We have a new host in the UK, Ireland, France and Italy with 21,000 properties, cottages.com now advertise on airbnb, and airbnb do not charge a service fee to the guest on these bookings.
We have no way of knowing if its included in the nightly rate, cottages.com could be on a paid subscription or getting a big percentage discount.
[Link hidden] and just to wind me up a bit more, they are all on superstrict 60 policy.
My local host is Mandy with 100 properties to look after
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I've just discovered cottages.com have 471 properties advertised on airbnb in the Yorkshire area alone and found this forum discussion while trying to seek answers over the lack of service fee being charged for these properties.
Cottages.com seem to be writing their name as Cottages, com (with a comma rather than a dot) presumably so the website address isn't obscured?
Feel potential guests are going to book the properties without service fees first espcially if price and facilities comparable with other listings by individual hosts.
Interesting to read the info from the EU.
Very difficult to get straightforward answers from airbnb so community forum is so helpful!
Starting 11/1/2020, we’ll be switching your listings to simplified pricing—a new service fee structure that gives you more control of your final price.What’s changingToday, there are 2 service fee structures: split-fee pricing with the service fee shared between hosts and guests, and simplified pricing with the entire service fee covered by the host. After 11/1/2020, split-fee pricing will no longer be available. That means a 15% service fee will be deducted from your payouts, and no fee will be charged to your guests—what you set is what guests will pay. Why we’re making this changeWe introduced simplified pricing last year, and hosts who tried it out and priced competitively across websites got an average of 17%* more bookings. We heard that removing the guest fee made it easier for hosts to price competitively, and we saw that guests preferred to book places that didn’t have a guest fee. This is especially important for your listings, since guests usually don’t pay fees on other booking platforms in your region. What will happen nextThis change will happen automatically on 11/01/2020 and will be applied to any bookings that you get after that date. We’ll send you a reminder 7 days before this change, along with a guide to walk you through changes you may want to make to your prices. Here’s a summary of what will change:
@Melanie818 Can you please post this as a new topic here on the hosting forum? Not many hosts will see this tacked on to the end of another thread, even though this thread deals with the topic, and I can foresee tons of hosts getting completely caught out on this, shocked that a booking they accepted that they assumed they would be charged the usual 3% host fee suddenly has 15% taken out.
Hosts will all need to look at changing their base pricing to account for this and Nov. 1st will be here before we know it.
How typically rude and disrespectful for Airbnb to only give us a month and a half's notice of a MAJOR pricing structure change. And this is the first I've heard of it- I haven't gotten an email or anything about it.
Thank you so much for posting this.
@Sarah977 I assume this only applies in Australia for now........But who knows.
6 weeks is an awfully long time to plan for the change but does it mean we will all have to go on the system and update our pricing the day of the change? I fear it will crash an already glitchy system
@Melanie818 Very interesting - This will actually make it easier to list on other booking sites as the fee structure will be the same as booking.com so we won't need to operate complex dual pricing systems.
This has already been rolled out in Thailand in August, and Greece and Croatia from Sept 1st. Early adopters were offered the 14% fee (16% for Super Strict), rising to 15% for those who opt in
later. Global rollout expected to follow.
However, it previously appeared that this new fee structure applied only to software connected hosts/professional PMs.
Do you use a channel manager to connect to Airbnb, by any chance?