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Misleading rates


#1

I noticed that some hosts offer low rates, but when I check their calendar I realize that they just have one day with that rate because as a matter of fact their rent is much higher. This is confusing if you want to search an accommodation not by date but by location. I wonder why some hosts are acting like this?


#2

I am having trouble understanding your post. Maybe you are not adding cleaning fees? Or Airbnb fees?
Or, if they have smart pricing on, Airbnb shows the base rate but then adjusts it up according to demand. The host has no control if smart pricing is turned on.


#3

sorry but English not my first language, but I will try to explain the best I can. Some hosts choose a very low rate only for one day so when you are searching in the map without adding the period of time you can see their listing at that price, but when you try to book some data you realize that the rates are much higher because all the other days the rates are much higher


#4

they don’t have smart pricing because for example they have the rate of 50$ only one night, all the rest of the nights the rates are 200$ a night,with smart pricing every days rates are changing


#5

Wow, I never saw this, must be a strategy to get guests to look at the listing but I can’t believe it’s very effective. Btw, your English is just fine. We are bi-lingual at home and some of our conversations are lost in translation :joy:


#6

That is to fool newbie guests that do not put in a date.
So you look at their listing and score extra clicks, and maybe even an extra booking.

Always put in a date, even when searching by location.
This will also filter out the unavailable listings.


#7

I am not sure how many extra bookings they are going to have because the same guests that is willing to spend 50$ a night, he will unlikely book a night for 200$.
I don’t have a specific date I am more interest in the location, then when I find a house I like I have a look at the calendar when is available and I book it. But it is really a waste of time with host behaving like that


#8

I agree, and AirBnB penalizes the host for it in the search ranking. (based on the conversion rate)

But it is a good strategy in when a hosts does it by a small margin. If you have a nightly rate of 110 you can set a rate at $99. Maybe if a potential guest likes your place, they are willing to spend the extra.

Also not only blame the host, AirBnB has also got a part in it with the automatic pricing.


#9

Nearly everyone does that in Budapest!

It’s just another way for hosts to bend the results in their favour unfortunately. If no filters are applied, the “cheapest” places come up first. We have loads of places here at apparently 10 Euro a night, but if you put in a date to book it miraculously changes to 50+!

It’s easily done, just put your base price at 10 Euro and then go through the calendar and manually change the price to whatever you want.

Just another rubbish feature of Airbnb!


#10

In Italy many hosts use the same trick…I will never book a place with a host that like wasting other people’s time


#11

It’s not always nefarious hosts trying to put one over on unsuspecting guests!

My area has a big seasonal swing in prices from low season to high. Spring dates may go for as low as $135 while I’ve booked summer weekend nights as high as $280. Someone searching without a specified date will see my base price of $185; this likely turns away guests looking for spring and gives sticker shock to those searching for prime summer weekends. How else could I possibly do it? If I set the base at $250, I’d really not have any spring or winter bookings and if I set it at $135, there’d be even more sticker shock for summer guests.

I’m not trying to “fool” anyone, just working with the tools Airbnb provides. If someone has a better approach, please let me know!


#12

You are probably seeing the “base price”, and not seeing seasonal or holiday rate. We aren’t trying to fool or cheat anyone. Our base rate is $82 per night, but in high season it is $95 per night and in low season it is $65 per night.


#13

I am not talking about seasonal prices, I talk about hosts that set up 50$ one night and the others 364 nights 200$


#14

Book the cheap date?


#15

I am looking for a longer holiday, and anyway the cheap date is most of the time tomorrow or the day after tomorrow…I don’t think there are many people that want to book a flight overnight and travel the next morning to be there and spend just one night in their precious house


#16

I have also seen a number of hosts who do this and it’s irritating.

At least one listing I looked at had one day available in a nearly 6 week span that had a day priced at way below his rate for the other days I could see available. I can’t recall exactly but $50 when the other nights were $200 seems close. He also had a two or three day minimum so it was literally impossible to book the cheap day. So it wasn’t seasonal or anything else, it’s a purposeful strategy whose purpose I don’t understand. As a guest I only find it infuriating. I wouldn’t give two cents of my money to a host like that.


#17

It’s one of those scenarios where they can get away with it for a short period of time but it’s not a viable long-lasting money-maker!


#18

Hmm

That is a nice one, always looking for ways of working the system, not suitable for me now, but maybe one day.

Most guests of course would be unaware, the Airlines etc do it all the time.


#19

I never noticed that, 3 years hosting. I must check my local houses are their prices are ridiculous low.


#20

I’ve seen two variations of this…

  1. Host makes base price incredibly low then changes all but one day a month or quarter to a much higher rate. Technically they are offering the low rate but only for 1 day.
    2, Host makes base price very low then charges an outrageous cleaning fee. I believe with the cleaning fee they are trying to avoid taxes paid on rental revenue.

Either way it feels like the host is a “game player” and it makes me uncomfortable.

BTW. I have seasonal pricing and special event pricing. In my area June-Sept 7th are peak demand seasons so higher pricing. Also for May graduation weekends and local film festivals, I have event pricing which is higher. 70% of the dates my base price is the real price.


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