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Pros & Cons of Pre-approval


#1

Because I’m a bit of a control freak and what to make sure the guest and I are clear on what the rental entails and the house rules I do not IB. I’m also uncomfortable with pre-approvals just hanging out there waiting to for the potential guest to make up their mind.

What if I don’t pre-approve? Seems like it would be no biggie. If they want to book they will, right?

Just this morning I had an inquiry requesting info re: time and distance from my place to a local university where they will be attending a graduation. I sent them the info. I haven’t heard back from them which is fine with me. In the meantime I get a text from Air saying “you can pre-approve so your guest can book when they are ready.”

I don’t get it, what’s the point? Is it that hard for them to send me another message to say they want to stay? What is saved? Is there a rating benefit to the host?


#2

Just ignore it. You answered and that’s enough.


#3

At first, I would pre-approve at the same time I answered the Inquiry but it rarely panned out in getting a booking. Two responded that they found another accommodation but generally, I would be waiting for a response that never came.

I realized inquiries were generally from people still shopping around. Pre-approving made me feel vulnerable…and needy.

No more pushing silly buttons.

If I am willing to accept the guest, I respond by answering their question(s) and add that if they would like to go ahead with reserving their dates, that would be fine with me.


#4

IMO, preapprovals make no sense. Like @SandyToes, I did it a few times initially, but quickly realised that. Make the guest place a booking request, make sure he/she has answered all your questions and you’re comfortable accepting his/her booking, and then accept. That’s the way to go. Anything else is just out of order, and amounts to unnecessarily giving up control of the situation. And as a host, you don’t want to do that.

Oh, and it’s almost redundant to say so, but in my experience, inquiries most of the time don’t lead to anything, regardless.


#5

I responded to a couple of inquries last week within the hour. However I was dinged a couple of percentage points on response time because I didn’t decide (accept/decline/special offer).

I recovered the points when I had a couple more inquiries and responded definitively.

Tried calling about this a couple of times but the wait was too long.

Another initiative we know nothing about?


#6

I think they are looking for ways to force people into instant booking.


#7

I’ve decided it’s a good thing I could give a rat’s derriere about points or being a SH or any of that other stuff. Frankly don’t care if I rent my place out or not. Saves me cleaning it. :sunglasses:


#8

It’s awesome to have that freedom isn’t it. I always feel so bad when I read here or elsewhere about people dependent on Airbnb income.


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