Posted on 2/1/2021 by Angie Schnell

Book Direct Day 2021

The fourth annual Book Direct Day is tomrrow, February 3, 2021! Many people think that booking their vacations through big name online travel agents (OTA) like VRBO, Expedia, and Priceline are the best way to go. However, that is definitely not the case. On the surface it seems to be the easiest option allowing you to browse properties from a variety of sources all at once. Actually, booking through these third party sites will end up costing you significantly more money as well as make you miss out on the other great features of booking directly. 

Here are 5 reasons why you should #BookDirect...

1. Avoid Hidden Fees

When you book on large vacation rental websites you end up paying a ridiculous amount of third party fees that they hide within the price. By booking directly with property management companies like Island Realty you will be guaranteed the best possible rate.

2. Local Expertise

By booking directly you will be working with people who live and work where you are traveling to. With online travel agents you could be speaking with someone who has never even visited your travel destination. Working with local managers will allow you to get expert knowledge and guidance on where to stay, what places to visit, and other helpful tips. 

3. More Flexibility

By working directly with a vacation rental company you can plan your vacation with the help of an actual person. At Island Realty, our friendly vacation planners are able to help you find the best vacation package within that works with your travel dates, budget, and specifications unique to your trip.

4. A Greater Inventory To Choose From

Due to the high cost and substantial fee structure of working with third party online travel websites, most property management companies only list a select number of properties. That is why it is always better to work directly with a vacation rental company so you have access to all avaible rentals.

5. A More Personalized Experience

If you or someone you are traveling with requires certain accomodations or has a specific request it is highly unlikely those needs will be met through an OTA website. The caring and helpful staff at Island Realty would be happy to help personalize your trip to help you have the best possible stay. If you need help finding a handicap accessible rental, a rental that allows pets, or anything else our team will help you find it. 

To find the perfect vacation rental for your next stay please browse our user-friendly website or call one of our friendly Vacation Planners at (843) 886-8144. Thank you for choosing Island Realty and remember to #BookDirect!

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