Vrbo’s president, Jeff Hurst, points to a confluence of pandemic-influenced travel behaviors, sentiments and circumstances creating this rush, including:
“In years past, we’ve recommended that families book their summer vacations on Vrbo by late April to stay ahead of the curve, but this year, there are several reasons why families are eager and ready to book,” said Jeff Hurst, Vrbo president. “These signs are telling us that families should start looking for the perfect vacation home now before the selection and available dates become more limited.”
How Families Can Make Planning Easier
Vrbo now offers new tools to help families planning a longer trip find properties with discounts for extended stays of a week plus or a month plus. Many hosts already offer these discounts, and Vrbo has highlighted these properties with a discount banner. Later this month, travelers will also be able to use a new search filter to find properties with extended stay discounts.
Additionally, Vrbo will soon release a new polling feature for Trip Boards that makes it even easier for families to plan their summer trips. Trip Board polls will enable everyone in the family to participate in the decision-making process on where to stay so they can quickly book their favorite properties before someone else does.
Opting for Flexibility
Families booking far in advance for summer trips should review and understand a property’s cancellation policy before booking, and they can use the “Free Cancellation” filter to search for properties that offer more flexible cancellation policies. The most flexible option allows travelers to cancel their reservation up to 14 days before check-in for a full refund, and more than half a million Vrbo properties already offer flexible cancellation policies.
Families should also check their vacation destination’s travel advisories and restrictions before booking, and follow health and safety guidance from health officials and local authorities. Visit this help article for more information.
 Based on Vrbo vacation rental demand for July 1–31, 2020 as of December 31, 2019 vs. July 1-31, 2021 as of December 31, 2020.
 Based on a survey of 2,200 U.S. travelers in December 2020.
 Based on a survey of 1,000+ Vrbo travelers in the U.S. in October 2020.
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