The Ultimate Traveler’s Guide to HomeToGo
It’s time to plan that big vacation you’ve been daydreaming about for months now. You chose the dates, and now it’s time to hunt down the perfect vacation rental you and your fellow travelers can escape to.
Nowadays, there are hundreds of vacation rental platforms and booking tools you can use to find a rental property. The endless amount of options may seem great at first, but you’ll quickly realize that it’s quite difficult to compare listings between multiple booking platforms.
That’s where HomeToGo steps in to help. HomeToGo is the world’s largest vacation rental search engine that pulls together property listings from nearly every rental platform on the web. Instead of wasting your time creating accounts and browsing each platform, you can use one search engine as your one-stop-shop for finding the best vacation rental possible.
In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know about HomeToGo. We’ll talk about how it works, the benefits of using the platform, and how you can book your vacation rental with ease.
What Is HomeToGo?
HomeToGo is a search engine for vacation rental properties. The platform is a vacation rental metasearch engine that aggregates listings from hundreds of different rental platforms so travelers and homeowners can find and post listings on one website.
The vacation rental platform is a German company that was founded in Berlin in 2014. The founders — Nils Regge, Wolfgang Heigl, and Patrick Andrae — saw an opportunity in the vacation rental industry that was ripe for opportunity.
Unlike the hotel business, which already had metasearch engines that curated hotel listings around the world, vacation rentals were spread across hundreds of different rental sites. The missing link was a search engine that combined all listings in one place to make the lives of travelers and homeowners easier.
HomeToGo does just that. It has partnerships with over 600 different rental property websites across over 200 countries. For travelers, this means a one-stop-shop for finding the perfect vacation rental across the United States and all around the world. For homeowners, the site gives you one more channel for your property to be found online.
Let’s go over how it works.
How Does HomeToGo Work?
Instead of searching each individual website, travelers can head to HomeToGo, type in rental requirements, and find all available listings across the web. If you’re a homeowner who would like to list your rental property online, the platform provides an additional outlet for your rental property to be found by prospective renters.
If you’ve ever used Google Flights, the platform works in a similar manner. HomeToGo pulls together listings from more than 600 sites, including the following:
- Trip Advisor
- TUI Ferienhaus
Once you’ve typed in your search criteria and found the perfect listing, you’ll be redirected to a third-party rental platform to complete your transaction. So if HomeToGo is just redirecting you to other rental websites, why should you even use it in the first place? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using the rental search engine.
Benefits of Using HomeToGo
HomeToGo helps you save time and money when searching for the perfect vacation home.
You can run into a couple issues when searching the traditional way: You have too many options to choose from and struggle to find the perfect fit. Or, you’re booking last minute and can’t seem to find the right option in your price range.
HomeToGo is beneficial to you because you can see virtually all available vacation rental properties at once. This will let you seamlessly price shop without having to jump around from site to site.
The platform is a great price comparison tool. By using features like flexible date filters, you can save up to 35% on your rental price.
Now let’s walk through how you can book your vacation rental with HomeToGo.
How to Book a Vacation Rental
Booking with HomeToGo takes only a few minutes and is pretty straightforward.
The first step is to head to HomeToGo.com. Type in the city you wish to travel to along with the desired travel dates and number of guests. Tap the submit button.
You’re then given an extensive list of rental properties from hundreds of different rental platforms. There are filters you can utilize to refine your search, like amenities, price, rating, location, and accommodation type. You can also search the map to find listings in a specific area you’re looking for.
With each property listing tile you see, there will be additional information, like the property type, ratings, how many guests it fits, and the number of rooms. You can even see which rental platform has the cheapest price if the property is listed on multiple platforms.
When you see a property you like, you can tap on the listing. If the property is listed on another site, you’ll be redirected to that site. For example, in the screenshot above, we found this New York listing on HomeToGo and were then redirected to VRBO because it had the best price for that listing.
You’ll then see similar booking details that you found on the previous site. Before finalizing your booking, you’ll need to create a user account if you don’t have an account for VRBO or any other third-party rental platform you’re redirected to.
If you’d rather go directly to other booking sites and bypass HomeToGo, then make sure to look over our guides to Airbnb, HomeAway, and other rental booking sites. We even have a promo code you can use on your first Airbnb booking.
It’s important to note that there are multiple types of listings on HomeToGo. Let’s look at some types of bookings you can make.
Types of Bookings
There are a few different types of bookings you can make — express, instant bookings, and on request bookings. Here’s what each of these entails.
Express bookings can be booked directly on HomeToGo. This enables you to complete your transaction without ever having to leave the site. These types of bookings are convenient but are far less common than instant bookings.
These bookings will redirect you to another third-party rental site to complete your booking. For example, this might be an Airbnb listing and you’ll need to complete your checkout on Airbnb.com. This will require you to create an account on whichever third-party site you use. In some cases, you’ll need to wait for your booking to be approved by the property owner. Your booking will be considered a binding booking until it’s confirmed by the property owner.
On request bookings require approval from the property owner before a booking is made. This will require you to send a booking request to the property owner before completing the booking. This transaction is non-binding and doesn’t officially lock in your rental. No payment will be made until both parties are satisfied with the rental booking.
If HomeToGo sounds like it’s up your alley, let’s get you signed up.
How to Sign Up for HomeToGo
It’s not required to sign up to use the rental search platform. You will need to sign up if you wish to book directly through HomeToGo.
To sign up, head to www.HomeToGo.com and tap on the “My Account” option at the top of the page. You can then choose to sign up with your Facebook or Google account or provide your email address.
After that, you’re all set. But remember, if you want to book a property that is on another vacation rental website, you’ll need to create additional accounts on each site.
Multiple Vacation Sites in One Place
If you’re planning on booking a vacation rental property soon, you should consider using HomeToGo to make your life easier. It will reduce the amount of time you spend browsing multiple rental platforms and can help you save money in the long run.
Why search each site individually when you can save time by using one website instead? Head to HomeToGo.com to start your search today. Good luck with your search and have fun on your vacation!