The Benefits of Booking Direct

How Property Managers Compare to OTAs

When you’re planning a vacation, a lot goes into the process. First, you have to coordinate schedules, then find a destination, and finally, you have to find a place to stay that fits your budget and meets your family’s needs. Given these factors, it’s no wonder why online travel agencies (OTAs) have seen such an increase in popularity in the past 10-15 years. But did you know that all those properties listed on sites like Airbnb, Vrbo, and are also listed directly with the property managers and often come with cheaper rates, better customer service, and invaluable property knowledge? When you book your vacation rental directly with the property manager, you get these benefits and many more.


Discover the difference booking direct can make for your vacation experience.

Unbeatable Pricing and Exclusive Deals – We’ve all experienced the Ticketmaster effect. You know – when your $80 concert ticket ends up costing upwards of $150 after all the additional fees? When you book direct, you’ll enjoy the most transparent prices available. Many OTAs tack on hidden fees to an already elevated price, resulting in families paying exorbitant prices for the same rental they could get by going directly to the property manager. Don’t fall prey to these tactics. When you’re searching for a vacation rental, make sure you go directly to the source. At House of the Sun, you’ll always get the best price on your Siesta Key vacation rental.


In a recent price comparison, the same property, House of the Sun#315GF, was listed on Vrbo for $321 more than on this site. Wouldn’t you rather put that money toward something else? Keep more money in your pocket when you book direct.


Direct and Hassle-Free Communication – Have you ever had to talk to customer service about a specific issue only to find out the person on the other end of the phone or computer chat has zero personal experience with what you’re talking about? What’s worse is if you get disconnected and have to talk to a completely different person on your second try. Many OTAs have customer service teams located all across the country, so if you have an issue with a Siesta Key vacation rental, you could be talking to someone who’s never even been to Florida. When you book direct, you get access to our local team. We live here, work here, and play here. We are your resource for local recommendations on everything from the best restaurants to hidden beaches. And, if you need anything during your stay, you can get speedy assistance from an on-site team. Ditch the stress of messy communication and book directly with your vacation rental’s property management team.

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friends on beach at sunset



Quality Assurance and Attention to Detail – When you book your vacation rental directly with a property management team like House of the Sun, you’ll experience an elevated level of quality assurance. As a hands-on team, we know what’s going on with your rental from check-in to check-out. Our goal is always to be ahead of the game when it comes to our properties. Meaning, we know about the need for upgrades or maintenance before anyone else. And we ensure issues are taken care of quickly without inconveniencing our guests. If something should occur during your stay, or team of expert maintenance and custodial employees guarantee a speedy resolution to the issue.


Access to Our Full Inventory – Property Managers will often withhold a portion of their inventory or limit their listings on OTAs. This could be due to a number of factors, from guaranteeing inventory for upcoming area events to reserving new or renovated properties for those who book directly. When you visit the property manager’s site, you have access to the full inventory of vacation rentals, allowing you to make the most informed decision on where to stay.



Book Direct Day

Every year, property managers all over celebrate Book Direct Day on the first Wednesday in February. Designed to educate guests on the benefits of booking directly versus with an OTA, the day is often full of promotional deals and discounts. It’s like Christmas for the travel industry, and knowing about it can save you tons on your next vacation. Search the hashtag #bookdirect on social media, or look for deals directly on this site as you plan your next getaway.