Past success story: Vacatia

Vacatia experiences 75% faster checkout experience with Amazon Pay, with higher mobile average order value a lower reservation cancellation rate.

Original case study published 3/17/2017

If you’re like a lot of families, you want your vacation getaway to feel homey, yet you also want to be pampered. Vacatia strives to offer the perfect vacation experience by making it easy for guests to obtain both. Based in San Francisco, Vacatia is a resort marketplace that enables families and friends to combine the space of a home with the services of a hotel by instantly booking stays at residences in dozens of leading hospitality, timeshare, and independent resorts.

Amazon Pay streamlines our payment by replacing eight form fields with as few as two taps. It’s absolutely delightful.

- Steven Pennington, Head of Product, Vacatia

Vacatia has rapidly grown since its public launch in November 2015, offering rentals at more than 600 handpicked resorts in 29 leisure destinations across North America. To keep pace with the increased demand and decrease friction during the buying process, the company added Amazon Pay in June 2016, enabling guests to book vacation rentals using information already stored in their Amazon account. Mike Janes, Vacatia’s Chief Marketing Officer calls the decision to offer Amazon Pay “an absolute no-brainer,” especially since so many of Vacatia’s guests also order from Amazon.

A streamlined mobile experience

With mobile users comprising 60% of Vacatia’s customer base, the company needed to offer a quick and seamless mobile experience. Using Amazon Pay, mobile users can book their vacation rentals 75% faster than with a credit card. “Filling out payment forms on phones is cumbersome and often frustrating, especially if the guest makes a typing error,” Pennington says. “Amazon Pay streamlines our payment by replacing eight form fields with as few as two taps. It’s absolutely delightful.”

Improved trust, higher average order value

By working with Amazon, Vacatia has also increased customer trust. The majority of Vacatia customers are first-time users, and the Amazon brand gives them the confidence they need to complete their purchases.

In fact, mobile average order value with Amazon Pay is 11% larger than other payment options. Thanks in part to Amazon Pay, Vacatia’s net promoter score, a key gauge of guest delight, has quickly jumped to among the highest in the travel industry. “Since we are so new, we are definitely known by the company we keep,” says Janes. “There is clearly a marketing benefit to being associated with a trusted brand like Amazon.”

Fast integration

In a highly competitive space like online travel, time-to-market is critical when introducing new features. Integrating Amazon Pay into the Vacatia website was fast, enabling Vacatia to immediately improve and differentiate its guest experience. “We were live in a matter of weeks, needing only one backend engineer and a few days of time from a front-end engineer to complete the integration,” says Steven Pennington, Head of Product at Vacatia.

We are extremely pleased with the positive business impact of offering Amazon Pay to our guests.

- Mike Janes, Chief Marketing Officer, Vacatia

A stronger bottom line

Mr. Janes calls Vacatia’s relationship with Amazon Pay a “high ROI” decision. Cancelled bookings are commonplace within the travel industry, as vacation plans tend to change. “Cancellation rates with Amazon Pay are 50% lower than mobile guests using a credit card, which is incredibly material to our business results,” says Janes. “The fraud protection offered by Amazon Pay has also been superior. We are extremely pleased with the positive business impact of offering Amazon Pay to our guests.”

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