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Cancellation doesn’t apply here. She’s playing the system and Altering the booking; not cancelling and re-booking for a later day. I would accept the alteration with definite words to her and her parents about situation.
Ah, so annoying. This is one of the reasons I lie, frankly, to neighbours or acquaintances/friends of friends when they ask to book. No matter how bad some guests can be, the ones that think they have a "connection’ and so can do what they like - the worst.
You will probably have to suck this one up because it’s neighbours and you don’t want to fall out but in future - don’t do it!!
That is what bugs me. I have stayed places before and would had to cancel and rebook to do this to someone. Not “alter” a booking.
My husband says “Oh great, come November is she going to “alter” to Spring?” And I agree. Except she will find herself blocked from rebooking and even contacting me then. There will be a mysterious “ABB system glitch” and “I don’t know why you can’t contact me, golly gee …”
There should be limits to this. Within a few weeks, with a reason, I would have been okay but today - 4 days before, no reason given - and I just lost $500+. Gee thanks. Augh.
Yes and frankly I would have probably said something like, “oh sorry we can’t move it to November because my great Uncle’s third cousin from his fourth marriage is going to be using it that weekend. Maybe another time!”
It really is beautiful. Maybe you’ll get a last minute booking.
I might have one of those! Haha! You are great! Thx!
I appreciate it, because I was feeling trapped. If it had been anyone else, I would have said “thanks but no thanks, cancel please, cause that is what you are effectively doing to me”. Nice to know that I have that option in the future!
And thank you for a the kind words! We really love that place!
I agree with Jaquo, life happens, not everything goes as planned. I alter reservations for my guests
regularly, yes it is an inconvenience. I’ve had to altered my travel plans on short notice, and it is a relief when it its met with kindness. I believe remaining flexible is why I have repeat guests year after year & they refer their friends & family.
Who knows, perhaps you will get a last minute booking! Win, win.
I would say no - no matter what.
I would open the dates and if I got a booking it is fine, but I would not take the loss.
Will you get booked this weekend?
what is your cancel policy? If it is a 48 hour policy then she can do whatever she wants.
I rent for $$$$$ and If I am going to lose then it is no as long as it is stated in my contractual terms and on line.
Exactly that happened to me a few weeks ago. The guest had worked out that he would lose money under our moderate policy if he cancelled there and then, so requested an alteration for two weeks later, which I foolishly accepted. He cancelled an hour later.
Absolutely you have the right to reject an alteration request with no penalties. Then they would have to move to cancellation. I would have refused their phoney alteration request anyway. It’s not your fault Airbnb s cancellation policy applies or they chose to alter their plans.
Isn’t the last weekend in November the Thanksgiving Day weekend?
I was going to say that at least you got the guests to pay top-season-rates to stay during a potentially low-season-rate-period. The difference in rates would reduce your loss a bit. So not all money is gone. Sliver of a silver lining, perhaps?
Alas, if it is Thanksgiving weekend, that might not be the case. Gotto hate these Catch22s!
This happened to me three times. The first time I was new, so accepted the alteration and they promptly cancelled and I was left with 0 payout and an empty space during a peak weekend.
The second and third time I got smarter!
I allowed the alteration change but charged them the new stay plus the “non-refundable” portion of their original stay (50% in one case, 100% in the other). I told them I couldn’t fully refund them unless the dates re-booked.