Stop Paying Vrbo Fees

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How to Appeal Vrbo Fees and Get Your Money Back

VRBO earns its revenue by charging its guests and hosts service fees. A guest pays a booking fee of between 6%- 15% of the total fees, while hosts are charged host commission fees at a minimum rate of 5%.

is a skill that could help you make the most out of your budget as a guest, while it could help you earn a better profit as a host.

Waiving the VRBO fee is not easy since it requires you to contact the company staff, who may take their time before getting back to you. However, DoNotPay is designed to help you through the process of fighting and waiving fees not only for VRBO but for services offered by other organizations like eBay, Etsy, and Shopify. We can also help you fight and waive your HOA fees.

Services Offered by Vrbo

With over 3 million bookable vacation guest rentals, VRBO specializes in linking up homeowners with people searching for something exceeding just a hotel for their vacation. It thus offers one a platform to attract clients to their property and allows clients to look up the most suitable accommodation for their stay. With that in mind, it is important to when listing your property or choosing appropriate quarters for your stay.

Overview of Vrbo vs Airbnb Fees

Below is a look at the fee each company charges the guests and hosts.


For Guest

  • Booking fees: vary between 6% to 15% of the total fee
  • A damage deposit may be charged at the time of booking

For Hosts

  • Host commission rate:5% + 3% credit card processing fee
  • An alternative annual subscription ($499) is available for unlimited bookings.


For Guest

  • Booking fees: typically under 14% of the subtotal but could rise to 20%
  • A damage deposit is held two days before renting

For Hosts

  • Host commission rate: typically 3% but higher for hosts in Italy, and hosts have super strict cancellation policies. Hotels and some other hosts may pay a commission of 10% to 16% if they work on a host-only fee basis.

How to Fight and Waive Vrbo Fees by Yourself

High VRBO fees increase the costs for guests while reducing the host's profits. Fighting and waiving the fees by yourself can involve unorthodox ways, such as by-passing VRBO and dealing with the owner directly. Using information garnered on the listing site to directly contact the property owner can have negative repercussions for the host, since using such avenues denies VRBO the needed fee.

Another way to fight and waive the VRBO fee as a guest would involve looking for alternative sites that charge lower booking fees and settling for them instead. On the other hand, the host can go for listing sites that do not take a considerable portion of their profit in the form of fees.

The first method is unethical and can threaten to end the business relationship between VRBO and the host. On the other hand, the second option would mean spending long hours comparing prices on listing sites, and there are no guarantees that you will get value for your money.

The best alternative would be to use DoNotPay to appeal for lower booking fees if you are a guest and lower commission fees as the host. This method can help maintain a good relationship between the company and the host.

Fight and Waive Vrbo Fees With the Help Of DoNotPay

You do not need to worry about waiving the VRBO fee because DoNotPay helps you appeal for your money in 3 easy steps.

  1. Search "appeal fees" on DoNotPay, choose the Fight and Waive Fees product, and select the type of fee you want to appeal.
  2. Select the merchant you want to appeal fees for and enter the details of your transaction, including an associated account if you have one.
  3. Submit your case! DoNotPay will generate the best argument for your case and make sure your fee waiver request gets sent to the merchant for processing.

And that's it! DoNotPay will send a request on your behalf to appeal all applicable fees and to ensure you get your money back!

DoNotPay Can Also Appeal Fees From Other Organizations.

Whether you are the host or guest willing to use VRBO, DoNotPay is the appropriate platform to help you fight and waive fees. We can also appeal your:

eBay feesCoinbase fees
Robinhood feesPaypal seller fees
Spirit Airlines baggage feesAmerican Airlines baggage fees
Chase Bank checking account fees Etsy fees
Homeowners Association (HOA) feesShopify fees

Why Use DoNotPay to Fight and Waiver Vrbo Fees?

Fighting and waiving the VRBO fee or fees on platforms such as coinbase and Robinhood is not an easy task, but with DoNotPay, you are assured that the service will be:

  1. Easy: this product offers a direct approach that is risk-free and convenient. You don't have to interact with forms, make phone calls or emails, or even keep track of all the processes.
  2. Fast: You don't have to spend all your time attempting to have a perfect solution. DoNotPay users spend less time fighting and waiving the Vrbo fee.
  3. Successful: you can be 100% confident that our product will make the best case for you.

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