You Can Now Search for Vacation Rentals Through Google’s Hotel Search

Mar 27, 2019

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Earlier this month, Google released new flight and hotel search features, and now it’s adding vacation rentals to the mix. Starting on Wednesday, you can go to Google’s Hotel Search on a mobile device and find vacation rentals alongside your favorite points and boutique properties. The experience will expand to desktop searches in the next few months.

Unlike Airbnb, Google is focused on entire unit rentals (think: whole homes, apartments, villas), so searches won’t show rooms for rent within larger apartments or homes. Just search for the destination and dates you want to travel, and select the vacation rentals filter. From there, you can further narrow down your results by sorting for specific amenities (free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, kid-friendly spaces, swimming pool — you get the idea). You can also specify a price range, check guest ratings and browse photos.

The results will be pulled from inventory available on Google’s partners, including Expedia, HomeAway, Hotels.com, RedAwning, TripAdvisor and VRBO. When you’re ready to book, click the link that will bring you to the partner’s page to complete the transaction.

Though an official vacation rental tool may be news, Google actually began including select vacation rentals in its search results in 2017 as a way to test the feature on a small scale with limited inventory in select markets. Now, vacation rentals will be available worldwide, so whether you’re looking for a pied-à-terre in Paris or a sprawling villa in Tuscany, you’ll be able to get results.

The announcement comes at an interesting time, as Airbnb recently announced its acquisition of last-minute booking app HotelTonight, which represents an effort to diversify its offerings. Could Google be trying to edge out Airbnb?

“We can’t comment on specific players or partners. Today, we are just getting started with expanding our vacation rental inventory, and you will continue to see us add new partners to the program as we move forward,” Jennifer Rodstrom, Google’s communications manager, commerce, told TPG, adding, “We are open to working with all types of vacation rental providers for this experience.”

Featured photo by Joshua Case on Unsplash.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,650

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
  • Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.