Does Vrbo enable a bunch to vary the price of your trip rental after reserving?

A Vrbo host just lately stunned TPG reader Diah Jones with a troubling ultimatum that felt so much like a shakedown.

One yr after confirming the worth of Jones’ three-week trip rental in Paris for subsequent summer season’s Olympics, the Vrbo host determined to vary the speed. She informed Jones that different hosts had been charging 1000’s of {dollars} extra for a similar time-frame. The beforehand agreed-upon value wasn’t honest, the proprietor mentioned, so she demanded that Jones pay an elevated price or keep elsewhere.

When Jones did not instantly comply with the inflated price of the small house, the host canceled the reservation. At once, she relisted the property on Vrbo at a brand new, a lot larger price.

With Vrbo seemingly permitting the host to cancel her confirmed trip rental and re-rent it at an inflated value, Jones hoped TPG might assist. She wished some solutions from Vrbo and assist discovering a alternative property at a comparable value.

However with the 2024 Paris Olympics lower than a yr away, might that even be doable?

Reserving a trip rental for the 2024 Paris Olympics


Final September, Jones and her husband determined to spend their 2024 summer season trip in Paris to see the Olympics. As an alternative of staying in a lodge, they favored the thought of immersing themselves in a quiet residential space of town.

“We selected to e book a trip rental to have more room,” Jones recalled. “On the time, because it was virtually two years earlier than the Olympics, the charges weren’t outrageous.”

The couple browsed the Vrbo web site on the lookout for a spot and zeroed in on a one-bedroom house in St. Germain de Pres. Its central however quiet location within the metropolis could be good for attending numerous Olympic occasions.

Jones properly messaged the host by means of the Vrbo platform to ask just a few questions concerning the property earlier than reserving. In that correspondence, which I’ve reviewed, she defined that the aim of the go to to Paris was to attend the Summer season Olympics.

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In response, the Vrbo host provided Jones a ten% low cost on the speed if she booked the property for 20 nights. Jones was bought on the house and shortly agreed to the speed of three,800 euros ($4,300 on the time).

After paying the preliminary deposit, Jones acquired affirmation from the proprietor and a cordial message.

That was the final time Jones and her husband heard from the Vrbo host till 11 months later. When the host obtained again in contact, she wasn’t so cordial. In truth, she had a downright disagreeable proposal.

The host decides she needs more cash for a similar Vrbo rental

The subsequent time Jones heard from the Vrbo host was on Aug. 7, 2023. Now, the host claimed the speed on the contract for the holiday rental wasn’t honest to her.

She wrote to Jones:

My charges weren’t up to date and are properly beneath the costs charged for this era of the Olympic Video games. I suggest so as to add 1000 euros ($1,058 at time of publication) of further prices to determine a fairer value. If this doesn’t swimsuit you, I counsel that you simply cancel the reservation. It’s also possible to, if you want, cut back the occupation time of the house.

Consider in my heat emotions.

Jones says she learn the message just a few occasions, making an attempt to make sense of it. The speed confirmed on her Vrbo contract was a price the host had proposed almost a yr earlier than. The dates of the Olympics had already been introduced at the moment, and Jones had informed the host that attending the video games was the aim of their journey.

Now, afraid that if she agreed to the brand new price, nothing would forestall the host from asking for an additional enhance as time went on, Jones wasn’t positive what to do.

Jones despatched a brief message to the host by means of the Vrbo platform to ask just a few questions earlier than agreeing to the upcharge.

Nevertheless, in response to Jones’ questions, the proprietor took motion on her personal.

Vrbo: ‘The host has canceled your reservation.’


A couple of minutes after sending her message to the host, Jones acquired an e mail from Vrbo. The host had canceled her reservation.

Then, an evidence from the host arrived. She had no intention of responding to Jones’ questions concerning the sudden change in the price of the rental or negotiating additional.

As an alternative, she wrote:

I provided you a compromise, however I perceive very properly that you’re not glad with that. So I want to cancel the reservation. We’re nonetheless one yr away from the date of your reservation. There are nonetheless loads of flats accessible for lease. I had a number of requests from members of my household who wished me to obtain them in my house

The value (I gave you) corresponds to half the worth charged for this era. I wish to restore a traditional value for a part of the time and depart the opposite a part of the time for my household.

