What would you do? Issue a refund, or not?
I have a Strict Cancellation policy, but I think that the LTR policy is being applied by Airbnb in this case, because reservation was for 28-nights.
On Fri, Sept 18 at 7:38 PM, guest booked using IB, a 28-night stay beginning on Sept 20th
We had the typical pre-arrival communications.
On Sept 20th, 2hrs/20min before designated arrival time, I receive a cancellation notice, but no message from the guest. I immediately send a “Uh oh, what happened?” message, but receive no reply…
24hrs later the LTR payment was processed. Yes, I was provided the automated prompt asking IF I wanted to refund the guest, but with absolutely NO follow up communication - I didn’t. Per Airbnb, the guest didn’t qualify for a refund, and to be honest, I was a little frustrated that the guest was unresponsive.
3 DAYS later, she sends a “Sorry…some things came up last minute…” note.
11 DAYS after that, she sends a note asking when she’s going to get the refund. This is the 1st time she’s asked for one. I’ve taken a couple of days to think about it. Now I have received a message from Airbnb, saying that I need to respond one way or the other and “…So you’re informed, our system had automatically released your payout 24 hours after the originally scheduled check-in date, according to the long-term cancellation policy you and your guest agreed to at the time of booking.”
We are past the review period, so I’m not concerned about that…
It’s time to refund or not refund… What would you do?
And if the answer is “Not,” what would you say to the guest??