You Can Now Book Vacation Rentals Through Google
By Victoria M. Walker
Google has announced that it is adding vacation rentals to its booking platform.
“To give you a broader set of choices for lodging, we’re expanding the hotel search experience to include a wider assortment of vacation rental properties worldwide,” travel product manager Pratip Banerji said in a statement Tuesday.
Customers will also be able to read vacation rental reviews and view availability. Users will now be able to search with price and amenity filters and browse photos.
In March, Google added a platform, Google Hotels, that is similar to its popular Google Flights. The platform includes filters like hotel class, which will allow travelers to sort by budget hotels and luxury chains. It also offers a “deals” option which “offer rates that are significantly lower than the usual price for that hotel or similar hotels nearby.”
“To help you find the right hotel for your trip, apply our new “Deals” filter,” Richard Holden, vice president of product management, travel, wrote in a blog published on March 9.
This filter uses machine learning to highlight hotels where one or more of our partners offer rates that are significantly lower than the usual price for that hotel or similar hotels nearby. You can now also search for hotels by landmarks, such as Disney World in Orlando or the Eiffel Tower.
The new service appears to target booking services such as AirBnB and Expedia, which offer vacation rentals.
Google also says it will bring the vacation rentals filter to the Google Hotels desktop next month.
Victoria M. Walker
Victoria M. Walker is an award-winning multimedia journalist and full-time lecturer in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at her alma mater, Howard University. She was previously the breaking news and viral content video editor at The Washington Post.