DECEMBER 2010

TheStreet.com

Holiday Travelers Spurning 'Staycations' - Jason Notte
"Vacation rental site HomeAway spokeswoman Jaime Dito says interest in that site's No. 1 Christmas destination, New York City, has risen 29% from last year. Despite this, available properties still include a $200-a-night, two-and-a-half bedroom, 1,000-square-foot apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, right near the L train to Manhattan and its store windows, skating rinks and monster Christmas trees. The site's No. 2 destination, Miami, got a 5% boost from holiday snowbirds this year, with rentals including a $150-a-night two-bedroom condo overlooking Biscayne Bay proving popular with Christmas revelers from colder climes. Austin, Texas, meanwhile, has seen interest jump 98% as travelers staying at a $169-a-night, two-bedroom condo downtown get to check out the city's usual bands-and-barbecue funkiness, combined with awesome arrays of lights on 37th Street and the Trail of Lights in Zilker Park."

Austin Business Journal

'Jobless recovery?' Not for some CEOs - Christopher Calman
"Officials at HomeAway, Inc., an Austin-based broker of vacation home rentals, noticed more competition for tech workers in the second quarter.  During the coming year, about 37 percent of its new jobs will be technology positions, Vice President of Human Resources Lori Knowlton said.

"Twelve to 18 months ago, most tech-minded job candidates already had one job offer.  Today, it's typically two or three competing offers, which forces HomeAway to ramp up its efforts to attract workers, she said.

"'We've definitely turned around,' Knowlton said.  'Now we're seeing people with plenty of good alternatives, and we're competing for them pretty aggressively.'"

FOX Business

How To Sell Your Idea
"'HomeAway is the leading site on the internet for vacation rentals of second homes...

"'...HomeAway is the place where more people in the world go to to find a listing to rent a home and it's a way share some of your holdings and properties in a much more efficient way than listing agents and newspapers.'"

The Oklahoman

Help For Family Holiday Stress - Heather Warlick-Moore
"According to a survey from Homeaway, an online vacation rental site, most people say their relatives overstay their welcome — some in as little as one day!

"Why are these visits so stressful? Visitors' bad habits.

"Here are the top complaints hosts have about their visitors, according to the survey:

• Leaving their belongings all over the place (31 percent).

• Not helping with the cooking/cleaning (26 percent).

• Wanting to be entertained constantly (21 percent).

• Going through cabinets and drawers (2 percent).

• Dominating the television remote (2 percent)."

Pit Stops For Kids

Home(Away) For The Holidays: Dreaming of Of A White Christmas - Amy Whitley
"Family travelers can find HomeAway rentals in nearly every major city and holiday hot-spot the world over, which means you’ll never miss out on all the action your vacation destination provides (although you might miss out on the noise and crowds in a hotel…sorry about that)."

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Best Of Everything 2010: Best Money-Saving Web Sites
"Best Vacation-rental site:  Stay in a vacation rental and get more space and amenities than a hotel room provides for about the same cost. HomeAway.com offers the biggest selection of rental lodgings -- more than 230,000 properties."

Every Day With Rachael Ray

Home Sweet Home - Elaine Glusac
"HomeAway.com:  You'll find an incredible selection of properties from this house-rental powerhouse."

AARP The Magazine

Until Vacations Do Us Part - Peter Greenberg
"Instead of staying in a cramped hotel room, consider renting an apartment or vacation home.  This can also be a lot cheaper than booking multiple hotel rooms.  Look for rentals at sites such as HomeAway (homeaway.com) and Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO.com).  Ask specific questions:  Is the pool heated?  How many beds are in the bedrooms?  How close is public transportation?"

Outside

2010 Ski Hot List - Gordy Megroz
"If you're going with a group, rent a house.  Look to Vacation Rentals by Owner (vrbo.com), which updates by the minute, offers more than 140,000 rentals worldwide, and has detailed listings for each property."


NOVEMBER 2010

The Huffington Post

How To Stuff Your Travelers' Stockings This Holiday Season - Eileen Ogintz
"If you know parents desperate for a weekend getaway, send them a gift card from www.bedandbreakfast.com, the largest online B&B directory and reservation network. (Promise to babysit the kids while they're gone."

The Huffington Post

Live Like A Local With Vacation Rentals - Millie Kerr
"US-based company HomeAway.com, which owns VRBO, offers some 540,000+ properties all over the world"

Pit Stops For Kids

Home(Away) For The Holidays: The Rental Process Made Easy - Amy Whitley
"HomeAway makes it easy to find the right vacation rental for you and your family. Starting at their homepage, just click on ‘Find a Rental’. Enter where you’d like to go and when, and browse the available rentals. You can sort the selection by price, bedrooms, or even number of reviews. I like that the weekly and daily rental prices are listed right on the main page, so I can quickly get a feel for what homes in my desired location will cost. When you click on ‘details’, you get a map, tons of photos, and a list of amenities."

The New York Times: Media Decoder Blog

HomeAway Returns to the Super Bowl - Stuart Elliott
"HomeAway in Austin, Tex., which specializes in vacation rentals, is buying a 30-second commercial to run during the third quarter of the game. It will be the second consecutive year that the company is a Super Bowl sponsor; its spot during Super Bowl XLIV last February, on CBS, was a first for the company for the Super Bowl.

"HomeAway executives said they wanted to return to the Super Bowl because of the results achieved by the first commercial, which included a 500 percent increase in visits to
the company’s Web site."

DiGiDAY

DIVA Award Winners Announced
"Homeaway, Publicis and Kyte won 'Best Viral Video Branded Content' with the Griswold's Hotel Hell Vacation."

whyGo ITALY

Palermo Apartment Review: Via Butera 28 - Jessica Spiegel
"The apartments are completely furnished with cheery decor, and well-equipped for short- or long-term stays. Each bathroom has a hairdryer, each kitchen has all the necessary implements you’ll need to create a feast with whatever you found at one of Palermo’s incredible daily markets. And for inspiration on what to whip up in your apartment, you need look no further than the proprietress of Via Butera 28, Nicoletta."

FINS Technology

Wanted: Developers And Engineers Who Can Code And Play Ping-Pong - John Shinal
"The Austin, Texas-based company will hire between 85 and 100 people in 2011 for positions in product development, IT operations and technical product support, said Lori Knowlton, HomeAway's vice president for human resources.

"The company, which now employs 400 workers in the U.S. and another 350 in Europe, has just opened an office in Switzerland, Knowlton said. HomeAway also has locations throughout the U.K., Germany and France, as well as Brazil.

"HomeAway.com and its affiliate sites now have 540,000 vacation properties listed for rent in 120 countries, and the company is rapidly upgrading both its websites and its underlying technology platform using the Agile software methodology.

"'We're looking for people who like to work in small, highly-motivated teams," Knowlton said. "Our website has a simple design but there's a lot of heavy lifting that goes on behind it.'"

FOXBusiness.com

Home Sweet Home - Ann Hynek
"Looking to get away this holiday season?  Check out vacation rental resource HomeAway.com.

"Travelers can search for a home away from home, while homeowners can list their property online.  HomeAway has teamed up with vacation rental companies worldwide, from the UK to Spain to Italy...you get the idea.  There's more than 200,000 options available, and the site lets you search among top destinations, and gives you budget-friendly travel ideas, too."

