Five Reasons US Travelers Book Vacation Rentals Direct

When booking vacation rentals in Wisconsin or anywhere in the US, they have two options. They can book directly with homeowners and local property management companies, or they can go through a third-party site like Airbnb, TripAdviser.com and Booking.com and pay more. While the latter is certainly a common route, experienced and savvy travelers are likely to avoid it.

Here are five reasons travelers ditch the big online travel agencies and book direct using the websites listed at ItsCabinTime.com

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  1. Best Price Guaranteed

Third-party booking sites add a high percentage of service fees to the reservation total. A service fee of 20 percent on a $1500 weekly stay is 300 bucks; money that is better spent on a nice meal and a local adventure like ziplining, or shopping in the town you’re staying in. Why pay more for the exact same vacation rental found on book direct websites like RentTennesseeCabins.com.

  1. No Surprises

When you book direct, there are no surprises—hidden fees or otherwise. (You can rest easy knowing your personal information will not be sucked up into the wide world of data mining and aggressive targeted marketing.)

  1. More Flexibility 

We’ve all experienced minor bumps in our travel plans that forced us to modify our trips. Unfortunately, most booking sites are not understanding. The real people interacting with you when you book direct at RentWisconsinCabins.com offer tailored pre- and post-stay communication to ensure you still have a great vacation and return next year.

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  1. Exclusive Options

Did you know that many of the best vacation rentals are not listed on the major sites? Listing on a major site costs money that many homeowners do not want or need to spend. Don’t miss out on these Michigan cabin and cottage hidden gems! 

  1. Better Customer Service

Do you have any questions about the property or the area that aren’t already addressed on the website? When you book direct, you get personalized answers and genuine human interaction. No one can give you better trip advice than local experts. Interested in a remote vacation in Ely, MN? Connect with the rental owners at RentMinnesotaCabins.com

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Bottom line: For the best homes and the best experiences, #BookDirect.

Visit our newer websites too:

RentNewYorkCabins.com | RentMontanaCabins.comRentKentuckyCabins.com

Thanks for supporting our growing family of state-specific, vacation rental websites where you can easily connect AND BOOK DIRECTLY with rental owners or local managers. Tell your family and friends you found a website without traveler fees!

Searching for New York resorts? Now you can see all resort cabins on one page

RentNewYorkCabins.com has rolled out resort pages. Now, every New York resort has their own “resort page” that displays an interactive map with pins to show the location of each NY rental, a description of the resort, the property website link, phone number, videos, and a display of each cabin details page at the bottom. We decided to create these New York resort pages because it allows renters to see the exact location of each cabin plus learn more about the resort.

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Check out an example of a resort page – The Gold Eagle Resort. This is a huge step in differentiating ourselves from the competition. Not only is it a great feature for renters, but it also adds extra exposure for multi-cabin resorts in New York.

How do Potential Renters Find the New York Resort Pages?

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The first way is through the Google map found on the homepage of our website. When renters click on a pin, a small window will display with an option to select that specific cabin details page or they can select “View more cabins at (Resort Name)”. Once the potential renter clicks on the “View more cabins at (Resort Name)” they will see the resort page. The image above with the blue circle shows where to find the resort pages.

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The second way to find the resort page is through the cabin rental details page. If a vacationer is looking at the details page and wants to see more cabin rentals at the resort, they can select “View all (Resort Name) Cabins”. The blue circle above indicates how to find the resort page from a cottage details page.

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Visit our other state-specific website too:
RentMinnesotaCabins.com | RentMichiganCabins.com | RentTennesseeCabins.com | RentMontanaCabins.com and RentWisconsinCabins.com

Thanks for supporting our growing number of state-specific, vacation rental website that allow renters to easily connect AND BOOK DIRECT.

Tell your family and friends about our great websites!

 

JM Creative Group announces launch of its 6th state-specific, vacation rental website: RentTennesseeCabins.com. Disrupts OTA’s online transaction service model.

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Nothing compares to the vacation experience found at Tennessee cabins, cottages, lodges, or homes. With passion and an entrepreneurial spirit, my JM Creative Group has taken advantage of a growing online opportunity in the vacation rentals niche – booking direct. Allowing travelers to easily book vacation rentals directly with owners or local managers is becoming a big competitive advantage. Middleman OTA (Online Travel Agency) booking websites are slowly removing their annual subscription (book direct) option making travelers book through their online system. However, vacation rental owners and local property managers have always relied on personal interaction which leads to repeat bookings.

