Are Homeaway and VRBO the same thing?

Basically, yes. We tend to refer to Homeaway as that is the main brand, however, Homeaway includes a number of other brands:

  1. VRBO (more common in North America)

  2. VacationRentals.com (US)

  3. Homelidays (France)

  4. OwnersDirect (UK)

  5. Abritel (France)

  6. Alugue Temporada (Brazil) 

  7. FeWo-direkt (Germany)

  8. Toprural (Spain)

  9. bookaback (New Zealand)

  10. stayz (Australia)

  11. travelmob (Asia Pacific)

How does Expedia fit in?

Homeaway owns all the brands listed above, and Expedia owns Homeaway. 

What brands does Expedia own?

Expedia own the following brands (to name a few):

  1. Expedia

  2. Hotels.com

  3. trivago

  4. Orbitz

  5. travelocity

  6. hotwire

  7. wotif

  8. ebookers

Will my listing be distributed and appear on all Expedia booking sites like Expedia.com, Trivago, Hotels.com, etc?

Short answer

Maybe!

Longer answer:

Typically your listing will be distributed on all the Homeaway brand websites listed above.
In addition, as Uplisting is connected to the most recent Homeaway integration (Homeaway Price Consistency), your listings are eligible for distribution on all Expedia sites.

How to ensure your listings are distributed on Expedia sites

  1. Enable Instant Booking on your listing(s). Expedia Group travelers expect a simple, quick booking experience, so they require all properties that appear on their sites to be instantly bookable.

  2. Enable price consistency in your software. Uplisting is setup to enable price consistency by default.

  3. Make sure you're following HomeAway's terms and conditions. 

These guidelines are taken from Expedia's own questions and answers. 

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