What is the percentage (or $ amount) of the guest service fee? What is the percentage (or $ amount) of the host service fee? Are these service fees a percentage of the monthly rate set by the host?
I charge $1650 per month plus a $120 cleaning fee for the entire stay. I am renting a fully furnished 1200 s.f., 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment with a dedicated laundry room for the apartment only, an office with a wireless inkjet printer/scanner/copier (paper and ink supplied) and office furniture and a furnished, covered brick terrace overlooking a ravine -- all of this in a close-in location in Atlanta, GA. A potential guest (referred by a previous guest which is why she has my contact information) just wrote me and told me that Airbnb is quoting her $1903 per month for a stay of May 14 -- July 30. That is way out of line! Her friend (the one who referred her to me) was here last summer for the same amount of time and she paid $1737 per month. As I was looking up these transactions I noticed that a guest who was here last summer for a month and a day paid $1829. Meanwhile, my current guest who arrived February 1 and will be here through March 31 is paying $1690 per month. None of this makes any sense.
I do not allow my rates to float (as Airbnb wants me to do). My rates are always the same. I rent exclusively through Airbnb, to business travelers who will be here for 30 days or more. Looking at this wide variance I may have to re-think my loyalty to Airbnb. But what do a tell the potential guest who is being way overcharged, I think -- and as a result may not stay with me?
Hi Sandy i hope this will help you, Guest service fees are typically 6-12% but can be higher or lower depending on the specifics of the reservation. The higher the subtotal, the lower the percentage so the guest can save money when booking large reservations. The host service fee is 3% excluding bank fees.
Let me be more specific.
(1) How do I calculate the guest service fee and the percentage that fee represents?
(2) How do I calculate the host service fee and the percentage that fee represents?
(3) Are the service fees (host and guest) prorated by day across the entire reservation? If so, what happens if someone checks out early?
My guests are business travelers who must rent my apartment for a minimum of 30 nights. Most stay 2 - 3 months while on a business assignment in the Atlanta area.
This issue came up because my apartment was recommended by a previous guest who stayed 2-1/2 months last summer (2016). The guest who was given the recommendation for my apartment wants to stay for 2-1/2 months this summer (2017). The 2016 guest paid $1737* per month; the 2017 guest was quoted $1903 per month. That is a difference of $166 per month.
*$1737 is the amount deposited into my checking account per month by Airbnb for the 2016 guest. How much was the 2016 guest actually invoiced?
The prospective guest is concerned, as well she should be. I have not changed my rate; it is still $1650 per month, all inclusive, plus a one-time cleaning fee of $120 for the entire stay. So, did Airbnb change their guest and host service fees?
I have told the prospective guest that she will not pay more than her friend who stayed in my apartment last summer (2016). But, I am at a loss to know what rate to quote her since I see only what is deposited into my checking account by Airbnb. How much is Airbnb actually charging my guest(s)? What are the detailed charges and how can I see them?
Now I am looking at payments for all my guests and I believe there were many who were actually overcharged.
If AirBnB paid you $1737 then obviously the guest paid more and $1903 certainly looks like the sort of number I would expect. About 10% fee.
When a guest wishes to book then the total price will come up including fees and whatever charges apply.
Avoid getting into a gross figure discussion, you control your charges, you do not control AirBnB fees.
Hi Sandy - I don't think Airbnb is only charging 6-12% on service fees.
I'm trying to book a place right now for 2 nights ($106) + cleaning fee ($25).
Airbnb is charging me an extra ($38) - Service fee ($20) + Occupancy taxes of ($18).
They are actually charging me 19% on service fees.. which makes NO SENSE at all.
If airbnb don't reconsider these outrageous service fees, people will start going around it and paying hosts directly.
I am also shocked to learn the AirBnB is charging such high fees to guests. I've calculated that the total services fees on a recent "special offer" i just made to my guests, equated to about 17 or 18% (Yes $38).
'That's prior to the services fee coming off my payment also. This is enough to quit AirBnb. I'm going to start looking at other methods.
So Sad AirBnB
I've just made a special offer to guests and have discovered the same... AirBnB 'disclosed' to me using the Special Offer calculator what the guests would be paying, but then charged the guests EXTRA once I sent the special offer through... this is scandalous and duplicitous... is anyone else finding this?
as a guest, I feel the fees are based on the cleaning fee; the higher the cleaning fee, the higher the service fees. One place had a $50 cleaning fee and the service fee was $20; another with a $12 cleaning fee had $7 service fee. Same room price.
@Collins8 The Airbnb fees are based on a few things, but they don't make that information public.
They charge service fees on both the room rate and the cleaning fee, so yes, a higher cleaning fee will result in a higher service fee charge in total, but doesn't affect the % of service fee charged, if that makes sense.
Some types of listings carry a higher service fee percentage (which can vary from about 12-20%) and different areas of a country or the world can have different % service fees.
Airbnb hosts are blind sheep. If a guest is willing to pay your price plus a service fee of 15%, and then you also lose another 3%, it is quite simple. AirBNB is stealing 18% from you for the full price a guest would be willing to pay!!! This is a SCAM!!!
I just had a booking where airbnb wants to charge $80 fee on $300... this is over 25%. I had no idea the fees were so outragous.
Im a new host and have my first confirmed guest coming in July. She said her fee was of eur388, and thought something was wrong. I said, well, I'm getting EUR 289 from airbnb and I really believe somethings odd. I read that airbnb take 3% of earnings Well this booking adds up to 25%!!! What should I do. Also when does the money come thru??
Hi Sandy, It looks like Air BnB is taking on the same ridiculous practice as VRBO, Homeaway, Home to Go, and Vacation Rentals. These companies are all the same company with a different name. They were bought by Expedia and since then have been ripping off vacationers by promising them that the rates are lower if they book on line with them. They also tell people that the owners don't want to talk with the vacationers. Neither of these statements are true. I was going to try Air BnB but after reading whats happening i'm not going to. If you look on Google and type in "VRBO Complaints" you will see the same thing happening there.
I want to rent a room thru airbnb but I still dont under stand the fees I would pay if the rent amount is $500 a month what would I pay and do I pay airbnb or the person renting room (host) I wont rent until I fully understand thanks