There's a problem that comes up frequently, where a potential Guest books a room, but does not have a valid form of payment. When this happens, AIRBNB's current policy allows the potential Guest to block the dates of the Host's calendar without offering a good faith payment that complies with the Cancelation Policy. They can hold dates and block up the calendar, right up to the Check-in date, EVEN LATE IN THE DAY WELL AFTER CHECK-IN TIME, and then, suddenly cancel without any consequences. Normally, they should lose their first day's payment and half of the following days, but it's a loophole that can be used to avoid any loss in accordance with the Cancelation Policy. This frequent scenario causes harm to the Host, whose calendar was blocked by the potential Guest without any responsibility or loss. I believe AIRBNB should never accept any reservation without payment, or at least, never do so within the 5-day period immediately before the Check-in time. This would comply with the Cancelation Policy and protect the Hosts from such abuse and harm. I hope they'll consider adjusting the Policy, as such.
100% agree. This is happening to me now. It’s a Friday and and I will definitely miss out on the weekend. WHY are guests allowed to use air bnb without a verified payment method? This should work like buying plane tickets or anything else on the web. “ credit card authorization failed”.at which point they can try another method. Don’t even give them 2 hours- if they don’t have a credit card that works they don’t get to “buy” anything, including time. They try the next payment method right then and there, call their bank, whatever they need to do. Period. And if if doesn’t work, my calendar stays open!
In the last five weeks, I've had this experience four times with "awaiting payment." More than once, the payment was never confirmed. Potential guest requested a stay of two weeks, which I accepted. In that 24 hour period, somone else most likely would have made a reservation; the payment never went through. Airbnb needs to change this policy. Awaiting payment should be treated like an inquiry--go into inquiry status. We have the option to decline guests for several reasons, and we would have declined them if we knew payment wouldn't go through. Hosts are being penalized. And if the software is unable to be tweeked, then the grace period should be a couple of hours and not 24 hours. Hosts have been writing into this forum for several years about this issue, which leaves us feeling powerless.
We've been badly affected by this too. Why are we not notified as hosts first of the circumstances and be given the chance to take the risk? It is one thing to give someone 24 hours to modify their form of payment if they are booking a month in advance, and another to do it when it's a same night reservation. Anyone can make a 5 day reservation, 6 hours before midnight and next thing you know the room is hostage for 24 hours... they never book, and you lost potential reservations because the room was on hold for someone who never had intentions of paying... and then what's worse when you get a hold of the person, and you ask them if they intend to fix their payment information, they don't respond, or respond that they're afraid to cancel because they're afraid of being charged anyway... so the only losing is the host.
Have they done anything yet? I had couple incidents like this: guest book this morning at 5 am and asked to check in at 8am (my checkin is 4pm and out 11am) for today but the payment didn't go through, neither respond to any messages. My day was blocked and the only thing to open it for others to book is for ME to cancel it. However it will ding my record if I initiate it. I called CS and finally the trip agent cancelled for me after they talk to the guest. THe guest didn't intend to proceed but will not cancel it either.
This is ABUSE for sure.
IF their payment is not complete, it should go back to the inquiry instead of block our calendars in any case.