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I am seeing 50 percent refund if cancelled greater than 7 days before reservation on the strict policy. They can also cancel within 48 hours of booking if the reservation is greater than 14 days out and receive a full refund.
I see what you’re saying but I think hosts should have the same policies for all nations and vice versa. I am amazed they want to be seen to have such a policy and surprised it’s legal internationally.
Hosts can have the same policy, this is an Airbnb policy. And if you read the article I posted you will see that there are hints of the policy going worldwide (though as of last year Airbnb was denying it). I expect Airbnb to move towards more flexible cancellation policies because that’s what hotels have.
The Airbnb policy favouring Korean guests overrides host policies, that’s the point. It’s discriminatory, plain and simple.
Making policies more flexible worldwide is another matter.
Also hotels are another matter. They can easily absorb or refill one room out of 50. If a home host only has 1 or 2 rooms it’s more financially devastating.
Exactly. So it really doesn’t matter what you or I want. Airbnb will do as they please and we can continue to use the platform or not. I expect they will continue to move in guest friendly directions. It doesn’t affect me as I have flexible policy and don’t want people forced to stay here just because they clicked on a button. I also expect them to force everyone onto instant book. I’m not saying I agree with it, I just think people should be prepared for these eventualities.
As has been pointed out, renting out rooms can exist outside of Airbnb. I won’t let myself be an Airbnb victim.
For those of us with larger homes and in fly-to destinations, I suspect we’d change how we use AirBnB if they make the policies really flexible. If I had to have a flexible cancellation policy, I’d only open up dates a month or so out, not a year ahead of time.
By the way, hotels are starting to take a second look at their flexible cancellation policies. Since you can now search last-second for hotels to find the biggest discount and then cancel your other reservation for free, they are starting to feel the pinch of this, too.