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Vrbo Data Shows Best Time to Book Vacation Rentals for Peak Travel Seasons

Vrbo wants to help families plan their 2020 travel!  Vrbo recently released data showing the best time to book vacation homes during peak travel seasons.  They were also able to determine through their travel demand data that  January is the busiest booking month of the year.” The key is to book before traffic on the Vrbo app peaks so you’ll find the best selection of vacation homes for the amount you want to pay,” said Melanie Fish, Vrbo family travel expert.  “There are clear times when demand surges, and booking your stay before that surge ensures you’ll get that house with a pool right on the beach or that mountain cabin that has enough beds for all the cousins.”

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Stay ahead of the curve by booking a vacation rental for peak travel times before these dates:

  • Spring break: Book by Feb. 10
  • Memorial Day weekend: Book by April 20
  • Summer: Book by April 30
  • Fourth of July weekend: Book by May 25
  • Labor Day weekend: Book by July 28
  • Thanksgiving: Book by Oct. 21
  • Ski season: Book by Oct. 30

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Tips for Booking Vacation Homes

Here are a few booking tips to take into consideration to ensure your family vacation is seamless!

  • Book and pay through Vrbo to be eligible for the Book with Confidence Guarantee.
  • Take advantage of new technology – if you’re traveling in a group, use Trip Boards to help plan a trip. Trip Boards allow you to save all of your favorite properties in one place, then share and invite other people to vote and leave comments about their favorites.
  • Use filters to narrow the search. Each vacation home is unique – so find one that fits the needs of your family. In addition to basic filters like property type and whether it’s waterfront, some filters can send you to ski-in, ski-out properties, and homes with a king-size bed.
  • Review the listing and rental agreement before booking. Each homeowner sets their cancellation policy. Consider trip insurance in case something prevents you from taking the trip.
  • Read the traveler reviews. This is a great resource to determine if a vacation home will meet your family’s expectations.
  • Be flexible when searching for the perfect destination and consider up-and-coming rental destinations.

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About Vrbo

Vrbo connects travelers to the people and places they love, giving them the space they need to drop the distractions of everyday life and simply be together.

In 1995, Vrbo introduced a new way for people to travel together, pairing homeowners with families and friends looking for places to stay. We were grounded in one purpose: To give people the space they need to drop the distractions of everyday life and simply be together.

Since then, they've grown into a global community of homeowners and travelers, with unique properties in 190 countries around the world. Vrbo makes it easy and fun to book cabins, condos, beach houses, and every kind of space in between.

Vrbo is part of Expedia Group and offers homeowners and property managers exposure to over 750 million visits to Expedia Group sites each month.

We hope you enjoyed Simply Amazing Living's “Vrbo Data Shows Best Vacation Booking Times for Peak Travel Seasons” post.


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  • A good app for family of planned group travel. Peak season is crazy to travel in hence why I avoid it like the plague lol.

  • Omg! This is so helpful. We use Verbo and Airbnb ALl the time, so knowing when you book things by is super helpful!

  • Lori Bosworth
    February 6, 2020 6:41 pm

    Those are great tips for booking a Vrbo. I think it’s smart to get trip insurance and also to be flexible when it comes to choosing your vacation property.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    February 7, 2020 3:49 pm

    Thanks for listing the dates when we can book accommodations for peak travel seasons. It is best to be able to find a place weeks before an upcoming holiday. Your tips are so spot on. Very helpful for our future travel plans.

  • Pam Wattenbarger
    February 7, 2020 5:42 pm

    We use Airbnb all the time but have never used vrbo. Thanks for sharing the best booking by days. I am always behind on my booking.

  • Just the list of dates alone is super helpful. Too often we find ourselves in the situation that we waited a bit too long to commit and our choices have become limited. Thank you for sharing these deadlines and tips!

  • Very useful. I have never actually booked VRBO but we travel a lot so this is a logical addition for me. I like knowing when I should book to save the most money.

  • You have some solid advice here, thank you for sharing! I’ll make sure to use your tips and tricks when I book my nest trip :)=

  • I hadn’t heard of Vrbo before. Good to know the best times to book vacation homes! Thanks for sharing.

  • We haven’t tried VRBO yet but we are hoping to on our next vacation! I’ve heard great things about it!

  • Cherrie Bautista
    February 8, 2020 10:27 pm

    I’ve never heard of VRBO before. Is this similar to Airbnb? Those are really good tips you provided. Can those be applied to booking Airbnb as well?

  • Eileen M Loya
    February 9, 2020 9:02 am

    Thanks for the information. It is always best to book early if going on vacation around a holiday or peak vacation season. I will keep this in mind for when we start planning for a vacation again.

  • Yes! I’ve been meaning to look into a trip for the family. We need a mini getaway soon.

  • I always like to plan my travel in such a way that either it is end of peak season or beginning of a peak season. It is great to know peak seasons before you plan your vacations. Makes it so much more easier.

  • There are some really good tips here for sure.
    Never heard of this app before but would give it a go now x

  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael
    February 10, 2020 8:04 am

    Hhhhmmmm…I have heard of Vrbo before but have never used it. It will be a great resource to have close by, I am sure.

  • I have heard of Vrbo but haven’t booked on their site yet. Thank you for the details on when to book for the best savings!

  • Great. A nice app with awesome ideas. I like that they not only help schedule travels but also link travelers. Awesome.

  • Subhashish Roy
    February 13, 2020 9:37 am

    VRBO seems to be a nice app to try out. Actually I have never heard about it before. It’s always nice to get good discounts.

  • I travel often, this is helpful!