Shocked by the sudden flip of occasions that left her with no place to remain in Paris throughout the Summer season Olympics, Jones shortly contacted Vrbo.

Absolutely, the positioning would power the host to reinstate the reservation on the agreed-upon price, Jones thought.

Rapidly, Jones discovered that Vrbo wouldn’t.

Vrbo is not going to power this host to honor the speed — or the reservation

Over the following a number of days, Jones made makes an attempt to succeed in somebody at Vrbo who might stress the host to reinstate the reservation.

Determined to reconfirm a spot for the Olympics, Jones informed the Vrbo customer support that she was keen to “restrict her occupancy” because the host had prompt. Or, if Vrbo confirmed that the host was permitted to cost extra post-confirmation, she would take into account paying the additional charge.

However none of her efforts resulted in something besides a refund of her deposit paid to the host.

In accordance with the Vrbo customer support brokers whom Jones spoke to by cellphone and later by e mail, neither the host nor Vrbo owed her something additional. She was on her personal to make different preparations for her journey.

After additional overview, this case doesn’t seem to qualify for rebooking or monetary help beneath our Guide with Confidence program. That is because of the date of keep in relation to the date of cancellation being past what is roofed by our coverage (30 days). Extra data on the Guide with Confidence Assure could also be discovered right here.

After seeing that the property had been blocked for the 2024 Paris Olympics, Jones realized she had misplaced that battle.

However now she had one other concept: Ask TPG for assist navigating this drawback.

What safety do Vrbo friends have in opposition to hosts who change the charges?


In Jones’ preliminary e mail to TPG, it had been just a few weeks for the reason that host had canceled her reservation, however the frustration and anger that Jones was experiencing had been nonetheless contemporary.

She wrote:

We knew we did not have many options (when the host requested for more cash). However we wished to ask concerning the Vrbo coverage for altering the contract. Moderately than answering our questions, the host canceled our reservation.

Now, we’ve got to discover a new location at larger charges, and the host does not appear to have any penalty for doing this. We won’t depart a overview since we did not get to remain.

We acknowledge this as a cash seize since charges have now skyrocketed, they usually felt they had been lacking out. Have you learnt if we’ve got any recourse to complain or be compensated?

Once I acquired Jones’ request for assist, I used to be coincidentally engaged on an analogous case. That one concerned an Airbnb visitor whose host tried to increase his rental price by a staggering $13,314 after a pop-up music competition was introduced. In that case, Airbnb took a tough line in opposition to the host. It compelled the reinstatement of the reservation and gave the proprietor a proper warning.

However in Jones’ state of affairs, the host had already rebooked the holiday rental, and the price of properties in Paris had, as Jones mentioned, skyrocketed. I despatched her case to our govt contact at Vrbo to see what may very well be carried out now. (That is an govt I can attain as a member of the media and a shopper advocate. She just isn’t customer-facing.)

A brand new Vrbo coverage to stop hosts from canceling and relisting at an elevated price

The identical week I contacted Vrbo about Jones’ expertise, I acquired a well timed press launch from the corporate.

On Sept. 14, Vrbo introduced that it was cracking down on hosts who cancel friends’ reservations in order that they’ll relist the property at the next price.

Sadly for Jones, this new coverage, which financially penalizes Vrbo hosts who cancel on friends, didn’t come into impact till Oct. 14 — and it solely pertains to U.S.-based hosts. Moreover, a reservation canceled by a bunch virtually a yr upfront — even when a bunch merely needs to relist at the next price — may have little repercussions.

However I hoped Vrbo might do one thing for Jones.

Vrbo: The host did violate our insurance policies by canceling, however …

I requested Vrbo if this host’s habits was permitted.

Our govt contact at Vrbo defined that this host did violate the corporate’s insurance policies. Hosts are usually not allowed to cancel bookings or to ask friends for added charges after reserving.

