What an idiotic mistake I made.
I just handed over $53 to Air in transaction fees. It would have cost just a wee bit less through PayPal invoicing.
The only reason I even offered the Airbnb and Flopkey sites was to add credibililty (which I already had with my 20 reviews on VRBO) and because I never thought anyone would actually willingly pay that much more. I would guess her booking fees were at least $150???
I cannot believe I did this. My policy outside of the Air system is check through VRBO (if reservation is made more than 30 days out…and usually if it is high season).
I used to be able to see what the guest paid in booking fees. If I had even thought for a second this person would be willing to pay the Air fees I could have waived the check policy myself, and just charged her for the credit card fees. It would have saved her and I both lots of money. Maybe that is what I will do moving forward during high season.
I need to think this through. I am not really crying that much because anyone could have booked the place on Air. But, I just feel stupid now for handing Air $53 when the booking did not come through them!
Hmm…I matched the check price for an $80 discount and really should have only given her a $17 discount to cover my credit card fees.
EDIT: Actually I am crying because anyone who would have booked directly on Air would have paid the $80 extra for that week.