December 2016

Conde Nast Traveler

Vacationing Americans Will Spend More Money on Facebook Than Checked Bags - Jordi Lippe-McGraw

“In HomeAway's Science of Memories Study researchers found that those who spent more than two hours a day on their phones and other devices were 26 percent less likely to remember vacation details.”

Taking the Kids

In Season's Spirit, Gifting Six Vacation Rentals - Eileen Ogintz

“In the spirit of the season,, the world’s leading online vacation rental marketplace, is gifting six lucky winners with an incredible vacation rental package. ”

FOX 61 News

What if you’re away from home for the holidays?

Staying with family for the holidays comes at a comfort cost. HomeAway’s survey shows most people wind up either sleeping on the floor, sharing a room with their kids, or sleeping on a couch. Renting a home gives you a home away from home feeling for the holidays and room to spread out.

Austin 360

Nine spectacular Austin vacation rentals where everyone wants to stay - Kristin Finan

The rentals were categorized as most popular based on their popularity with travelers, said Melanie Fish, HomeAway’s travel expert, and measured using a variety of factors including number of page views, booking inquiries and traveler stays. The properties can be found under’s “most popular” tab.

November 2016

USA Today

Live in a college town? How homeowners can cash in on game day - Emily Starbuck Crone and Daniel Tonkovich

Homeowners in popular college football towns can more easily tackle their mortgage payments by renting out their homes during game day weekends, according to a new NerdWallet study using 2016 data from vacation rental giant HomeAway”


HomeAway President Says Company Needs to Win Back Credibility From Homeowners - Dennis Schaal

As part of the changes under way, when Kim was appointed HomeAway president, HomeAway co-founder and then-CEO Brian Sharples became company chairman. Meanwhile, Expedia and HomeAway are busy integrating HomeAway’s vacation rental listings with Expedia’s and sister company’s hotel displays.

Conde Nast Traveler

How to Have the Most Memorable Vacations, According to Science - Jordi Lippe-McGraw

HomeAway and researchers at the University of Texas studied over 700 summer travelers—spanning April to September in 2016—in their Science of Memories study, examining what makes vacations memorable and the findings may surprise you.

Brit + Co

New Study Says Selfies Are the Key to a Great Vacay - Kelsey Nelson

“Vacation rental company HomeAway teamed up with researchers at the University of Texas at Austin to put some science behind exactly what makes a great vacation so memorable. Surprisingly, the new study found that one v. common habit could be key: taking selfies.”


From selfies to Santa trackers: 7 apps that help keep Christmas magic alive - Terri Peters

In a survey conducted by vacation rental company HomeAway, 42 percent of kids who travel at the holidays said they were concerned about whether or not Santa would be able to find them at their vacation spot.

October 2016


THIS is the house featured in solange's new video!

“Per our friends at Homeaway, you can rent the decked-out digs—where Solange filmed her latest video, Cranes in the Sky - for around $530 a night!”

Real Simple

Hanging Out at Home May Be the Key to Family Happiness - Amanda MacMillan

“In fact, a common trend in family vacations—renting an entire home, through sites like HomeAway or VRBO—may provide the best of both worlds.”

The New Yorker

Mustic Festivals in your Thirties: V.I.P. Edition - Farley Katz

“Air-conditioned areas with flat screens showing football games made it feel like you weren’t even at a festival. A tiny furnished house at the HomeAway V.I.P. could transport you from the festival to a world where you were home, and a giant.”

The Washington Post

On Mexico’s coast, skip the resort and rent a house for an immersive vacation experience - Alex Pulaski

“Admittedly, the home vacation rental landscape has lapped my expectations along the way, growing into a $100 billion industry. HomeAway, the market’s biggest player, lists more than 1.2 million homes among its various websites.”

September 2016

USA Today

Best end-of-summer destinations for budget-conscious travelers

“The average cheapest September airfare to Chicago from the 20 largest U.S. cities is only $93. And vacation rental rates that were $344 per night earlier in summer are only $228 in September, according to”

The Street

These Luxurious HGTV Houses Are Available for Your Next Vacation - Mia Taylor

“HGTV's 2014 Dream Home is also listed on HomeAway. The stunning property, nestled in the woods of Truckee, Calif. includes three bedrooms, three and a half baths and an award-winning design that emphasizes indoor-outdoor living and natural light.”

