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After weeks of anticipation and thousands of entries, the winner of TripAdvisor Rental’s ‘Eye Spy a Home in the Sky’ contest was announced today – Beatriz P. of Zaragoza, Spain!

Meet Beatriz

Beatriz won a once-in-a-lifetime experience, being the first person to ever stay aboard the famed Coca-Cola London Eye overnight. After nearly two decadesand over 60 million visitorsBeatriz will be the first to wake up above London as the sun rises over the Thames. She could not be more thrilled at the opportunity. “I’ll be turning 41 in two days and this is the best birthday present ever!” said, Beatriz.

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The Coca-Cola London Eye capsule will be furnished by Wayfair, one of the largest online destinations for the home. Inspired by a five-star rain forest getaway, this enchanting glasshouse combines natural elements with urban style. Lush green foliage, trailing fairy lights, and tropical touches abound, while a posh bed, luxury linens, and boutique chic décor bring a whole new meaning to sleeping under the stars. It’s like a secret rooftop garden—only this one has views of one of the world’s iconic cities from every angle.

The overnight stay will take place on May 17. Beatriz is bringing her teenage son along as her guest. She says, “He is the love of my life and the best company that I can have there. Also, he will really enjoy the trip.”

Surrounded by a panorama of the city’s most famous landmarks, this sky-high sleepover promises a night like no other.

Afterwards, Beatriz and her son will spend three additional nights at a London rental. She has not been to London before and is looking forward to visiting the whole city, the British Museum and Madame Tussauds. In Zaragoza, Beatriz works as a stylist and is looking forward to going on this adventure with her son.

Stay tuned to our blog as we’ll have a full recap of her stay aboard the Coca-Cola London Eye next month – and follow along on social media using the hashtag #SkyHighStay!

London Eye Experiences

Missed out on the #SkyHighStay? Not to worry, TripAdvisor provides VIP London Eye experiences for travelers every day. Get the royal treatment by booking the “Skip the Line” package on TripAdvisor—you’ll bypass the queue with priority boarding for your rotation in a shared capsule—or the “Champagne Experience” for a special toast while you take in the view.

Travelers looking to take it to the next level can even book a private capsule on TripAdvisor. Capsules fit up to 24 guests, making it perfect for an event or special occasion.

No matter where you’re heading, experience the best your destination has to offer—in addition to rentals, you can book thousands of tours and attractions on TripAdvisor.

Our sister company, TripAdvisor Rentals is offering the chance to be the first person ever to spend a night in the Coca-Cola London Eye. On May 17th, one winner and their chosen guest will climb aboard an exclusive sky-high home from TripAdvisor Rentals.

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TripAdvisor Rentals and Wayfair have teamed up to transform the attraction into a dreamy home in the sky. Wayfair will furnish and decorate a single capsule overnight to create a secret rooftop garden with 360-degree views of one of the world’s most iconic cities. Inspired by a five-star rain forest retreat, this enchanting glasshouse combines natural elements with urban style. Lush green foliage and tropical touches abound, while a beautifully-crafted bed, luxury linens, and boutique chic décor bring a whole new meaning to sleeping under the stars. It’s like a secret rooftop garden—only this one has views of one of the world’s most iconic cities from every angle.

“At Wayfair, we offer millions of home products across all styles and budgets, which makes it possible for anyone to bring their unique vision of home to life. We are delighted to partner with TripAdvisor Rentals to create a first-of-its-kind space in the sky,” said Nadia McCowan Hill, Style Expert, Wayfair UK.

“Our design team at Wayfair forecasted that tropical greenery would be a big trend for home décor in 2017, so it made perfect sense to transform one of the London Eye capsules into an exotic getaway inspired by this lush style. For the lucky winners, it will truly be a slice of serene paradise high above the bustling metropolis of London.”

Here are a few tips on how to recreate this jungle paradise in your own home, from Wayfair UK’s resident style expert, Nadia McCowan Hill:

  • A beautifully crafted solid wood bed and plush, white bed linen make the perfect base in a jungle-inspired bedroom, creating a luxurious foundation while allowing bold accents to do the talking. Try adding pillows emblazoned with palm leaves and parrots to bring a touch of the tropics home!
  • To create a tropical corner, position a rattan or wicker accent chair over a natural jute rug. Then bring a sense of the outdoors in, with potted palms and jungle-themed cushions.
  • Colorful woven baskets make great vessels for potted greenery and have a subtle, natural finish that suits the tropical trend perfectly.
  • Macramé plant hangers and wire birdcages filled with lush foliage look stunning suspended from the ceiling. They also have the added benefit of being relatively inexpensive accents that make a scorching style statement without straining the purse.