Hello Michelle,

Thanks to your persistence whereas we labored by means of this. Whereas the host is in violation of our insurance policies by canceling the reserving to extend their charges, they’re in good standing and did problem a full refund to the visitor. Nevertheless, as a result of the host initiated the cancellation, their itemizing efficiency and visibility to different vacationers on the app and web site will probably be negatively impacted. Canceling too usually might additionally consequence of their Premier Host standing being revoked.

Moreover, our coverage on this state of affairs is to warn the host that if their habits persists, motion will probably be taken, which might embody banning them from the platform. In lots of instances, this warning suffices to appropriate their actions. We’ve carried out this with the host for this property.

I am glad **** additionally shared the most recent information on monetary penalties for Vrbo hosts who cancel reservations. This may go into impact in October for hosts within the U.S. and is along with measures we already enact to discourage host cancellations, as talked about above, together with limiting search visibility on the app and web site and revoking Premier Host standing for repeat offenders.

However all of this meant little or no to Jones, who nonetheless had tickets to the Olympics however no place to remain due to this Vrbo host’s actions.

What can Vrbo do for this buyer now?


So, would Vrbo do one thing to assist Jones discover an alternate place to remain? I requested.

My contact obtained again to me with the next peace providing.


We are going to provide to assist discover one other property for his or her upcoming journey to Paris for the Olympics. As a goodwill gesture to exhibit our dedication to this traveler, we’ll additionally present them with OneKeyCash. They’ll use this credit score whether or not they select to stick with Vrbo or discover lodging on Expedia or

As a basic reminder, Vrbo affords rebooking help to all vacationers as a part of its Guide with Confidence assure if a bunch cancels on them inside 30 days of a visit.

Notice: Expedia Group’s One Key unifies all of its manufacturers (Expedia,, Orbitz, Travelocity, Vrbo and others) into one centralized loyalty program for its clients. OneKeyCash is the reward forex of this system.

Vrbo will assist discover different lodging exterior of Paris

In the long run, the ultimate decision supplied by Vrbo to Jones was a $250 voucher and a listing of accessible alternative lodging. Sadly, all of these properties had been nowhere close to St. Germain de Pres, as Jones shared. In truth, they weren’t even in Paris’ metropolis limits.

The alternative properties they counsel are nothing like what we had, based mostly on distance to metropolis heart, measurement, facilities, and so forth.

After years of utilizing VRBO with out problem, I am disillusioned of their response and determination. Nevertheless, I’ve discovered a superb lesson. I ought to have booked a number of backups for this worldwide occasion.

Thanks a lot to your assist. I am blissful TPG will publish an article about my expertise. Hopefully, it would assist forestall this from taking place to another person.

And that is what we hope as properly.

The right way to shield your self from a Vrbo host’s post-booking value enhance


Most Vrbo hosts worth their popularity and would not danger it by trying to vary the rental price of their property after affirmation. However sadly, some ethically challenged trip rental homeowners worth revenue over popularity.

This is what you must learn about defending your self from a post-confirmation value enhance in your trip rental and the way to forestall an analogous state of affairs from taking place to you.

Have a look at the itemizing’s evaluations

Earlier than you e book any trip rental, scroll by means of all its evaluations. On Vrbo (and Airbnb), friends cannot publish a overview of an inventory until they’ve stayed on the property. So, though you will not discover out if the host has ever canceled a reservation after trying to extend the rental value post-confirmation, search for clues that they had been profitable with such a scheme (for instance, a overview that mentions a request for added charges, or that the host contacted the traveler off-platform to debate their charges).

Until a overview comprises an untruth or violates different particular guidelines for commenting a couple of Vrbo property, the corporate will publish it. So, be sure your supposed host’s evaluations do not embody complaints a couple of price change after reserving.

Perceive Vrbo’s price modifications coverage

Vrbo coverage permits hosts to “handle” (change) their revealed charges at any time by means of the web portal. Nevertheless, they don’t seem to be permitted to regulate the price of a confirmed reservation. An elevated price on an inventory solely applies to future bookings.

Be cautious of reserving over a yr upfront

Though you may e book a Vrbo property greater than a yr upfront, it is best to accomplish that cautiously. Annual price will increase are commonplace amongst hosts, and in case you e book too far upfront, your host’s charges for the next yr might not be loaded within the system but. Verify with the host earlier than reserving if she or he anticipates any price fluctuation which may trigger an issue later.

