The vacation rental market continues to stay hot, and San Francisco startups are trying to find a niche in the booming sector that is led by Airbnb for short-term rentals and Booking.com, which includes more traditional online hotel booking. One such startup is Tripping.com, a metasearch engine for short-term rentals and hotel booking — meaning that it aggregates vacation rentals from sites like Airbnb, Booking.com and VRBO.
“Among vacation-rental homes, Florida's market is among the nation's most affordable holiday housing options, according to Tripping.com, a vacation-rental search engine. Florida accounts for the six most affordable vacation-rental destinations for the holiday, including Kissimmee, Orlando and Four Corners. Kissimmee's the most affordable, according to Tripping, costing an average room rate of $36.84 for the holiday weekend.”
“Historically the way this would work is you’d find a vacation rental online, you’d email the host, and you’d show up with a check in hand,” says Tripping founder and CEO Jen O’Neal. “Now you can do all of that online, but on average a traveler will go to at least five sites to book a vacation home.”
Founded in 2010, Tripping.com claims to be the world’s largest vacation home rental site and boasts of having over five million listings spanning 100,000 destinations worldwide. Best described as a meta-search engine, the site pulls in listings from partner sites including HomeAway, VRBO, TripAdvisor, Booking.com and dozens more, providing users a single platform to find vacation properties they may wish to rent.
Tripping is an aggregator of vacation rentals listed across different sites, meaning that listings on FlipKey, TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Roomorama, HouseTrip and more all show up on the site. Tripping allows users to search listings by way of map, which is helpful for those looking to stay in an immediate area. The stock to choose from is by no means limited: the site has over 11,000 listings in the New York City area.
Jen O’Neil, CEO of Tripping.com, which aggregates vacation-rental homes listings from HomeAway, Flipkey and others, is predicting cash bonanzas for locals. [...] “We think it will go to $10,000 a night for a luxury property in Palo Alto or Santa Clara,” she said. “Levi’s Stadium is a new venue, so people are really excited about it.”