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29 Sep 2020
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Did you know: You could be paying up to 20% in additional booking fees if you reserve your vacation on a third-party booking site.

Many travelers are searching for vacation rentals and know that a stay in a hotel cannot match the value, convenience and level of comfort that a vacation rental brings. Yet, many travelers are paying too much by booking their vacation rental through third-party channels like Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO and Expedia.

Check out these 7 reasons to ditch the big online travel agencies and book direct with Seaside Vacations:
1. #BookDirect and save:

Did you know that Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and Trip Advisor add hundreds of dollars to your booking total?

2. When you book direct, you have direct contact with the property manager:

When booking a vacation rental, peace of mind is important. Want to know if there is a grill, a kayak, 24/7 service, or a grocery store close by? When you book direct, you can get answers to important questions before you commit to booking!

3. The best price isn’t on the OTAs:

Online Travel Agencies and aggregators like Airbnb, Expedia,,, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and FlipKey don’t have the best price for travelers. In fact, you can save hundreds by booking direct and booking local.

4. Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t even listed on the major sites:

Because of the cost of using the big sites, many of the best vacation rental homes with the highest demand cannot be found on the big OTA websites. By limiting your search to the aggregating websites, you might be missing out on the best vacation home for your family or group.

5. Local Vacation Rental Managers have intimate knowledge about the destination:

We can direct you to the best rental for your needs and recommend activities, restaurants, and entertainment for a memorable vacation. Seaside Vacations can even provide you with discounts and special promotions with local businesses to help you save money while on vacation.

6. If you have special needs, a local rental manager can help:

Looking for help with your family's special needs? A local rental manager can work with you directly to help with any of your individual needs before you commit to booking. 

7. Discover why the Outer Banks is a top vacation destination:

From events and activities to special promotion services, booking direct is your best value. Download our Inside Guide to the Outer Banks for insider knowledge and start planning your trip!