Summer is in full swing and we want to make sure you have a great family vacation but don’t break the bank! As the online world never ceases to change we have a few things we think you should keep in mind when booking your vacation rental. If you like to save money, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t, then this is for you! Third party booking sites like VRBO, HomeAway, Hotels.com, Booking.com, and Airbnb are convenient but did you know that on average you are paying 4-15% in fees just to St. Simons Island VRBObook on their site! That’s right, the price is always going to be higher than when you book directly with us. Aside from the largely inflated prices there are other factors to take into consideration.

  1. Personalized experience

When booking a St. Simons Island VRBO you only know what the pictures show you, you may not always get to see all the important details like: are there extra pillows, how thick is the comforter, is there a ceiling fan, what type of kitchen supplies are there. These are all important details especially when traveling with many guests, when you call one of our friendly vacation rental staff they can help by telling you all the amenities and features you can expect upon arrival.

  1. Direct communication with staff, 24/7

Upon arrival and even before arrival we are here to help! Whether you lock yourself out or want a great restaurant suggestion we can help you. Even if you a midnight emergency we will help you with anything we can, just give us a call.

  1. Flexibility

When booking on a third-party site, your options are limited upon arrival if you are dissatisfied, as well as for early/late checkin/checkout. Since we have a full staff and over 300 properties when booking direct we are more easily able to accommodate requests that may arise.

  1. Price, price, price!

If all the reasons above are not enough, consider this. On average you will pay anywhere from 4-15% more just to book your St. Simons vacation on VRBO or other 3rd party sites. 15% could be a whole extra night stay when booking direct! Or travel money to get to and from St. Simons Island. Next time don’t waste money, book direct with us at hodnettcooper.com or give us a call!