Hopper wants to challenge Airbnb with short-term vacation rentals

Despite an already crowded marketplace with big names like Airbnb and Vrbo, travel app Hopper is now expanding its services to include short-term home rentals.

With over two million properties spread across the globe, Hopper Homes (which is available in the Hopper app) should make it a bit easier to book airfare, car rentals and accommodation (hotel or short term). term) in one place.

Hopper says users will be able to apply filters to narrow down their options based on criteria such as location, number of bedrooms, amenities and price. And over the next few months, the company says it will add support for some of its other booking features, such as price prediction and cancel for any reason, to the new service to give its customers more flexibility in their travel plans.

That last part might end up being one of the biggest differentiators between Hopper Homes and its competitors. Other services such as Airbnb allow hosts to choose from a range of cancellation policies, including “flexible” plans that allow guests to cancel up to 24 hours before check-in without penalty to plans. “farms” that require guests to cancel at least 30 days prior to check-in.

By adding home rentals to its list of services, the company hopes to attract a growing number of travelers who prefer to stay in rental homes rather than hotels. Hopper says Zoomers and millennials are particularly enthusiastic, with more than four in 10 travelers under the age of 35.

Similar to its airfare and hotel reservations, Hopper also plans to integrate its Carrot Cash system to help customers save money, as credit earned when booking rental homes can be applied to other forms of travel.

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