FOXNews.com

How to Save $500 on Your Next Vacation - Paul Eisenberg
"On a recent girlfriend getaway to Miami Beach, HomeAway.com public relations manager Jaime Dito and her traveling companions 'searched several different ways to find cheap flights and the way that ended up being the most cost-effective was to use discount carriers like Southwest and JetBlue and book one-way tickets. We booked our departing flight --from Austin to Ft. Lauderdale -- on Southwest and our return flight on JetBlue and saved about $60.'"

Men's Journal

The New Skiing: More Luxe, Less Hassle - Gordy Megroz
"'Normally condo rentals in ski resort towns go up each year,' says Alexi de Belloy, Vice President of HomeAway.com, a vacation rental website, 'but this year rental prices have remained pretty flat - and more and more owners are offering add-ons like a free night or two.'"


OCTOBER 2010

Inc.

How To Find Alternative Lodging Online - Adam Baer
"HomeAway, which has a free iPhone app, features 230,000 listings in 120 countries... the free service lets you search for specific amenities and policies, such as pet friendliness. Guests pay hosts directly; the site insures rentals up to $1,000 at no charge. Recent Listing: A two-bedroom condo in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood for $249 a night."

Travel + Leisure

Best Travel Websites - Tom Samiljan
"Click Factor: The site has more than 230,000 properties, many of them high-end—some rentals are by owner, others by property managers. The reach is global, with listings available on six continents. Check out HomeAway’s sister sites, vrbo.com (for more U.S.–based rentals by owners only) and vacationrentals.com (for deals on beach houses, ski chalets, and other leisure properties). All three sites are covered by HomeAway’s Carefree Rental Guarantee up to $1,000 for free (additional coverage available for $49)."

Redbook

Save Money On Everything! - Nancy Schretter
"Rent a condo or villa instead of a hotel room.  Nancy Schretter, managing editor of the Family Travel Network, says those rates are often 50 percent below what you'd pay for a hotel.  Plus, you can cook in one of these other options.  Go online to Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO.com) or HomeAway.com to rent from a time-share owner."

Real Simple

Scams Even You Could Fall For: Vacation Rental Ruses - Susan Stellin
"HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF:  If you're going to rent a vacation home sight unseen, stick with trusted websites, like HomeAway.com and VRBO.com, which charge home owners a listing fee.  And always pay with a credit card or PayPal, which gives you more protections.  Both HomeAway.com and VRBO.com will refund you the money if an ad is fake, and they also sell rental-guarantee policies.  You pay an extra $39 on a $1,000 rental, say, and if the post misrepresents the property, your money is returned."

The New York Times: Bits Blog

Google Ventures Invests In HomeAway - Claire Cain Miller
"Google has invested in HomeAway, the vacation rental site that has already raised nearly half a billion dollars in venture capital. Since the company did not need extra money, Google bought shares from existing shareholders...

"Now, [HomeAway] wants to become more tech-savvy, and is looking to Google for help, said its founder and chief executive, Brian Sharples...

“'Google is a product and engineering-centric company that is growing up and becoming more of a business,' he said. 'HomeAway came from more of a business, deal-making culture and now we're trying to move the company to more of an engineering and product culture.'"

The Wall Street Journal

The Trouble With Condos - M.P. McQueen
"What can you do if you are stuck in condominium you can’t sell? In resort and vacation destinations, some owners may be able to wring more income out of a property with short-term rentals to vacationers than from a long-term tenant, if condo association rules permit. Some popular areas for vacation condo rentals include Orlando, Fla.; Cape Cod, Mass. and Los Angeles according to HomeAway.com , a website that links property owners and managers with travelers."

The Brooklyn Nomad

24 Hours In Montauk, New York - Andrew Hickey
"When in Montauk i stayed at the historic Montauk Manor courtesy of HomeAway.  Built in 1926, Montauk Manor is a three-story 200-room property that provides a great place to rest your head when in Montauk.  Montauk Manor currently operates as resort condominium hotel.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984."

TIME

Home Sweet Hotel? - Steven James Snyder
"On websites run by Austin-based HomeAway Inc.—the parent company of HomeAway.com and VRBO.com (short for Vacation Rentals by Owner, which is the site I used to hunt for Paris apartments)—the number of listings has increased exponentially, from 51,000 in 2005 to 540,000 last month."

SoulTravelers3

Family Travel Santa Cruz, California
"Family travel is sometimes enjoying time at a stunning beach and just hanging out with extended family and old friends.  This is best done in a short term rental home and nobody does it better than HomeAway."

The Wall Street Journal

Building An Online Home For Vacation Rentals - Teri Evans
"Starting with $50 million in venture-capital funding, [Brian Sharples & Carl Shepherd] acquired five vacation-rental sites and combined them to create HomeAway.com in 2005. Since then, the Austin, Texas, company has made nine more acquisitions and currently lists 540,000 rental properties in 120 countries."

Austin Business Journal

HomeAway Buys Seattle Software Co.
"The Austin-based Web vacation renter and seller marketplace has bought Escapia Inc. of Seattle for an undisclosed amount. The deal follows an Oct. 5 announcement [HomeAway] bought Instant Software Inc. The two software companies represent a total 1,700 property managers."

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Time Doesn't Stand Still in Vail, but You'll Wish it Would - Elaine Glusac
"Seeking accommodations for 11, however, we turned not to hotels -- too expensive for the gang -- but to the rental homes that dot the sides of ski slopes across the Rockies. I'd seen them from chairlifts, envied their ski in-ski out access, considered raiding their slopeside hot tubs and generally itched to try out ski-town life.

"The five-bedroom we rented via VRBO.com (Vacation Rental By Owner, rates go from roughly $100 per bedroom per night) in the Arrowhead area, the westernmost of the Beaver Creek ski resort, came complete with its own moose head over the mantel, plus a spacious kitchen, dining table big enough for the clan and an envy-invoking hot tub just below the lift."

lifehacker

HomeAway Catalogs Vacation Rentals Across The World - Jason Fitzpatrick
"If you're tired of paying high prices for hotel accommodations HomeAway catalogs thousands of rental properties where you can enjoy the luxuries and space of a home at a fraction of the hotel cost."

Mint.com

Paris On a Budget: Your Definitive Travel Guide - Gudrun Enger
"Vacation rentals, through Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO),...for example, are great for groups or families, with more space, kitchen facilities and central locations. Trusted rentals will always work with a contract, or travelers can work with a local agency to ensure a good rental experience. Expect to spend between $99-$500 per apartment a night, depending on location, size and amenities."

New York Daily News

Room for Fido at Inn Check Out Destinations for You - and Your Dog - Amy Sacks
"Whether you fancy a trip close to home or across the ocean, sites such as... www.homeaway.com can help you find pet-friendly accommodations."

CBS News

Avoiding Scams: RealSimple Magazine Reveals How To Avoid The Most Common Scams
"Stick with trusted websites when it comes to home and vacation rentals. Make sure you're not looking at a fake posting where someone has taken a real posting and placed their information on it. Stick with trusted sites like HomeAway.com and VRBO.com which charges home owners a listing fee. Renting through a real estate agency is another safe option."

TechCrunch

HomeAway Buys Vacation Rental Management Software Company - Robin Wauters
"Online vacation rental marketplace operator HomeAway this morning announced that it has agreed to acquire Instant Software, makers of vacation rental management software. With the purchase, HomeAway is able to expand its suite of product offerings for professional vacation rental managers...

"Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but it’s likely material for HomeAway as it will add another 50 employees to its now 710-member team."

News 8 Austin

Austin City Limits Brings More Than $80 Million To City - Bonnie Gonzalez
"South Austin homeowner Rusty Irons has been renting out her vacation home for the past five years...

