Latest Airbnb cheap trick on us hosts: Just received an email as follows:
It looks like the nights of May 2-3 are still open for Hosts who set a one-time, 10% discount are at least 35% more likely to get booked for dates that otherwise may not get booked.
How it works
Guests looking at listings like yours for May 2-3 will see “10% off” on your listing when they search by those dates, and a select group of people will be sent an email offering 10% off.
Set 10% off
So I clicked on the “10% off” button which resulted in the next screen which had 2 options, first was “Offer guests a 16% discount”, or “No thanks”
Before I clicked the nothanks I clicked the 16% button to see if I could get to the 10% program I had just agreed to and yes there were further choices starting with a 20% discount offer and going up from there!
To see how the special program and announcements/banners to potential guests might work, I raised our rate back to the winter rate and changed min stay to 3 days for that part of May, and then went back to their email and clicked on the 10% deal and was directed to their minimum 16% off deal - which I clicked on.
Does any of this make sense from a business standpoint? O.K. Flame me all you want, but explain why Airbnb has a 10% off link which when clicked starts out at 16% and goes up from there.