Save by Booking Direct

In an effort to give those seeking vacation rentals the information they want, we wanted to pass along this juicy little tidbit you might not be aware of: Booking directly on our website can get you the lowest overall booking cost.

First…a little background

We are a property management company located in Keystone, Colorado. We do not own the properties we manage, rather we serve homeowners by managing their rentals for them. For most homeowners we take care of maintenance, housekeeping, reservation management, guest communication and marketing.

When it comes to marketing, we have a lot of options at our disposal and one of those is using online travel agencies (OTAs) such as VRBO, Airbnb and others. OTAs are extremely beneficial as they connect companies like us with guests. If you’re seeking a vacation rental you want to be able to easily compare properties and their locations, amenities and, maybe most importantly, their nightly rates. Travel agents used to fill this role, but in the modern age of the Internet OTAs entered the picture. And, just like travel agents, OTAs charge for the service they provide. They can charge the property management company, the guest or both. We have found that most OTAs charge both.

The Details

As already discussed, OTAs charge for their services. What you may not know is exactly how you’re paying for this service.

First, almost all OTAs charge the guest directly. Most commonly this line item will show up as a service fee. It can be as high as 10% of the total booking amount. This one is pretty easy to find in your booking details before you actually finalize the booking, so you’ll know for sure if you’re paying this premium.

Second, you may also be paying a higher nightly rate. Anyone that has a listing hosted by an OTA, an individual homeowner or a property manager, has to pay a flat annual subscription or a percentage of each booking taken by the OTA. Property managers have a variety of ways to absorb the costs of using OTAs and one option is to raise their rates on that OTA’s site. If the cost to use the site is 5% per booking, they can raise their rates by 5% before inputting them on the site. How can you know if you’re paying a higher nightly rate? Well, you’d have to visit the website of the property manager hosting the listing you’re interested in, input the same dates and choose the same property. When you look at the booking details, how are they different from the details on the OTA?

How You Can Save

We agree that OTAs are great for the vacation rental marketplace. I mean, I know I don’t want to spend hours searching online for vacation rentals. But if cost is your primary concern when planning your vacation, you may want to consider booking directly.

Sure, you found us the first time you came to Keystone by using an OTA. Perfect. But now you wanna come back to Keystone. Why keep the middleman when you know what you want? Book directly on our user-friendly website: input your dates and then click search. Easy-peasy. All of our available vacation rentals will be pulled up and you can choose the one that suits you.

You won’t be paying a service fee charged by an OTA and you will be getting our lowest nightly rates. For those of us that want to get the best value for our money, booking directly is definitely a strong option.

Other Ways to Save

Booking directly is an easy way to save versus booking our same vacation rentals on an OTA. But we have other ways you can save too.

The SCMR Guest Loyalty Program

Our Guest Loyalty Program offers discounts to repeat renters. You can get all the details here, but basically you get an increasing discount each time you rent with us during a single year.

8 comments on “Save by Booking Direct

  • Bill Caplice says:

    My wife and I are looking for a 2 to 3 bedroom place for the period January 20th to March 20th. We want a hot tub, king bed and washer and dryer.
    As to location we stayed at a residence in the Corinthian subdivision off route 6 between Dillon and Keystone last year. We would like a similar location. Our budget is $6,500.
    Please let us know if you have any properties whch meet our needs.
    Bill and Birdie

    • Summit County Mountain Retreats says:

      Hi Bill,

      I will pass along this information to our reservations staff and they will be in touch. Thank you!

  • Linda Goheen says:

    We already booked and I was hoping we would get an extra 5% off, offer on email. Never got it. I also noticed after when I was looking at your website that I had just missed a July special discount of 10%?if I see you advertise this place cheaper do you give me the discount on my final payment?
    Linda Goheen.

  • DANIEL EAGAN says:

    We’re looking at coming later this month, but the properties we’d like are just out of reach – do you have any “last minute” (looking 3rd week of August) promo’s, or summer promo’s that may help? Thanks

    • Summit County Mountain Retreats says:

      Hi, I am going to have one our reservationists contact you and get more information. Look for an email from Summit County Mountain Retreats.


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