"She used an online vacation rental marketplace called HomeAway...

"A spokesperson for HomeAway said they have less than nine homes available for ACL weekend."


SEPTEMBER 2010

USA Today

Websites For Vacation Home Rentals - Lils H. Lee
"VRBO.com is a world-wide vacation rental site set up directly by private residential owners. As of 2010, VRBO lists 140,000 rentals in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, South Pacific and the Caribbean. Each rental property has a unique VRBO code number which renters can use in the search engine or search for properties by typing in the destination and/or amenities. Renters have the option to narrow the search by neighborhoods, then by photos, bedrooms or how many guests the property can accommodate. All important information--such as photos, features, payment procedures, calendars and reviews--are listed on one page."

Business Insider

The Digital 100: The World's Most Valuable Startups
"HomeAway is a massive vacation home rental service roll-up with more than 215,000 properties and 480,000 paid vacation rental home listings in 120 countries.  The company is rumored to be ramping towards an IPO, likely in 2011. We estimate 2010 revenue to be in the $200-$300 million range with about a 35% profit margin. If we apply a 5x multiple to the high-end of the sales range, we get an estimated valuation of $1.5 billion."

AOL Real Estate

Vacation Homes: Is Noe The Time To Buy? - Patricia Kime
"...they didn't want to give up their rural retreat, so they decided to rent it out as a vacation destination. Using VRBO.com by HomeAway and other websites, Cliff Williams now manages the house, Lightwood, as a side business and the Williamses have been able to keep a precious asset."

"[Tom] Kelly says that Internet sites like VRBO.com... have eased the challenges of renting out vacation homes, so he encourages buyers sitting on the fence to keep an open mind regarding renting out their dream homes."

Budget Travel Online

Are Vacation Rentals Still Legit? - Brad Tuttle
"Regardless of recent headlines concerning new rules—or supposed new efforts to enforce old rules—for short-term rentals, we still endorse the option as a smart, fun, and safe way to stay. While there may be new implications for owners seeking to rent out their properties in these cities, renters themselves face no possibility of fines or problems of any kind with the local authorities. 'There's nothing illegal that the traveler is doing when staying in a vacation rental,' says Carl Shepherd, chief development officer of direct-from-owner rental specialist HomeAway. 'None of these cities have any penalties for renters.'"

USA Today

How To Spot Online Apartment Rental Scams - Kitty Bean Yancey
"This is a cautionary tale for the growing number of people who rent apartments and homes.  Yes, there are legit deals on Craigslist or dozens of established Internet rentals sites such as VRBO.com, HomeAway.com...

"I used to be skeptical about such transactions, but after extremely successful rentals via the Internet with...VRBO in Martha's Vineyard...I am such a fan."

The Huffington Post

8 Great Last-Minute Rentals Around The World
"...Homeaway.com, which offers insanely beautiful homes in places like Tanzania and Goa, and many more..."


AUGUST 2010

Tnooz

Five Reasons Why Holiday Rentals Are Becoming Mini-Hotels - Pedro Colaco
"Vacation rentals are capitalizing on this trend and finding ways to reinvent their offer and look for new online distribution channels.

"Firstly, there are now important distribution sites like HomeAway to sell their units."

Travel Blissful

How To Save Money On A Road Trip: A HomeAway Truckie's Words Of Wisdom - John Woodbridge & Stephanie Eilers
"Stay in a vacation rental. By using vacation rental websites, like HomeAway.com, you can often find great deals on any number of housing accommodations in the area you’d like to visit next. You can even RENT A WHOLE HOUSE FOR HALF THE COST OF A HOTEL! And I do mean a ‘ whole house’… John and I ALWAYS have our separate rooms (and often separate bathrooms too!) and there is usually a spacious living room and a kitchen that afford us the extra space we need to spread out after spending 5-9 hours in the Truckster together. Don’t take my word for it though – just peruse the 540,000+ rental listings within the HomeAway network to find the perfect fit for you and your family."

Jet Set Girls

Bachelorette Party Ideas #20: Vacation Rental Homes - Jaime Dito
"The more difficult decision was choosing where to stay.  We knew we wanted to stay in a vacation rental home since many of us had done it before and understood the benefits of booking a beach house or condo instead of a hotel, particularly when you’re with a group and want to spend as much time together as possible.  The bride’s sister immediately turned to the web and used sites like VRBO.com and HomeAway.com to research our options."

AllMyFaves

HomeAway - Cool Rentals In The Suburbs Of Mainstream - Annat Katz
"HomeAway – Vacation rentals galore, this great site lets you tap into special accommodation options outside the mainstream B&B scenario...HomeAway matches more independent tourists and visitors with local property owners seeking to rent their place for short periods. Aside from searching for rental properties by location, date, number of guests and price, HomeAway also allows you to compare rental places by stacking all your checked selections horizontally, showing you the benefits and drawbacks of each rental property. HomeAway is a great solution for the more savvy tourist who is looking for a more local feel."

Mint.com

Budget Travel Tips: Skip The Hotel With These Five Lodging Alternatives
"What it is: Using sites like HomeAway.com and vrbo.com, vacation home owners (or someone managing the property on their behalf) post homes for rent, usually in attractive vacation spots like the beach or mountain. Many owners tend to rent out their places for longer periods, such as a week, and cater to larger groups or families. (The average size of a property on HomeAway.com is 1,850 square feet.)...

"Your savings: Hundreds to thousands of dollars, especially if you take advantage of the weekly rental prices. The added advantage is having a full kitchen stocked with supplies and extras like barbeque grills that you wouldn’t necessarily find at traditional hotels, helping you save big on meals."

The Wall Street Journal

In Flight, More Dust-Ups - Jonnelle Marte
"HomeAway.com has launched an iPhone application that lets users search more than 230,000 vacation rentals on the website. Travelers can narrow down selections by specifying if they are traveling with pets, prefer a property with a pool or want an outdoor grill, for instance. Developed by Mobiata, which creates travel applications, the app also lets users view photos and reviews of the properties they are interested in. It integrates Google Maps so users can virtually explore the neighborhood of the rental home. Visit homeaway.com/info/travelers/iPhoneApp."

Austin Business Journal

HomeAway Forms Gulf Oil Spill Response Center
"'Creating a site for our more than 42,000 owners with Gulf Coast properties to navigate around complex issues arising from the oil spill is merely an extension of our valued relationship with our customers,' HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples said."

TechCrunch

HomeAway Woos Hotel Haters, Debuts iPhone App - Lora Kolodny
"'Travelers of every kind get frustrated with hotels for a few reasons. A lack of privacy is a huge one. And then a lack of space. They are also frustrated with the cost of rooms, and hidden charges. With hotels, they have to pay to eat out or do room service, and pay again for internet access and other nickel-and dime things that add up,' Sharples noted...

"HomeAway users can expect more mobile apps from his company soon, the CEO confirmed. 'We’ll begin to develop rapidly for Android devices and the iPad,' he said, expecting those versions to be ready by the end of 2010."

Kim & Jason: Escape Adulthood

The Day The Wagon Queen Family Truckster Pulled Into My Driveway - Jason Kotecki
"...So the metallic pea-green beauty pulled into our driveway, and we got a chance to talk to John and Stephanie, two adventurous spirits who were tasked with the job of criss-crossing the country in the Truckster, delighting movie fans and raising awareness for HomeAway.com.

"You can keep abreast of the Truckster’s travels on the official blog, and if you’re interested in winning one of those $5,000 vacations, be sure to submit your photo on their Facebook page. By the way, we didn’t get any compensation from HomeAway, other than an up-close look and free ride!"