Houston Chronicle

Glassdoor lists 17 companies with 'great work-life balance' - Darla Guillen

“HomeAway: Employees at this online vacation rental marketplace get four weeks of paid time off, 10 paid holidays and credit to rent homes for travel.”

USA Today

Remember Southwest's 'Wanna Get Away' ads? They're back! - Ben Mutzabaugh

“The carrier, in a partnership with vacation rental site Homeaway, has secured a week at the island along Belize's Caribbean coast. The airline is dubbing it “Wanna Get Away” island for the contest, which runs through Oct. 6.”


Deal alert! Why shoulder season is a great time to book a trip - Brittany Jones-Cooper

“Austin City Limits (ACL) will bring together 130 bands, including mega stars like Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Kygo and Major Lazer. If you’ve purchased tickets for the event and plan to rent lodging through HomeAway, you can get access to HomeAway’s exclusive backstage lounge for you and three friends.”

August 2016

The Wall Street Journal

How to Finance a Vacation Home That’s Also a Short-Term Rental - Anya Martin

“Rental income can also defray the cost of improvements if the second home is a fixer upper, says Brian Sharples, CEO of HomeAway, which has more than 1.2 million paid listings in 190 countries.”

PHOTOS: Justin Bieber’s $26.5 Million Hawaiian Vacation Home Has Two Waterfalls - Megan Stein

“The 5-bedroom, 7-bathroom Water Falling Estate is available to rent on HomeAway, and if you and 11 friends can shell out $5,500 per night, you can enjoy the Olympic-sized swimming pool, athletic courts and private golf course for yourself — and that’s only the beginning.”

The New York Times

When Your Child Is the Travel Agent - Seth Kugel

“I’m skeptical when people use the t-word (trend), but she pointed to a 2015 survey of 540 parents by YouGov for HomeAway, the vacation rental site, showing that millennial parents are more likely to let their children ages 6 to 18 pick a destination themselves, than children of older parents.”


Inside Kim Kardashian's Bonkers Vacation House In Mexico - Olivia Harrison

Other past guests include Eva Longoria, Demi Moore, and Jennifer Aniston. The villa features 12 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a private pool, tennis courts, and ocean views like you've never seen. Anyone can rent the property through"

Travel Weekly

Alternative lodging grows in importance for Expedia, Priceline - Jamie Biesiada

“Khosrowshahi said HomeAway’s revenue grew 36% year over year in the second quarter, “and based on current trends, we expect revenue growth to accelerate in the second half of the year.” He also said HomeAway now has more than a million online-bookable listings and that listings on the site are “growing at 20-plus percent."

JULY 2016


Four-Generation American Family Spends the Night in the Eiffel Tower – on the Fourth of July! - Peter Mikelbank

"Sponsored by, Kuhne had seen a news story announcing the contest in his paper and, in the spur of the moment, he submitted an intriguing reason for wanting to win the exclusive overnight. (Kuhne is one of four winners around the world and the only one from the United States.)"

You can now stay a night at a gorgeous home featured on 'Fixer Upper' - Julie Pennell

"One of the homes featured on Season 3 of the popular HGTV show is now listed on for rent, and it's got plenty of space for your whole crew (and then some!)."


10 Celebrities Living the Hawaii Life - Kathleen Rellihan

"Drawn to the world-famous beaches and secluded hideaways, these VIPs — including Obama, Oprah, and Rihanna — love to escape the red carpet for Hawaii’s island paradise. Take a look inside these exclusive residences with million-dollar ocean views, sprawling beachfront grounds and floor-to-ceiling star appeal."

Chicago Tribune

First home was their vacation home - Alison Bowen

“Another way people buy a home while still renting is in a group. HomeAway data show 29 percent of rentals are co-owned by friends or family. If you go that route, make sure to specify what happens if someone later wants to sell, Gajkowski advised.”


