Negotiating Vacation Rental Prices

Vacation rentals are often less expensive than hotels, especially when you’re visiting for an extended period of time or traveling with a larger group. In addition to fully equipped kitchens with cooking utensils most rentals include all the amenities of a fully functioning home like laundry facilities and internet access.

A nice aspect of vacation rentals is that the price is usually negotiable. Whereas hotel receptionists have limited authority to discount room prices, with a vacation rental you’re either dealing with the home owner or a property manager and they can give any deal they think is reasonable.

Below are some tips on how to negotiate a good deal:

  • If your dates are flexible try to squeeze into a vacant slot that would otherwise go unused and ask for a discount for doing so. Owners are eager to fill gaps in their schedules.
  • When renting a home, let them know how many bedrooms you intend to use. You may get a discount for not using the entire house.
  • Electricity prices in exotic locations can be high. Are you going to use the air conditioning, hot tub etc? If not let them know and ask for a discount.
  • In the United States military veterans are often given discounts.
  • Rentals that are new on the market are often discounted to get them started.
  • Owners are afraid of irresponsible guests who may damage the home or disturb neighbors. Be sure to tell them about yourself – why you’re traveling, who’s in the group and what you’re looking for in a rental. Being talkative is good, and a phone call and conversation goes a long way in reassuring both parties that the rental is a fit. Tell them your budget and ask if they can work with you.
  • Inquire about last minute discounts.

follow above steps to get better price