The Vacation Gals

Top Things To Do In Seattle, Washington - Jennifer Miner
"My host for the long weekend, HomeAway.com, had the Truckster set up here, and I had a relaxed, mellow time hanging out with the 'Truckies,' telling passers-by about HomeAway vacation home rentals."

USA Today

Six Things To Ask, Check And Consider - Laura Bly
"3. Have a phone conversation. Initial contact can be by e-mail (and if you don't hear back promptly, consider it a red flag). But particularly if you're renting from a private owner, phone conversations can give you a better sense of whether the property is a good match — and above board. 'It's fair to ask questions like 'Is this rental legal?' and 'Do you collect sales-and-use tax?' ' says Carl Shepherd of HomeAway.com."

Austin American-Statesman

Popularity Soaring For Short-Term House Rentals - Juan Castillo
"Once largely an informal enterprise among Austinites who rented out their homes maybe once a year, sometimes to raise money for their own vacations, short-term home rentals have grown with the advent of listing sites such as those operated by home-grown startup HomeAway Inc...


"At HomeAway, the most popular homes in Austin are close to downtown and to the lakes. The average weekly rental is $1,580 and the average minimum stay requirement is three nights, said Eileen Buesing, director of global relations with the company...

"Shepherd said the success of vacation rental homes lies in their appeal to families and groups traveling together who seek the comforts of home at a price that can be cheaper than a hotel."

The Vacation Gals

HomeAway Vacation Rentals' Summer Road Trip - Jennifer Miner
"HomeAway is one of the country’s preeminent vacation rental home companies. Besides vacation rental homes, there are extended stay apartments, swanky villas, cabins, and even ski chalets on the HomeAway rentals list. A HomeAway executive told me that the vacation rentals on HomeAway.com range from 'condos to castles,' which is a pretty great way to sum up their vast inventory.  I have a lot of respect for what HomeAway does; renting a home helps us fit traveling into our budget, and it's a lot more comfortable having the room to stretch out in a house.

"I'm staying here with the HomeAway Truckster gang, who have been road tripping across the United States all summer in the glorious, wood-paneled, avocado-green station wagon from National Lampoon's Vacation."


JULY 2010

Wallet Pop

Rent Somebody Else's House When Traveling - And Save Money Over Hotel Rooms - Jennie L. Phipps
"Websites like Airbnb.com, HomeAway.com, FlipKey.com and Craigslist are the best known and all of them are enjoying a surge of new listings. Money suggests that you ask for references and seek out rentals that let you pay via credit card, so you can dispute charges if things are not as they should be...

"Personally, over the last few years, I've rented from HomeAway.com and its sister site VRBO.com a couple of dozen times in many parts of the country and Mexico and have had only a few disappointments."

BethBlair.com

Wagon Queen Family Truckster Visits The Twin Cities - Beth Blair
"...you might remember the HomeAway Super Bowl advertising campaign featuring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. Well, the Wagon Queen Family Truckster featured in the commercial is on the road this summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day promoting HomeAway vacation rentals."

KXAN - TV (NBC)

Austin Tops For Creative Business - Jacqueline Ingles
"Austin's ability to nurture budding businesses has even lured big high-tech companies to set up shop in the area, including Homeway, GoWalla and social networking giant Facebook."

AOL Housing Watch

Frustrated Sellers Turn Homes Into Vacation Rentals - Patricia Orsini
"HomeAway vice president Alexis de Belloy says that in the second-home market, his company has traditionally been a solution for people to be able to afford a second home, but in a small number of cases, it has also helped them avoid a foreclosure."

The Wall Street Journal

Budget Rentals Under Fire - Courtney Banks
"Carl Shepherd, co-founder of Homeaway.com, which has more than 800 listings in New York City, says he doubts that illegal hotels are as prevalent as the bill's supporters claim and says such properties are not among Homeaway.com's clients. If the bill passes, Mr. Shepherd says that short-term apartment renting in cities like New York won't cease, but will be driven underground, where it won't have the same quality guarantee that Homeaway.com and other sites offer."

Austin American-Statesman

Up The Ladder
"HomeAway Inc. hired former PayPal Inc. executive Brent Bellm to succeed Chief Operating Officer Andrew Harris, who died last month. In addition, HomeAway named Tom Hale as chief product officer, a newly created position. Hale was formerly chief product officer at Linden Lab, creator of the virtual world Second Life."

The Palm Beach Post

Craigslist Scammers Using 'Cash For Keys' Ads, Photos To Prey On Unsuspecting Renters In Palm Beach County - Kimberly Miller
"All of our listings have paid to be there, that means we have a relationship with them, we know who they are," said HomeAway Vice President Alexis de Belloy. "We have a large staff and these people are experts in helping owners and helping travelers. Part of their role is to watch for and filter suspicious listings."

Bloomberg.com

Homeowners Use Airbnb Room-renting Site To Pay Mortgage, Dodge Foreclosure - Ari Levy & Dan Levy
"HomeAway, an Austin, Texas-based vacation rental company, uses a different model, charging homeowners an annual fee of $300 to list. The company is adding 15,000 new properties to its website each month, according to CEO Brian Sharples. While few of HomeAway’s customers are at risk of foreclosure, about 20 percent of those who have signed up this year are renting out their vacation home because of economic hardship, he said."

Chicago Daily Herald

'Vacation's' Family Truckster Returns To Wheaton - Robert Sanchez
"Gary Schneider's Wagon Queen Family Truckster has come home. The replica Schneider built of the iconic station wagon from the 1983 movie "National Lampoon's Vacation" pulled into his Wheaton driveway Friday for the first time since he sold it to be used in a Super Bowl commercial...

"This summer, Stephanie Eilers and fellow "Truckie" John Woodbridge have been driving the Truckster cross-country as part of HomeAway's "Great American Road Trip." So far, they have visited cities along the East Coast. They're going to drive west after spending this weekend in Illinois."

AOL Real Estate

Rent Out Your Home As A Vacation Property And Make Money - Jane Hodges
"Vacation homeowners differ over whether they're more interested in making a profit off renting out a vacation home, or just occasionally subsidizing their ownership with rentals. 'If you plan to break even -- or even profit -- from renting out your vacation home, you'll likely need to rent it at least 17 weeks per year,' Hrib-Karpinski says...

"If you plan to rent your home frequently, you'll need to advertise it in regional media or through portals such as VRBO.com ($279/year), HomeAway.com ($329/year), or other vacation listings services."

TIME.com

Rent A Rock Star's Home - Matthew Link
"HomeAway.com, which claims to represent the world's largest collection of vacation rental properties, has estimated that this growing segment generates more than $63 billion in revenue annually, or nearly half as much as the hotel industry. And with popular websites like Vacation Rental by Owner, www.vrbo.com, averaging over 65 million visitors annually, it's no wonder celebrities want to cash in on the trend."

AOL Real Estate

Tips To Help You Find The Perfect Vacation Rental - Patricia Orsini
"'If you find an area you like, but want to know more about the area, you should call the owner,' said Jon Gray, general manager for HomeAway.com, which has 185,000 properties in 120 counties. 'Most of our owners stay in their homes part of the time, and they know the area. They can tell you what's nearby and what there is to do. And if it happens that their home is booked for the dates you want, they might be able to tell you about other homes for rent in the area.'"

Austin American-Statesman

HomeAway Hires Two Silicon Valley Executives - Lori Hawkins
"The company said today that it has hired former PayPal Inc. executive Brent Bellm to succeed chief operating officer Andrew Harris...

