The pictures above show the beautiful 3-bedroom condo that we booked for 11-nights in January on New Smyrna Beach, FL. It looked like a fantastic place, but it was a bit of a splurge at $391/night.
Since it was right on the beach, was pet-friendly, and had a lot of room, I figured it was worth the price. I thought we could host some friends for a couple long weekends. Let’s splurge!
I booked it a couple months ago and got a note recently that it was time to put our ‘half down’ payment in. They wanted $3,350, which seemed suspiciously high for only 50%.
When I looked at the total ‘quote’, I saw why …
The tax & charges added a whopping $2,450 to the bill. That’s a 56% up-charge. Even though an 11-day stay is pretty long, the costs built the daily net rate to an outrageous $614/night.
I was mad. Even before I fully annunciated the final ‘k’-sound in, “VRBO you SUCK!”, I had cancelled the refundable reservation. I was honestly shocked at how egregious the extra fees added up.
Within a few minutes, I had rebooked into a basic property a few miles up the beach in Daytona. The price for our oceanfront suite at the Marriott was a relatively affordable $318/night – inclusive of taxes and all the extra charges. Much better.
We’ve used VRBO (and AirBNB) in the past and paid what I thought were reasonable prices. I’m not sure if something has changed post-pandemic, but I’m going to be very, very, wary before I ever use them again!
Have you encountered crazy-high fees being added onto your travel reservations?
Image Credit: VRBO.com