Big news! HomeAway is now a part of the Expedia family. The official announcement by HomeAway explained that this would be a "good thing" for vacation rental owners and their guests. They anticipate more quality bookings, more travelers, peace of mind and a better value.
But there is a bigger problem here. You the vacation rental owner have to filter through more vacation rental inquires and it can be hard to manage your rentals across multiple sites. What causes the most headache for you - the book now feature or the task of going back and forth with the guests?
Furthermore, do we trust Expedia to understand the vacation rental market enough to address our needs? Expedia knows the hotel and airfare side of the travel world. They understand instant bookings where they can set policies for both sides - where have we seen that before (Airbnb!). This acquisition could easily mean the locking down of guest data on HomeAway even more.
We would like to know what you think. Is this a "good thing" or do you see more headaches, delays and hidden fees in your future?