It might seem convenient to book your Gulf Shores beach vacation through online listing megasites. That’s because these sites get a lot of play in the media and pay exorbitant advertising rates to rise to the top of online web searches for vacation rentals. This notoriety often leads prospective vacationers to believe it’s not only easier to book with using their service, but it is also cheaper.

Well, it’s neither easier nor cheaper to use these sites. In fact, there are numerous advantages to booking your Gulf Shores beach vacation directly with a vacation rental property manager like Meyer Vacation Rentals.

In recognition of Book Direct Day, a day intended to educate vacationers about the benefits of booking a vacation directly with rental property managers, we wanted to point out a few differences between a local vacation rental property manager and the online travel agency (OTA) megasites as well as explain a few of the advantages to booking directly with the property manager.

Save Money

There’s a catch when you book your vacation with one of the big OTAs: you’re paying extra cash you wouldn’t otherwise have to spend for the privilege of doing so.

Online travel agencies charge vacationers unnecessary extra fees on top of their rental costs, which could increase the total rental costs by a significant amount.

When you book directly with the property manager, you are able to skip these extra fees and save the money for your actual vacation.
Additionally, property managers, such as Meyer Vacation Rentals, often offer savings throughout the year that are not passed along through the OTAs. Our on-site, local, 24/7 vacation planners can even help identify timeframes (as well as budget-friendly properties) when even greater savings may be realized.

Backed By 50+ Years Of Knowledge

When you book your vacation through the property manager, you get the expertise of a team of locals who know the beach like the back of their hand. In fact, Meyer Vacation Rentals has been serving vacationing families for more than 50 years.

Our local vacation planners are available 24 hours a day. We’re here to answer questions and help match your family with a property to make your vacation experience ideal.

Want to stay near the waterpark? No problem, our vacation planners know which condos are nearby. Need a house with an elevator to accommodate someone with mobility issues? We can easily pull up a list of houses with this and any other combination of amenities for you to choose from. Need a dog-friendly option? We’ve got condos and houses that welcome dogs. We even know where the local dog parks are and which beaches are dog friendly.

It’s also worth noting that some property managers do not list all of their available properties on the OTA megasites. But, when you go to, there are 1,000+ to choose from in an easy-to-view format with lots of pictures and easy-to-follow amenity lists.

Full-Service Support 24/7, 365 Days Per Year

The giant OTAs do not provide on-site service the vacation rental properties they list. If you need assistance once on vacation, sure, you can call the OTA call center for assistance.

The OTA will then do nothing but serve as the middleman between you and the property manager, who most likely does not live nearby, to address your concern.

That’s not how it works with on-site property managers, and especially not Meyer Vacation Rentals, where our office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Our team members are available 24/7 and are specially trained to resolve any imperfection no matter how small or large—and no matter the time of day or night. Our team includes a full-service maintenance team that is always on the beach ensuring Meyer’s vacation rentals are in tip-top shape for your stay.

Our team members can also assist you with finding doctor’s offices or emergency facilities if you should need them, can provide directions to the outlet mall and tell you where to find the best seafood dining experiences.

In a nutshell, it’s best to book direct with your knowledgeable vacation rental property manager if you want to avoid unnecessary extra fees; save money; rest easy knowing you’re in good hands with locals who care about the area and you as the vacationer; and are available 24/7 to provide full-service support to ensure your vacation is outstanding.

Find your favorite beach condo or house at, or call (866) 382-9635 to personally speak with a vacation-planning expert.