JM Creative Group launched RentTennesseeCabins.com in March 2016. With just one introductory email we received our first 28 property listings. We now have 63. Book direct service is alive and well.

RentTennesseeCabins.com is not the first vacation rental website launched by our JM Creative Group. In 2009 we launched our recently trademarked RentWisconsinCabins.com. Since 2014, we’ve launched five more websites: RentMinnesotaCabins.com; RentMichiganCabins.com; RentNewYorkCabins.com; RentMontanaCabins.com and the newest; RentTennesseeCabins.com. We own dozens of rental-industry smart domains for many states, so watch for more websites coming soon.

A membercentric philosophy – We have a strong membercentric philosophy. Instead of being guided by shareholders, our business decision makers include rental owners/managers and travelers.

Membership report – As of 11/3/16, our JM Creative Group has grown rental owner/manager membership to 325 listing 1,500+ vacation rentals across 6 states.

Website organic traffic report – Our six websites recently surpassed 3 million page views.

No booking fees. No traveler fees – All JM Creative Group websites are free for traveler, and owners/managers pay a low annual fee based on the number of rentals they list. Our book direct model also eliminates booking website scams and double bookings.

Vacation Rental Owners/Managers: Book Direct is alive and well.

2009 seems so long ago, but that’s when we launched our first state-specific, vacation rental website: RentWisconsinCabins.com, from a home office in Waunakee, WI. Now we have 6 Live websites with plans for 21 sites by the middle of 2017. We now have ‘legit’ office space in Middleton, WI.

It didn’t take long for rental owners & property managers around the country to tell us that there is a big demand for a listing website that embraces the “Book Direct” philosophy. We speak to vacation rental owners & managers often, and the conversations are similar; “large OTA’s are out of control! They control our inventory, rates and are now charging our renters an extra traveler fee.”  Our consistent growth has confirmed that large OTA’s are not the only advertising choice.

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RentWisconsinCabins.com: Nearly 700 rentals
RentMinnesotaCabins.com: Nearly 400 rentals
RentMichiganCabins.com: Over 200 rentals
Plus our newer states RentNewYorkCabins.com, RentMontanaCabins.com and RentTennesseeCabins.com: Over 200 rentals
…We are just getting warmed up!

Our renter traffic grows an average of 48% every year. Over the last year, our websites attracted over 1 million page views.

Why take on the time & expense to roll out unique websites for so many states? It’s never been done before! By 2012, our Wisconsin website proved that (even from a home office) we can compete long term with large OTA’s in Google Search by targeting regional organic long tail keywords & topics. Search for yourself – go to Google and type in popular terms like Wisconsin vacation rentals; wisconsin cabins; wisconsin cabin rentals, etc. Then try michigan vacation rentals; michigan cabin rentals; mn cabin rentals, etc. There we are!! From these first page results, how many “book direct” websites do you see?

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We also discovered the immediate need for “traveler fee” education. We recently added a question about traveler fees to our survey and were shocked to learn that nearly every respondent had no idea that booking websites charge a traveler fee. What we’ve know for years though is that renters prefer to book vacation rentals with the owners and local managers 25-1.

What do you think of booking vacation rentals directly with owners/managers?

Joe and Team
JM Creative Group
Middleton, WI

Coming soon: RentKentuckyCabins.com

It won’t be long now! We are new to Kentucky, but not new to promoting vacation rentals in the United States. The JM Creative Group has been rolling out state-specific, vacation rental websites since 2009. Kentucky; you’re next! Finally, a website that simply connects travelers to Kentucky vacation rental owners and local managers …no booking fees – no traveler fees. Welcome back to BOOK DIRECT.

We’ve already launched in WI, MN, MI, NY, MT and TN. Did you know, travelers prefer to book directly with rental owners or managers instead of through third-party booking websites – 30:1.

