Google Expands Travel Searches to Include Vacation Rental Properties

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Travel searches for Google users. Now, users will be able to book cabins, apartments and other types of lodging through third parties like Expedia.

The new feature will allow Google users to book vacation lodging via companies including HomeAway,Hotels.com, Expedia, Rentals United, TripAdvisor, VRBO and more, the company announced last week. The feature is already available on mobile devices and should roll out for desktop users in the next month.

Search results can be filtered by price and amenities. Just like searching for hotels, users can browse photos of rental properties and read reviews.

After selecting a check-in and check-out date, users can click “Book” to complete the reservation on the travel partner’s website.

“In the hotel search experience, you can surface vacation rental properties—be it a cabin in Lake Tahoe or a beach house in Sydney—by applying the vacation rentals filter or clicking on the vacation rentals tip.”

This feature is currently only available on mobile but will be brought to desktop search next month.

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