Travel app Hopper expands with short-term vacation rentals

San Francisco, January 29 (IANS): In a bid to compete with Airbnb and Vrbo, travel app Hopper is now expanding its services to include short-term home rentals.

With over two million properties spread across the globe, Hopper Homes (which is available in the Hopper app) should make it a little easier to book airfare, car rentals and accommodations all in one place, reports Engadget.

Hopper said users will be able to apply filters to narrow down their options based on criteria such as location, number of bedrooms, amenities and price.

And over the next few months, the company has announced that it will add support for some of its other booking features, such as price prediction and cancel for any reason, to the new service to give its customers more flexibility in their travel plans.

That last part could end up being one of the biggest differentiators between Hopper Homes and its competitors, according to the report.

Other services such as Airbnb allow hosts to choose from a range of cancellation policies, including “flexible” plans that allow guests to cancel up to 24 hours before check-in without penalty to plans. “farms” that require guests to cancel at least 30 days prior to check-in.

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