How to accept credit cards

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Is there a way to accept credit cards (through VRBO) without opening up a merchant bank account and all of that? How do people usually do it? 

Yes VRBO, HomeAway, Flipkey will accept credit cards for you. You need to sign up for that service, they need to approve you, and there is a fee for the service. They will then collect the payments from the guests, you need to upload your lease, your terms, your rates, your cancellation policy and keep them accurate at all times so the process will work properly. 

The other way to do it is to take charge of the reservation yourself and take payment through PayPal, you will have to open an account with PP, they will accept credit cards on your behalf, also for a fee. It's always good to have a PP account for instant payments to friends, etc 

Originally posted by @Maura Paler :

Yes VRBO, HomeAway, Flipkey will accept credit cards for you. You need to sign up for that service, they need to approve you, and there is a fee for the service. They will then collect the payments from the guests, you need to upload your lease, your terms, your rates, your cancellation policy and keep them accurate at all times so the process will work properly. 

The other way to do it is to take charge of the reservation yourself and take payment through PayPal, you will have to open an account with PP, they will accept credit cards on your behalf, also for a fee. It's always good to have a PP account for instant payments to friends, etc 

Seems to me that guests would regard using VRBO as "safer" than PayPal. 

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