This Is Apparently the Most Unpopular Home Makeover From HGTV's 'Fixer Upper' - Rebecca Shinners

“Recently, HomeAway announced that the whole space was available to rent for $1,200 a night. That obviously sounds expensive, but it houses 15 people, so that breaks down to $80 per person per night, meaning it could be the perfect weekend getaway for you and your girlfriends.”

JUNE 2016

The Arizona Republic

Phoenix man wins a night in the Eiffel Tower - Dawn Gilbertson

"Phoenix computer executive Scott Kuhne spent last July 4 in Minnesota and was looking forward to spending the holiday week in a lake house outside Atlanta this year. Then he got a better offer. Kuhne, 56,  this week found out he won a five-day trip to Paris for six people in a worldwide contest by vacation rental company HomeAway."


Sleep up the Eiffel Tower? - Phil Han

"For the first time in its 129 year old history, the Eiffel Tower now has a temporary apartment where families can spend the night. CNBC's Phil Han reports from Paris."

San Francisco Chronicle

Look inside first apartment built inside Eiffel Tower - Sasha Lekach

"This apartment with sweeping city views is the first to be built inside the Eiffel Tower. Construction took about 48 hours to build out a comfortable home in the 81-story iron structure. HomeAway, the vacation rental company, ran a contest for the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament, held in France this year."

USA Today

Eiffel Tower to be home for the night for lucky contest winners - Maya Vidon

"Four lucky winners will do just that, as part of a contest by vacation rental company HomeAway – a sponsor of the Euro 2016 soccer event that kicked off Friday – in which the firm inaugurated its newest Parisian vacation flat: on top of the Eiffel Tower."

MAY 2016


5 Ways to Work Your Way Into Retirement - Tom Sightings

"There are other ways in our gig economy to bring in income. Some retirees sign up to drive with Uber or Lyft. Others rent out their homes through HomeAway or VRBO.”

Refinery 29

9 Mansions To Rent For A Dirt-Cheap Friends Getaway - Justine Goodman

"This summer, you can take a fabulous trip with all of your friends, and spend way less than you would at any Hamptons share house, sketchy hostel, or split-four-ways beachfront hotel. How? Because you can rent one of these insane private houses — which all accommodate at least 40 guests — for about the same per person nightly cost as an Uber ride to the airport.”

Architectural Digest

5 Stunning Homes You Can Rent in Rio - Carrie Niemann Culpepper

"Whether you’re heading south of the equator for the Olympics or you’re simply looking to vacation in Rio soon, we’re sure the hotels will be buzzing. For a quieter, more residential, and truly Brazilian experience, consider these five beautiful homes that are available to rent."

20 Ways to Score a Cheap Hotel Room - Terrence Loose

"Sometimes, the best leverage you’ll have is not with hotels, but with individuals who are renting out their vacation home, said Woroch. “If you find last-minute availability through VRBO or HomeAway, haggle with the homeowner for a cheaper price,” she said. “He or she will be motivated to negotiate in fear of missing out on the last-minute booking.”


Here's how you can spend a night in the Eiffel Tower this summer - Patrick Kulp

"Vacation rental service HomeAway is giving away the chance to spend a night in the Eiffel Tower to four contestants in a company-run competition as part of its sponsorship of this summer's UEFA Euro cup."

Architectural Digest

You Can Stay in an Apartment in the Eiffel Tower - Caitlin Morton and Melissa Minton

"If you’re traveling to Paris, seeing the sights from the top of the Eiffel Tower is a can’t-miss opportunity. Now, four lucky people will have the chance to enjoy the iconic building in a unique way—from their own luxurious apartment on the first floor. Vacation-rental company HomeAway is giving four winners the chance to stay in Haussmannian-style living quarters for the duration of the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament, June 10 to July 10."


There's Now A Chance To Sleep Over At The Eiffel Tower For The First Time In 127 Years - Eustacia Huen

"For the first time ever, this isn’t a hypothetical question, but your potential ticket to staying at the 127-year-old tower during the UEFA EURO 2016 European football tournament. As part of the “Eiffel Tower All Yours” campaign, HomeAway—a vacation rental home company."

