Today we’re so happy to announce the launch of the new HomeAway® Vacation Rentals mobile app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, supporting VRBO®, HomeAway.com®, HomeAway.co.uk™, Abritel®, and HomeAway.de™ / FeWo-Direkt®. I am especially proud of the new app because we listened to you and it’s built upon your feedback and designed to meet both owner and traveler needs.
As an owner, have you ever wished you could respond to a traveler inquiry while checking your phone under the table during a meeting? Ever wished you could mark your calendar as up-to-date when you're in line at the grocery store? Have you ever wanted to call a traveler while you're traveling and book them right after you get off the phone?
For owners, the app makes it quick and easy to do all those things, and more, to help you manage your vacation rental while on-the-go. Everything you do on your phone also updates your owner dashboard. You can:
- Respond to inquiries quickly using templates from your owner dashboard;
- Manage the calendar for your property, including for multiple properties or units;
- Send a quote to travelers right from your phone with pre-populated quotes from your owner dashboard;
- Send a payment request from your device when you're ready to book;
- Check a traveler's payment status right from the calendar reservation;
- Call potential guests directly from an inquiry or calendar event from wherever you are.
We worked really hard to develop high-quality owner features that you can use every day. It's not everything (we haven’t tackled the ability to buy a subscription or edit a listing…yet), but we’re happy to provide the things you use constantly to manage your business with HomeAway.
The new app is not limited to the U.S., either. We made a concerted effort to support everyone interacting with us on our five biggest sites around the world. Owners and property managers can now use the new HomeAway mobile app if you’re enrolled in ReservationManager℠ with listings on HomeAway.com, VRBO, HomeAway.co.uk, Abritel.fr, and FeWo-Direkt.de. If you are a traveler in the U.S., United Kingdom, France or Germany, you can also use the app to search for and book the perfect vacation rental from a selection of 575,000 unique houses, villas, and even castles and yurts, from around the world.
If you're a traveler, we understand your life can be hectic. Between soccer practice, baseball games and piano recitals, it can be hard to find time to book a vacation rental for your upcoming getaway. With the HomeAway Vacation Rentals mobile app, you can search for and find the perfect vacation rental for the perfect price. You can share properties with your friends and family from your phone via email, text or social networks. Additionally, you can also save the properties you love as a favorite and contact an owner on your phone with a call or an inquiry. It's the perfect searching tool for your vacation: quick and easy so you can be where you need to be for the important things.
How does it work?
As an owner, you can login to the app using your dashboard login information on the “Sign In” screen.
After you sign in, you will be taken to your inbox. From here you can respond to inquiries in your inbox, send quotes and send payment requests.
If you tap on an inquiry, you can respond to the traveler and tell them if your property is available or unavailable with just a few taps.
Just push the Reply button, select the “Available” or “Unavailable” option, and tap the “Send” button in the top right-hand corner.
You can also attach a quote by tapping the “Add Quote” button. We pull down an auto-populated quote for you from your dashboard so you don’t have to fill everything out. After you’ve made your changes, you can save the quote and send it with your response.
If you toggle over to the calendar view, you can view your reservations on a monthly basis and select reservations to get more information or contact your guests.
From here, you can tap on a reservation to view information about the traveler, including the traveler’s paid or unpaid status. You can also call the guest or send a message directly while on the same screen.
As a traveler, you can quickly and easily search for properties at your vacation destination right from the home screen.
You can also sign in by pressing the “Sign In” button in order to access your Favorites. You will be taken to the same “Sign In” screen above. From there, you can use your website login information to sign in, or sign in via Facebook®. After you login, you can view and add to your favorite vacation rentals in the “Favorites” section.
If you'd like to share a property with friends and family, select that property and press the “Favorite” button. You'll see a “Share” button that you can use to send a link to that property from your phone.
When you're ready to contact an owner, just select a property and press the “Contact Owner” button.
You can download the application by clicking on this link: http://appstore.com/homeawayvacationrentals/
If you are a user in the UK, France and Germany, you can also find the app by searching for “HomeAway UK”, “Abritel” and “FeWo” in the App Store, respectively.
Enjoy using the new HomeAway Vacation Rentals app for iOS, and make sure to send us your thoughts and feedback through the “Feedback” section of the app!
For more information, you you can read the release here.
Chief Product Officer