HomeAway was founded in 2005 in Austin, Texas by current CEO Brian Sharples and Carl Shepherd.
In 2006, Homeaway.com was launched. The website allows consumers search for and book vacation rentals online. The site was a result of numerous acquisitions including CyberRentals.com, GreatRentals.com, A1Vacations.com, TripHomes.com, Homeaway.co.uk and VRBO.com.
More acquisitions followed in 2007 including VacationRentals.com, Arbritel.fr and OwnersDirect.co.uk.
In 2009, the company moved into a brand new global headquarters in Austin.
In 2010, the company launches a nationwide advertising campaign using Chevy Chase and Beverly DeAngelo in a Griswald themed Superbowl commercial.
Also in 2010, the company acquires BedAndBreakfast.com and Escapia.
Homeaway currently has over 560,000 property listings worldwide.