Only 22% of existing vacation rentals are listed with the big listing sites (e.g. HomeAway, Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Booking.com, etc.). So, there is room for a website that could aggregate all this existing supply and let users search all vacation rental websites, big or small, at the same time. This is what the “meta-search engine” Tripping.com is doing.
A recent survey indicates 41% of working Americans didn't take a single day of vacation in 2015. This begs the question, is there something they would be willing to give up to go on vacation? Tripping.com sought out to find an answer by polling Americans for the second year, and the answers are quite compelling
The Kayak of vacation rentals, Tripping allows you to compare millions of properties from the aforementioned sites. By establishing your price point beforehand, you’ll be shown only the rentals that fit your budget. Letting you compare prices from various sites will ensure you get the best price on your booking.
Founded by Jen O’Neal in 2009, Tripping.com has become the world’s largest metasearch platform for vacation rentals. Partnering with major vacation rental sites such as HomeAway, Wimdu, VRBO, FlipKey, Booking.com, and more, Tripping.com aggregates over five million listings in more than 100,000 cities into a Kayak-like model and allows travelers to easily compare vacation rentals across providers.
The Tripping.com website reports that people who rent their residences on a short-term basis are definitely jacking up their prices for Super Bowl weekend. The average asking price for a Bay Area listing from Feb. 4-8 is $717, which is up to a 60% increase over the regular asking price. Average asking price in Santa Clara, home of Levi’s Stadium, is $1025, which is 150% more than in the rest of February and March.
You already know that you can use sites like Trivago or Hotels.com to see how hotel prices stack up, now Tripping.com allows you to do the same thing with vacation rentals. The site now allows you to compare the price of a property rental across multiple sites, such as Homeaway and FlipKey. The site claims the tool can save users an average 10 percent on bookings.
Manheimer recalls a poignant moment when Tripping.com's CEO Jen O'Neal gave a brief talk at a Phocuswright Conference. After her remarks, female attendees flocked to O'Neal, feeling empowered and asking for her advice. "She was serving as inspiration for these smart female entrepreneurs," he says. "I think it would be a different industry if you saw more female leadership."