Budget Travel Magazine"Water Island, U.S. Virgin Islands
"Most people stay in one of the more than a dozen vacation homes (vrbo.com, from $1,200 for a week.)"
SmarterTravel.com"An apartment rental is your best option... it will allow you to live like a local and you can save money on food by cooking at home. A provider like VRBO offers apartment listings all over the city, and puts you in direct contact with owners. You can save a bit of extra cash by staying in a more low-key neighborhood instead of a popular tourist area like the St. Germain district."
LATimes.com"How big is the second-home rental market? It's big enough to support a 30-second TV ad during the broadcast of Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7.
"The first-time Super Bowl advertiser [HomeAway] is hoping to reach the more than 100 million people who watch the big game, many of whom tune in just to see the commercials, with the message that vacationers can rent a whole house for half the cost of a hotel room."
AdAge.com"For its part, HomeAway wants to use the Super Bowl to bolster an concerted effort to 'build a brand and build awareness for our company,' said Mr. [Brian] Sharples. The move could be crucial, he said."
Dallas Morning News" Within city limits of the live-music capital, HomeAway lists 120 properties. Nearly 200 more are available in the area surrounding Austin, including Lake Travis.
" Here are eight diverse vacation rentals in or minutes away from downtown. For property details, owner, phone, photos and additional rate information, which may vary with season and special events, enter its number on the HomeAway site."
Austin American-Statesman"Schlosser also developed the new office/retail project on the west side of Lamar Boulevard at Fifth that includes the headquarters for vacation home Web site HomeAway, Inc."
CNN"Our Web site of the day today: VRBO, Vacation Rental by Owner. Go to any one of these states. Say I want to go to Florida. Click on Florida, and you'll find yourself a listing. You can go to all the listings."
This Week in Travel
RealSimple.com"Search for a condominium or rental home on homeaway.com. The website―an index of 176,000 rental properties―has a “Travel Deals” area for special offers."
WashingtonPost.com"Lodging is the real budget-breaker for a family of five, with double rooms costing upward of $400 a night in desirable neighborhoods such as Union Square -- and you'll need two rooms, or a suite, to fit your gang...
"Here's a better option: Consider renting a vacation home through... a company such as Vacation Rentals by Owner (http:/
Brandweek"Brian Sharples: 'Our ad strategy is actually to position this category [vacation rentals] against hotels. The [TV] ad content featuring [actors] Chevy Chase and Beverly D' Angelo and the Griswolds is really about highlighting the benefits of vacation rentals versus hotels in the area that are unassailable. Space is a huge one. The bottom line is, you rent a house, you get a lot more space-- kitchen, living room, etc. Hotels, [on the other hand], are known for a lot of hidden charges, whether its mini bar or Internet [usage], so we'll play off that. And privacy is a big issue. You got out to a swimming pool and there are 200 other people and you can't even find a chair. That's the way we're setting up [our brand] for the future.'"
Time Out New York"If you want to get away from the fireworks, the party favors and the complete lack of cabs when you need one, just slink off to a log cabin in the country. To find a secluded spot with a real fireplace, hot tub and maybe a great view of the stars far from the city glare, search Vacation Rentals by Owner (vrbo.com) for holiday homes that can be rented at the last minute. We found a cabin in the Catskills with a fireplace, sleeping six people, for $900 for the three nights around New Year’s. Factor in the booze, supplies and car rental, and you can all have a three-day getaway for less than the cost of dinner for two at Masa."
WomensAdventureMagazine.com"Instead of booking bank-breaking package vacations at big-name resorts, discover hidden gems and save money at the same time...
"Vacation Rentals by Owner brings you a variety of destinations cheaper than any resort. www.vrbo.com Budget Ski Vacations Hit the slopes without breaking the bank."