That is a good reason, it’s easier. I wasn’t so much saying that people should book direct only that, if given the option, that they shouldn’t worry about it. Not informed people like you, but on occasion, I look a the Airbnb thing on reddit.
There always seems to be a guest or a host really caught up in booking through Airbnb, “for security and safety”. And it’s always about continuing a stay that has already gone well, usually a long-term stay, you know adding another 3 months or something. Someone will say, “dude, just pay your host directly” and then too many people, both guests and hosts, pop in with warnings about how that is dangerous and that Airbnb protects both protects everyone and that you shouldn’t risk going off-platform.
You would think the warnings are about drunk driving and not just renting a space from someone you’ve been successfully renting a space from. Sometimes it’s also as ridiculous as, “I was going to rent this place on Airbnb, but I saw it on Zillow too, it’s a lot cheaper on Zillow but I don’t feel comfortable with it, maybe this is a scam?”. I really think there’s at least one generation now that doesn’t understand the concept of renting a space from anywhere other than Airbnb. A big eye roll from me.