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roxytoo



Joined: 03 Feb 2005
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Location: Spain Costa Blanca

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:40 am    Post subject: Air Bnb Reply with quote

I've only taken one booking through Airbnb before. I have been emailing and replying to a guy who has now, after 10 emails, says he wants to pay cash on arrival! I emailed back and said you can't do that through air bnb. He has now said he's not interested. I thought airbnb was supposed to stop all this crap??!! what a waste of time!
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rosebud



Joined: 14 Mar 2012
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Location: Steyning, West Sussex

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No bookings for me from AirBnB for over a year now...

One enquiry in that time for someone wanting a reduced price for a 2 night stay!!
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la vache!



Joined: 16 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People who have never used Airbnb before aren't aware of how it works regarding payment. I had an enquiry from a French woman who said it was her first time using the site and she wanted to pay just the deposit and the balance nearer the time. I explained it wasn't possible with Airbnb and how it worked...I never heard back from her again!
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annedab



Joined: 18 Oct 2005
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Location: Midi Pyrenees

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have had ABB bookings (for bed and breakfast) and when the guests leave they say "oh, we must settle up with you - how much do we owe you?". Needless to say they are always delighted when we tell them that they have already paid Laughing
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Quiterio



Joined: 30 Dec 2015
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Location: Cadiz Province, Spain

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Air Bnb Reply with quote

roxytoo wrote:
I've only taken one booking through Airbnb before. I have been emailing and replying to a guy who has now, after 10 emails, says he wants to pay cash on arrival! I emailed back and said you can't do that through air bnb. He has now said he's not interested. I thought airbnb was supposed to stop all this crap??!! what a waste of time!


Could it be because you haven't signed up for Instant Bookings?

I had originally, then retracted because the whole idea makes me very nervous. You'd have to be 100% sure all your calendars are synced.

But when I stopped this facility AirBnB warned me that I would take far fewer bookings this way. And so far ..... none!
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la vache!



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Air Bnb Reply with quote

Quiterio wrote:

But when I stopped this facility AirBnB warned me that I would take far fewer bookings this way. And so far ..... none!

Yes, AirBnB now give priority to instant bookings. I'm thinking of going over to them - they sync with ical so availability updates are less of a problem, but nevertheless it is risky.
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Essar



Joined: 12 Jun 2011
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Location: Bournemouth

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Air Bnb Reply with quote

la vache! wrote:
Quiterio wrote:

But when I stopped this facility AirBnB warned me that I would take far fewer bookings this way. And so far ..... none!

Yes, AirBnB now give priority to instant bookings. I'm thinking of going over to them - they sync with ical so availability updates are less of a problem, but nevertheless it is risky.


If you use more than one listing site the instant booking option can be a dangerous thing to do, even with all sites updating via iCal. Unless, Airbnb updates your primary iCal source or it is your primary iCal source then there are inevitable time delays - could be up to 24 hours for updates to be pulled in by some sites.

I use FreeToBook as my primary iCal source for all listing sites because the only instant booking site I tolerate is BC. FTB have a channel manager option for BC which allows instant 2-way communication for bookings, changes to bookings and the setting of rates and conditions. If I receive a BC reservation then FTB is intstantly up to date and any other listing site pulling in the iCal availability calendar will get the latest position.
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e-richard



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Air Bnb Reply with quote

Essar wrote:
[with ical] there are inevitable time delays - could be up to 24 hours for updates to be pulled in by some sites.

That delay sounds excessive to me. Steve, do you have any records of the pull intervals and/or timings for various sites ?
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ianh100



Joined: 10 Jan 2013
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Location: Sherborne Dorset

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have only taken 2 bookings via ABNB, both were perfect guests and actually paid a little more than I would get via other sites. They gave us great reviews.

I did not like it as I thought I could not set different minimum stays at different times of year but I was corrected on that misunderstanding from people here. Instant bookings are not for me as I also have calendar anxiety, perhaps I just need to spend an evening making sure all of my iCal syncs are working.....
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roxytoo



Joined: 03 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

calander anxiety...............oh I do like that!!
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Cymraes



Joined: 07 Jul 2015
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Location: North Wales

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Air Bnb Reply with quote

e-richard wrote:
Essar wrote:
[with ical] there are inevitable time delays - could be up to 24 hours for updates to be pulled in by some sites.

That delay sounds excessive to me. Steve, do you have any records of the pull intervals and/or timings for various sites ?


One of my listing sites only pulls data across once every 24 hours I *think* it's Independent Cottages but I could be wrong.
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Giuliano



Joined: 25 Oct 2016
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I list on a lot of different sites, using Avaibook as a channel manager and synching tool. So far, no problem at all. Synching with Expedia, Booking.com, Atraveo and some other minor sites is instant. With Airbnb, HL and HA it takes some time, but I can manage it.
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Essar



Joined: 12 Jun 2011
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Location: Bournemouth

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Air Bnb Reply with quote

e-richard wrote:
Essar wrote:
[with ical] there are inevitable time delays - could be up to 24 hours for updates to be pulled in by some sites.

That delay sounds excessive to me. Steve, do you have any records of the pull intervals and/or timings for various sites ?


The major sites are quite efficient, although, none quote a start time:-

HA et al = every 4 hours
TA et al = every 4 hours
AB = every 2 hours
RO = every 24 hours
VHR = twice a day (?)
BC = manually or instantly via a channel manager (not iCal)
TM = every 24 hours
AO = every 6 hours
HE = every 8 hours
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doraine



Joined: 23 Feb 2012
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:51 am    Post subject: We have a schedule of the airbnb fees they charge renters Reply with quote

Here are the fees that we figured out on on our own for Airbnb- the guest fees. Hope they help someone out.
Airbnb's guest charges
cost airbnb charge percentage
$65 $8 .123
$340 $41 .121
$396 $48 .121
$941 $107 .114
$1254 $134 .110
$1348 $141 .105
$1680 $158 .094
$1798 $163 .091
$2010 $169 .084
$2247 $174 .077
$2696 $185 .069
$3146 $201 .064
$3820 $233 .061
$7062 $439 .062
$11880 $713 .060
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golfing girl



Joined: 01 Jan 2010
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Location: Lake District

PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am fed up with Air B and B contacting me to tell me I have just missed out on a booking, as the booking has gone to someone whose prices are lower than mine by 30, 15 , 20 per night etc. So in January I lowered my prices!!!! and guess what I still didn't get a booking. Air B and B are very disappointing
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