We understand there may be some confusion on what happens to service fees for bookings that are cancelled under our extenuating circumstances policy. We want to clarify that Airbnb is refunding all service fees to hosts and guests original payment method for these cancellations.
Airbnb won’t benefit from any reservations canceled under this policy. We're truly in this together.
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Updated March 17th
I am also receiving messages from renters that cancelled their reservations, I reimbursed 100% but Airbnb is not returning their service fees. I manually refunded for the guests that didn't go through the "extenuating circumstances" and did my part and I feel Airbnb and should do their part by not only reimbursing the service fees, but helping share the burden of loss that the hosts are suffering. When tourism starts up again, they may find they are without hosts....
We lost $500 in service fees as Airbnb would only consider issuing a credit if you cancelled after they changed their Covid-19 policy. (We apparently cancelled a week too early to qualify) Hawaiian Airlines & Alaska Airlines both issued travel credits good for one year. Let's hear from all of you!
My husband booked accommodation for us in Cheltenham and had to cancel our booking because of the Covid 19 We paid £38.52 We were refunded £2.50 This was our first time using Airbnb We went to the resolution centre who informed us that we had used a voucher worth £25 but the original cost to hire was £63.50 total cost but they are robbing us by deducting the full voucher cost plus admin fee off of our balance Disgusting making money our of the Coronavirus pandemic,
i am having an issue with a host that will not refund the full amount due to cancellation. i am a high risk senior with our state on lock down. i live in Indiana. our closest airport is in Chicago. cars with out of state plates are being pulled over. we are in lock down and haven’t left our house for three weeks. our business is dead. we have no income. yet the host will not issue a refund. please help. it this does not get resolved i will be compelled to write a review stating that this is the type of host that runs this property. we cancelled two other ARBNB reservations for our trip with no problem.
When guests make reservations they should prove to Airbnb that they have travel insurance.......then hosts should recive a full refund for any canceled bookings its not rocket science why doesn't Airbnb think out its booking procedures befor letting hosts down.
I have a reservation and unless I can swim, there is no way to get too Kauai. Since the Trip was booked on the 15th of March, it appears only a 50% refund. Tried contacting host, no responce. Sugestions?
When guests make reservations they should prove to Airbnb that they have travel insurance.......then hosts should recive a full refund for any canceled bookings its not rocket science why doesn't Airbnb printereasy routermanuals techtipseasy think out its booking procedures befor letting hosts down.
I absolutely agree with you. They must prove that they have travel insurance.
@Airbnb This statement is completely false. Despite trumpeting Airbnb as the 'good Samaritan' company who are refunding 100% of all guest payments for trips cancelled due to COVID-19, as a company you have now made the decision to try every deflection trick imaginable (including the good old one of writing an option in tiny type at the bottom of the page for those guests really, truly, do actually want their cash back). Guests ARE NOT being refunded 100% in cash. They are being refunded in travel credit vouchers, and being told that if they want cash they can only have a 50% refund "due to the hosts' cancellation policy. Airbnb is NOT making the cancellation and refund process clear or easy for guests, and they are being shunted into accepting travel credit. If you manage to even reach someone on the phone (phone lines now have recorded messages with options that just circle and ask you to complete details on a texted online form, but then hang up on you) Airbnb CX reps are now bluntly rude and dismissive, and do not even know the policy which is written on their own website. Resorting to the old "make things so hard they give up" trick is an abominable way to run a business.
As a host we have been used in whatever manner Airbnb sees fit to maintain their image and cash reserves. Guests are now being tricked into giving up cash Airbnb has said is rightfully theirs, and Airbnb is leaving guests with the impression that hosts are taking the rest when hosts are getting NOTHING. A disgusting way to try to claw back cash for the company after grandstanding about doing the right thing by the guests.
Wow! I read that Airbnb staff were donating money for refunds-I frankly do not know if this is true.
Myself, I just realised after trying for two weeks to get an interpretation on a customer's cancellation on Feb 21 for a stay on March 26-30 and trying to find out if I am getting a 25% refund and not getting anywhere, that the policies for the COVID-19 keep changing. I printed a Policy up from April 9 and wrote to Customer Support, they then answered back with a pasted copy of a new Policy with new wording. Then a Bot appeared that said the thread is now closed- So far no resolution. I think the problem with Airbnb is that they don't have staff- just giggers, they try hard enough but sometimes are lacking in finding the right resolution. I am concerned about the future of Air BnB as I deal with them exclusively and although not perfect they were easy to work with. Don"t give up! Carry on-drink copious amounts of tea!! 🙂
I appreciate what you have said here.
Not all guests are cancelling last minute. We plan well in advance and made reservations in January (well before COVID19 issues) to stay in California in June. We can't get a full refund? I understand hosts need to make a living and I would be willing to donate a portion of my refund to the host fund-voluntarily and still be happy to rebook on Air bnb for future trips. This seems like a win-win to me. How about if Air bnb extends the refund policy to people that made reservations well in advance of COVID and then offers guests the opportunity to donate a portion of their full refund to the host fund? Smart business idea if you ask me. Thank you for reading this.
@Stanley-N0 Thank you for being a guest who is understanding of hosts. However, if you were to donate to a host refund fund, the problem is that Airbnb is in charge of those funds and is doling them out in a seemingly chaotic and untransparent way. If would be far better, if you really want to help your host out a bit in light of having to cancel, if you offered to the host to retain whatever percentage of the booking you think is fair should you be given 100% refund by Airbnb. In other words, send it directly to the host, rather than Airbnb, because if you put it into a fund, it's more than likely your host will never see a penny of that.
I got the message from property management company. Due to COVID-19, they asksked property owners to stop short-term renting until the end of June. Avoid lots of people in and out of apartments during COVID-19 pandemic period.
I am host. Have to cancel some reservation for June. But Airbnb needs to charge me 50 euro for each cancellation. What can I do to avoid cancellation penalty?