New AirBnB member can’t instant book because no reviews so I get a booking request: “I expect I’ll want to check in right at 4. I will have gotten in on the early morning ferry”. He has booked for the day the ferry arrives at 4am and wants to check in then, as if the night before is either not booked or is free. I’m going to be kind and assume that he’s either not thinking clearly about the dates, or that he just doesn’t understand how nightly rentals works.
"I think you may not understand how AirBnB bookings work. Unlike a hotel, you are booking a specific room, not one of many possible rooms. Like hotels, if you check in after midnight (which many hosts would not allow) you need to pay for the room for the night before.
Check in time is 4 PM not 4 AM. If you want to check in at 4 am on the 21st you will need to pay for the night before since I won’t be able to rent it for the 20th. If someone books it for that night, it won’t be available until 4pm.
Please cancel this request to book and rebook for May 20-23 if you wish to have the room available at 4am on the 21st.
Now to see if he wants to pay for the correct dates. I can tell the summer season is starting for Alaska, because suddenly folks started booking for dates from next week through the end of July. Its a great feeling to see the calendars for all 3 rooms starting to fill up!