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When you are retired the world is truly your oyster. You can take extended vacations without having to worry about returning quickly for work. With FlipKey, retirees can safely book vacation rentals. A TripAdvisor company, FlipKey is a safe way to rent a home anywhere in the world. The service is very similar to Airbnb with a few differences. Flipkey has rentals in 190 countries. You can choose from homes or apartments.  

FlipKey is an American company located in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2018, TripAdvisor took over FlipKey. Well-respected, FlipKey lets you enjoy a safe and easy booking experience which is highly beneficial to seniors who might not be overly tech-savvy. You can effortlessly reserve a home with full privileges anywhere in the world. Vacationing, especially extended stays, has never been easier. Also, you can choose large rentals that sleep seven-plus people so traveling in a group with friends has never been more affordable.

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Guests pay a booking fee of anywhere from 5 to 15 percent of the total rental cost. Hosts pay 3 percent per rental.
Provides houses, apartments, and condos around the world for affordable rental fees
The website is easy to use with a wide array of filters. You can also choose to see the cheapest first or most expensive first
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Flipkey offers customer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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50-64 Years
65-74 Years
75-84 Years

Seniors often don’t want to spend an extended vacation in a cramped hotel room. Luckily, Flipkey offers properties of various sizes for affordable prices compared to that of a hotel. Retirees can stay a few days or a month at a FlipKey rental where they will enjoy all the amenities of a real home.  Many elderly individuals like to travel in groups to cut costs and double the fun. In such situations, a FlipKey rental is perfect. Everyone can share the costs, plus there is a kitchen to avoid excessive dining out. Overall, FlipKey is a fantastic way to travel on a budget while staying in a lovely home. 

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The security of TravelAdvisor’s FlipKey is undeniable for seniors. The rentals are lovely, so you don’t have to worry about ending up in a dump. There is a nice selection of apartments, beach homes, summer rentals, and more. With the help of FlipKey, a senior can quickly plan their entire vacation. Also, the large rentals also groups to travel together and still have ample sleeping arrangements which are a great way for the elderly on a budget to save money.

  • Homes and apartments of all sizes available for rent
  • Decent selection of properties in all the world’s vacation hotspots (they cover 11,000 cities)
  • Rentals on private islands are available
  • FlipKey is part of TravelAdvisor which is a respected online giant travel company
  • Excellent rental choices with over 300,000 listings on the site
  • Apartment rentals available in remote places like the Galapagos Islands or Madagascar 
  • Easy to use ‘Book Now’ button that walks you through the reservation process which is a benefit for seniors who are not tech-savvy
  • The site offers destination trip advice which is ideal for seniors who want to vacation but are unsure of where to go
  • Quality rentals (most are 4 stars and above)  


Overall, there are very few cons to FlipKey. It is a site that seniors can easily and confidently use without too many worries. The deposits are a bit steep, but you will get them back so if you plan for the added fees then it is not too bad. Yes, in some remote areas of the world the pickings are slim when it comes to properties, but few seniors visit such areas, so the small percentage of properties is not a problem. The abundance of rentals in large metropolitan areas can be confusing for some seniors to researching the destination before making a reservation is strongly advised. 

  • Many of the property owners request a wallet-breaking deposit that might be too steep for some seniors
  • Fewer choices compared to Airbnb (especially in remote areas of the world)
  • Seniors might be confused with the various locations of the rentals in large cities 

Bottom Line:

TravelAdvisor’s FlipKey is a leader in vacation rentals. The easy-to-use site features thousands of listings all around the world. A senior can quickly find exactly what they are seeking and if they have any questions, they can contact FlipKey’s customer service for answers. If you want to stay in a vacation rental that is at 4 stars or better, then you will want to check out FlipKey. Seniors can travel singularly or in groups using Flipkey. Reserving accommodations has never been easier. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does FlipKey offer payment protection? You are entitled to a full refund if you were denied access or prevented from checking into your rental. Also, if the property is miss-represented then you can obtain a full refund. They cover costs up to $10.000. 

Do I pay for my rental at the time I book?  Some property owners require a full payment at the time of booking and others will take only a deposit and then collect closer to your arrival date. 

Is my booking safe? Flipkey protecting their customers and they happily offer tips on how to keep your booking safe. 

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