Airbnb has revolutionised the way people book accommodation. With their smartphone and web-based booking system the company has allowed property owners all over the world to list their rooms or home for rent. Airbnb is often a way to find bargain accommodation wherever customers need to travel, and they often offer discounts. Find them all at the HotUKDeals Airbnb pages. read more
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This deal is based on 2 adults flying out to Charleroi from Manchester on 28th June returning 30th June. You will be staying for 2 nights in the beautiful central apartment I have found on AirBnb.
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fly from Derry/Londonderry with ryanair on the 16th of April and return on 19th for £37 and book an apartment for £65 a night .. split between two and works out £135 each, so just £270 for a couple we…
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All bookings with Airbnb take place via the company’s website. The site allows people to advertise their rooms or entire home for rent via listings that include information like the size of the property, the number of rooms, services like internet, laundry and gardens, the cost of the property per night and its location. Every listing is vetted and Airbnb work hard to ensure that both advertisers and customers behave in a trustworthy, reliable way.
To find a property near you, go to Airbnb, and scroll down until you see a search box. This is the key part of the Airbnb service (from the perspective of property-seekers) and it allows you to search locations all over the world.
Before you can make any bookings, you’ll need to create an Airbnb account. That’s so that you can introduce yourself to accommodation providers and prove you are who you say you are. Signing up doesn’t take long and it really is an excellent way to let hosts know more about you. That way, they can tailor their services to make you feel more at home.
Product Categories at Airbnb
When you’ve created an Airbnb account, you can start to explore what the site has to offer.
Basically, there are two sections at the Airbnb site: services for hosts and services for customers.
If you want to rent your property out to other users, you’ll find the “Become a host” button. If this interests you, there are three options.
Firstly, you could become a standard “Host”. This entails renting out a room or your whole home to Airbnb users. You’ll need to submit a few photos and a full description of what you have to offer. You will also need to plan when you can host and how much you intend to charge.
The second option is becoming a neighbourhood “Co-host”. This means that you won’t have to do the work of hosting yourself. Instead, your space is listed as available should people near you need to call on your services.
Finally, hosts can create an “Experience”. If you have specialist skills or live near somewhere exceptional, you can earn more money by creating a tourist experience for your guests to enjoy.
The other section of the site is for people seeking accommodation. This part includes:
Experiences – Includes a huge variety of different experiences, from hiking in the Amazon to surfing classes in Australia. Also, features special sections for fashion, art, nature, entertainment, food & drink, history, lifestyle and sporting experiences.
Homes – The core of the Airbnb service is the vast array of properties available to rent. You can find mansions in the suburbs, country houses, apartments in central London, French chateaus, beachfront cabins, ski chalets – everything imaginable is on Airbnb and ready for you to book. Each property has an easy to read listing with a star rating derived from the experiences of your fellow guests.
Featured Destinations – A section devoted to what Airbnb’s editors think are the most interesting places to visit. Along with attractions in destinations like London or Berlin, Airbnb also picks a few properties based on your profile that it feels might be appropriate for your needs.
Social Impact Experiences – Similar to the Experiences section, but with a social conscience. Enjoy a holiday away from work but give something back at the same time.
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Booking Accommodation with Airbnb
If you decide to book your holiday accommodation with Airbnb, the process takes a little getting used to but is actually very simple. You’ll soon be booking apartments in New York or villas in Lanzarote at the click of a button.
To make a booking, use the search box on the Airbnb site to find properties in your destination. Enter your expected arrival and departure dates and how many guests will be travelling in your party.
Airbnb will now bring up a list of available properties with a map showing where they are and how much they cost.
Pick a property that meets your requirements and click on its profile page. You see a button marked “Book”.
Some properties allow instant booking, while others require you to message the host before they accept your reservation. If a message is required just send a polite enquiry, say who you are and why you are travelling. Your potential host will get back to you as soon as possible with an acceptance or rejection.
Don’t be offended if hosts decline. Remember, you are staying in another person’s home, and it’s up to them whether they host someone. However, the vast majority of the time, hosts and travellers book without any issues.
