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I use a moderate policy for much the same reason. Also, I don’t rely on Airbnb as my main source of income. I don’t use the flexible option because I don’t want to go the trouble of cleaning the room, only to have the guest cancel last minute.
In over 3 years of hosting, I’ve only ever had 3 cancellations. 2 were made enough ahead of time that I was able to rebook, and the one that wasn’t (less than 5 days before check-in) I did get paid the 50% for.
I am more busy now than ever, I have raised my prices and minimum stay, although I must say I am only booked out a few weeks in advance for the most part so people are not committing very far in advance. Although I have already booked thanksgiving, xmas and new years (4 day stays) (1 of two listings)
I got different results than you, possibly due to rounding. I calculated to the penny and it looks like guests will pay less, but it’s insignificant. I used the average guest service fee of 14.2% that I found here on Airbnb’s website. [Edit: Based on Airbnb’s wording, I actually think 14.2% is the median not the average.]
Split Fee model
Nightly rate: $100.00
Host Payout (97% of nightly rate): $97.00
Airbnb Commission (3% + 14.2% of nightly rate): $17.20
Hotel Tax (10% of nightly rate + fees): $11.42
Guest Pays: $125.62
Host-only Fee Model
Nightly Rate (adjusted to keep host payout the same as the split fee model): $114.12
Host Payout (85% of nightly rate): $97.00
Airbnb Commission (15% of nightly rate): $17.12
Hotel tax (10% of nightly rate + fees): $11.41
Guest Pays: $125.53
@Perimaud, have a look at the numbers above so you can see why it doesn’t matter and guests will pay the same as before.
Maybe I’m not reading your post right, but you seem to be contradicting yourself here, KKC. You say there isn’t any benefit to the host, but then say you don’t book places with a strict policy, so obviously the hosts who have moderate or flexible policies will get your business, so it would be a benefit to them to have it.
What I’m trying to say is that RR should use strict. He has all the business he wants or needs. No need to have a guest friendly policy. I won’t book with a property with a strict policy and I might not be the only one. But so what? RR’s policy doesn’t hurt his business.
There is no benefit to a host to use anything but strict. I use flexible as a host because it fits my rental and my viewpoints.
Well said. If we “miss out” on any bookings due to strict, that is just fine by us. There is nothing else in our town, and no other waterfront properties. We would be perfectly happy with weekend or “all week” bookings.