbound guests in the past year: 5.9M
Average UK host earnings: $3000
Average nights hosted: 36
Guests July 2016 to July 2017: 7.8 million
Origin of guests: UK 53%, North America 13%, France 6%, Asia 5%, Germany 4%, Australia 4%
(Ref Airbnb Citizen UK Insights Report)
• Founded in 1996
• Free to list your property
Pay per booking: 12-15% commission
5.7 million non-hotel listings
40M confirmed reservations per month
Website visitors per month: approx. 480M
• No guest booking fees
We don’t charge the guest. Unlike other platforms, the price you set is the price we display
Booking.com is the world’s #1 accommodation site with 1.5 million nights booked every day.
There are over 5.6 million holiday homes, apartments and other unique places to stay on Booking.com located in 128,000 destinations across 227 countries and territories.
Apartments, B&B, boats, cabins, campsites, country houses, guest houses, holiday homes, villas – list any type of property or room.
Listing your holiday rental home is 100% free. No long-term contract is required.
Instant access to a large global audience. We actively promote your property all year round on Google, Bing and Yahoo. We make sure your place is visible to an international audience, exposing you to the highest possible number of potential bookers.
We partner with airline companies such as KLM, Emirates, American Airlines, Easyjet and much more to promote your property to their customers.
Your place, your rules - choose your prices, policies and rules for guests.
We’ve got your back – access to 24/7 support by phone and guest misconduct reporting. Daily local team support is offered in 198 offices in 70 different countries around the world.
Find your perfect match – set requirements and criteria guests must fulfil.
Advice & Analytics to increase performance.
• Free Listings
Pay per booking: 5% commission 3% payment processing
• Alternative Paid Subscriptions
£249 per annual listing - receive unlimited commission-free bookings
• Owned by Expedia
• Global Network
Listings will display on over 20 global websites
• Liability Insurance
Up to $1m liability protection for all bookings
HomeAway is owned by Expedia and is one of the world's leading holiday rental website brands with over 2 million properties worldwide.
Reach travellers in 190 countries across 50+ dedicated sites.
Get exposure to over 44 million travellers a month across the Expedia/HomeAway family of global websites spanning five continents.
In addition to a standard listing your advert is also published for free on the HomeAway network worldwide, including HomeAway.com, VRBO, Homelidays (France), Abritel (France), Fewo-Direkt (Germany), Alugue Temporada (Brazil), HomeAway Canada, HomeAway Portugal, HomeAway India, HomeAway Spain, HomeAway Italy, HomeAway Netherlands, HomeAway Norway, HomeAway Austria, HomeAway Argentina, HomeAway Finland, HomeAway Denmark, HomeAway Sweden, HomeAway Mexico, HomeAway Australia & HomeAway Columbia.
Renting out your home for holiday lets is what HomeAway is all about. Properties advertised are generally 'whole properties' (not rooms) and include houses, apartments, villas, barns, boats, bungalows, cabins, castles, chalets, chateaus, cottages, estates, mansions, yachts and yurts.
The dashboard and mobile app help owners manage listings, communicate with guests, update calendars and deal with payments, bookings and reviews.
Liability Insurance provides owners and property managers with liability protection of up to $1m (USD) for all stays processed online through the HomeAway platform – at no additional cost to you.
Premier partners who provide exceptional guest experiences get a top partner search badge, access to new tools, priority customer support, more ways to communicate with guests pre-booking and can be featured in promotional emails, videos and social media.
MarketMinder is HomeAway's revenue management tool to help property managers identify opportunities for higher revenue and occupancy, track competition and highlight local events and holidays could affect demand.
Owners only pay for confirmed bookings on the pay-per-booking model. You are free to deactivate your listing when you don't want to rent out your accommodation.
Earn money by renting out your holiday rental, home or spare room on TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel community with over 800,000 holiday rentals in over 190 countries. Travellers know TripAdvisor.
340 million monthly unique visitors (on average) use TripAdvisor to plan and book their perfect trip.
Your listing will appear in the 'Holiday Rentals/Vacation Rentals' search tab on TripAdvisor. Some listings will also appear in the 'Hotels and Places to Stay' search depending on other local accommodation on offer.
It's free to publish your listing and there is no contract. Commission is just 3%, deducted from your guest's payment.
Your listing will automatically appear on our family network of 26 popular holiday rental sites across the world: FlipKey, Holiday Lettings, HouseTrip, Niumba & Vacation Home Rentals.
- Set up your free TripAdvisor Rentals listing in minutes.
- Guests search and find your place.
- They contact you with a booking enquiry.
- If you accept the booking, your guest pays on our secure website.
We'll notify you via email, text message, or our mobile app that you have a new enquiry or booking request from a traveller. Read and reply to all of your messages from your TripAdvisor account's Inbox.
Protected Payments - We collect your money safely and on time giving you peace of mind. Payouts by bank transfer or PayPal.
Easy Tools - Track everything from enquiry to check-out.
Trusted Reviews - Give travellers more confidence to book your home.
Deferred Deposit Payment - TripAdvisor can now hold damage deposits on behalf of owners and not charge anything unless there is a claim made within 7 days, meaning the overall rental rate is cheaper for the guest.
Featured Listing Sites
Clickstay started in 2003 as Villarenters before rebranding several years ago. With more than 56,000 properties worldwide, Clickstay has accommodated over 600,000 guests in over 80 countries.
