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What Are Cookies?
A cookie is a text file stored on your computer. Cookies store bits of information that we use to help make our website work. They can’t run any code and don’t contain viruses. No one can read our cookies except us.
How We Use Cookies uses cookies to improve your experience on this website. We’d like to let you know a few things about our cookies:
  • Certain cookies are essential to the proper function of this site
  • Cookies help us to understand what content is most useful to our visitors, and allow us to customise our services, content and advertising
Types of Cookies We Use
The table below explains in more detail the cookies we use and why:
Cookie Name Purpose
Cookie Banner ha-cookie-consent This cookie is used to control the appearance of the cookies information banner. This cookie is set on arrival to the site by default. It expires after a set time and is not set again unless the user changes their cookies setting.

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to analyse our web page flow, customise our services, content and advertising and measure promotional effectiveness.


















 This is dropped after a successful email/password (or Facebook) authentication. It is either a session cookie (good until logout or browser quitting) or a "remember me" cookie. If this cookie exists upon subsequent visits to the login form, it is used to look up the TGT (Ticket generated after successful authentication with the authentication server) to re-grant the user permission back into the requesting application without having to redisplay the email/password form.


This cookie is deposited after a correct answer to a security question. The reference <<AA>> indicates that the Adaptive Authentication is enabled. If this feature is disabled, then the indication <<AA>> will be missing, but the intention and purpose of the cookie remains the same. It is used during subsequent connection attempts from the user, informing the Adaptive Authentication function that "Yes, the user has indeed answered a security question correctly before"




This cookie will be dropped if:

The Adaptive Authentication says "This time, do not ask the user a Security”.  So, until the user closes their browser, they will not be prompted to answer the security question (or be presented with the two-factor authentication (2FA), if implemented), because this cookie exists for the duration of the session.


The user does not check the "Remember Me" box and correctly answers the security question correctly; in this case the Adaptive Authentication said, "Good job! "


This cookie is dropped at the same time as the login cookie and is used to store the system of marking / printing generated by the function of Adaptive Authentication. This token/print is a proprietary (of our Adaptive Authentication vendor) blend of the user's browser version/make/model, the OS version/make/model, the user's IP address, etc.




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These cookies are used to measure how visitors use our site. We use this information to ensure that we optimise the pages and use of our site.
These cookies are used to promote security on our site.



These cookies are used for passing information between different applications.





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These cookies are used to show you advertising on our site and on the websites of third parties, including via Criteo and Sociomantic.

These anonymous browser cookies, which are dropped by our providers Criteo and Sociomantic, allow them to track (on behalf of HomeAway) products viewed by the users and pages visited on HomeAway.  At no point does Criteo or Sociomantic collect personal data, such as your name or address. 

The information collected will be used by Criteo and Sociomantic to display advertisements on other websites, or “publishers”. These publishers may also place cookies in your browser. These cookies are there so that the publishers recognise that Criteo or Sociomantic has a personalised advertisement available for your browser.

To learn more about Criteo and Sociomantic cookies and how you can opt out of them, please visit Criteo’s privacy policy here and Sociomantic's privacy policy here

Cookies issued by third parties 

Advertising content (graphics, animations, video, etc.) in our broadcast advertising may contain cookies placed by third parties.  The placement and the use of cookies by such third parties are subject to the privacy policy of these third parties. 

These cookies help the third parties (while the cookies are valid) to:

- Count the number of display advertising content delivered via our advertising, identify and advertisements displayed, the number of users who clicked on each ad, allowing them to calculate the amounts due and thereby establish statistics;

- Recognise your device at any subsequent browsing of any other site or service on which these advertisers or third parties also place these cookies and, if necessary, adapt these third party sites and services or advertisements they broadcast to your device.

a. Google Analytics

Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc., uses cookies to gather information about how visitors use our site.

Google Analytics uses its own cookies, to analyze the use of the site on behalf of the operator of that site.  The information generated by the cookies about your use of the website is transmitted to Google.  This information is then used for the purpose of compiling statistical reports to enable us to measure and analyse the number of visits to the site and its pages, the average time spent on the site and the pages viewed. 

For further information about Google Analytics please visit and for details of Google Analytics’ Privacy Policy, please visit

b. Social buttons

These "social buttons" are visible on our website to allow you to share content via social networks, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google Plus.

Cookies are placed by these platforms on our site, and allow them to collect information about your browsing.

To learn more about the privacy policy and cookie management for Facebook click here, Pinterest click here, Twitter click here, LinkedIn click here, Youtube click here and Google Plus click here.

c. IT tests

These cookies, emanating from our contracted supplies, test at our request the features of our site and the performance of user navigation of our site.

Cookies placed by HomeAway on sites where our ads are present

When you access a site / application containing advertising of HomeAway, this advertisement may contain a cookie. This cookie may, subject to your choice, to be stored on your device, and allow us to recognize the browser on your device for the duration of the cookie.

These cookies are used:

- To account for the number of displays and activations of our advertising content on sites / third party applications, to identify these contents and sites / applications, determine the number of users who clicked on the content

- To calculate the amounts owed to parties in the chain of broadcast advertising (advertising agency, advertising, website / distribution medium) and compile statistics

- To adapt the presentation of the site which publishes our advertising content,

• According to the display preferences of your device (choice of language, display resolution, operating system used) when you visit our Site and on the hardware and software to view or read your terminal includes;

• according to the location data (latitude and longitude) that is transmitted to us (or our suppliers) from your device with your prior consent

- To follow subsequent browsing done by your device on sites / applications or other advertising content on which we operate cookies.


Your Choices Regarding Cookies 

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being set, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser’s Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If you turn cookies off, you won't have access to many features that make your experience more efficient and some of our services will not function properly.

Instructions For Managing Cookies 

If you have a different browser type or version, please refer to your browser's "Help" menu.

Internet Explorer 7, 8, and 9

  1. Click on the Tools menu, and then select Internet Options.
  2. Click on the Privacy tab.
  3. Move the slider to choose your preferred settings.
  4. For more specialised cookie settings, click on Sites or Advanced.
For instructions on deleting cookies in Internet Explorer, click here.

Google Chrome

  1. Click on the Chrome menu, and then select Settings.
  2. Click Show advanced settings.
  3. Click on Content settings to choose your preferred settings.
For instructions on deleting cookies in Chrome, click here.

Mozilla Firefox 14, 15, and 16

  1. Click on the Firefox button (or Tools menu), and then select Options. For Mac OS X users, click on the Firefox menu, and then select Preferences.
  2. Click on the Privacy panel to choose your preferred settings.
  3. For more specialised cookie settings, set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history.
For instructions on deleting cookies in Firefox, click here.

Safari 5.1 and Later (Mac OS X)

  1. Click on the Safari menu, and then select Preferences.
  2. Click on the Privacy tab to display cookie settings.
  3. Choose your preferred settings.
  4. For more specialised cookie settings, click on Details.
For instructions on deleting cookies in Safari, click here.