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I couldn’t find that. Not sure yet whether including everything or not is the best way to go. This is going to take some studying on. I wish ABB would keep it to people that only have one or two places (not applicable to rooms in their own houses) to list. The big bugs are pushing all this change and ABB is following. This reminds me of how eBay has changed since it was for people to get rid of their own stuff to the behemoth it is now.
I found an article that shows the fixed host fee was only 12% when they piloted the program about 1 year ago.
It looks like if they move to a flat 14% host-fee model, they stand to make a TON more money on higher-priced bookings where the guest fees were previously as low as 6%, unless they are giving some of the 14% back to the guest on those bookings in the form of a discount.
To be honest, I am a bit tempted to move to the 14%. I will increase my rates with 11% and will have the same income.
I wonder how they show the different fee systems to the guests. How does a %14 host fee listing look compared to a 3% host fee listing on the same page? Will they put an extra badge on it “no extra fees”? Higher search ranking?
I think this is exactly it: to hide the fees from guests.
Many of us don’t have a suitable space to list elsewhere, as we are hosting guest rooms and in-law suites rather than vacation homes or apartments. We are traditional hosts but unfortunately seem to be left behind as AirBnB replaces hotels.
Yes, I’m not afraid at all, airbnb just suits my set up. I wish there were an exclusive home share platform to move to. I don’t want to compete with hotel owners and investors, corporate accounts and rental arbitrage kids.
I recently found such a platform: Homestay.com. I have after maybe six months, my first guest arriving next week. Here is something very weird – they have you and the guest arrange a payment method between yourselves –
For those hosts availing of our Standard payment option, the guest pays a 15% booking fee (maximum fee of 199 $£€) of the price of stay to confirm the booking. You’ll receive the price of the stay directly from the guest on arrival. You should include in your homestay profile how you would like to be paid, for instance by bank transfer, cash, PayPal or another payment method. We also recommend that you communicate with your guests after the booking is made and prior to their arrival and confirm your preferred payment method with them.