has just announced their new program Vpoints, which is the first in the world to offer vacationers an earned point system for vacationing at rentals worldwide.

June 27, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
Most people come back from vacation sunburned with a few trinkets that are likely to end up at a garage sale in less than a year. is trying to change that with a brand new program called Vpoints. Now people can return from vacation with credit towards their next trip.

Discerning travelers find vacation rentals more appealing compared to staying in a hotel—Vacapedia was created to cater to the needs of such travelers.

Vpoints is a program that gives points to guests who stay at eligible vacation homes and rentals registered with Once accumulated, these points may be redeemed towards future stays at eligible vacation rentals listed on Points are also rewarded to those that refer friends and family to stay at vacation homes through is an online vacation rental "ecosystem" that is comprised of the renters, the owners and the property managers of over 37,000 vacation rentals in 22 countries. They have everything from beach vacation homes on the coast of California, villas in Tuscany, Italy to mountain cottages in the heights of Norway.

The website offers a full solution to planning vacations by aggregating data from various sites like Wikipedia, Kayak, and Yahoo. This offers renters an enormous amount of data pertaining to their desired location. Users can check on location history, budget estimates, flights, weather, and more before booking their stay at beach vacation homes or others online. They may also post feedback when they return from their stay.

The access to all of these resources is imperative to the Vacapedia vision, "Our goal is to make finding vacation rentals online a simple, yet effective and enjoyable journey."

Vacation property renting is becoming more and more popular for a variety of reasons. People on a budget may find a home alluring because they save the cost of dining out while on vacation. Families with children or groups traveling together will find it is also an easy way to get more space and comfort for the same amount.

For the higher income bracket, renting a home while vacationing means one can have private chefs, daily maid service, and a butler without sharing these amenities with the rest of the hotel.

Vacapedia recognizes this growing trend, "Discerning travelers find vacation rentals more appealing compared to staying in a hotel—Vacapedia was created to cater to the needs of such travelers."

The website is also a place where property owners may post their descriptions and offerings online. The benefit to the owners and managers is the access to qualified renters that use the website. This factor leads to worry-free renting and higher occupancy rates.

To start accumulating Vpoints with stays in beach vacation homes or others, please visit


Vacapedia's mission is simple — to be the leading "one-stop-shop" site for travelers and families seeking vacation rentals on the Internet. Vacapedia is based in Silicon Valley, CA, and we are building the largest database of vacation rentals and associated information to serve the vacation rental ecosystem.