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TardisMom:
You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginI guess I have the horror story.  Rented a place through HomeAway in what looked to be a great location (a short walk to SDCC) at a good rate.  The owner just informed me that he's cancelling the reservation because he got "evicted" from his place.  Yet, when I go to HomeAway, I see that he's listing the place at a 4x increase on the rate.  I did get my deposit back (yeah!), but HomeAway has been no help at all regarding this guy's relisting of the place or in helping me get some restitution from this guy's shenanigans.  Additionally, he cancelled AFTER the SDCC lottery process had completed, so I didn't get an opportunity to throw my hat into that ring. 

I did manage to find a place by the airport near a trolley station, but I'm paying significantly more (snagging something downtown is way out of the budget).  Given what I've seen about AirBNB, I think I'd stay away from HomeAway, they have been less than useless in this process and in helping me out.

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Sorry this happened to you!  It must be a new owner who didn't realize he could gouge people during SDCC. 

puppy:
You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginI guess I have the horror story.  Rented a place through HomeAway in what looked to be a great location (a short walk to SDCC) at a good rate.  The owner just informed me that he's cancelling the reservation because he got "evicted" from his place.  Yet, when I go to HomeAway, I see that he's listing the place at a 4x increase on the rate.  I did get my deposit back (yeah!), but HomeAway has been no help at all regarding this guy's relisting of the place or in helping me get some restitution from this guy's shenanigans.  Additionally, he cancelled AFTER the SDCC lottery process had completed, so I didn't get an opportunity to throw my hat into that ring. 

I did manage to find a place by the airport near a trolley station, but I'm paying significantly more (snagging something downtown is way out of the budget).  Given what I've seen about AirBNB, I think I'd stay away from HomeAway, they have been less than useless in this process and in helping me out.

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Ooh.  So sorry.  It's why I can't risk renting such places for SDCC.

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Devorah:
I did an AirBNB once and I would never do it again. It worked out great and was in a fantastic location right next to Marriott Gaslamp, but despite that it just wasn't worth the stress.

I worried right up until we got there that there would be an issue or a last minute cancellation. When we checked in I got the feeling that things weren't quite on the level with the place as the woman told us to lie to the neighbors about being "friends of the owner". So I was stressing about that too the whole time we were there.

So again, even though it worked out, I wouldn't do it again. As a Planner with a capital P, my heart just can't take the uncertainty of it all.

stl_ben:
I've had Air BnB work out fine, and not fine.
Ive learned to be upfront when you book the place and let them know you are there for SDCC.  If you omit that, once they realize its that weekend its likely they will cancel / up charge. 

Cut That Meat:
Just wanted to report back on my Airbnb stay. No issues again for a second straight year. It probably helps that both years I've done Airbnb that I stay a little further out (this year, in the Allied Gardens neighborhood northeast of the football stadium) where there's less likely to be sketchy listings than in or around downtown.

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