HomeAway Gives Four $10,000 Vacations to Travelers After Hearing Their Hotel Horror Stories

Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, stars of the 1980s comedy ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation,’
Select Winners in National Contest Sponsored by Vacation Rental Company

AUSTIN, TX, April 01, 2010 — After hearing hotel horror stories ranging from outrageous charges at check-out to cramped quarters and noisy neighbors, HomeAway® the world’s leading online vacation rental marketplace – today announced the winners of its "Hotel Hell Vacation" contest.

The contest, which was part of HomeAway’s first national integrated marketing campaign, began on the Sunday of the Super Bowl and invited travelers to share stories of hotel horrors in the form of a text, photo or video entry for the chance to win one of four $10,000 family vacations at a HomeAway.com vacation rental.

“After launching our ‘Hotel Hell Vacation’ campaign, we’ve heard from travelers all across the country who know all too well about the drawbacks of hotels,” says Brian Sharples, co-founder and chief executive officer of HomeAway. “Fortunately, many consumers are now discovering vacation rentals truly offer more value for their travel dollar compared with hotels, since vacation homes accommodate more friends and family, feature kitchens so you don’t always have to eat out, and have more privacy.”

Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, who reprised their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold from “National Lampoon’s Vacation” for the national HomeAway advertising campaign, along with Sharples, judged the contest entries in four themed categories, including “Outrageous Hotel Bills,” “Cramped Hotel Quarters,” “Wish I Had a Kitchen,” and “Other Hotel Woes.” The winners of the contest include:

  • Outrageous Hotel Bills Category. Allison Gervais of Greenbrae, Calif., won for her “Pay-Per-View Jumping Crew” video entry in which she and her children reenact how easy it is to rack up pay-per-view movie charges when you’re not paying attention.
  • Cramped Hotel Quarters Category. Brenda Cole of Reisterstown, Md., won for her “Romantic Italian Broom Closet” story that explains how she and her husband ended up staying in a hotel’s storage room/employee break room after the hotel lost their reservations for a two-room suite and they were unable to find accommodations elsewhere.
  • Wish I Had a Kitchen Category. Debi Caccamo of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., won for her “Disaster in La Paz” entry in which she writes about how the portable hot plate she uses to cook with while staying in hotels nearly caught fire after she and her husband were accidentally locked out of their room.
  • Other Hotel Woes Category Winner. Lindsay Gunn of Salt Lake City won for her “Honeymoon from Hell” story in which she recounts her honeymoon at a five-star hotel, which was anything but a five-star experience due to cold showers, a broken hot tub, multiple room changes and unexpected service fees.
Each winner will receive a $10,000 HomeAway getaway to the vacation rental of their choice, and is able to choose from the company’s more than 475,000 vacation rental home listings throughout 120 countries.

For information contact:
Eileen Buesing
Director of Global Public Relations
HomeAway, Inc.
Office- 512-493-0375