US: Vacation rental website VacayMyWay has launched in a bid to to simplify the booking journey for guests and listing process for hosts.
Founded on three principles – value, price transparency and open communication – VacayMyWay is designed to provide travellers with the opportunity to plan and book vacations with ease, without complexities and frivolous fees.
VacayMyWay CEO and co-founder, Jim Stewart, said: “This is an immensely exciting day as we officially launch VacayMyWay following years of monumental planning, dedication and invaluable input from our team. VacayMyWay was created with the traveller in mind.
“Over the past years, our collective team of hosts and industry veterans has watched the vacation rental industry decline in customer service and become more complicated, overly profit centric and selfish. At VacayMyWay, our goal is to return to the fundamental joy of planning vacations by simplifying the process and eliminating excessive fee structures,” he added.
The company claims that the primary factors that differentiate it from its competitors include:
- No guest service fees
- Transparent pricing
- Robust amenity search function that best fulfills travellers’ criteria and budget without distracting sponsored listings or adverts
- Connecting travellers and hosts through clear, unfiltered communications
- “Personalised, easily accessible and competent” customer care
- Host financial control provides full autonomy for issuing refunds
- Guest identity verification and $1.3 million in damage protection included in every booking
Stewart said: “We do not believe in charging guest service fees that overtake vacation budgets, leading travellers to feel nickel and dimed. Our approach is fair and transparent – guests only pay the nightly rate, associated cleaning service and taxes with travel insurance as optional – no nonsense.
“Guests will never feel surprised by additional fees appearing at check out. By removing guest service fees, offering free cancellation options and foregoing security deposits, customers will save up to 20 per cent and have more travel funds available with VacayMyWay,” he added.
At launch, VacayMyWay will offer travellers vacation rentals throughout North America, ranging from beach to mountain destinations.
Vacation options showcased on VacayMyWay are all entire private accommodations [no shared spaces] containing at least one kitchenette and a full bathroom, including beach and lake houses, bungalows, cabins, cottages and more. Hosts are also required to meet the ‘Vacay Standard’ of vacation rental criteria.
VacayMyWay is currently present in markets such as New Orleans, the Carolinas, Florida, the Pacific Northwest, Texas and Costa Rica, and it plans to enter Europe in 2022.
Furthermore, to celebrate its launch, VacayMyWay is offering new hosts the chance to win a complimentary marketing campaign and home page feature.