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Price comparison widget

Replies: 6 - Pages: 1 - Last Reply: Mar 9, 2019 12:14 PM by: Stacy S
Tim K
Registered: 7/8/17
Price comparison widget

Either as a standalone or as part of the quote widget, I think it would be great for owners to be able to show how much guests are saving by using our websites to book. If the quote widget could pull rates from AirBnB, VRBO, etc and display them next to our rate that would be awesome. I don't know how hard it would be if we provided our matching VRBO property # for you guys to pull that rate info. I've seen other sites do it so it must be possible, just outside my level of expertise.

Stacy S
Registered: 2/3/19
Re: Price comparison widget

This is a FANTASTIC idea!!!

Paul W
Registered: 6/9/09
Re: Price comparison widget

The Book Now/Inquiry widget already shows a quote in real time, so this would be basically be some kind of dynamic discount showing like:

"Money saved by booking direct: $35.18"

Which would be based on the average 3-5% guest service fee? Or a general % you provide?

It is a good idea.

Tim K
Registered: 7/8/17
Re: Price comparison widget

Well, there are a couple of ways to do it as I see it... one would be more dynamic and involve "scraping" or "pulling" an actual quote from AirBnB or VRBO. Not sure how that would work from your end but I have seen other sites do it. Presumably we would have to enter our VRBO and AirBnB listing #'s in our owner accounts and then using that number you could generate a quote from those sites using the dates/guests provided? Again, not sure how that would work on the back end.

Trying to use a set % or fee amount and just tack that on can be tough.
AirBnB currently seems to hit my guests with 12.9% in fees plus I mark my rates up 3% to cover CC fees. So that could work
BUT... VRBO tends to have no rhyme or reason to their fees so that makes it a little harder outside of my peak season when guests always hit their $499 max fee.

Here's one site that is doing it...You can see as the page loads that they are dynamically getting the prices on the fly.
https://www.hawaiichee.com/listings/10600?check_in=2019-03-23&check_out=2019-03-30&adults=2&children=2
https://help.hawaiichee.com/general/how-does-best-price-work

BlueMtnCabins
Registered: 6/6/16
Re: Price comparison widget

vrbo has dynamic fee so basically the fee can change at any time

Stacy S
Registered: 2/3/19
Re: Price comparison widget

I just generated a quote through OR for Spring Break after a request through FB. I created the quote both in OR and VRBO so I could provide the savings in the email to the potential guest. (And peace of mind that I had my rates the same in OR as VRBO.) It confirmed the day rates being the same and I was able to confirm for these guests that they would save over $300 by booking direct. They booked within 30 min of getting the quote.

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