Hi fellow hosts,
I’m new here although I’ve been following this forum for a while, and which I think has been very useful.
I’m renting out a small flat and receive most of my bookings about a few weeks before an arrival. I also get lots of booking just three four days before arrival. I regularly spy my competitors in the same area to adjust my prices. When I have gaps between bookings, I check what else is available at the same price level in the same area.
Many of my bookings are from tourists who come here for two days. But now I haven’t received any two-night bookings at all and I think I know the reason. If I search my listing for two nights, it won’t appear in search results at all. Search results for longer than two nights are ok.
My minimum stay is two nights but I often try to fill one night gaps by setting a rule for available nights. The strange thing is that sometimes my place appears in one-night searches and sometimes it doesn’t. And the situation seems to change.
The system seems to be pretty unstable because a couple of days ago I searched two-night slots and sometimes my place appeared and sometime it didn’t. I just went through my calendar using different beginning days. Until yesterday the platform stopped showing any two-night slots. When I view my listing on airbnb, my calendar shows available dates correctly. But it’s the searches that won’t work.
It seems that I’m not the only one who is in this situation because there are some gorgeous listings that are normally fully-booked for months in advance and now their calendars are exceptionally empty.
I contacted Airbnb and the lady there said she noticed the same and my question was addressed to the technical team. There were some misunderstandings but hopefully they will do something to the problem. And I do hope that this is not a new feature that is being tested. So, if you haven’t received bookings this might be worth checking.