Partner-Initiated Cancellation Policy

The following language applies to vacation rentals booked on Vrbo.

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To maintain traveler trust in our marketplace, it is essential partners uphold all confirmed bookings. If a partner cancels an accepted booking, or is responsible for the cancellation, we will charge a tiered partner fee. Additional actions, such as a temporary listing suspension, may also be imposed.

Exceptions to the policy can be made for cancellations outside of the partner’s control.

Cancellation Fee

Effective: October 14, 2023 (U.S. Only)

Fees will offset the anticipated costs and negative impact of cancellations that would otherwise burden our travelers, Vrbo, and partners who do not cancel without proper justification.

A partner may be found responsible for a cancellation if:

  • The partner outright initiates a cancellation.
  • The partner double booked a listing that led to a cancellation.
  • The partner misled a traveler by substituting one property for another.
  • Partners circumvent this policy, including requesting travelers initiate the cancellation.

Cancellation Fee Structure

We will impose a fee starting at $50 USD for a partner-initiated cancellation. We will factor booking value and timing of cancellation when determining the fee amount:

  • If the reservation is canceled within 48 hours of check-in, or after check-in, the fee is 50% of the reservation amount for the nights not stayed.
  • If the reservation is canceled more than 48 hours, but within 30 days of check-in, the fee is 25% of the reservation amount.
  • If the reservation is canceled more than 30 days before check-in, the fee is 10% of the reservation amount.

Reservation amount includes base rate plus all your defined fees (such as cleaning or pet). If the calculated fee is less than $50 USD, it will be adjusted to $50 USD. There is no limit or maximum fee amount. Cancellation fees will be invoiced to the partner or withheld from their next payout.

Additionally, partners who cancel (or are found responsible for a cancellation) will not receive the payout for that reservation. If the payout was already completed, future payouts will be reduced accordingly.

Temporary Suspension

Effective: May 23, 2024 (Global)

In conjunction with the Partner Cancellation Fee outlined above, we will impose a temporary 7-day listing suspension for any partner cancellations of an accepted booking:

  • Only the listing for which the cancellation was applied will be temporarily suspended.
  • Each cancellation will add an incremental 7-day temporary suspension to the impacted listing (example, 2 partner cancels applied to the same listing will result in a 14-day temporary suspension).
  • Temporary suspension will begin 10 days after the cancellation unless the partner requests and receives a waiver as outlined below.

Cancellation Waiver

We understand not all cancellations are within your control. Partners may be eligible for a waiver if they are able to adequately establish one of the following circumstances apply:

  • Force majeure events, such as natural disasters.
  • Government-imposed travel restrictions.
  • Traveler did or intends to break house rules (including unauthorized parties).
  • Maintenance emergencies or circumstances threatening traveler health and safety.
  • An error in Vrbo platform or services led to the cancellation.
  • Failure of the traveler to complete payments.
  • Suspected or probable risk of fraudulent behavior.

Important: Please note that temporary suspension begins 10 days from the date of cancellation. You must submit a waiver and have it approved within those 10 days to avoid temporary suspension.

You will have 30 days from the date of a partner-initiated cancellation to request a waiver to avoid cancellation fees.