London, United Kingdom Level 2
The "Guest Service Fee" is charged to guests and apparently includes a cleaning fee. However, it is not listed in the "Host payout section". If my guests are being charged for cleaning, why is Airbnb not passing this on to us? Airbnb aren't going to be doing the cleaning! I am not referring to the "Host Service Fee", which they are charging us as hosts. Can anyone clarify please?
1. Host Price total + Guest Service Fee (charged to guest by Airbnb) = Subtotal
2. Subtotal + Cleaning Fee (if any) - Host Service Fee (3% charged to host by Airbnb) = Payout
The Guest Service Fee is charged to guests and is a percentage of the booking total:
Nighly price + Extra guest fee (if any) + Cleaning fee (if any).
If you do not have set a cleaning fee in your listing, then there is no cleaning fee at all in the booking nor is it part of the Guest Service Fee.
Thanks - so, if there's no cleaning fee, and no extra guest fee what is the 200 Euros that's been added to the guest's amount to pay, for? It must be the nightly fee, but what is that for? Thank you for your help.
Possibly, but there's a Host Fee that they deduct from what's due to the Host. So, that would suggest that both the guest AND the Host pay Airbnb. They are charging our guests 200 Euro for a 3 night stay. It seems a lot on top of the fee WE pay them.
The guest doesn't pay the fee in reality, you do. If AirBnB didn't charge the guest, you would be able to instead. Your nightly rate must come down to meet the threshold of what a guest will pay. What guests will pay does not rise to meet AirBnB's fee.
@Jefferson86 yes, true. if you are able to get direct bookings though, you usually still have to discount to make it more attractive (esp as some believe Air Cover is a thing) so when we do direct bookings they are often cheaper anyways.
Direct booking, in my mind, should always be the end goal. You have an enforceable lease with infinitely more favorable terms than anything on AirBnB, and it's easier to be competitive when you can take 15% off the top of your price without affecting your profit.
It's just harder to get there, I think.