The mysteries of Airbnb programming

Mount Barker, Australia
Level 10

Ade and I have just spent three weeks away on the East Coast with our family of girls, I deliberately don't take email access away with me for personal reasons but, I do keep track of my Airbnb business via the phone app.


On the 7th May I logged in via my mobile app to my Airbnb account, and on checking my transaction history noted a mysterious payout that day into my bank account from Payoneer Austral (the official Airbnb payout provider) an amount of $736.52 for a reservation I did not have any record of, either past or upcoming!

I asked my daughter to access my emails and forward to me (via my wife's tablet) any that related to Airbnb. 

Here was the first......

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On checking my bank account, sure enough, there it was. Next I received a reservation confirmation which (in part only) related to this transfer.


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So, there you go, I have received $736,52 for a one night booking in six months time for my listing which has a nightly listing amount of $95 + a $15 cleaning fee.

Wow, I have struck the jackpot here......Keep it up Airbnb, if you are handing it out, I am happy for you to keep finding me a bit more business like this one!


Fairly obviously something is wrong here, and the next day this email comes to me.....

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"Doesn't appear to be legitimate".....well taking the clients money obviously appeared to be legitimate! There has been a gross stuff-up, but true to form, Airbnb need to cover their backsides so, next thing I get this......


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What do I take from this?

1/.....How was a potential guest who has never had a reservation with me able to send me money through Airbnb? 

2/....How did the Airbnb system allow the transfer of money for an upcoming reservation, confirmed or not?

3/.....I wish my regular payouts would come that quickly!


The one thing I have always had confidence in is the Airbnb payout process but I have to tell you, this has put the fear of God in me, I now truly do believe in glitches in the system!!



4 Replies

Re: The mysteries of Airbnb programming

Belle, WV
Level 10

Perhaps it was that Nigerian Prince that used to email me back in the early 2000's? He seemed to have a lot of money to deposit if I would send a little back.  😉  Take care ... 

--- That's how I look at most guests, like cousins. And you know, some of those cousins are kooks.

Re: The mysteries of Airbnb programming

Prescott, AZ
Level 10

Wow is all I can say, @Robin4 !

Ted & Chris

Re: The mysteries of Airbnb programming

Zagreb, Croatia
Level 10

hm... suspicious...

Re: The mysteries of Airbnb programming

Mount Barker, Australia
Level 10

@Branka-and-Silvia0  @Robin129 

I don't know that 'suspicious' is the right word Branka, everything happened through legitimate Airbnb windows. 

I got onto support to ask them for an explanation as to how this might have happened and if there had been any other reported instances of a similar nature. As usual they were about as much good as a hip pocket in a pair of undies! They did however establish that my account had not been compromised and my feedback would be passed to the relevant department, did I need any help with anything know, the usual, 'thanks but move on, stop wasting our time'  attitude!


Like I said, I have always felt pretty confident about Airbnb's money handling procedure, it has always worked well for me. I felt I could trust Airbnb with my money. But this has well and truly thrown the fox into the chook-house......I am going to have to follow closely every transaction from now on.


On a side note on returning home I find I am faced with new TOS which at this point via the phone app have locked me out of my Airbnb account until I accept or reject! It appears if I just blanket accept, everything instantly returns to normal, if I don't accept some aspect of change until I can compare or get clarification, my access to Airbnb will be terminated!

Isn't that rather heavy handed?



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