More about Wayfair:
Wayfair Inc. offers an extensive selection of home furnishings and décor across all styles and price points. The Wayfair family of brands includes:

  • Wayfair, an online destination for all things home
  • Joss & Main, where beautiful furniture and finds meet irresistible savings
  • AllModern, a go-to online source for modern design
  • DwellStudio, a design house for fashion-forward modern furnishings
  • Birch Lane, a collection of classic furnishings and timeless home décor

Wayfair generated $3.4 billion in net revenue for the twelve months ended September 30, 2016. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with operations throughout North America and Europe, the company employs more than 5,600 people.

Our sister company, TripAdvisor Rentals wants you to have the first EVER sleepover on the Coca-Cola London Eye.

If you’ve ever dreamed of soaring over London at night, with a bird’s eye view of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, then get ready to pinch yourself.

TripAdvisor Rentals is offering the chance to be the first person ever to spend a night in the Coca-Cola London Eye. On May 17th, one winner and their chosen guest will climb aboard an exclusive sky-high home from TripAdvisor Rentals, decorated by Wayfair.

That’s right: we’re turning a capsule on the famous Coca-Cola London Eye into what’s sure to be the coolest rental home ever. And considering the number of properties available for rent on our site—835,000 and counting—that’s a big statement.

Surrounded by a panorama of the city’s most famous landmarks, this sky-high sleepover promises a night like no other. If you think a champagne toast in a London penthouse sounds like a dream come true, imagine cracking open the bubbly 443 feet above the city streets with a 360° view.

Decorated by Wayfair, one of the largest online destinations for the home, penthouse luxe meets jungle cool in this dazzling pad in the sky. Inspired by a five-star rain forest getaway, this enchanting glasshouse combines natural elements with urban style. Lush green foliage, trailing fairy lights, and tropical touches abound, while a posh bed, luxury linens, and boutique chic décor bring a whole new meaning to sleeping under the stars. It’s like a secret rooftop garden—only this one has views of one of the world’s iconic cities from every angle.

The Coca-Cola London Eye took its first rotation in 2000. But after nearly two decades—and over 60 million visitors—you could be the first to wake up above London as the sun rises over the Thames, the Houses of Parliament, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. You might have seen London from high up, but no one has experienced it like this.

 

Booking your own London getaway? Not to worry, TripAdvisor provides VIP London Eye experiences for travelers every day. Get the royal treatment by booking the “Skip the Line” package on TripAdvisor—you’ll bypass the queue with priority boarding for your rotation in a shared capsule—or the “Champagne Experience” for a special toast while you take in the view.
Travelers looking to take it to the next level can even book a private capsule on TripAdvisor. Capsules fit up to 24 guests, making it perfect for an event or special occasion.

No matter where you’re heading, experience the best your destination has to offer—in addition to rentals, you can book thousands of tours and attractions on TripAdvisor.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to enter:

Go to our Coca-Cola London Eye contest page and submit the required entry information.

When does the contest take place?

The contest is open from Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 19.

How will the winner be chosen and when?

One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, March 20.

Who is eligible?

Legal residents of the United States, the District of Columbia and the countries of Canada, France, Germany, Spain and The United Kingdom, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, or at least the legal age of majority in the state/country in which they reside at the time of entry.

Be sure that you’re available to travel to London, England between May 17 and May 22!

What is the Grand Prize?

Winner and one guest will receive round-trip transportation to London, England, one night stay on the Coca-Cola London Eye on May 17th, followed by 3 night’s stay at a TripAdvisor Rental in Central London.

Accommodation and air transportation are all subject to availability. Winner and guest must travel on the same itinerary and on the same dates.

Want to know more?

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and send us a message using #SkyHighStay!

Click for the full terms & conditions.

One of the key ways to successfully get FlipKey bookings is to have an up-to-date calendar, which is why we give you the option to have your calendar updated daily and synced with your other systems.

Calendar sync automatically updates your FlipKey and TripAdvisor calendars with bookings from your HomeAway, Google, Airbnb, and Yahoo calendars, or any other calendar that uses iCal technology

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How to sync your calendars

Sign in to your account, go to Properties > Update calendar and select Sync with other calendars. Follow the instructions on the screen.

Note that syncing a calendar won’t send out updates from your FlipKey or TripAdvisor calendar. You’ll only receive information from your external calendars.

How calendar syncing gets you more bookings

1. Receive better quality inquiries

Travelers get frustrated when they find your listing and get excited to stay with you (“Look they have our dates free!”), only to be told that you are booked up, because you did not update your calendar. Improve your reputation by keeping an updated calendar so both parties are happy.

2. Accept more booking requests

Tired of leaving money on the table because you’re already booked? Fully updated and synced calendars mean no more misunderstandings getting in the way of you and guests who send you booking requests.

3. Give travelers the confidence to book with you

Keeping an updated calendar shows your customers that you care about your rental. When your calendars are synced, the Calendar last updated date on your listing will refresh every day.

Questions? Learn more in our Help Center.

