I had a guest who booked just yesterday (he is brand new to AirBnB and I am his first host), and the day after he booked, he started texting me directly, and asked because he was already nearby if he could come by and see the house. I had guests over already, and if the current guests saw me bringing a future guest over, that may not have scored too well.
He went through the verification process and explained his stay, and is just staying for 12 days…it did not appear anything was wrong. He seemed normal and honest…until after the booking.
Because I have two rooms and I list the two rooms and one bathroom (the whole upstairs) as one whole room…he asked if he could have a discount since he says he is coming alone and will use just one bed. It’s like going to a hotel room with two beds…would you ask for a discount if you went to a hotel room with two beds and only used one? My listing clearly states what is included with the rate. He already got the deeply-discounted weekly rate…and asked for a one-room discount on top of it.
I’ve had many single/couple travelers and just used one room, and they never asked for a discount.
He also asks because there will be a couple days he will stay somewhere else overnight, and wanted a refund for the nights he won’t be using. Hah! If he made two separate reservations, he could be paying more…but then, that is his loss.
I thought this person was pushing his luck, or trying to tug at my heartstrings because I am a single woman. I swear if he asked all these questions before booking I would have declined him.
I’m with Guesty, Inc and they also explained how my listing works. If this guest disagrees with the final result, and he cancels…oh well.