Travellers have accepted that fees are part of booking a holiday rental, and they’re okay with paying them. They know that protecting your property is important — and they value that.
However, most travellers agree that things like basic utilities should be included — and they don’t want to pay more for things like internet, water or electricity. The way a lot of travellers see it, just because they’re paying to stay in a home or rental doesn’t mean that they want to pay extra fees that they wouldn’t get in a hotel.
Travellers want to know why certain fees are being charged
For most travellers, well-explained, necessary fees aren’t going to prevent them from booking. However, they want the purpose of fees disclosed in the explanation — and they value detail and transparency around those fees.
For instance, travellers tend to be okay with cleaning fees, pet fees and fees for extra guests over the maximum occupancy. However, things like administrative fees, laundry fees, equipment and bath linens are poorly perceived — and it’s helpful if you can include an explanation.
High fees may be keeping you from capturing bookings
While some fees are understandable to travellers, high fees may be the reason that they choose to book with someone else. Over one-third of travellers wouldn’t book a property with fees that make up over 10% of their booking costs, and half of travellers wouldn’t book a property with fees that make up over 15%.
The number of fees matters to guests too.
It’s not just about percentages either. In fact, our research shows that over one-third of travellers won’t book a property that includes two additional fees — and two-thirds of travellers won’t book a property that includes three. They also prefer a one-time fee over per-night fees, and consider that when scrolling through properties.
Wondering how you can adjust your fees?
We know that a lot goes into determining the fees you choose to charge for your property, and we understand that. However, if you’re thinking that your fees may be affecting your bookings, it’s a great idea to try other techniques (like lowering or removing those fees).
To adjust your fee strategy or restructure your fees, all you need to do is access your dashboard. You can find out how here. If you use software to manage your property listings, you should be able to adjust your fees within your software. Contact your software provider if you need any help making those changes.