APRIL 2016

Travel + Leisure

All of the Horrible Things That Can Happen When You 'Share' a Vacation, in 60 Seconds - Erika Owen

"In 60 seconds, HomeAway managed to share all of the ridiculously annoying things that can happen when you "share" your vacation: obnoxious, air-guitaring pool guests; errant water gun fights; impromptu hugs from absurdly hairy, scantily-clad strangers; waking up to a creepy housemate watching you sleep in the room they rented you—the list goes on.”

MARCH 2016

Business Insider

You Can Now Stay in a Two-Story 'Human Birdhouse' for SXSW - Leanna Garfield

"It's in the headquarters of HomeAway, a vacation-rental company based in Austin, Texas, and serves as a life-size replica of the company's blue birdhouse logo. HomeAway claims it's the world's largest "human birdhouse.” 

House Beautiful

10 Beautiful Irish Getaways - Caroline Picard

"Ride horses across the historic manor's 65 acres, or curl up in front of the one of the many fireplaces with a James Joyce read." Book it on HomeAway Lists a Birdhouse - for Humans - Julie Pennell

"Vacation rental marketplace HomeAway has just listed a human-sized birdhouse available for rent the weekend of March 18-20. The nest accommodates two and is located on the third floor of the company's world headquarters, which is conveniently in walking distance (no flying required) to the venues and local hot spots.”

Apartment Therapy

This SXSW Rental is for the Birds - Tara Bellucci

"HomeAway has built a human-sized birdhouse inside their corporate HQ that you can rent out. The two-story space was designed in partnership with West Elm, and is available to rent for the last weekend of SXSW Music. Bidding started at $5 ($150 at the time of this writing), and all proceeds go to Austin Habitat for Humanity.”

New York Times

Minimizing Risks of Renting Your Home - Deborah L. Jacobs

"Require a security deposit. With extended stays, it makes sense to charge about half the weekly rent, said Jon Gray, chief revenue officer at HomeAway; others recommend 10 percent of the total tab."


27 Smart Ways to Save Money on Family Vacations - Jonathan Adolph

"For families, the rise of online home-rental services has been nothing less than a gift from the travel gods. I say this as someone who has spent too many vacations trying to share hotel rooms (and worse, double beds) with my children. Renting a house through sites such as,, or airbnb gets you far more space for your dollar (on average, 1850 square feet versus 325 for a hotel room, according to With an average nightly price of $217, the savings can be considerable for larger families that would otherwise have to book multiple hotel rooms."

The Wall Street Journal

Malibu’s Summer Rental Market Booms - Katy McLaughlin

"HomeAway, a vacation-rental website based in Austin, Texas, lists 276 properties in Malibu, more than twice as many as it did in 2009; over half of them charge over $500 a night, according to Jon Gray, chief revenue officer."


Holidays Make Us Happier Than Both Romance and Word Success - Becca Caddy

"According to new research from online marketplace HomeAway, more than 32 percent of people taking part in their happiness survey rated being on holiday as the best moment in their lives. With work success coming in second place and spending time with their partners in third.”

House Beautiful

This Is the Most Popular Vacation House on HomeAway - Eva Dasher

"The most popular vacation home rental on is a Canyon, Texas cabin that has unparalleled views and giant patio that just screams 'happy hour'.”

Huffington Post

Here's How Much Homeowners in Spring Break Hot Spots Can Make Renting Their House - Emily Starbuck Crone

"Just how much can homeowners pocket in popular areas? To find out, NerdWallet asked HomeAway, one of the largest facilitators of private for-rent properties, to provide data for its most in-demand U.S. spring break destinations, along with nightly rates during that time and year-round. A NerdWallet analysis found that in some spring break hot spots, homeowners can pay off between three and four months of their mortgage by simply renting out their home for two weeks in March — a common spring break period and one when many homeowners are quite possibly traveling themselves.”

Fox News

9 vacation rentals for trying out tiny house living - Jo Piazza

"Locals in the food mecca of Ashville call this gem the Bird House, and one look tells you why."


