Honestly, there's some guests that I wouldn't want to stay in my airbnb again. They always say... "we'll be back when we are in the area". BUt, some people just aren't a good fit. Especially, the ones who leave bad feedback and less than 5 stars. Why would they want to come back and why would we as hosts want them back to leave us another less than great review?
Airbnb really pushes hosts to use instant book but that feature leaves hosts with zero ability to prescreen guests.
Is there a way to block people from instant booking? If there isn't, there should be.
@Donald28 Unfortunately, the only way to prevent someone from booking with you is by reporting them. See https://www.airbnb.ca/help/article/2020/how-do-i-report-a-message-or-block-someone-on-airbnb for details on how to do that.
Thanks but the way this reads is that even if you block a guest from essaging you, they can still use instantbook and book your place. Does everyone else read it that way.
"If you block someone, they won’t be able to send you messages, send you a reservation request, or accept a reservation request from you."
It sounds like I'll be leaving a lot more 3's in my reviews of the people I don't care to host again.
We had a very nice guest stay with us but he was really noisy (coughing and moving around his room all night) I couldn’t sleep. This is the only time I’ve had this issue. I don’t want to give him a bad review but I don’t want to host him again. He is a bad fit for our space. We really need a way to be able to block unsuitable guests without giving them a bad review. He could be a wonderful guest for another space!
ARE YOU SURE? Where does it say that? Anyway, I've only ever given one guest a thumbs down but there are at least 10 guests I'd rather not host again.
@Donald28I think if you give them a thumbs down they'd be less than inclined to book you again anyway...so I wouldn't worry. A long time ago, there was a "block" feature--just another useful tool that Airbnb in its infinite wisdom has done away with, sigh. 😉
Also, I have a list of all the ex-guests I'd rather not host again...so far, none of them have tried to book again, but if any ever did, I'd cancel them. 😛
It is said, but has not really been confirmed, that a thumbs down will not let that guest Instant Book again.
And then there is the 3* thing if that is still valid
@Donald28 Don't feel bad about the report feature, ABB clearly doesn't do much with that feature but it is your one way of not re-hosting guests you don't want to have again.
So, in the message thread, click the Report, then Other, then it will ask 'do you want to Block?'
yes, yes you do
I utilize this often for guests who review badly and/or for attitude that doesn't seem enjoyable to have back.