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I used ownersdirect, a subsidiary of homeaway to book a villa for a holiday - it was fantastic but the experience on their website was poor. It looks like the homeaway site itself is much closer to the airbnb experience though - messaging on site instead of by email, payments on site instead of through PayPal.

They seem to charge to make listings though, and to rank listings at least in the first case by how much you paid (subscription level) and to feature listings solely for paying more. I expect airbnb has much better sorting by not having that kind of pay to come up top/be featured mess.

https://www.homeaway.co.uk/info/tipsandtools/subscription-le...

"Your subscription level is the most important factor you can control to appear higher in search results and therefore improve your performance." https://www.homeaway.co.uk/info/tipsandtools/rank-higher




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