HomeAway Enables Rentals to Be Placed Online With Credit Cards

HomeAway, the publicly held company that manages vacation rentals sites, including VRBO.com, is now enabling homeowners to accept payments with a credit card. Once a traveler books accommodations, the two parties have 24 hours to work out the details. The company said online bookings will allow it to transition to a pay-per-booking model, where homeowners can list their property for free and pay a commission at the time of booking, rather than paying an upfront fee.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik