Vacasa taps Whimstay as booking partner for last-minute travel

US: San Francisco-based last-minute reservation platform Whimstay has entered into a partnership agreement with vacation rental management platform Vacasa.

Founded in 2018, Whimstay will now be a premier sales partner for last-minute reservations at Vacasa’s 35,000+ vacation rental properties. With the new partnership and addition of Vacasa’s inventory, Whimstay customers will be able to book stays at more than 100,000 vacation rental properties.

Whimstay co-founder and CEO, Ben Jamshahi, said: “Whimstay offers deals on last-minute vacation rentals. Partnering with Vacasa allows our customers to not only book Vacasa’s professionally managed and well-appointed vacation rental properties, but also provides incremental revenue for Vacasa’s homeowners when their homes may have been otherwise vacant.”

Vacasa is a full-service vacation rental management platform managing homes in more than 400 vacation destinations in North America, Belize and Costa Rica. The company’s end-to-end technology platform helps to maximise revenue and optimise vacation rental home care services for property owners, while providing guests with a consistent, professional vacation rental experience across its properties and destinations.

Vacasa VP of marketing, Caleb Donegan, said: “The pandemic accelerated a preference shift that was a decade in the making, with more people trying short-term rentals for the first time and guests staying in them more often. While we’re experiencing an increase in demand and occupancy rates remain high, our partnership with Whimstay will connect more guests with our homes and elevated vacation rental experience.”

Claiming to be the first-to-market aggregator of unsold vacation rental properties, Whimstay provides last minute deals in the vacation rental market. The startup was shortlisted in the Best OTA / online accommodation booking platform category at the 2021 Shortyz Awards, and was also recognised in Rentals United’s Who’s Who of new OTAs for 2020 and 2021.

Alexander Alioto, founder and head of growth / partnerships at Whimstay, recently participated in ShortTermRentalz’ RockSTRz webinar on “Where do the OTAs go next?”, alongside representatives from WestCap, Rental Scale-Up and Holidu. Watch the webinar recording at this link.

Meanwhile, Vacasa went public on the Nasdaq Global Select Market last month through a merger with special purpose acquisition company [SPAC] TPG Pace Solutions, which saw the firm raise gross cash proceeds of $340 million and debut with a valuation of $4.4 billion.