In my case, I had an existing cottage colony (inherited) that I’d been running for some years before Airbnb existed so i thus have a HIGH number of existing customers and ones who find me via other means (other web sites, referrals, wlak-ins, etc) and I’m relying on Airbnb to just fill the ‘leftovers’ from those 85-90% regular customers which means I can usually only accept 1-2 bookings per unit (I have 5) per year. I keep getting RTB’s for dates that aren’t possible (I rent only weekly Fri-Fri from June-Aug) or other things that won’t fit. I specify in my Profile that I want Inquiry FIRST but some guests don’t read it or care.
I’ve been quite happy with the 4-6 bookings per year that I’ve gotten from here but when people ask for impossible things, I have no choice but to decline them though I ask them to cancel Request first so it’s their choice to back out.
I hope I don’t run afoul of any criteria because I’m not really being that picky but i get RTB that i can’t handle.
Thanks for any feedback on my situation! (I also REALLY wish there was a third status for a given date other than Avail or Block, such as Pending so i could flag those weeks that MIGHT be open but may be taken by another off-line guest).