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5 Benefits of Booking Your Vacation Rental Direct

Updated 118 days ago

On February 5, vacation rental owners and managers from all over come together to spread one key message: #BookDirect. But what ARE the benefits of booking direct? 

What is #BookDirect Day?

This campaign aims to inform travelers about the benefits of bypassing third-party platforms to book directly with homeowners and management companies. What you may know is that big sites such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO and TripAdvisor have a huge percentage of vacation rental booking market share. What you may not know are the benefits of booking direct with homeowners and management companies, and that’s what I am here to educate you on today.


Here are 5 reasons why you need to “book direct” on your next trip to Galveston Island:

1.) Booking Direct Saves You Money

The travel website giants, such as Airbnb and VRBO, will include significant fees on top of your reservation totals. These corporate companies charge you up to 10-12% more in fees than booking direct – that means if you #BookDirect, you can save $100s… that’s a lot of fresh Gulf seafood if you ask me!

2.) Streamlined Communication With Property Manager

Guests are only assured direct contact with the person responsible for the property when they book directly. This means you can get in touch with a real person before committing to a booking. Plus, most Galveston rental companies and homeowners are available to call 24/7 during your vacation to assist you in any way possible.

3.) Greater Selection When Booking Direct

Some of the best homes with the highest demand aren't even listed due to the high costs associated with using an Online Travel Agent (OTA). Additionally, when there are new properties available, they won’t have them listed until they find out about them. However, the Galveston management companies are the first to know and have them listed immediately. Options and variety are always beneficial to the visitor, so why sell yourself short with OTAs?

4.) Live Like a Local With Expert Knowledge of Galveston

Managers and owners can become a free destination guide during your stay. They know the best activities, restaurants, attractions, etc. Tons of local vacation rental companies in Galveston have a strong local partnership with the Convention & Visitors Bureau that provides travelers more opportunities to save money!

5.) Work Directly for Special Accommodations

Whether the family needs an ADA-accessible vacation rental or a pet-friendly alternative, a manager or owner will work directly with the guest to meet all their needs before committing to a reservation.

Book Direct with:

A B Sea Sales and Rentals, Inc

A B Sea Sales and Rentals brings you Seascape, Maravilla, and Casa Del Mar Condos. Each unit is individually owned and uniquely decorated and accessorized to reflect the owner's sense of style for beachside living. A B Sea proudly offers these fine Island accommodations that are convenient to all of Galveston Island's many attractions. A B Sea offers an excellent destination for your family vacation or weekend getaway.
A B Sea Sales & Rentals looks forward to assisting you in making your Galveston visit a memorable, and enjoyable experience, and looks forward to meeting your needs on all your future returns to beautiful Galveston Island.

Coastal Waves Vacations

Coastal Waves know what it takes to run a successful vacation rental management company. Providing quality homes that are cleaned by quality employees - plus offering premium customer and concierge service - is what sets Coastal Waves apart from the rest. Whether you are renting with them or putting your rental in their hands as an owner, you can be sure that you’re working with one of the best.

Ryson Real Estate and Vacation Rentals

Ryson Real Estate and Vacation Rentals offer an ample selection of properties to meet your family’s every need and are one of Galveston's premier resort and vacation rental companies. They offer a wide diversity of beach view, canal, and condominium properties. Choosing a vacation rental definitely has its perks! The rental property becomes your destination get-a-way and a home away from home. With private balconies, fully equipped kitchens and views second to none, there's no reason not to visit the west beaches of Galveston Island, soak in the sun and get some sand between your toes.

Ryson has properties that will accommodate from one to nineteen people, for a weekend to a year, and prices to fit all vacation budgets.

Sand 'N Sea Vacation Rentals

Sand `N Sea Properties has a spectacular selection of 150 vacation rental homes on Galveston's West End. Whether you prefer beachfront, beachside, canal, or bay, Sand `N Sea has the perfect beach house for you and your family. Many homes are pet-friendly, too!

How about a spacious beach house right on the sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico? Is a peaceful bayfront home with spectacular sunset views more your style, or do you prefer a cozy canal retreat that's ideal for fishing and boating? If you're looking for an exceptional island vacation, browse the vacation rental homes at and see guests’ reviews, photos, floor plans, maps and amenity lists for each house. You can search by preferred location, dates and amenities, and book online 24/7. Join the Guest Advantage program and earn points toward a free weekend at a Sand ‘N Sea property.


The Short Term Rental Owners Association of Galveston (STROAG), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Our mission is to advance the interests of the vibrant short term rental industry of Galveston Island through advocacy, education and sharing information. Members of STROAG strive to partner with local neighborhoods, businesses and city leaders to improve Galveston for our guests and Island residents. STROAG members are committed to operating quality STR's that assimilate well in the neighborhoods they are located in.

Wolverton & Associates Realty

Their full-time professional agents will be happy to assist you in choosing the best property for your fun-filled vacation experience. They are knowledgeable about the area and can provide you with information on activities, events, and much more. Let them show you old-fashioned service for a vacation full of memories! The call is free…. the service is priceless!

Article written by Clayton Kolavo

Clayton is the Engagement Strategist for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, overseeing the bureau's social media presence and engagement initiatives. He began working in the tourism industry following his graduation from Texas State University with a BS in Public Relations and Mass Communication.