TripAdvisor's FlipKey service is an online format for renting vacation properties. Vacation rental owners list their available properties on FlipKey. Travelers search FlipKey to find places to rent for upcoming vacations.
Vacation rental owners create listings for their properties to display for free on the FlipKey website. The listings include the details and pictures of the property. The owner pays a booking fee each time with every rental. As of 2015, the fee is 3 percent of the transaction. FlipKey offers paid options for owners to receive leads for booking their properties. FlipKey verifies each owner to protect the customers who rent from the site.
FlipKey includes listings for over 300,000 vacation properties as of 2015. This includes locations in over 11,000 cities. A user begins a search by entering a location and travel dates on the FlipKey homepage. All vacation properties matching the criteria appear on the results page. The page shows a picture, the price and a short description of each property.
The left side of the screen offers filtering options for the search results. Users can limit the results based on price, amenities, property types, handicap accessibility and number of bedrooms. A map showing all properties with dots appears in the upper-left corner.