Just as they would expect an immediate response from a coworker they’ve emailed or a friend they just texted,  potential travelers expect the same type of quick response from you when they are booking a vacation rental. That’s why we hold our owners and managers accountable for a speedy reply. Your response rate showcases to potential renters how consistent (or not) you are in responding to your guests.

Where can I find it?

Your response rate appears in the “About the owner” or “About the manager” section of your listing. It appears after you’ve received your fourth inquiry.

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It’s based on whether or not you’ve responded within 24 hours to your last 20 inquiries or booking requests. If you’ve not yet received 20, the percentage is based on those you have received. You can also see your response rate at the top of your owner dashboard.

On each individual message, you’ll see your response time, which is the average time it has taken you to respond to your last 20 interests.

Why is it important?

A traveler is  much more likely to book with you when you respond quickly. We’ve given you a 24-hour window to send your reply, but our site data shows  that responding within six hours doubles your chances of a booking. A few more items:

  • Responding quickly shows guests that you’re proactive and don’t like to keep them waiting—something they’ll remember when it comes time to write a review.
  • Your response rate plays a key role in your listing’s position in search results, meaning more travelers can find your property easily.
  • Time is precious for travelers looking to book last minute, and they will skip right over your listing if your response rate is poor. If travelers repeatedly have to wait a long time to hear from you, we’ll have no choice but to deactivate  your account  to avoid any further frustration.

How to improve your response rate

Get a 100% response rate by responding to every inquiry and booking request within 24 hours. Challenge yourself to respond as quickly as possible.

We know you’re busy and  it can be tough to follow these guidelines, so here are some helpful tips:

  • Download our free mobile app to manage bookings from your iPhone or Android device.  Sign in regularly and make sure your listing is kept up to date so you don’t need to worry about checking any details before confirming a booking.
  • Review your saved responses (Go to Bookings > Update booking settings) and make sure you’re happy with them so you’re less likely to make any edits before responding.

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ExpFK-mark-v01Take a vacation with FlipKey for the night!  That was the theme for our media event on April 23rd in NYC where travel bloggers and journalists joined us for an evening of fun and travel.  Attendees had an opportunity to create their own custom postcard thanks to Social Pix, sip on a signature cocktail – the tropical-tasting “Flip-Tini” – and learn a little bit more about what FlipKey has to offer. Guests we’re sharing their postcards across social media channels with the hashtag #experienceflipkey where folks could choose from traveling to ColoradoHawaii, Paris, Lake Tahoe or Florida for the night!

Check out some of the photos below that highlight a fantastic evening!

And stay tuned because our next media event will be taking place on the West Coast! More details to follow soon for all you bloggers and travel writers based over there!

Welcome to #experienceFlipKey!

Welcome to #experienceFlipKey!

Guests had a blast creating custom postcards. Hawaii anyone?

Guests had a blast creating custom postcards. Hawaii anyone?

Guests enjoyed our signature cocktail - the Flip-tini

Our signature cocktail – the Flip-tini!

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Our custom napkins!

Jane Sung from Lucky Magazine with FlipKey's PR Manager, Tess Morton

Jane Sung from Lucky Magazine with FlipKey’s PR Manager, Tess Morton

FlipKey recently surpassed 300,000 properties, with listings in 79 countries worldwide. In order to keep up with this kind of growth, we are constantly working to improve our site and draw more traveler attention to great properties like yours! For our latest update, we cleaned up your listing details page, making it easier for you to make changes and more efficient for travelers searching for rentals with specific criteria.

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Today we announced in a press release our record-breaking growth with our property inventory surpassing the 300,000 mark. On the heels of this growth, we’ve also launched a website redesign that makes it even easier for travelers to find and book the perfect vacation rental. Our Property Listings Expanded 76% in 12 Months, and we are so thrilled that more second home owners have begun making extra money from our services.

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Travelers can get a price for their trip after they add their travel dates.

Important information for all you property owners out there! Booking requests now expire after 24 hours instead of 48. While this change may take a little getting used to, it will make the overall reservation experience better by expediting the process.

What’s a booking request?

When travelers visit your property page and they like what they see, they can use the “Book Now” button to make a reservation. They then enter their credit card information, which puts a hold on their credit card until you respond to the booking request or it expires. When a traveler uses the “Book Now” option and sends you a booking request, it means that they are ready to reserve and await confirmation from you!

Credit card holds are no joke.

Over time, we noticed that many travelers were confused or even annoyed by having their credit cards put on hold for as long as 48 hours while awaiting a response to a booking request. We want to make sure that your travelers are happy and ready to book your property, so by changing the standard response time for booking requests, your bookings are made faster, simpler, and with greater confidence. In fact, 70% of owners already respond to booking requests within 24 hours, so for many of you this change will go unnoticed. In addition to helping travelers, the faster you respond, the sooner your response rate goes up!