Because there has been no sufficient response from airbnb corporate I have begun to refer any air bnb guests wishing to book my property to a competitor where the property owner still has the right to "strict cancellation" and not subject to their property being tied up whilst the guest shops and cancels at the last minute.
Airbnb gets the vast amount of their revenue from GUESTS NOT from OWNERS so if Owners begin taking their inventory elsewhere--So jump on board! Remember, If airbnb does not have apples its apple cart to sell then....no biz
I believe their competitors are very exciteda bout claiming some of their formibable market share of owners for their inventory. Some charge hosts, but its samll compared to potential losses from property being tied up with no uultimate fee gnerated.
I'm sure airbnb will turn this silly rule around as their bookings drop off and they see the share prices of particular competitors grow. What genuis came up with this idea! They must think hosts are dumb.