Insanity Ends for Finding and Booking Vacation Home Rentals

Mon Jan 7, 2008 10:59am EST

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Zonder Launches New Search Technology with Real-Time Vacation
               Rental Bookings and an All-New
OREM, Utah--(Business Wire)--Zonder, the first vacation home rental site to offer real-time
bookings for private homes, condos, cabins and villas, has announced
the launch of an all-new Featuring rich, accurate content
about each property, includes a photo slideshow, a detailed
description of the property and amenities, and a new proprietary
search technology introducing customers to a faster, easier way to
find and book the perfect accommodation. Zonder vacationers can now
view exact property locations on maps through Microsoft Virtual Earth
and Google Earth. Advanced search and booking features enhance a
strong, simple-to-use toolset that finally brings vacation rentals to
travelers everywhere.

   To kick off the launch of the new site, Zonder is offering 10% off
(up to $250) to anyone who books a vacation home rental before
Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2008 (use promo code "BeyondHotels" during
checkout process). offers a wide collection of trusted properties in North
America, Central America and the Caribbean. The powerful new search
tools allow travelers to filter search results using criteria such as
price, distance, group size and thousands of amenity combinations. For
example, Zonder customers can rent a four bedroom beachfront house in
Costa Rica that includes a private hot tub, full-size kitchen, and
even a blender for their cocktails for less than $200 a night.
Additionally, users can now save properties to their "Favorites" list
which can be shared with family and friends.

   "Until now, the vacation rental market has been seriously
underserved, placing undue burden on the customer. Leveraging our
team's strong search-technology background, we were able to develop a
powerful and simple solution that brings the latest in search
technology to the vacation home rental space. Not only can users now
efficiently navigate through thousands of vacation homes, they can
also book their vacation rental instantly online through a trusted
source," said Bob Barnes, founder and CEO of Zonder.

   Zonder acts as the intermediary between the property manager and
the traveler, providing customers with built-in guidance, trust and
24-hour customer support throughout the entire booking process (via
Live Chat on the Web and a toll-free number). Zonder eliminates the
tedious process of contacting multiple property owners directly to
check on availability, pricing, amenities, and location. Since Zonder
handles the rental payment directly, travelers no longer have to take
great personal risk in sending a payment and personal information
directly to an unknown party.

   Vacation home rentals are the perfect alternative to traditional
accommodations and provide many additional benefits to consumers.
Generally, private home rentals include more amenities than a
traditional hotel, have more space and privacy, and are a great value
for budget-conscious groups and families as well as those seeking the
ultimate in private luxury accommodations.

   Barnes continued, "I founded Zonder because of my own personal
frustration in attempting to book a vacation rental online. I'm a
tough customer and when a Zonder customer arrives at one of our
rentals, they can be assured that the property meets their

   Zonder provides travel companies and travel professionals with
immediate access to live inventory of professionally-managed vacation
home rentals (homes, villas, condos and cabins vs. time-shares and
condo-hotels). Featuring rich, accurate content about each property,
developed by Zonder's own editorial team, the website also includes a
photo slideshow and a detailed description of the property and
amenities. User reviews and additional community features are coming

   About Zonder

   Based in Orem, Utah, Zonder was the first vacation home rental
company to offer accurate, real-time availability and instant online
bookings. Only Zonder gives consumers and partners the necessary tools
to efficiently search through tens of thousands of vacation home
rentals and narrow their results using a variety of criteria. In
addition, Zonder offers partners a powerful, flexible technology
platform that makes it simple to add vacation rentals to their product
offerings. Founded by search industry veterans, it is the technology
behind Zonder that enables its powerful search, filtering and
real-time booking capabilities.

PJ Inc. for Zonder
Janine Savarese, 212-629-8445
Amanda Deveaux, 212-629-8445

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