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Trying to plan your next vacation? While everyone loves going on vacation, many find the planning of it tedious and stressful, especially when it comes to budgeting. To make vacation planning easier, many travelers are using third party sites to book affordable vacation rentals. These sites allow for easy price comparisons and safe payment options. They also offer some guarantees, like rental protection and an electronic system for renters to file disputes for any problems that occur. Many of the third-party sites have loyalty programs to encourage travelers to continually use their sites. These sites have an easy to use interface too. Third party sites have pictures of available rentals, along with clear information about pricing and accommodations. Ask these questions to learn more.

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What can you tell me about HomeAway?

HomeAway has over 2 million homes to rent in over 190 countries. HomeAway belongs to the Expedia Group. They are able to offer rentals that fit into all budgets and personalities. They have all type of options available from pet-friendly family-oriented homes to cozy tree houses just for two. Their easy-to-use website has tools geared for travelers, homeowners, and data for property managers. Once a traveler sets up a free account, he can create a favorites list and share it with other people. There are filters available to make for easy searching for the perfect rental property. Messages are easily tracked through the website.

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What are some deals available on Airbnb?

Trending right now is a mini loft in Paris that sleeps two for $102 per night. Another great deal is a double room in Dublin Ireland with Wi-Fi and free parking, available for just $28 per night. If you are traveling alone, you can get a single room with breakfast for $28 per night. 

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What can you tell me about VRBO?

VRBO stands for Vacation Rental by Owner, and in 1995 started the online vacation rental idea. Today, they are part of the HomeAway collection of vacation rental sites. They have all kinds of rentals from condos to homes to villas in locations all around the globe. Homeowners can list their property on VRBO's easy to use website. VRBO is great for large groups looking for rentals, and they are flexible in the length of stay.

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What kind of deals can I find at HomeAway?

Trending on their site right now is a newly remodeled three-bedroom, three-bathroom house that can sleep eight and is right on the beach in San Diego. This listing rents for around $571 per night. This is a great deal when you consider the cost of a hotel on the beach  and you could easily split the cost with a group of friends.

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What can you tell me about Airbnb?

Airbnb was created in 2008 and is the place to go when looking for short stay rentals in urban areas. This site allows travelers to rent a room in a house, instead of the entire house. It started with the name Air Bed and Breakfast but was renamed and given a fresh look in 2009. The creators were looking for a way to rent a room in their house for short blocks of time and thus Airbnb was born. It has grown to house more than 4 million listings in 191 countries

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Can I save on last-minute rentals?

Choosing a last-minute rental is a great way to cut costs on your vacation rental. Book a Lux Mini Castle in Vegas for just $249 per night. The rental offers five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a private pool. Another great last-minute deal is a luxury creekside bungalow in Lakewood, Colorado for just $110 per night. 

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Are there apps available?

VRBO and HomeAway both offer mobile apps that will allow you to easily browse vacation rentals from anywhere. Apps are available on iOS and Android devices. Just enter your phone number on their website and they will link you directly to the app.Downloading is absolutely free. 

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What deals can i find at VRBO?

Right now, VRBO is trending some great vacation rentals. They are showing a cute cottage in Key West that sleeps four for an average price of $119 per night. They are offering $25 discounts off the nightly rate. If New York sounds like a better option, there are studios available that sleep four with an average price of $190 per night.

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