WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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lengthy form and voilà), but once a member, these sites offer con- sumers flash sales that are not found elsewhere on the web. BACKBID.COM When you post your existing hotel reservation to BackBid, competing hotels are able to see your travel plans and offer bids to entice you to switch to their property, offering either dis- counts or services. In short, instead of you searching the web for best prices, Backbid turns the tables and makes the hotels compete for your reservation. HOTELTONIGHT.COM This is not a site but an app that is ideal for the traveler who only needs a hotel room for one night. The hotel opens up its inventory at 12:00 noon and consumers can search available inventory for that night at a discounted price. This app is ideal for last minute business travel. 192 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 4 excursions "deeply discounted prices" VRBO.COM This site stands for Vacation Rental By Owner, and is a site that lists more than half a million properties worldwide, and, as the name suggests, puts would be renters in touch with vacation property owners. VRBO makes its money through the listing fees that owners pay so there are no add-on fees or upcharges for renting through the site. Wellesley resident Kat Bliss has had three successful rentals through the site. "It is so user friendly," she says, "it shows availability, prices, everything. I won't go to another site." AIRBNB.COM This site is giving VRBO a run for its money in the owner rental arena. Initially known more for its single room rentals, it now has expanded into private rentals, with many apartments, houses, and villas in more than 34,000 towns and cities listed worldwide. Bonus: they have more than 600 castles to peruse. I P H O N E ® I S A T R A D E M A R K O F A P P L E I N C . 184-192_WWMa14_excursions_travel_v3_WellesleyWeston Magazine 2/2/14 1:38 PM Page 192

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