I’m back to share a new Host Update that covers a topic I know is very important to you and your business: booking cancelations. This week, we’re announcing important updates to Airbnb’s extenuating circumstances policy, which reflect both the latest COVID-safety guidance from our medical advisory team, and valuable feedback from Hosts like you.
We’re also launching a new test to learn whether including fees in listing search results could help guests book more easily and have a positive impact on your hosting business.
And finally, my update includes some news about Airbnb.org’s commitment to providing temporary stays for Afghan refugees as well as heartfelt thanks to the thousands of Hosts who have contributed to this effort through donations and by opening their homes. Thanks to the incredible generosity and hospitality of our community, Airbnb.org now has the capacity to help an additional 20,000 people above and beyond our initial 20,000-stay commitment. There are still plenty of opportunities to get involved if you’re interested in joining this wonderful effort—please visit Airbnb.org/refugees for details.
As always, I welcome your thoughts on each of these topics. Thanks for all you do! Stay well and happy hosting.
Thanks @Catherine-Powell and welcome back.
I hope you have had some great family time and your dog is giving you all much joy.
Will the testing out of including the fees in the price be as one price, or separately?
How will this look with our listings in the searches?
Will it show the overall price and a separate function for without the fees?
Which locations is this trial been carried out?
Thanks in advance
My listing is one of the listings being used in this new test.
My property is located on the east coast of USA. In the state of Massachusetts.
It hasn't caused me any trouble,
I received a booking almost immediately.
Honestly, I discovered the new trial when I happened to search my area to see my competitors prices. I suddenly noticed my own listing's price was higher than normal. So I went to the Community Center and read the Airbnb Updates section.
I believe Airbnb has made it more clear for Guests to see the total cost 'upfront'.
The nightly rate plus the cleaning fee (if applicable), plus taxes, plus Airbnb's Guest's Fee...and now the public sees the grand total. Please don't quote me but I believe that is what appears now when a Guest searches for a stay.
Wishing you continued success!
Thanks for the Update.
Regarding the fees. Isn't this already the case in Europe? All fees are icluded in the price as per EU and UK law?
I understand the option for guests to cancel under COVID extenuating circumstances (guest is infected) is under the new policy only possible if check-in is within 14 days from date of infection ? But who checks the "date of infection" ?
Thanks @Catherine-Powell for the update.In Italy we already have all fees listed when a guest is booking. This is due by law to guarantee transparency with prices to the guest.I believe it's much better than have a price when you search a listing and then when you choose the listing, to see the price to increase due to other costs. As guest I found really upsetting the way Booking behave with some additional costs that sometimes are really difficult to see before booking. Considering that this change will affect all the listings, this won't create any differences amongst them.