Chicago, IL – VacayHome Connect, a leading provider of distribution and direct booking tools and services to the global vacation rental industry, announced the expansion of its channel partner agreement with HomeAway Software®, the leading provider of property management software for professional vacation rental managers, and a subsidiary of HomeAway, Inc. The expansion enables vacation rental managers who utilize HomeAway Software’s Escapia® property management software to make properties bookable through a variety of new and emerging distribution channels, such as membership and loyalty redemption programs. This is the first integration within the vacation rental industry allowing for reservations with alternative currencies such as points and miles to be converted to cash bookings for membership and loyalty programs.
VacayHome Connect provides loyalty program members and employee incentive program members the ability to use accrued points or miles toward vacation rentals. VacayHome Connect also enables vacation club members to redeem their points for vacation rental stays. Rewards programs traditionally offer air, car, hotel and cruise redemption options. VacayHome Connect now adds vacation rentals to the mix.
“Our unique distribution program helps vacation rental managers drive bookings from channels that have not previously been available to them,” said Sunil Aluvila, President and CEO.
VacayHome Connect’s distribution program connects vacation rentals with a wide variety of third-party vacation rental distributors. One channel in particular, membership and loyalty programs, is showing a high degree of interest from vacation rental managers.
“We can now help vacation rental managers who use Escapia drive incremental bookings from these exciting and newly-accessible channels,” said Mike Montemurro, VacayHome Connect chief operating officer. “Participation requires very little effort from the property manager. As part of our integration with Escapia, we pull rates, availability and content from their property management system, seamlessly deliver a confirmed reservation back into their system and help facilitate the conversion of points and/or miles, while the vacation rental manager gets paid in cash for the booking.”
Vacation rental website such as HomeAway.com® and VRBO.com® have assisted in the increase in popularity of travelers’ considering vacation homes as an alternative accommodation to traditional hotels. Participating distribution programs by VacayHome Connect, vacation rentals will now be available to a much broader audience. To learn more, visit our website at vacaystayconnect.com or call us at 855-378-7600.
About VacayHome Connect
VacayHome Connect is a leading provider of distribution and direct booking tools and services to the global vacation rental industry distribution. The VacayHome Connect Platform is a proven cloud-based distribution platform that delivers the solutions and tools necessary to connect alternative accommodations with online leisure shoppers. Comprised of an inventory distribution, mobile web rendering and digital marketing tools for demand partners, VacayHome Connect offers a turn-key solution to grow online bookings for vacation rentals, shared-ownership resorts and other alternative accommodations. By connecting vacation rental properties with consumers via search engines, property websites and third-party distribution channels, VacayHome Connect is transforming the way consumers find and book vacation accommodations. The company’s solutions help vacation rental managers increase revenue, improve occupancy, keep owners happy and provide guests with an optimum end-to end experience. For more information, please visit our website at www.vacaystayconnect.com.
About HomeAway Software
HomeAway Software is the leading provider of property management software for professional vacation rental managers. HomeAway Software solutions consist of powerful productivity tools that automate key vacation rental management tasks, streamline operations, and help vacation rental managers maximize their online potential through world-class websites, booking engines, and the industry’s leading distribution programs. HomeAway Software is part of HomeAway, Inc., the world leader in vacation rentals.