Top Travel Websites For Planning Your Next Adventure - R.L. Adams

"Today, this company owns 40 Websites operating in 22 languages with over 1 million listings. The difference from Airbnb, however, is that HomeAway doesn’t control the rental experience. While it does offer the option to process payments, the service acts more like a rentals classified system rather than an overseer of the vacation-rental experience.”

Apartment Therapy

You Can Rent Elizabeth Taylor's Palm Springs Home - Tara Bellucci

"Want to live like Elizabeth Taylor? The icon's Palm Springs hideaway is available on vacation rental site HomeAway for $500 a night."
Casa Elizabeth Luxury Estate | HomeAway


Travel + Leisure

All of the Horrible Things That Can Happen When You 'Share' a Vacation, in 60 Seconds - Erika Owen

"In 60 seconds, HomeAway managed to share all of the ridiculously annoying things that can happen when you "share" your vacation: obnoxious, air-guitaring pool guests; errant water gun fights; impromptu hugs from absurdly hairy, scantily-clad strangers; waking up to a creepy housemate watching you sleep in the room they rented you—the list goes on.”

The New York Times

HomeAway, a Home Rental Service, Mocks the Competition - Martha C. White

"With “It’s Your Vacation, Why Share It?” as its tag line, a new advertising campaign by the online home-rental service HomeAway depicts some of the many awkward, gross or annoying ways this kind of shared-lodging arrangement can go wrong.”

Business Insider

21 of the coolest office spaces you'll ever see - Jacquelyn Smith and Rachel Gillett

"HomeAway, an online vacation marketplace headquartered in Austin, built its own miniature roof with a hammock for working and relaxing."
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US News

Spring Break Travel Tips - Jon Lal

"There are other lodging options to consider. Websites like Airbnb, HomeAway and (short for vacation rental by owner) have thousands of rental properties and vacation homes available pretty much anywhere you want to stay."


Going Away This Summer? Start Planning. Now. - Andrea Murad

"If you’re traveling with a group or a family, personal preference is important, of course, but booking an entire property may cost less than individual hotel rooms. 'If you’re staying in a hotel and you need to rent a second room, that’s where you see the value of vacation rentals,' says John Gray, chief revenue officer for HomeAway based in Austin, Texas. 'On average, it’s about half the cost per square foot of staying in a hotel.'"


This Is a Fixer Upper Fan's Dream Vacation - Maggie Winterfeldt

"A couple of former Fixer Upper homes are now available as vacation rentals on HomeAway. For about $380 a night, you can get cozy in the charming 1930s house from season 3 or soak up the Mad Men vibes in the mid-century modern house from season 2, which Joanna described as her favorite reno of all time!


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UEFA HomeAway Eiffel Tower

NBC’s Keir Simmons takes TODAY viewers inside the luxury 2,000-square-foot HomeAway apartment inside the Eiffel Tower. 

Mornings with Maria

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#EiffelTowerAllYours and Brian Sharples Featured on FoxBusiness 

CEO Brian Sharples joins Maria to talk about HomeAway's Eiffel Tower Apartment contest during the Euro Cup 

CNBC Mad Money

HomeAway's Stock Prices 
Brian Sharples, Co-Founder & CEO, discusses HomeAway's stock with Jim Cramer. 

Fox Business

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Super Bowl Vacation Rentals
HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples on the company, how it helps customers find vacation rentals and the impact of Super Bowl Sunday on the business.

Fox Business


HomeAway's valuation and market-leading position
COO Brent Bellm provides insight into the incredible growth of the vacation rental industry and HomeAway's role within it.

Fox Business

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Renting a $5,000 home for the Super Bowl
HomeAway CEO & co-founder Brian Sharples on renting homes during the Super Bowl weekend.

Fox Business

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NY AG probing rent-by-owner industry
HomeAway chief strategy officer Carl Shepherd on NY AG Schneiderman subpoenaing his business asking for clients' info.

CNBC: Street Signs

HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples talks to CNBC about sequestration.

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