After your booking is accepted, you’ll be asked to pay. When that’s done, your booking is assured.
If you are booking an Experience with Airbnb Trips, you’ll also need to supply an extra piece of identification. Both hosts and guests will need to scan a passport or drivers licence and take a selfie photo.
Airbnb’s Loyalty Scheme
Airbnb are always seeking to attract more hosts and customers to their service, and one way they do so is via their referral program. Under their referral program, when a friend of yours books a trip via Airbnb both of you receive £25 in travel credit. When hosts that you refer welcome their first traveller, both of you receive £55, so it’s well worth participating.
Airbnb often make discounts available to their customers via promo codes and money off deals. They don’t always make these obvious on their website, however. Instead, the best place to stay informed about their offers is at the Airbnb HotUKDeals listings, where the latest deals are posted as soon as they are announced.
Payment Methods Accepted by Airbnb
When you book a property on Airbnb, you can use the following payment methods: Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, American Express, Maestro and PayPal.
However, be aware that not all payment methods will be available in every country. It makes sense to check the list of accepted methods in your destination before you make a booking.
Cancelling Rooms and Seeking Refunds from Airbnb
Sometimes, even the most organised travellers have to change their plans and room cancellations can become unavoidable. Airbnb allow hosts to choose whether they want to be “Flexible”, “Moderate” or “Strict” about cancellations, so check your host before booking if you feel that your plans may change.
Flexible hosts allow cancellation with a full refund up to one day before your scheduled arrival (excepting cleaning fees). If you cancel less than 24 hours before arrival, you must pay for the first night’s accommodation.
Moderate hosts permit full refunds up to five days before arrival. If you cancel less than five days before arrival, your first night’s accommodation will not be refunded and you will be refunded 50% of the remaining costs.
Strict hosts permit 50% refunds until one week before arrival. There are also “Super strict 30 days” hosts who will allow 50% refunds up to 30 days before arrival, and “Super strict 60 days” who allow 50% refunds up to 60 days before arrival.
Some bookings are also for long term accommodation and are handled differently. If this applies to you, you can still cancel but you will be charged for the first month and must provide 30 days’ notice to end the lease.
The cancellation process for all hosts is the same. Go to the booking page of the property that you need to cancel and press the “Cancel” button.
Then go to your dashboard. Choose the “Your trips” section and then “Change or cancel”. Check that the trip in question has been cancelled, as no cancellations are confirmed until this section has been amended.
Airbnb’s Social Media Presence
Airbnb is an innovative, constantly evolving travel company, so it’s no surprise that it has a vibrant social media presence. Their channels are a good way to find out about featured destinations, new experiences and changes to the booking or hosting process and you can follow them here:
Another way to stay in touch with what Airbnb is doing is by regularly checking in with their Belong Anywhere blog which features articles about how to use Airbnb’s site and mobile apps, as well as advice for both hosts and travellers.
Using the Airbnb App
The Airbnb app is a great tool for everyone who intends to use the company’s services, and it’s particularly handy for people who are always on the move. With the app, you can create wish lists for destinations, choose accommodation, make and change bookings, contact hosts, find experiences and manage your travel itinerary, so it’s worth downloading. You can download it for Android devices from Google Play and for iOS devices from the iTunes Store.
You can also get in touch with Airbnb by phone, e-mail or post if you need to make a query or complaint:
Airbnb London Office 2-4 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3NW United Kingdom
Airbnb also have a handy FAQ section on their website which allows users to ask questions. It should be the easiest way to resolve basic queries about booking, finding hosts and cancellations.
Travel for Less or Make Money from your Home with Airbnb
Airbnb is fast becoming the most popular accommodation booking service on the planet. Wherever you want to travel in the UK or abroad, Airbnb will have a property and a host to suit your needs. Or, if you want to earn some extra cash, you can advertise your own property to rent. Whatever you choose, you can make big savings with the Airbnb discounts available at their HotUKDeals listings.