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Welcome owner!    You're going to like this... a lot.
For the background story about what the problem is and how it developed, please click here.
StaySavr launched on 8th March 2017 and it's all explained below

Owner contact details are currently hidden from view on all HomeAway sites, even for owners who pay to advertise there. We are putting that right. As if by magic, guests who use our web-app see something added on Homeaway pages. The added bit includes the direct phone number but can include a direct email button and a web link too!
The StaySavr app turns this into this
Even though HomeAway appears to have removed direct owner phone numbers from the property pages, they are in fact still there on about 80% of their properties in a data block which is not visible on the screen. This is probably an oversight (a useful one). Our web-app (a "browser extension") simply digs out the relevant data and displays it in place of the [BOOK NOW] button.

You've probably met browser extensions before and you may well have one, such as the excellent Adblocker. They live inside your browser and can take actions when they see relevant information within a page. Our web-app does a bit more than just change the display: It also sends any useful data that it finds on the HomeAway page (e.g. owner phone number) to our database, and it asks our database for any other information that we have on the property. Thus, when owners have signed up and added their own data, our web-app will show a button for direct email contact and a link to the owner's own web page: a mixture of crowd-sourced and owner-supplied data.

Obviously visitors who have not installed our web-app will see HomeAway's pages just as HomeAway intended them to be seen. The additional contact information is only accessible using our web-app.

When HomeAway eventually shut the stable door, they will find that the horse has bolted. The StaySavr database is filling in nicely!

So, the StaySavr web-app is something for guests to use. Our web-app shows phone numbers for most of the properties advertised. StaySavr members' properties can also show a direct email link and a web link.

It's all free!
And you may well ask how the guests are going to find out about StaySavr? That is the crucial thing about the StaySavr project. Owners become members of the project and members spread the message to guests who, in turn, spread the message back to other owners.

As a member, you will be asked to make your guests and enquirers aware of StaySavr in one or more of these ways:
  • Include a short-lived strap on your own web page (see www.staysavr.com/ownerdemo.html for an example)
  • Print out our one-page publicity PDF and include it in your house folder
  • Include a short paragraph of text in your response to enquiries

Why become a member?

StaySavr already helps you by putting your phone number back where it belongs: on the HomeAway page. However, we know that relatively few guests enquire by phone. When you are a member of StaySavr you can encourage direct email enquiries and you can boost enquiries via your own website.

Oh, there's more: StaySavr is the one and only credible challenge to the greed culture of Expedia/HomeAway. By joining StaySavr you are part of the movement that could change the marketplace for the better. Your membership is the vital link that helps spread the message to more guests. We need you!

Before signing up (see bottom of page) you might want to get the app and see exactly how things will look from the guests' perspective.
  • Chrome Browser version

    Get the StaySavr web app at Google Chrome Store
    Please note that Chrome web-apps are only for desktop versions of Chrome, not for Android or iPhone

    Compatibility: Windows 7,8 and 10 Mac OSX Linux Android iPhone IOS

  • Firefox Browser version

    StaySavr-1.1.14.xpi

    Compatibility: Windows (any) Mac OSX Linux Android iPhone IOS

  • Edge Browser version

    StaySavr.edge.zip

    Compatibility: Windows 10 Mac OSX Linux Android iPhone IOS


    Adding an extension to Microsoft Edge is a lot more fun than it should be! It's a procedure called side-loading and you will see several warnings that this may put your computer at risk. You need to trust us on this! Here's what to do:

    Click on our link to download the package. This gives you a file called StaySavr.edge.zip .

    Double-click on the downloaded file to open your unzip utility. Then extract. This creates a new subfolder: "StaySavr.edge" within the extraction location.

    In Edge, at the address bar, type in: about:flags
    and hit Enter

    In the top "Developer Settings" section, find "Enable extension developer features" and check it. Now close Edge and restart it.

    Click on the Menu button (...) and then on Extensions and Load Extension.

    Now a "select folder" dialog comes up. Browse to see your staysavr.edge folder and select it and click [Select Folder].
    That's it done.

    Having installed it, you can switch off the "Enable extension developer features".

    If you want to remove the extension later, just use the Menu button, then Extensions.
  • Safari Browser version

    staysavr-1.1.1.safariextz

    Compatibility: Windows (any) Mac OSX Linux Android iPhone IOS


    Click the blue button above to get a file called: StaySavr-1.1.1.safariextz in your Downloads folder. Drag that file to your desktop.

    Now on your Top Menu, select: Safari / Preferences

    Click on the "Extensions" icon and you see the extensions panel

    Now just drag the StaySavr file from the desktop into this panel

    Click [Install] on the dialog ... and there you are!
  • Others

    If you only have iPhone/iPad, sorry, there's currently nothing we can offer. The IOS version of Safari has only very limited extension capability.

As soon as you've got it, just look at properties on HomeAway sites and you should see many with phone numbers. As more owners join the project, you'll see more properties with direct email and a link to the owners' web pages.

