Well folks, we hear it’s quite chilly up there which means many of you are like daydreaming about your next trip to paradise. Well today we’d like to tell you about a new vacation rental site that will not only save you money, but it will also keep money here on St. John, which is always a bonus. Here are the details…
Back in June, VRBO/HomeAway – arguably the most popular vacation rental websites – began charging a four to nine percent “guest service fee” per booking. This in many cases translates to just under $400, which is nuts in our opinion. The sites also started increasing rates charged to property owners. Again, not cool.
So our friends over at StJohn-BeachGuide.com decided to do something about it. After six months of planning and development, they’ve launched www.StJohn-VillaRentals.com. And you guessed it … they don’t charge “guest service fees” or commissions on leads or bookings. So you save money, and the property owner does too. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.
For those of you looking to book a vacation rental here on island, this site allows you to deal directly with the property owners. StJohn-VillaRentals.com is exclusively St. John vacation rentals, and, unlike the other mega rental sites, you’ll see the owner’s or manager’s name, telephone number and website, which means you can email them directly. What a nice change…
The website also has an interactive map of all of the properties in your search. Just click on the icon to view a thumbnail picture of the villa. One more click and you can view the listing. You can even filter your search using presets like kid-friendly villas, a/c, ocean views and locations across the island. They even have a neat little feature where you can compare multiple St John villas. Very cool.
Check out this quick YouTube video that gives nice overview of the site:
And for the villa owners reading this, this is a great way to rely less on VRBO/HomeAway/Flipkey/AirBnB. If you’re tired of the skyrocketing fees you pay to list your property, you’ll probably want to check out this site. You can communicate directly with guests, and you can do so on a level playing field. According to the website’s owners, there are no paid featured properties, no forced bookings and no guest service fees.
So the next time you’re looking for a place to rent on St. John, be sure to check out www.stjohn-villarentals.com. It will save you valuable time and money.