I saw someone post these ideas for changes to the new strict cancellation policy - and I thought they were very good and wanted to share them here:
AirBnB definitely should NOT release the private information – home address, phone number, etc. until it is a confirmed booking.
DO NOT tie up the calendar – make it so guests have to check a box if they want the “cancellation” option – and if they check that box, leave the calendar open for other people to book who don’t need the “cancellation option”.
Charge a $15 “restocking” fee to guests who tie up a calendar and then cancel? With the proceeds going to the HOMEOWNER.
First time guests with no feedback/recommendations should NOT have the option of cancelling…it should only be available to guests with at least 3 previous reservations who have recieved thumbs up feedback from other hosts. In other words, this should be an earned privilege, not an automatic right.
#2 could actually be the idea that solves all problems. Just let guests check a “cancellation option” box and pay $15 more (or whatever amount). And leave the calendar open so if someone else books who doesn’t check the cancellation option - their booking will take precedence!
I love that idea!
#4 is also a great one - and it should be implemented no matter what they do