How to save money by NOT using booking agencies eg AirBnB


Do you know how to SAVE money on your holiday – by NOT booking using Online Booking Agencies (OTA’s)?

For instance – AirBnB charge YOU – the customer, a whopping 12% over and above my modest fees. (They also charge me by the way too.)

If you want to:

  • Save yourself some money
  • Get a personalised service
  • Have all the same guarantees and safeguards
  • Manage your holiday directly with the owner – who only wants what is best for YOU
  • Be able to ask questions from the #localexpert and
  • Feel fully looked after and start to get excited about your holiday immediately

then please #BOOKDIRECT with the owner!

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Another small bugbear of mine, in addition, if you do contact via one of the big sites is that communicating via the booking sites “systems” can be frustrating – especially as they redact (cover up or delete) any phone numbers, email addresses etc when you are in the initial stages of asking questions etc.

So – if YOU want to ask me questions or to BOOK – here are the best ways to do so:

  1. Phone me! 07769 746113. I may not always be able to pick up immediately but leave a message and I will return it quickly.

  2. Email me –

  3. FaceBook message me from this page – which you can also follow!

  4. Get in touch via Twitter – I am not on here so often @chiselfcatering

  5. Contact me directly via the forms on the website

STAY AWAY from booking via the big sites once you have found the property you want. These include:

expedia, homeaway,, tripadviser, holidaylettings, airBnB, sykescottages, etc.

I hope this has given you a better understanding. By all means find the properties using the big booking engines online – they have multi-million budgets to reach you, BUT, then use your noose – and search for the property under its property name, or the business name or even the owners name and the local City / Area / County. e.g. Chichester Self Catering in Sidlesham.

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It WILL come up on the search engines quite easily even if you have to page down a little! NB Most owners have their own websites.

Chichester Self Catering has two websites – .com and!

A tiny bit of work (1 minute) means you could save yourself tens or even hundreds of pounds and get a better service!

I hope this makes sense! BTW – I know this isn’t the most flattering photo of me… it wasn’t meant to be. I am here to serve you and create a great holiday experience for you, not to “look good”. I am honest, genuine and fair – freckles and all!

I look forward to hearing from you directly very soon. 😉

Gayle Palmer

© Chichester Self Catering 2018


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