So you’re ready to ditch HomeAway.
Their decision in February 2016 to introduce fees for renters that range between 4% to 10% of the total value of a listing rubbed a lot of people who use the software the wrong way.
HomeAway is a solid platform that is highly regarded among many users. Overall, the reviewers in our vacation rental software directory give Escapia (the software offered by HomeAway) 4.5 out of 5 stars.
And it’s certainly one of the most popular, with more than 2 million vacation rentals in 190 countries.
But the decision to introduce the fee after Expedia purchased the company in late 2015 has been a big sticking point for many. And even if it isn’t, perhaps HomeAway is just not meeting your specific needs and you want to see what else is out there.
Either way, we’ve compiled a list of the five most popular alternatives to HomeAway based on the number of reviews they’ve received through our directory at Capterra. They are listed in alphabetical order below.
365villas’ reservation manager
365villas is a software platform that is geared toward helping you streamline your business by managing everything in one place while automating a lot of the repetitive tasks you have to handle.
If you’re worried about being overwhelmed by the new software, they offer both online and live support 24/7, and lots of tutorial videos to guide you.
The main dashboard keeps all of the most pertinent information about your vacation rentals front and center. There are tabs for reports, accounting, and marketing. A “property options” tab lets you add or remove properties, and quickly view the rental agreement, calendar, owner, and other information for each property.
You can also set up message forwarding, and the software will create and send you a newsletter of updates for your properties on a regular basis. You can sync the software with your website, allowing you to push content directly to your website.
Housekeeping and maintenance staff can have partitioned access to your 365villas account, so they can get the information they need without seeing the other sensitive information you have stored on there.
Pricing: 365villas offers a free trial so you can try it before you buy it. After the trial is over, you can choose from three tiers of pricing. There’s the basic version, which is $29 per month for just one property. Owner’s choice is $49 per month, and while it also only covers one property, it offers a lot of the extras, like additional calendar, messaging, and automation perks that the basic doesn’t have. Agent’s choice costs $69 per month and covers one to five properties, and comes with extras like third-party modules for housekeeping and maintenance, owner statements, and auto-responder tools.
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Bookerville’s master calendar
Bookerville is good for vacation rental managers who deal with many properties at once, although it is also suitable for those who just have one.
Features include the “master calendar,” which shows all bookings, color-coded by status, so you can scan them for transition days, availabilities, and other critical information. You can hover over the bookings to see a summary pop-up, and clicking on them will take you to the “booking details” page.
Another interesting feature is “channel managers,” which lets you sort all of the queries you get from booking services such as Airbnb, Booking.com, and, yes, HomeAway. The software will auto-respond to inquiries.
You can create customizable email templates that are pre-populated with guest data, booking dates, contracts, and more. Automated emails will bill guests and send past due notices without you having to do anything.
Pricing: Bookerville allows you to sign up for a free trial, after which it costs $41.67 per month or $499.99 per year. But that’s just for one property or unit. It will cost $71.48/$857.80 for 10 properties, and $306.92/$3,683 for 100 properties.
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Kigo’s booking dashboard
Kigo is a cloud software solution that is used by more than 1,200 vacation rental management companies and owners to manage reservations, operations, and marketing, according to their website.
The software aims to streamline operations and allow users to promote properties on a variety of sites such as Booking.com and HomeAway. The software quickly pushes last-minute openings to high-traffic sites, and it offers a specials engine that allows you to create last-minute deals and early bird discounts.
You can also set rates based on a number of variables such as seasonality, length of stay, number of guests, and other factors. The software helps you manage prices by measuring them against market conditions.
The software uses a WordPress-powered template that is mobile-friendly and enables you to create photo galleries to showcase your property. It has an online booking engine for guests, with all reservations going directly to a centralized reservation system.
Automated emails inform guests about booking status and other pertinent information. A booking dashboard will help you monitor your revenue and generate owner statements.
Pricing: Kigo offers a free trial. After the trial, you can choose from four plans. Plan 1 covers up to nine units and costs $109 per month, Plan 2 covers up to 19 units at $149 per month, and Plan 3 costs $179 per month for up to 49 units. All plans also charge a fee of $0.70 per booking night and a $1,000 setup fee, except for Plan 3, which only charges $0.65 per booking night but keeps the same setup fee.
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Lodgify’s bookings dashboard
Lodgify bills itself as “everything you need to create a vacation rental website and manage all your bookings.”
Lodgify provides the tools you need to quickly and easily create a website to showcase your vacation rentals. They have templates designed just for vacation rental managers that are mobile-friendly and don’t require any coding or design skills.
Once created, your website will be able to accept payments and reservations through Lodgify’s built-in booking system. The software also manages external listings and automatically synchronizes calendar, rates, and reservations from third-party sites.
Pricing: There are two options for pricing: $29 per month for the professional version, which is good for those who just have one property to manage. If you have more than one property you’ll need to get the multi-property version starting at $59 per month for up to five properties, and ranging up to $239 per month for up to 100 properties. Both come with a free 14-day trial.
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Lodgix claims they’re different from other vacation rental software companies because the people behind it own and manage vacation rentals, and therefore understand the market and the guests.
The software works for one property or multiple, and syncs with Booking.com, HomeAway, and many others. It allows for a WordPress plugin, syncs with Quickbooks, offers digital signatures, and includes booking inquiry management. The company also offers free training to help you get started with the software.
If you like software with a lot of features, this is for you.
Lodgix claims to have an “exhaustive” feature list, including automated communications, easy creation of documents such as rental agreements and arrival instructions, a channel manager, comprehensive reports on income and occupancy, data security, insurance, and email marketing.
Lodgix doesn’t charge any setup fees and doesn’t operate off of any contracts. It also allows you to cancel at anytime, and provides free support.
Pricing: You can try the software for free for 30 days. After that, Lodgix starts at $49.99 per month for those with one to seven properties. It goes up to $199.99 per month for those with more than 70 properties.
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Which vacation rental software do you use?
This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list—there are lots of vacation rental software options out there.
Which one do you use? Do you like it? What are some of the pros and cons, and would you recommend it others? Please, let us know in the comments below.
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