Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wimdu vs Airbnb

Wimdu vs Airbnb 

– what option is better?


On this site I’m trying to point out the main differences between the Wimdu and Airbnb  I’ve used both services to advertise my vacation rentals and here are my thoughts and experiences:

Wimdu vs Airbnb - sign up process and verification:

I signed up with Airbnb 3 years ago and altough I was not used to this kind of concept it was intuitive and easy to create a profile and add my vacation rental listing. Later on Airbnb has introduced a more thourogh verification process some people seem to struggle with, but on the other hand it's good that they are finally taking security seriously. 

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One year after signing up with Airbnb I got contacted by Wimdu who offered to set up and advertise my vacation rentals at no cost. I decided to give it a try and I've been a member ever since. There is no verification process for becoming a member of Wimdu and very few people have pictures and adequate descriptions. 

WIMDU vs Airbnb - number of bookings:

During 2014 I received a number of bookings from both Airbnb and Wimdu, in total 350 bookings from Airbnb and 44 from Wimdu:

Wimdu vs Airbnb bookings
While most guests from Wimdu have been European (German, Dutch, Italian), the Airbnb guests are more mixed nationalities.

Wimdu vs Airbnb - CUSTOMER SERVICE:

While Airbnb has an easy accessible 24/7 hour customer service by phone, I haven’t found something similar on Wimdu (correct me if I’m wrong).When you click on the “contact us” or “FAQ” button on Wimdu you’re being taken to a wide range of FAQ's and the option to send an inquiry through a contact form, but no emergency phone number. In my opnion that's a bit alarming if you're locked out or for some other reason need to contact the company quickly.

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However, the very few times I've had to contact Wimdu through the contact form they have normally answered few hours later or the next business day and the response time has been faster compared to tickets sent to the Airbnb customer service.

Airbnb vs WIMDU - comparison of affiliate programs and referral programs

While Airbnb ended it's Airbnb affiliate program last year and replaced it by a referral program, you can still become a Wimdu affiliate by signing up on Affiliate wimdu. The Airbnb referral gives you up to $100 for referring a friend while the Wimdu affiliate program gives you a percentage of every booking completed.

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