Rent 30A Simplifies the South Walton Vacation Planning Process
The gigantic vacation rental booking websites we’ve become accustomed to changed the rules of the game over the last few years. Unfortunately, the adjustments have not been for the benefit of vacation goers or for property owners in the short-term rental business. Increased fees and filtered communication have made the process of booking vacations rentals on sites like VRBO, FlipKey, and TripAdvisor (to name just a few) expensive and difficult.
Luckily, finding the perfect vacation rental in South Walton has been made much easier thanks to the nice folks at Rent 30A. The platform brings all the SoWal beach communities and 30A Florida rental properties together in one place to greatly simplify the process of finding a vacation home. Rent 30A does not charge booking fees, does not filter communication and they provide a local touch that the national vacation listing sites simply cannot compete with as you’ll learn in our interview with John Wellborn and Field Williams.
Interview in Seagrove Beach with John Wellborn and Field Williams of Rent 30A
It was an absolutely stunning April day when I met up with Field and John to talk about Rent 30A. The interview took place at a Gulf front home in Seagrove Beach and the watercolor on that day was as pretty as I’ve seen in my 5 plus years on 30A. In our interview, John and Field explain why they built Rent 30A and how it’s different from the national vacation booking websites so let’s get started…
30A Prime: Thanks for speaking with me on this amazing day. What makes Rent 30A different from other vacation listing websites?
John: Rent 30A brings all of 30A’s properties together in one place and makes the experience of finding your next vacation rental much easier than it has been in the past.
Field: Rent 30A was created to solve some really simple problems that other online booking agencies have created. What I mean by that is people want clear, unfiltered communication without booking fees. Folks want all of the area properties on one website and they want to be able to talk with a human being when needed.
There’s a false sense out there that national booking sites are the cheapest places to reserve your vacation. The truth is that they are now the most expensive place to book because of all the service fees. Folks can expect to spend anywhere from 8% to 20% more on them than they would on a Rent30A.com.
30A Prime: What makes the 30A corridor in South Walton County such a special place to visit?
John: One of the great things about 30A are the many unique communities along the corridor and how different they all are from one another. We’re currently in Seagrove Beach which is a fantastic spot but there’s also Grayton Beach, Rosemary Beach, WaterColor, Seaside, Dune Allen Beach, Blue Mountain Beach and Inlet Beach to name just a handful.
So different people like different communities and we have properties available in all of them on Rent 30A. We also have pages dedicated to each unique community on the website which makes it easy for users to learn about them and decide where they want to stay on 30A.
30A Prime: Please talk about the local knowledge Rent 30A can share with customers that national listing sites cannot.
John: Another benefit to Rent 30A is just the local expertise we provide when you’re trying to plan your South Walton Florida vacation. I’ve lived here for 12 years. The vacation home that I grew up in is about 8 houses down the beach from right here where we’re sitting.
So we can not only help you find the perfect vacation rental, we can tell you about the best restaurants on 30A, best shops on 30A, best beach access points, how to get back and forth to the airport and so on. We’re your local guide to help you better plan your 30A vacation which is something that makes us truly unique. Having all of the properties on one website makes it where you don’t have to go to multiple places online to find the perfect 30A rental. You can come to Rent 30A and we’ll take care of everything you need.
30A Prime: Can you give us an example of how you help guide people that have never been to 30A and are trying to plan a vacation here?
Field: We often have folks call us or live chat with us and say something like…
“We’ve never been to 30A Florida. I’ve heard great things about the area and we’re looking for a four bedroom rental and we want to stay these dates”.
From there our Rent 30A representatives help guide people towards a vacation property that fits their specific criteria. For example, most of the property managers on 30A require 7-day rentals from Saturday to Saturday. So we help guide folks that have never vacationed in South Walton understand how it works and we help them find the exact rental that fits their specific needs. That’s something that you’re just not going to get with one of the big nationwide booking websites.
John: We can help with all the aspects of planning a vacation that requires somebody to be here locally. You can pick up the phone and call us. You can live chat with us. You can send us an email and we can take care of all your needs right then and there.
Field: If you’d rather inquire directly with the property manager there is nothing stopping you from doing that. There’s an “Ask the Property Manager” button right on the website that does not go through us. Instead, it puts you in direct contact with the property manager and allows for easy, unfiltered communication.
30A Prime: So you have a wide array of 30A management companies vacation properties as well as self-managing owners’ properties on Rent 30A… Is that correct?
John: Yes, that is exactly right. For example, the gorgeous, Gulf front property we’re at now is managed by 30A Escapes. However, the beauty of Rent 30A is that you can look at properties from 30A Escapes, Sunburst Beach Vacations, Paradise Properties, Royal Destinations, Cottage Rental Agency, Dune Allen Realty, Emerald Waters Realty and any number of property managers here on 30A.
Field: You often hear about “booking direct” these days and we’re all about that. Book direct, avoid the fees and save money. When you book on Rent 30A it’s important to understand that you are booking direct. The difference is when you book directly with a property management company you’re going to only see their properties. So it might be 30 properties it might be 100 properties but it will be limited to their specific inventory. However, when you go to Rent30A.com you’re going to see more than 1,500 properties and you’re still going to be booking direct.
30A Prime: How do you get people that are searching for 30A vacation rental properties to visit your website?
John: Rent 30A is doing very well organically with all the key search terms for the area. We think that’s a reflection of two things… One, the search engine optimization effort we put in over the past couple of years and two, the value that we bring to the customer when they’re searching for their next South Walton vacation rental property.
Field: One of the key differentiators for Rent 30A is the customer service aspect. What I mean by that is we can offer whatever it is you want. If you want to go to the website and book direct and not have to talk with a property manager you can do that with Rent 30A. You never have to leave the website. You’ll simply enter your information and it will reserve the dates for you.
On the flip side of that, let’s say you’re looking for a 4 night rental in the middle of summer and everything you’re looking at says it requires 7 nights. In that case, you could simply reach out to us on live chat or through email or over the phone and say something like…
“I’ve spent two days looking for a property on other sites that’s X number of bedrooms for less than a week in the summer and have had no luck”.
Instead of wasting another day, we’ll send you 2, 3, 4 properties within a couple of hours that fit your criteria.
30A Prime: Please talk about your exclusive partnership with Live Well 30A and how it benefits Rent 30A customers that choose to take advantage of it.
John: 30A is unique and something that adds to how special this place is, are all the activities you can do while you’re here. Different than other vacation areas you might visit… You can ride bikes, you can Stand Up Paddle, you can do a beach bonfire. There are all kinds of fun things like that you and the family can try out while on your 30A vacation.
With that in mind, we’ve partnered with Live Well 30A which is the areas premier provider of all those types of services. So in addition to finding your rental property, they can help you with that aspect of planning your trip with exclusive deals that we offer through Rent 30A.
Field: What’s really attractive about our partnership with Live Well 30A is that the entire vacation planning process is a seamless experience. So you start on Rent 30A, you find the perfect vacation home and we do a “warm handoff” to a full concierge service at Live Well 30A. You don’t really have to lift a finger and we’ll help plan your entire 30A vacation.
30A Prime: So if there’s one thing you want people to remember about Rent 30A what is it?
Field: We’re going to give you a much better experience than you’re going to get with a VRBO and we’re going to save you money in the process.
John: It’s that Rent 30A is easy to use. By far the easiest way to find your next 30A vacation rental property and we built this site for you.
You can learn more about Rent 30A via there website here… Rent30A.com