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I have multiple previous guests who know to message me even if the calendar looks like I’m unavailable. I then tell them to let me know when they are ready to book and I’ll open the dates but that they need to book right away or they just pay me directly which I prefer. You could also follow John’s suggestion to change to request to book but then you might field many requests that you have to deal with.
Open up a single night of their stay and price it higher than you would for 1 night. Have them book that night. Then open up the rest of their stay but make it so no one else wants to book them. E.g. if they want 4 nights, open up the first night with a high price (the price for all 4 nights is convenient), they book the one night, then you open up the following 3 nights but with prices too high for anyone else to want to book. Meanwhile you send your guests a reservation change request and enter the correct dates and the correct price that you want to charge them on the change request. They accept the change and you’re all set.
Similairly, you can open up their other 3 nights and make it where no one else can book by using minimum stays for them, but it’s a bit more trouble, depending on how many nights it is.
And if you or your guests don’t feel comfortable actually booking the first night at a high price, then you can still open up the night for a high price and just have your guests “Inquire” about it by using the Contact Host button. After they Inquire (not Request), you go and block off the one night and it will then say “Not Possible” on their Inquiry which then gives you the magical Special Offer button. You open up their dates for the real prices and send them the Special Offer choosing “block the dates for 24 hours” option.
Lots of sound advice from others here. I am not officially open again until July but have started to get inquiries from our frequent flyers. Once my husband and I are fully vaccinated I’ll book direct with this handful