Every day brings a new adventure! I got an inquiry from a guest with a very long detailed email on their bio/interests which 1) requested days that are already booked and 3) wanted to pay me half of my already low nightly rate "off of the platform." The guest claimed a very lucrative profession but said that was all they could afford. This wasn't even a consideration as the days are blocked but wow! Has anyone had this sort of inquiry? I would of course not entertain this for a second. It looked like a legit proflle with other reviews. The inquiry read a bit like I should be honored to host this individual with a long list of professional and personal accomplishments (and happy to do so at half price....)
This guy obviously has an Airbnb profile Laura, report him immediately!
Airbnb do not like others 'cutting their lunch', you can rest assured they will deal with him quickly. He won't get the opportunity to try that one again!
I mentioned in another thread, I did receive a pre-approval request from a guest who asked if I would send him a special offer as an inducement to book with me. As I said in the other thread, I declined the opportunity faster than a freight train rattling through a country siding!
I once had a host contact me trying to make an off platform booking. He was really insistent but I told him no way.
You are lucky. All the time people are asking me to act as a money laundry - to accept reservation for 500-600$/night and then to send that money back to them, keeping 20% for me.
I can understand them. Corporate employees, probably underpayed, trying "legally" to steel some money from the big company, they are working for. It's a common practice. But ABB is just not the right place for this.
I direct everybody to the site for pricing and don't even get into lengthy conversations about such things. I've had people ask for discounts and I've had people ask to pay and not use the site and I always go back to the protection of the system. And yes it's a new experience every day which makes it fun.