This forum is dedicated to connecting hosts with other hosts. Sign up to get the latest updates and news just for AirBnb hosts! Note that we are not affiliated with Airbnb - we are just passionate hosts!
I have a question that I can’t find the answer to: we have cancelled all our guests but one. The booking is for July and both us and the guest want to cancel. But it was made under Strict rules (we only take two guests a month, three day minimum, so don’t want cancellations if we can help it). We have now changed our cancellation level to Moderate. We already have two “chargeable” cancellations, so would like to avoid another, if possible.
The guests are absolutely lovely repeat guests and we want them to get their money back. We had a booking this past month for ourselves and when I changed it to October I noticed that the cancellation window had moved with the new dates.
My question: if we put our cancellation level to the most flexible and have our guests change their dates, is the booking re-done at that level so they can cancel without penalty?
I don’t want to try it if I’m not sure it won’t work!
The condition a guest booked under is the one that they and the host are held to, so changing your cancellation policy won’t have any impact.
Why not suggest your guest follows the guidance under Airbnb’s EC policy for the virus (Airbnb Help Centre)
If your reservation isn’t eligible under our extenuating circumstances policy, you can check your reservation to find out if it has flexible cancellation options. If it does, you can use the standard change or cancel options available.
Requesting a cancellation from your host
If your reservation was booked before 10 March 2020, with a check-in date before 1 June 2020, or booked between 10 March and 1 June 2020, you may be able to request a cancellation directly from your host and get a full refund.
You’ll need to log in to your account on a web browser (not using the Airbnb app) to do this. A banner on the Change or cancel page will provide info on how to request a refund from your host.
Select the COVID-19 (coronavirus) reason why you’re cancelling
Click or tap Ask for a full refund
The host will be given up to 48 hours to respond, or 24 hours if the reservation begins within a week. If they agree to the cancellation, we’ll send the refund to your original payment method, including the service fee amount. Find out more about how refunds work.
If the host doesn’t agree, you can still cancel and your refund will be determined by the host’s standard cancellation policy.
If your reservation doesn’t qualify for either the extenuating circumstances policy or your host doesn’t agree to cancel, you can always message your host to find out if they’re willing to give you a larger refund through the Resolution Centre.
Thanks, Helsi, but not my situation, doesn’t help. The stay was booked before the 10th of March, but is for mid July and was booked at Strict cancellation level. I want to know if I drop my cancellation level to Flexible now and have the guest request a change to their dates, is the new date booking at the same cancellation level as the original, or at the current flexible one at the time of the change.
And I am struggling to see why the guest wouldn’t be able to follow the advice I kindly found for you and posted when it is for exactly the circumstances you advised your guest was in i.e.booking before 10 March.
It’s really quite simply they send you a refund request following the steps I outlined (from Airbnb Help) and you approve it. Done
@Helsi doesn’t work. They booked before 10th March, but with a check date after 1st June.
@artfulbadger why don’t you just get the guests to contact Airbnb directly and ask for a cancellation under EC and CV19. From what many other hosts had said, when vigorously lambasting Airbnb, they are being extremely flexible towards guests. It’s worth a try.
Alternatively, if they are repeat guests, and it’s not a lot of money, you could always tell them they a credit to either the value of financially, or in nights.
What if @artfulbadger just changed their check-in date to something before April 14? (if she is in the US).
April 14 is the date current in the US. What you posted @Helsi is different than what I see but I’m assuming it’s because you’re in the UK.
Alternately, I concur with @RiverRock that after they cancel, you’ may be given a chance to award a full refund.
Incidently, just for info, I had someone cancel for a May 20 check-in last night. It was totally expected and he is a repeat guest. He contacted me for advice on cancelling. He was easily due a full refund because of my moderate policy only but I was concerned about him getting his service fees back. I gave him the option of waiting to see when they extend the April 14 date but he chose to go ahead and cancel last night. He messaged me later and told me they automatically gave him a credit for his service fees.