"In addition, HomeAway said it has named former Silicon Valley executive Tom Hale as chief product officer, a newly created position. Hale was formerly chief product officer at Linden Lab, creator of the virtual world Second LIfe."

The Mother Of All Trips

Mondays Are For Dreaming: Colonial Williamsburg (And Beyond) In The Truckster - Mara Gorman
"...I kind of like the variety that’s to be found when looking for rentals with Homeaway – no cookie cutter accommodations here...

"I was so grateful to HomeAway for giving Tommy and me a chance to hang out with John and Stephanie and to ride in that car, which has a personality all its own, almost like a member of the family."

WLBZ - NBC

Family Truckster, 'Vacation' Vehicle, Makes Portland Stop - Ken Christian
"The Wagon Queen Family Truckster is in Portland as part of a tour across the United States promoting family travel.  HomeAway.com, which rents vacation properties online, is taking the Family Truckster to various cities...

"People can check out the car that took the Griswold family from Chicago to Wally World in National Lampoon's Vacation, play some travel games and enter a contest to win a $5,000 vacation."


JUNE 2010

Austin Fit Magazine

Finding That Perfect "HomeAway" From Home - Drex Earle
"With Sharples’ expertise in technology, brand strategy and his relationships with venture capitalists, HomeAway, Inc. has enjoyed exponential growth and become a juggernaut in the travel industry in just five short years."

Babble.com: Strollerderby

Five Tips for Saving Money on Your Family Summer Vacation
"3. Be creative when it comes to lodging. I’ve enjoyed fantastic homes on Cape Cod that I’ve found on VRBO.com, renting entire houses for my family for less than it would cost for all of us to stay in one room at a hotel."

CourierPost.com

Forecast Brightens for Shore Rentals - Eileen Smith
"Shore bookings are up about 10 percent over last year, according to HomeAway.com, a vacation rental website."

TheLedger.com

Budget Travel: Low Euro Against Dollar Makes Europe a Bargain - Arthur Frommer
"Try... Vacation Rentals by Owner (www.vrbo.com)...for London; ... or HomeAway (www.homeaway.com) for rentals Europe-wide."

Austin Business Journal

Going Green 2010: Green Building - Commercial: HomeAway’s New Home Sets a New Standard
"Vacation rental site operator HomeAway, which was founded in 2005, moved last year into a downtown office building replete with environmentally friendly features and benefits...

"In April, [HomeAway] earned a LEED Gold certification, the second-highest level of certification granted by the U.S. Green Building Council, which recognizes buildings that integrate sustainable site development, use less water and energy, and include recyclable and reused materials."

Austin American-Statesman

Cancer Claims HomeAway's Chief Operating Officer: Andrew Harris Helped Lead The Company's Swift Growth Since 2005 - Barry Harrell
"'Andrew's contributions to this business are extraordinary and innumerable, and his strong leadership, experience, wisdom and keen sense of humor kept HomeAway on track through a period of incredible growth,' [Brian] Sharples said in a news release. 'He will be remembered for his passion for excellence, a love of competing and the opportunities he created for all of us. He will be missed tremendously and never forgotten.'"


MAY 2010

CNN.com

Treat mom to an escape for Mother's Day - Eileen Ogintz
"Share a condo and you'll cut vacation costs significantly too (Check Websites like www.vrbo.com)"

Kiplinger.com

#1 Austin, Texas: Where Small Business Rocks
"Austin is arguably the country's best crucible for small business. And don't discount the fun factor: It's the self-proclaimed live music capital of the world."

TheStreet.com

Last-Minute Memorial Day Deals Abound - Jason Notte
"Alexis de Belloy, vice president of vacation-rental site HomeAway's U.S. operations, says the average rental is usually booked 90 days before the departure date. When the economy soured and property owners grew more desperate, however, lower last-minute prices were accompanied by incentives like extra nights and even free bottles of wine."

WalletPop: Economizer

Five Popular Bargain Spots for a Vacation Home - Diane Wedner
"...now is the time to jump into a vacation home, real estate experts say..."

"Tom Kelly, an author and syndicated columnist who writes about real estate, recommends that if you go the rental route and are trying to decide where to buy, "put yourself in the shoes of a vacationer. Where do you like to go?"

Ciao Bambino

Finding the Best Family-Friendly Vacation Rental - Amie O'Shaughnessy
"I’ve had good luck with direct-from-owner rentals (see my review of our VRBO rental)..."

Denver Post

Save Money on Summer Rentals - Ashley M. Heher (AP)
"Be flexible on location: As it gets closer to your vacation date, you may have to make some compromises if you want to get a deal, says Alexis de Belloy, vice president of U.S. brands for Homeaway, which lists about 400,000 rental properties around the globe...

"
A listing on Homeaway.com for a two-bedroom, two-bath condo in the Florida Keys offers $500 off a summer rental, which typically costs $1,650 a week."

SmartMoney.com

5 Bargain Summer Rental Spots - Kelli B. Grant
"With so many new homes available to rent — and demand stable — property owners must offer competitive rates to ensure booking, says Alexis del Belloy, a vice president and managing director of HomeAway’s U.S. group, whose sites also include VacationRentals.com and VRBO.com. More than half of the sites’ property owners have said they plan to be more flexible in pricing this year compared with in previous years, with lower offered rates, extra discounts and an open mind to haggling, he says."

MSNBC.com

Vacation Rentals: 9 Things to Know - Chris Elliott
"6. Becoming a power user. For example, VRBO.com allows you to filter search results by area, bedrooms and the number of people it can sleep. That helped Kellie Pelletier find a vacation rental in Charleston, S.C. for her family. VRBO also shows which homes are available on your preferred dates. “So I didn’t waste my time researching and contacting houses that were already booked for my week,” she says. Pelletier knows a thing or two about being a power user. She used to work for Kayak.com, the booking site."


APRIL 2010

Budget Travel

Trip Coach: Vacation Rentals - Brad Tuttle
"The worldwide financial collapse has forced owners around the world to lease houses and condos, flooding the market with a huge range of options. HomeAway—one of the most popular rent-direct companies—now lists a total of almost 430,000 properties, up from 255,000 in 2007, a growth of nearly 70 percent."

Austin Woman

Domicile Dominion-- HomeAway's Austin-Based Success Story - Melissa Gaskill
"Mendoza says they also paid less for the apartment than they would have for area hotels. Even better, she adds, it felt like being at home, or staying with friends.

"That pretty much sums up the philosophy behind Austin-based HomeAway, a worldwide, online vacation rental service. Its websites, free to users, represent some 430,000 listings of vacation rental homes in 120 countries.

"'A vacation rental experience gives you, on average, twice the space of a hotel for the cost,' says Lynn Atchison, CFO. Since accommodations typically account for the bulk of trip expenses, that’s significant. 'A vacation rental also can better meet the needs of your experience, with amenities, access to kitchens and private pools, things that add to the spirit of your vacation.' Spending less on accommodations makes it possible to travel more frequently or stay longer."

The Wall Street Journal

Okaloosa Island, Fla - Kelly Greene and Rick Brooks
Where to stay: If you're coming for a week, book a condo on the beach (vrbo.com is a good resource). It probably won't cost any more than an oceanfront hotel room, and a few complexes have elaborate pools.

Bing.com

Stay With the Locals: Vacation Rentals
"A one-bedroom condo overlooking Maui’s most reliably sunny beach rents for as little as $124/night or $868/week on sites such as HomeAway.com. You’ll find amenities such as a chef’s kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining tables, a plasma TV and a pullout couch for the kids."