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RentMinnesotaCabins.com delivers Happiness On Water

Lake Of The Woods resorts and Baudette MN cabins and cottages have a charm that will have you wanting more. The serene beauty of the wilderness and state parks that surround this town and vacation rentals are tranquil. Their close proximity to Lake of the Woods is what makes this lodging and town a great incentive to visit.
Congrats! You just found Happiness On Water (on the Winter Road River tributary)
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This is where the vacation experience will meet the fishing experience! Gather your friends and family and head to MN Lake of The Woods and the Rainy River. Guide service for 4 is provided for all seasons of fishing and lodging. Guided walleye fishing takes place on the beautiful international waters of Lake of The Woods and Rainy River. After a day of fishing relax at this Baudette cabin rental while your guide prepares a walleye dinner.
Anglers, get your line and Lake of the Woods fishing report ready for the “Walleye Capital of the World”. Lake of the Woods is the 7th largest lake in the U.S. with almost 1500 square miles of waterways to catch your next sauger, muskie, northern pike, jumbo perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and sturgeon. Watch for when the sturgeon reach the water’s surface on their way up to the Rainy River. Rainy River has fish a century old and can weigh 100 pounds! Early spring and fall are the best times to come up here but the Lake of the Woods ice fishing cannot be beat.
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Our cozy and modern log cabin is located on the Northern border of Minnesota. Your guide John is licensed by the National Maritime Center (NMC) with a Coastguard Operators License, bonded and insured (specializes in live bait walleye fishing). He will clean and package your fish for easy transporting. John shares accommodations (and his stories) with you, bed and breakfast style.

Visit our other state-specific website too:
RentWisconsinCabins.com | RentMichiganCabins.com | RentNewYorkCabins.com | RentMontanaCabins.com and coming soon; RentTennesseeCabins.com

Thanks for supporting our growing number of state-specific, vacation rental website that allow renters to easily connect AND BOOK DIRECTLY with owners and local property managers. Avoid middleman booking websites and avoid paying up to 30% more for the same cabins we list! Tell your family and friends about our great websites!

Searching for a #NewYork #Vacation Rental? Read these 8 #tips before you book it.

New York Vacation Rentals are the trend for 2016! The advantages of staying at a NY vacation rental are numerous. There are lots of pet friendly options, homes with fireplaces and fire pits, chalets and cottages right next to the lake. You have private parking and sometimes piers for your boat. Vacation rentals give families room to spread out and enjoy each other. Something a hotel just can’t offer.

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The time to book our summer 2016 vacation rental is here! What do you need to do before you book your vacation rental? Here are some tips:

  1. Inquire about your vacation rental with the actual owner or manager before you book. They know the property (and the area) best and will have you living like a local on Day 1.
  2. If you are looking to bring your pet, be sure you know the Pet Policy. Some will not allow certain breeds or sizes of dogs. It might also be good to check out if there is a kennel or fenced in area for your pet while you’re out at the lake. Compare vacation rentals with a pet policy versus kenneling them near your home if your on tighter budget.
  3. Know the cleaning policy. Some rental owners or managers charge a cleaning fee and don’t expect much cleaning. There others who expect to have the place ready for the next renters. Whatever the case may be, it’s always wise to take pictures or note any possible previous damage. Be very thorough.
  4. Picking up the keys. Some rentals may have a lock box on the door. Some owners might meet you at the property or have them hidden somewhere. Property Managers might have you stop at their office and pick up the keys. Know before you go!
  5. Ask about mobile phone reception. Vacation rentals in New York can be remote. If you need use your cell phone for directions, or to check in, make sure you will have cell coverage. We recommend you have a physical map in the vehicle just in case. If you have to stay connected, ask about Wi-Fi availability.
  6. Always ask about supplies and what you should bring. Some supply bed sheets but not towels, or vice versa. Some supply both. Always ask about a medical kit or if you need to bring certain kitchen items that you can’t live without (like a bottle opener) or a muffin pan. You get the idea. Some cabins and cottages offer canoes, kayaks or bikes on site.
  7. Check out a calendar of events or a town’s Facebook page to research area events. Keep in mind that rental prices are often higher during summer, holiday’s, and big events.
  8. Ask who you need to contact if you have any emergencies. If there is a leaky faucet or a light goes out, you will know whom to contact.

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Catskills, Adirondack Park, Finger Lakes, Upstate …wherever you end up, your vacation will be better in a cabin, cottage, lodge or home. We are just getting underway in New York, but stop by and see our selection New York vacation rentals. Skip the booking website commissions and book directly with the owners and save. If you’re looking for a resort, cabin, vacation rental or lodge elsewhere, check out our other websites:

www.RentWisconsinCabins.com      www.RentMontanaCabins.com     www.RentMichiganCabins.com   

www.RentMinnesota Cabins.com