Make contact with the host

Though you may e book a property with minimal contact with the Vrbo host, it isn’t a good suggestion. It is a lot tougher for a trip rental proprietor to attempt a money seize on you in case you’re only a depersonalized title of their reservation log.

Vrbo encourages friends and hosts to alternate questions and solutions earlier than and after reserving. All the time make the most of that chance and develop a cordial relationship together with your host.

Hold all conversations on the Vrbo platform

Protecting all conversations with Vrbo and your host inside your on-line account is important. This technique is a good way to report your discussions with the host so there are not any misunderstandings earlier than, throughout or after your keep. If an issue develops, you may have a file of what was mentioned and carried out.

Additionally, in case you’ve saved your correspondence with the host contained in the Vrbo platform, you will not need to maintain repeating your self as you attempt to repair the issue. Vrbo customer support can entry your message heart remotely and overview the state of affairs in actual time. Lastly, ought to you must escalate your request for assist to an outdoor group, like TPG, you may be blissful you could have all of your documentation that helps your case in a single place.

Report price issues instantly to Vrbo

If the worst has occurred and your host calls for you pay extra after confirming your trip rental reservation, do not hesitate to report the scheme to Vrbo. Once more, do that in writing by means of your account on the Vrbo platform. Keep off the cellphone since that creates no proof of what was mentioned or carried out.

Rapidly escalate your grievance

Sadly, with the rise of synthetic intelligence, corporations more and more depend on chatbots and automatic responses in favor of human buyer assist. That has been to the nice detriment of customers, who usually discover it almost unimaginable to succeed in a sympathetic human customer support agent when confronted with an issue.

Nevertheless, my shopper advocacy group, Shopper Rescue, supplies free customer support and an govt contact finder. We are able to provide the actual title and speak to data of somebody at almost any firm, together with Vrbo, whom you may converse to about your customer support drawback.

What to learn about Vrbo’s new ‘Accomplice Cancellation Payment Coverage’

On Oct. 14, 2023, Vrbo’s new Accomplice Cancellation Payment Coverage went stay. Vrbo hosts who cancel confirmed reservations and not using a legitimate cause now face monetary penalties. These penalties are assessed on a sliding scale based mostly on the date of the host’s cancellation in relation to the visitor’s scheduled check-in date.

As one would possibly anticipate, the nearer the cancellation is to the reservation date, the upper the charge. Vrbo hosts considering canceling a visitor’s confirmed rental ought to pay attention to the brand new penalties. They embody:

  • 50% of the reservation price if initiated inside 48 hours of the visitor’s scheduled check-in
  • 25% of the rental value, when cancellation happens inside 30 days however greater than 48 hours from check-in
  • 10% of the rental value for host-initiated cancellations past 30 days

These penalties don’t apply beneath sure circumstances, together with occasions which are out of the host’s management that make the house unavailable (power majeure), nationwide or native government-imposed journey restrictions and “upkeep emergencies,” amongst different issues.

Sadly, this coverage solely applies to U.S.-located Vrbo properties, so it is not going to present a deterrent to hosts of leases overseas at the moment.

Backside line

My objective as a shopper advocate is all the time to totally resolve a reader’s drawback so that they are made entire. Typically, nonetheless, the official insurance policies of the corporate concerned make that objective unimaginable. That was the case right here. The decision provided by Vrbo didn’t make their buyer entire, and Jones is left with none good choices.

Vrbo does not condone post-booking value will increase by hosts, but it surely additionally does not closely penalize homeowners who do such a factor, besides beneath time-constrained circumstances specified by their insurance policies. That leaves vacationers susceptible to opportunistic trip rental hosts keen to danger their reputations for some additional money.

Hopefully, the brand new Vrbo host cancellation charges that got here into impact too late for Jones will deter this sort of money seize, at the least on U.S. bookings. Time will inform.

When you’ve got an issue with a trip rental firm, airline, cruise line or automobile rental company, ship your grievance to, and I will be blissful to research your case, too.

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