Owner Toolkit

 

Accepting Payments & Online Bookings

These days, most people do a lot of their shopping online. It's quicker, easier, and more convenient. So it's no surprise that travelers are looking to make their vacation arrangements online too. And HomeAway and VRBO have the tools you need to let them do it!

Online Payments

Over 85% of travelers prefer to book online. HomeAway Payments® makes it easy.

For a traveler who has found the property he or she wants to stay at, being able to pay online is an added benefit that makes the process more convenient. It also makes it easier for you to get paid!


HomeAway Payments is quick and easy to set up, and costs less than other online payment options. Once it's set up, you get a badge on the listing to make you stand out and show travelers how easy it is to pay. Other benefits:

Convenient

Easier for travelers to book and pay to rent a property.

Affordable

Processing fees starting as low as 2.5% for Visa, MasterCard and Discover and free eChecks.*

Saves you time

Easily manage all your listings and reservations on one dashboard.

Improves listing performance

Classic listings with a HomeAway Payments badge generate more than 2.5x as many property views.**

"Book It Now" option

Add a button to allow travelers to see a quoted rate and initiate a 24-hour hold while you decide if you wish to accept their booking request.


*Rates vary by country. Learn more >
**Based on average Classic listing performance on HomeAway.com in December 2012.



Online Booking

In addition to HomeAway Payments, you can also add a "Book It Now" button to your listing. It's free and makes the booking process even more convenient for travelers, while helping set your listing apart from the rest.

With the "Book It Now" button on your listing, travelers can submit an inquiry and enter their payment information to put a hold on a property. You then have 24 hours to decide if you want to accept the booking.


Once you accept, the rental deposit is processed immediately, and any additional payments are automatically scheduled and invoiced. Of course, you can still send online invoices via HomeAway Payments anytime.

Getting Started

HomeAway Payments

Setting up HomeAway Payments is quick and easy. You can do it in just a few minutes:

  1. Before you start, you need to have your bank account information ready for depositing payments.
  2. Visit the "Payments" tab in your HomeAway or VRBO dashboard. NOTE: If you have multiple listings, you will need to select a property listing and complete the setup for each individually.
  3. Select your country of residence, and click "Get Started Now".
  4. Complete the remainder of the set-up process.

Book It Now

If you have already set up HomeAway Payments and would like to add a "Book it Now" button to your listing:

  1. Visit the "Settings" tab in your HomeAway or VRBO dashboard. NOTE: If you have multiple listings, you will need to select a property listing and complete the setup for each individually.
  2. Click "Online Booking and Rate Preferences"
  3. Click "Edit Booking Options"
  4. Select "Add 'Book It' button" and click "Continue"
  5. A "Book It" button will be displayed on your listing, and guests will be able to initiate bookings from your listing.