Much of our catalogue is in Spain but we have villas and apartments across Europe in Portugal, Italy, Cyprus, France and Turkey. Further afield we offer popular destinations including Florida, Thailand, Barbados and Sri Lanka.
Add late-booking, early-bird and even long-stay discounts to your properties.
One of our fundamental tools for pushing your property in front of potential renters is our social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Clickstay is a great option to rent out your home for holiday lets. iCal synchronisation and Whatsapp and Facebook property sharing buttons for guests. Listing is essentially free with a verification fee of £1.
Farmbnb is a booking platform dedicated to countryside properties including glamping, cottages, farmstays, agriturismos, b&b's and small hotels.
We focus on the 2/3 of the day - the experiences and activities on the property and in the area, not so much on the room and the night.
Whether you make your own cheeses, ham, juices or wine; have goats, sheep, horses or alpacas; offer free rental bikes, canoes or fishing rods; are located by a forest full of mushrooms or the best hiking / biking paths in the world, Farmbnb will focus on these experiences, instead of ignoring them.
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theholidaylet is an independent UK based website focusing on holiday properties DIRECT FROM THE OWNER. Our site has excellent search facilities and navigation and is designed for owners who wish to manage their own advertising, enquiries and bookings.
We do not charge commission or fees. We offer the 1st year’s advertising at £30 and the 2nd year is free. Adverts are comprised of up to 28 large images, video, google map, guestbook, automatic currency converter and website link. Availability calendars can be synched via iCal and advertisers with more than one property can also link their ads together.
If you have a spare room, join the global Homestay community of over 50,000 accommodations in 160 countries.
Listing is free and there is no long term commitment required as a Homestay.com host.
In order to create an authentic travel experience, HomeStay simply requires someone to be living in the same property so it is not vacant.
You have full control over who stays in your home and when. Use Homestay's video call technology and messaging system to to get to know your guests in advance.
Rooms are typically booked by tourists, university students and gap-year travellers who want to experience the local community and culture of your location.
Homestay hosts are real people, sharing their homes, offering guests a unique window into life in a new place and earning much needed extra income.
411chalet.com offer owners to add up to 2 cottages for free for 1 year. Then we have a flat 20$ fee per cottage if they want to continue with us. We are targeting Quebec province but accept all of Canada for now.
A1 Vacations - List your vacation rental for free. Over 14,000 vacation rentals and growing. Increase your bookings through promoting your vacation rental home to millions of travelers from around the world for free. Easy to use, No Booking Fee, No Communication Restrictions.
Aabode.com is the future of holiday accommodation platforms. When listing with Aabode.com, there are no fees. In fact, every property listed on Aabode.com is charged ZERO commission! The savings and perks of listing with Aabode.com are endless!
Book with Owner - Create a great looking listing page, with up to 30 pictures, plenty of space for you to describe your accommodation, and an availability calendar with iCal import/export. Direct response via the enquiry form and your phone number(s) on the page. Get commission-free bookings.
Connecting Rentals Worldwide offers free vacation rental listings for property Owners. The site provides advanced search refinements to help Travelers find the perfect Vacation Rental for their next trip.
Easytour - Easytour provides online booking service for holiday houses in New Zealand. The landlords who own a rental property in New Zealand are warmly welcomed to list your house on our website. Landlords can also rent out their idle cars to the guests along with the bach to earn extra income. Join us today and list your bach with no commission for 3 years!
Euro Direct Rentals - We offer holiday property owners or agents the perfect option to advertise your rental(s), a single property can be listed FREE (forever), we take no commission, no forwarding fee and no subscription, bookings are made directly with the owners. We also use our social media links to promote rentals.
Go To Mauritius - We are a young start up just launched on a world wide basis. We offer up to 5 free listings, no commissions or service charge, with complete back office, iCal to sync your calendars, add on service modules, multi-lingual and currency. List free of charge now!
Lets Let Algarve is an owner-direct listing site for villas and apartments in The Algarve, with no commission and no traveller booking fees. We offer an initial no-commitment free trial, after which you simply pay an annual subscription to advertise your property. Visit our site to sign up online, then create your listing(s) using our speedy control panel!
Ski Lettings - A website dedicated to helping fellow owners promote their accommodation online. More than a listing website, we are about to launch a new service helping owners establish a true online presence, with web design, hosting, management and experts on-tap for all your techy questions. We'll look after the tech, leaving you free to take care of your guests.
TravelResponder - Find holiday rentals - villa holidays, apartments, cottages and other holiday homes in 150+ countries. Book your accommodation directly from real and verified owners to save up to 30%. No commission, Direct communication at TravelResponder.com. Free 60-Day Trial then only $99 per year. There's no risk and no obligation
Vacation Cluster is an essential website for rental managers, holiday makers, travelers, home seekers and people searching for vacation rental homes for their family. We allow property owners to list their vacation rental properties free of cost.
Please note that the majority of holiday letting websites listed above have provided the information listed. Links will take visitors to third party websites. We will not be held accountable for any changes to advertising terms and conditions or issues which may result from your listing.
Owners or managers need generally only publish their properties on one HomeAway-owned site and one TripAdvisor-owned site. The listing should automatically display on all other sites in the same network.
As well as iCal calendar synchronisation, channel managers can assist rental managers in distributing listings across numerous sites.
For full and open transparency, NeedMoreRentals may receive a small referral commission for completed property listings with a few of the above companies. This simply keeps our site running free or charge and there is no cost to you.
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