I regret to say I’m a bad actor in this regard, albeit accidentally. We’re fairly full this month, but advance bookings and enquiries have been disturbingly thin. The past week or so has seen none. This coming weekend was wide open and I’d given up on filling it. It’s depressing to constantly check mail and see nothing.
Yesterday morning I had a day procedure at the hospital and didn’t bother taking the laptop (no smart phone - I’m a cheapskate on those things). Access is weird there, and I’m partially knocked out by the procedure anyway. And since I wasn’t getting any inquiries at all, figured it was easier to just let it go for a few hours.
So I get home to find a four-hour-old inquiry. Akkk!!! In spite of offering a discount, it was too late - he’d booked elsewhere. I was going to drop the price the next day or so anyway, so offering the discount wasn’t a total panic move, although it probably looked that way.
Anyway, happy ending. A new request came through this morning, for a day longer than his at the normal rate: yeah!!
From the guest end, I got burned once by an Ottawa host. He was top-rated with many terrific reviews. He was almost the only Air in the deep suburban area, which happened to be very close to the care home my mother is. We attempted to make a last-minute booking (2 days notice) and he didn’t reply for over a day! I’d even mentioned I was a fellow host. His reply was lame, asking if I’d booked elsewhere - which we had, at what turned out to be a really crap hotel. Another guy in Kingston was just as bad. He totally ignored my request for a date a few months in the future (the request lapsed). When I contacted him via his personal website, he boasted that his response rate was perfect - except for me. Huh? Thanks. He was trying to run a low-season special & messed up the pricing. I booked, but cancelled shortly afterwards because I decided he was too much of a goofball to deal with. We did have a third booking in St.Catharines which was absolutely fine.
Still, we’ve had guests remarking that they were about to give on Air until they found us. There seems to be a lot of turning down for incomprehensible reasons and simple failures to answer.