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HomeAway vs. Airbnb

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HomeAway is now Vrbo

In July 2020, Expedia merged HomeAway and Vrbo so it could focus on just one short term vacation rental brand. So when you search for Homeaway rentals, you’ll be redirected to Vrbo instead.

The good news is that HomeAway fans can expect a similar experience with Vrbo, since most of the listings were consolidated too.

Check out our comparison of Airbnb vs. Vrbo to see how these popular vacation rental sites stack up.

Are vacation rentals safe during COVID-19?

Vacation rentals are generally safe to stay in during the coronavirus pandemic, as long as you’re following CDC guidelines. For extra precaution, look for rentals that offer self check-in, to avoid physical interaction with the host.

Many sites, including Airbnb and Vrbo, have issued a set of enhanced cleaning protocols with step-by-step instructions for sanitizing between guests. Airbnb goes a step further, inviting hosts to take a quiz confirming their understanding of this protocol and awarding an Enhanced Clean indicator to hosts that pass.

If you’re worried about the safety of a vacation rental during COVID-19, check the policies posted online to understand exactly how each provider is responding to the pandemic.

Traveling during COVID-19
The CDC continues to advise caution when traveling within or outside the US, though it no longer requires self-quarantine or a COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated travelers as of April 2021. It recommends that you delay travel if you are not fully vaccinated to protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the virus.

When traveling, follow safety measures that include wearing a mask in public, social distancing and washing your hands. If you are diagnosed with, have symptoms of or are waiting for COVID-19 test results — or are otherwise at risk of illness — do not attend gatherings or travel for 14 days.

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