The Globe and Mail

Becoming Your Own Neighbor - Diane Sewell
"They’ve named the house Verandah, and created a website for it (www.verandah.ca) and they’ve listed it with Vacation Rentals by Owner. They’ve already got four bookings for the summer."

Boston Globe

RelayRides Wants to Rent Out Your Car - Scott Kirsner
"As to whether it might feel like a violation to share your personal vehicle with strangers, Clark points to the success of services like VRBO and Airbnb, which rent vacation homes and spare rooms in people’s houses."

Property Portal Watch

HomeAway.com Launches Marketplace - Alice Allan
"Holiday rentals portal homeaway.com has launched what it says is the first online marketplace dedicated to buying, selling and identifying vacation homes with rental potential."

USAToday.com

Travel Tips: How to Rent Vacation Homes in Florida - Jill Leviticus
"Step 2
"Check vacation home rental sites, such as VRBO.com, A1FloridaVacationsRentals.com or HomeAway.com. Enter the Florida town or city, your vacation dates and the size of home you want to rent into the search engine on the site."

SmarterTravel.com

What's the Best Way to Arrange a Vacation Rental? - Ed Perkins
"The 800-pound gorilla in the vacation rental marketplace is HomeAway, which supports more than a dozen different individual sites, in several different languages, and with an aggregate of more than 400,000 properties, worldwide. For most rentals, you can probably stick with the three biggest:
  • HomeAway, the "parent" site, lists close to half the total, with good coverage worldwide.
  • Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO) is focused on the U.S. but includes rentals worldwide.
  • HomeAway UK is the largest player in the U.K. market with outstanding European coverage."

The Washington Post

Details: Getting to and around Barnstable and Cape Cod - W.P. and Patrick O'Boyle
"The Packet Mail House
"On the historic 6A Kings Highway, the road that originally threaded the Cape together, from the Sagamore Bridge at the Cape Cod Canal to Provincetown. Available for rent on http://www.vrbo.com for $350 a night (3-night minimum) or $1,500 a week in the off-season, $450 a night (3-night minimum) or $2,000 a week in the high season. Sleeps 9 to 11."

New York Magazine

The East End, Town by Town - S. Jhoanna Robledo
"Montauk
"The scene: Manic, for both buyers and renters. StreetEasy shows first-quarter purchase prices doubling since 2009 (from $423,500 to $850,000). As Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Lori Barbaria puts it, “I saw a trailer on the ocean for $450,000.” Similarly, renters are grabbing “almost anything.”
"Advice: Try homeaway.com and vacationrentals.com, which tend to draw owners who rent out their places intermittently. That can mean last-minute bargains."

Chicago Tribune

How to Hunt a Midwest Vacation Rental - Kate Silver
"Now that [Rev. Roland] Whitehurst has discovered the perks of Web sites such as Homeaway.com, where The Deer Pass Lodge is listed as property No. 153584, he is unsure whether he will ever want to return to a hotel room."


MARCH 2010

Budget Travel

Rent an Italian Villa - Beth Collins & Sara Morrow
"Mexico, $46 pp/night
A four-bedroom beachfront villa on the Riviera Nayarit's Playa Las Tortugas. Perks: Sits on five miles of beach, kayaks and canoe provided, pool (shared with several other rental houses), free Wi-Fi. Price: From $2,600/week, sleeps 8. 415/435-0855, vrbo.com/18146."

Charlotte Parent

Vacation Deals - By Air, Land & Sea - Robin Whitsell
"Frugal travelers, the Petersons rent a home or condo, instead of staying in a hotel. “(The Mexico vacation) was also the first time we used Vacation Rental By Owner (www.VRBO.com). … We found that many renters were willing to negotiate — either by discounting the prices or adding free nights,” she says."

Good Housekeeping

More Fun for Less Money - Alice Hurley
"Another way to go: List your home on Vacation Rentals by Owner (vrbo.com), and when someone bites at your offer, scan the site for what's available out of town for a similar price and rent it for the same time period."

TIME

The Workforce: Where Will the New Jobs Come From? - Barbara Kiviat
"HomeAway is hiring for a very simple reason: people who own houses and want to rent them out are happy to pay $300 a year to have the company spread the word — which it did in a Super Bowl commercial. 'Jobs get created by providing a product or service that's better than what's out there,' says Sharples. 'There was an existing market for vacation rentals, and we've created efficiencies in that market. Now that it's cheaper and more efficient, more people are doing it, and the market is expanding.'"

KVUE

Austin's Healthy Economy is Featured in Upcoming TIME Article - Jim Bergamo
"Carl Shepherd is the co-founder of HomeAway, which brings nearly a half-million vacation home owners around the world together with vacationers looking to live like locals while on vacation.

"Proof the five year old company has made the big time came during the Super Bowl when it's 30-second ad aired during the game. More affirmation of HomeAway's success comes in the TIME magazine article which features several Central Texas based businesses as proof of the current strength of the Austin economy."

Today Show

Save on Dream Destination
"Thats reasonable if you have enough people. You can find it on parkers villas.Com or go to budgettravel.Com. We recommend lots of villa agencies like vrvo.Com, HomeAway.com . Its a frightening thing, you are going to go somewhere and you dont know what youre going to find. Recommended agencies are the way to go."

New Orleans Times-Picayune

An Appetite for Paris - Millie Ball
"Moving in: Consider an apartment if staying five days or more. Good sources are vrbo.com and homeaway.com, where a friend found a studio in the Marais district for 800 euros a week."

Chicago Tribune

How to Land Cheap Airfares, Find Lodging Deals - Stacy Rapacon
"Consider specialty lodging, such as condos, villas and vacation-home rentals, especially when traveling with a big group. These often offer more space and amenities for prices similar to or less than hotel rates. HomeAway.com offers the biggest selection, with more than 176,000 listings worldwide."

The Wall Street Journal

Sizing Up Promising Young Firms - Colleen Debaise and Scott Austin
"Rounding out the top three was HomeAway, of Austin, Texas, one of 12 consumer goods and services companies on the list. The fast-growing online service offers vacation-property rentals around the globe. It posted 2009 revenue of $120 million, up 40% from a year earlier."

TechCrunch

HomeAway Expands To South America With Purchase Of Brazilian Counterpart - Robin Wauters
"With its acquisition of what HomeAway claims is the largest vacation rental website in South America with over 12,000 property listings, the company is for the first time extending its virtual borders beyond North America and Europe and increasing its total vacation rental listings to a respectable 475,000 properties."

New York Post

Homes Away From Home - Chris Bunting
"'You can get a house in Spain for $45 a night, and another for $450 a night — the market is extremely flexible,' says Alexis de Belloy of HomeAway.com, a listings site.

"'On average,' de Belloy says, 'a rental is half the cost of a hotel based on square footage.' This is a value that's especially evident when you're traveling in a group, facing the prospect of having to book multiple hotel rooms."

Inc.com

Offline Celebrities Launch Online Start-ups - Nitasha Tiku
"Another acquisition for giant vacation rental company. When HomeAway raised an astounding $250 million in a single venture funding round back in 2008, CEO Brian Sharples told Inc.: "There are going to be some great opportunities [for acquisitions] the next couple of years." Now, TechCrunch reports that HomeAway has bought the publisher of AlugueTemporada.com.br, Brazil's best known vacation rental site. This is at least the third acquisition the company has made since its last funding round and the first outside of North America and Europe."