Our app enhances the information available on homeaway.com, homeaway.co.uk, ownersdirect.co.uk, fewo-direkt, homelidays and vrbo.com.

Joining the StaySavr project just takes two minutes and then, in the members' area, you'll find out a lot more about it. You can always leave again if you don't think it's for you.
Are you ready? Join now at Staysavr.com/members

Welcome guest!

Do you hate added on booking fees?
Do you tire of being rushed to ?

Booking a place to stay through the 'big name' sites may be convenient but it adds to the cost compared to going direct. You can safely cut out the service fees and commissions, saving about 10% compared to HomeAway (Expedia) sites and up to 25% compared to Booking.com. All you need is an easy way to contact the owner or hotel direct and this is just what StaySavr provides.

If that sounds too good to be true, just look at what people are saying on

For an explanation of online travel agents and booking fees, see here.


You know when you're being hoodwinked!

When they say "Best price guarantee" or "Book with Confidence Guarantee", you know that the only thing that's guaranteed is that they are after your money!

Some of these sites used to be excellent advertising channels. Now they have switched to being "middlemen". They make their money by charging fees and commissions on each booking and that's in addition to the fees paid by owners. In order to maximise their income, they try to make it as difficult as possible for you to get in direct contact with the accommodation owner. They are not afraid to use psychological tricks! Claims such as "8 people booked this property today" are fiction and the guarantees don't really stand up to scrutiny either. These are all designed to get you to rush to book.

Don't.

There's no panic.

Take your time, make sure that the property is right for you. Speak to the owner and ask questions about the things that matter to you.

Dealing direct benefits you and it benefits the property owner too. Any claims that you see on a website such as HomeAway, saying that it's safer to pay though them are bogus. HomeAway payments are done through an offshore unregulated payment service provider. That's no accident. It ensures that HomeAway gets the money regardless of dispute, fraud or cancellation, without any right of appeal. So it is really at least as safe to pay direct to the owner.

To make sure things go smoothly and safely: Read our Safe Renting Guide opens in new tab.

What exactly is StaySavr then?
StaySavr is a web-app (browser extension) which provides you with owner (or hotel) contact details and links where available while you look at accommodation online. It's just two clicks to install and thereafter, you'll be able to deal direct on an ever-growing range of properties AND it's totally free!

StaySavr enhances most property pages on all HomeAway sites like vrbo.com, ownersdirect.co.uk fewo-direkt, homeaway.com etc. It works on Hotel booking sites like booking.com, expedia.com, priceline.com, orbitz.com and hotels.com.
The StaySavr app turns this into this

  • Chrome Browser version

    Get the StaySavr web app at Google Chrome Store
    Please note that Chrome web-apps are only for desktop versions of Chrome, not for Android or iPhone

    Compatibility: Windows 7,8 and 10 Mac OSX Linux Android iPhone IOS

  • Firefox Browser version

    StaySavr-1.1.14.xpi

    Compatibility: Windows (any) Mac OSX Linux Android iPhone IOS

  • Edge Browser version

    StaySavr.edge.zip

    Compatibility: Windows 10 Mac OSX Linux Android iPhone IOS


    Adding an extension to Microsoft Edge is a lot more fun than it should be! It's a procedure called side-loading and you will see several warnings that this may put your computer at risk. You need to trust us on this! Here's what to do:

    Click on our link to download the package. This gives you a file called StaySavr.edge.zip .

    Double-click on the downloaded file to open your unzip utility. Then extract. This creates a new subfolder: "StaySavr.edge" within the extraction location.

    In Edge, at the address bar, type in: about:flags
    and hit Enter

    In the top "Developer Settings" section, find "Enable extension developer features" and check it. Now close Edge and restart it.

    Click on the Menu button (...) and then on Extensions and Load Extension.

    Now a "select folder" dialog comes up. Browse to see your staysavr.edge folder and select it and click [Select Folder].
    That's it done.

    Having installed it, you can switch off the "Enable extension developer features".

    If you want to remove the extension later, just use the Menu button, then Extensions.
  • Safari Browser version

    staysavr-1.1.1.safariextz

    Compatibility: Windows (any) Mac OSX Linux Android iPhone IOS


    Click the blue button above to get a file called: StaySavr-1.1.1.safariextz in your Downloads folder. Drag that file to your desktop.

    Now on your Top Menu, select: Safari / Preferences

    Click on the "Extensions" icon and you see the extensions panel

    Now just drag the StaySavr file from the desktop into this panel

    Click [Install] on the dialog ... and there you are!
  • Others

    If you only have iPhone/iPad, sorry, there's currently nothing we can offer. The IOS version of Safari has only very limited extension capability.

As soon as you've got it, just look at properties on HomeAway (Expedia) and you should see many with phone numbers. As more owners join the project, you'll see more and more properties with a direct email and a link to the owners' web pages too. On the hotel booking sites you will see the hotel phone number and web link. When calling a hotel, ask for the "StaySavr Direct Booking bonus!"