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My guess is some other hosts must have selected the “would not host again” option with these profiles, so they were unable to instant book. One of them wanted to stuff people on the couch and bring an airbed so I declined her immediately. The other didn’t have any obvious red flags so I accepted.
I’m curious though if simply declining them would have any issues since I’m on IB. My understanding is declining requests to book won’t impact me as I’m on instant book and won’t affect SH qualifications. Although I declined one request to book it did not affect my “acceptance rate”. Just wanted to check if others have similar experiences.
I requested the person who wanted to exceed occupancy to withdraw her request. She started arguing saying they will be comfortable sleeping on the floor, etc. She did not withdraw right away so I declined her to unblock the calendar as the check-in was in 4 days.
Next time I will have to use stronger language with such weirdos.
It’s possible, but I wasn’t aware of any special rules for IB hosts as far as requests are concerned. Declining requests dings your acceptance rating and if you decline “too much”, whatever Airbnb’s criteria is for that, they send threatening messages.
I’ve declined some for legitimate reasons, like over max occupancy, and also had it not affect my acceptance rate. It must have something to do with the reason chosen or a keyword in the messaging, but I’ve had the same scenario.