TravelWeekly.com

HomeAway Buys B&B Website - Jerry Limone
"HomeAway, provider of online listings for vacation rental homes, has acquired BedandBreakfast.com, a site that performs a similar service for B&Bs.

"'With the addition of BedandBreakfast.com, we're providing travelers with another option to find home-like accommodations for a vacation experience that delivers far greater satisfaction than staying in a traditional motel or hotel,' said HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples."

SmarterTravel.com

Last-Minute Spring Break Getaways - Kate Sitarz
"If you can't find last-minute accommodations deals through the spring break website, VRBO has several vacation rental listings in Panama City Beach, including one on Sunrise Beach that sleeps up to eight people starting at $1,200 per week, or less than $22 per person per night."


FEBRUARY 2010

New York Time Media Decoder Blog

Forget Those Games in Vancouver. We Haven’t Finished Analyzing the Super Bowl Ads. - Stuart Elliott
"Another report, from a company named General Sentiment, calculated the dollar value of the attention paid online to the Super Bowl spots. The top finisher was Doritos, followed by HomeAway, which ran a spot featuring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as the characters they played in the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” movies."

Click Z

Searching the Super Bowl 2010 - Joshua Palau
"The Winners:

"HomeAway
HomeAway had it all. The company did a fantastic job of owning its brand experience by including its videos, Twitter page, and blog within search. HomeAway also had separate organic listings just for the Griswolds. Extending the "Vacation" experience online proved not only savvy, but entertaining as well."

Click Z

For Some Brands, Super Bowl Ads Yield Big Impact on Facebook and Twitter - Christopher Heine
"As the chart below indicates, among the big winners on the social media spectrum were HomeAway's usage of movie character 'Clark Griswold'..."

TV Squad

The Super Bowl Commercials: The Best - Kona Gallagher
"'HomeAway: "Hotel Hell Vacation' - It's the Griswolds! Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo star in this ad for a website I've never heard of, Homeaway.com. I don't know if it's a good website or not, but resurrecting the couple from 'National Lampoon's Vacation' is a brilliant idea. Chase has made a fantastic resurgence in 'Community' this year, so seeing him anywhere just makes me happy."

Ad Age

WWJD? He'd Skip Most of This Year's Super Bowl Ads - Bob Garfield
"HomeAway
Publicis in the West, Seattle
No pop-culture icon is too dated for the Super Bowl. This year gave us Abe Vigoda, Kiss and, here, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo as the Griswolds -- from the "Vacation" comedies of the '80s. The pitch: If you don't want their luck, skip the crappy motel and rent somebody's house. It scans."

Bloomberg News: BusinessWeek

Super Bowl Ads Ply Fans With Beer, Cars, Humor, Sex (Update1) - Brett Pulley
"Advertisers sought to stretch their dollars by encouraging viewers to visit their Web sites. HomeAway, an Internet-based vacation-rental company, featured Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprising their 'Vacation' films, and Go Daddy promised 'hot Internet-only versions' of its Super Bowl ads."

CNBC.com's Media Money Blog

The Ad Bowl's Big Winners - Julia Boorstin
"For all the dot-coms in the game and online innovations, advertisers were remarkably traditional. With marketing dollars still tight, advertisers relied on familiar faces to recall happier times...Homeaway.com's reunited the National Lampoon's Vacation stars to promote its vacation rentals."

Tech Crunch

Monday Morning Marketing Quarterback: Which Superbowl Ads Scored On The Web? - Leena Rao
"...which commercials went beyond TV to score on the Web? Reprise Media released a report that ranks Super Bowl advertisers based on the level of integration between their television commercials and presence on the web in terms of search and social media. According to Reprise’s scorecard, Boost Mobile, HomeAway, E*Trade and Google were the marketing standouts out of last night’s commercials."

TIME.com

The Best and Worst Super Bowl Commercials of 2010: HomeAway, 'Hotel Hell Vacation' - James Poniewozik
"Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo return to reprise their roles in the Vacation movies with a spot for the rental site, which directs you to HomeAway.com for the rest. Not effective in the traditional sense of making a strong case for using the site, but it gets in a plug and will probably direct a lot of traffic (people love them some Vacation sequels!), so credit for novel use of air time.

Grade: B"

USA Today

2010 USA TODAY Ad MeterSM tracks Super Bowl XLIV ads
"HomeAway: Vacation Spoof
"Ad Meter Rank: 13"

Detroit Free Press

U.S. Virgin Islands is Affordable, Vibrant Again - Ellen Creager
"Many resorts here have privately owned condo units, so go either to the resort's own Web site, to www.vrbo.com... where you can rent for less."

MSNBC.com

Taking the Kids — On Spring Break - Eileen Ogintz
"Or you can avoid hotels entirely...try sites like vrbo.com and homeaway.com where you can also negotiate directly with a homeowner ... for good deals on digs in resort locales with multi-bedrooms."

Boston Globe

Honeymoons That Won’t Break the Bank - Elizabeth Gehrman
"White Mountains Cottage With a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, you won’t have to decide between a mountain or water view -- many have both. Stand-alone places, which run as low as $500 a week, tend to be more secluded, whereas cottage communities ($43 a night and up) provide the option of mingling. Find your perfect fit at sites such as... vacationrentals.com..."

MSNBC.MSN.com

Ski America: 30 Smart Tips and Tricks - Brad Tuttle
"If you're traveling with a group, booking a condo directly from the owner via homeaway.com or vrbo.com is usually a better buy than a hotel: The per-person lodging costs are cheaper, and a kitchen saves you from eating out all the time. Be sure to examine online photos, check references, and find the property's exact location on a Google map. Then call the owner and ask what he means specifically by phrases such as 'ski-in, ski-out' or 'walking distance from the lifts.'"

MSNBC.com

Video: Entrepreneur Nation

New York Times

In Super Bowl Commercials, the Nostalgia Bowl - Stuart Elliott
"Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, who first appeared together in 1983 as the hapless travelers Clark and Ellen Griswold in the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” recreated their roles for a spot for HomeAway, a service for renting vacation homes."

FOXSports.com

Super Bowl commercials: Third quarter - John Galinsky
"HomeAway.com -- The Griswolds
Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprise their roles as quirky parents from the classic “Vacation” movies, except this time they’re exasperated travelers getting screwed by extra hotel charges. The solution, says the ad, is to rent a house. It’s a pretty good spot, but we were hoping Christie Brinkley would make an appearance at the hotel pool. This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy!"

CBSNews.com

Top 10 Ads to Look for at the Super Bowl - Emily Fredrix (AP)
"HOMEAWAY.COM: The vacation rental site launches a yearlong campaign tied to the Griswold family of "National Lampoon's Vacation" fame. The ad, starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo as the quirky, traveling Griswold family, sends viewers to a 15-minute film on the company's Web site."

NASDAQ.com

US EQUITIES WEEK AHEAD: More 4Q Results; Super Bowl; Jobs Bill - Kathy Shwiff
"Viewers who stay glued to the television during breaks in Super Bowl action this Sunday will see commercials by several first-time advertisers... Mobile pay-TV firm Flo TV, information provider KGB and vacation rental service HomeAway.com also are forking over $2.5 million to $2.9 million for 30 seconds of air time."

CBS Early Show

Exclusive: Super Bowl Ad Sneak Peek
"Click on the video below to see a clip from the new advertisements, including E-Trade.com's first-class babies, Audi's "Green Police," and HomeAway.com's National Lampoon experience."

