What’s the best way to make your next vacation your dream vacation? Be the early bird and book early!
If you haven’t yet considered your plans for the summer, be aware that other people are already on top of theirs. The Atlantic Vacation Homes reservations team is already seeing a huge demand for summer vacation rentals. We are responding to a steady stream of vacation rental inquiries that are coming in at a rapid pace.
Plan your summer vacation now to achieve the best possible vacation experience.
If you have a family with school-aged children, work in a job with limited vacation time available or have very specific criteria as to what will go into your ideal vacation, then booking as soon as possible is your best chance to get the vacation that you want.
Even if you have more flexibility, there are many benefits to booking your Massachusetts summer vacation right away. Securing your reservation early means you get your pick of the best vacation rental properties and the best weeks. Holiday periods like the July 4th week and Labor Day week fill up quickly, as do the weeks in late July and early August, when the summer season is at its peak.
Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about early reservations.
Next summer seems so far away. What happens if I need to cancel my reservation between now and then?
Atlantic Vacation Homes strongly encourages guests to purchase trip insurance at the time of your reservation. Trip insurance can protect you and your family from expenses you may incur due if illness, injuries, weather, and other unforeseen circumstances prevent you from taking your vacation. We are partnered with CSA Vacation Rental Insurance, who offers coverage for trip cancellations and interruptions. Other benefits, such as relates to Travel and Baggage Delays, Emergency Assistance, Identity Theft Resolution services, and Concierge services are also available through CSA. Learn more about vacation rental insurance coverage.
Don’t miss out on your beach vacation next summer!
Is there a financial benefit if I book early?
Booking direct with Atlantic Vacation Homes is the best way to get the guaranteed lowest price for our vacation properties. By booking directly with us instead of through an Online Travel Agent (OTA) such as VRBO, Airbnb, or HomeAway, you’ll save hundreds of dollars in middleman “service” fees.
In addition, one of the best benefits of booking early with us is being able to space out your payments. Full payment of your vacation is due 60 days prior to arrival, so booking your summer vacation closer to the actual arrival date means that you will have to pay your balance in one lump sum. If you are paying by credit card, you may end up paying off your vacation well after your trip actually takes place. If you reserve your stay now, you can pay half of your rental total when you sign the rental contract and pay the rest at the 60-days-out mark. For those booking in the fall and winter, that means you won’t have to pay the balance until the spring.
The calendar on your website is showing that my desired property is already fully booked. Is that really true?
In some cases yes, but in some cases, no. There are a few reasons that calendars might be blocked. Before a property can accept reservations, we need to finalize the next year’s rental rates and availability dates in our system, which is a rolling process. Sometimes owners ask us to hold the calendar while they decide on their own use of the property. If you are on atlanticvacationhomes.com and see a property that you are interested in reserving, please contact us. Our reservations team will be able to check on the availability for you and let you know the booking status. If the property has not been unlocked yet, you will be added to the wait list for that specific property and a Guest Experience Specialist will contact you when it is open for reservations. If a property is truly unavailable (i.e., already booked), your Guest Experience Specialist will be able to offer suggestions and recommendations for a suitable alternative.
Do you have any rental properties that are NOT on your website?
Atlantic Vacation Homes strives to make sure that all available properties are displayed on the website. However, we are often adding new properties to our inventory, so if a property you like is not available, call us to let us know your needs and we just might have a brand new property that will fit the bill.