New York Post

CBS Locks in Commercial Slots Before Supe Kickoff - Holly Sanders Ware
"That roster of freshman players is relatively long compared with previous years and includes Skechers shoes, Dockers pants, Dr. Pepper, HomeAway vacation rentals, text-message information service kgb, and Boost Mobile and Qualcomm's mobile TV service, Flo TV."

PROMO Magazine

HomeAway.com Super Bowl Campaign Plays Out beyond End Zone - Brian Quinton
"Austin TX-based HomeAway.com, a Web clearinghouse for vacation-property rentals, says the costly [Super Bowl ad] campaign paid off in game time buzz...

"And 45% of the visitors to the Vacation microsite in the days after the Super bowl also clicked through to the main homeAway.com site and conducted a search for vacation properties."

Chicago Tribune

Wheaton Man’s Family Truckster to Star in Super Bowl Ad - Jack McCarthy
"The 30-second spot for HomeAway.com features Chase’s Clark Griswold and D’Angelo’s Ellen Griswold in the metallic pea green, wood-grain paneled Family Truckster they drove from Chicago to the fictional Walley World theme park in the 1983 “Vacation” original.

"The station wagon is a near-replica created by stenographer Gary Schneider, 39."

EW.com PopWatch

The Griswolds Return in Super Bowl Commercial, Short Film! - Mandi Bierly
"It’s a happy time for those of us who still have fond memories of the Vacation movies because we choose to pretend the Vegas film never happened: Clark and Ellen Griswold are back! Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo have reprised their characters for a 15-minute short film, Hotel Hell Vacation, for HomeAway.com, an online vacation rental marketplace. The short will premiere after a 30-second mock trailer for the film during the third quarter of Sunday’s Super Bowl."


JANUARY 2010

The Wall Street Journal

Hopefuls Gird for Gridiron - Suzanne Vranica
"HomeAway's ad will direct viewers to a 15-minute online film that features "National Lampoon's Vacation" movie characters.  Mr. [Brian] Sharples is hoping to double HomeAway's name recognition, which is now at 10% of U.S. consumers, according to the company."

ClickZ.com

HomeAway Enlists Clark Griswold on Facebook for Super Bowl Buildup - Christopher Heine
"Clark Griswold evidently has the Wagon Queen Family Truckster all gassed up and ready to go on another vacation, as HomeAway has brought back the Chevy Chase movie character for its first Super Bowl-based campaign. The vacations rental brand will run a :30 spot during the Feb. 7 game's third quarter, hoping to not only drive leads to the home page but also create social media buzz."

Dallas Morning News

Strategies for Happier Family Trips - Lynn O'Rourke Hayes
"5. Rent a home or condo. You'll have access to a kitchen. Need I say more? For those late-night snacks and early-morning breakfasts, having food stashed in your own refrigerator saves time, money and stress. You'll also have extra space to better handle naps, early risers or night owls. Plus there's more room for the whole family's gear.

"Contact: www.vrbo.com; www.homeaway.com."

TheStreet.com

Super Bowl Mansions, Yachts, Field Time - Jason Notte
"Among the more than 670 Miami properties on rental site HomeAway.com, places that are still available include a five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot compound in Coconut Grove with a covered terrace that leads to a bridge over its lagoon pool, grotto and private pool house.

"...Though many of the higher-end properties keep their price tags to themselves, HomeAway says they've been renting briskly as interest in Miami rentals jumped 61% at the end of last year from the year before."

Wall Street Journal: Venture Capital Dispatch Blog

Super Bowl Lures HomeAway, 10 Years After Dot-Com Debacle - Zoran Basich
"Ten years down the road, most venture-backed companies are more concerned with keeping costs down and proving they can actually make money than they are in blowing wads of investor cash on TV commercials. One exception is massively funded vacation rental service HomeAway.com, which is using the upcoming Super Bowl XLIV to show its first national ad and launch a yearlong campaign centered on Chevy Chase and the rest of the fictional Griswold family of “National Lampoon’s Vacation” movie fame."

Seattle Times

Hawaii on Sale: How to Find Deals on Airfares, Hotels and Car Rentals - Carol Pucci
"For longer stays, a house or a condo rented directly from the owner can be the most economical way to go.

"Vacation Rentals by Owner (www.vrbo.com) is a reliable site with hundreds of listings and photos organized by areas of each island."

New York Post

10 Top Web sites for 2010 - Chris Bunting
"We’re recommending FlipKey not because it’s necessarily the best site out there — its competitor, HomeAway.com has nearly double the listings, as of this writing..."

New York Times

Super Bowl Sales as Economic Indicator - Stuart Elliott
"Although Super Bowl ad mainstays like FedEx, General Motors and Pepsi-Cola have said they will skip this year’s game, several newcomers have signed on, along with advertisers that buy Super Bowl spots irregularly.

"They include...HomeAway, a vacation-rental listing service;..."

Associated Press

Super Bowl Ad Prices Fall; Still Most Expensive - Emily Fredrix
"Vacation rental Web site HomeAway was lured in for the first time by the prospect of lower prices...

"'We had a hunch there'd be some wiggle room,' said CEO Brian Sharples, whose company is launching a yearlong campaign tied to the Griswold family of 'National Lampoon's Vacation' fame."

New York Times

10 Ways to Cut Your Travel Costs This Year - Michelle Higgins
"8. Go Rental Tourists in most European cities can easily pay $200 a night for basic hotel rooms. By contrast, an apartment or villa can be rented for as little as $1,100 a week in Paris or Rome. Homeaway.com,... are just a few of the many rental Web sites available."

USA Today

Super Bowl Commercial Slots Selling Fast, CBS Says - Bruce Horovitz
"Newbies arriving. HomeAway, an online vacation home rental service, spoofs National Lampoon's Vacation in its first Super Bowl ad. 'Consumer awareness of vacation rentals is still low,' CEO Brian Sharples says."

AdAge.com

New Players Hit Ad Field for This Year's Super Bowl - Brian Steinberg
"The newbies are the ones who need the instant recognition and curiosity the Bowl can generate. As such, look to upstarts for the attention-getting stunts. HomeAway has licensed use of 1983's 'National Lampoon's Vacation' so that Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo can reprise their roles as Mr. and Mrs. Clark Griswold."

Austin American-Statesman

Whom to Watch in Business This Year
"Brian Sharples. As CEO of HomeAway Inc., Sharples' goal is to make HomeAway a household name this year, and he's using a Super Bowl ad to kick off the effort."

Sacramento Bee

Rentals: Competition Up, But Economy Cited as Reason for Price Drop - Adam Weintraub
"The number of Web listings is growing fast, and it's growing even faster around Tahoe, said Alexis De Belloy, a vice president with HomeAway Inc. The company, based in Austin, Texas, is the largest online aggregator of vacation rental properties around the world, listing them through Web sites such as www.vrbo.com and www.homeaway.com."

Wichita Eagle

Save Money by Renting Condo Timeshare - Arthur Frommer
"Most travelers are aware of such services as Home-Away (www.homeaway.com), Cyber-Rentals (www.cyberrentals.com), Vacation Rentals by Owner (www.vrbo.com) and others, which enable you to rent a vacation home or apartment (usually a complete home) for a week to a month."

Post-Gazette.com

Island Hopping to Your Own Island - Jonathan Vatner
"Jonathan Island, Rhode Island (401-574-0999; vrbo.com), charges $375 a night, May 1 to June 15, minimum two nights; $3,250 a week for two people, June 16 to Sept. 15, minimum one week. Up to two more people can stay for $100 per person per night."