Whether you are escaping for the weekend or planning a month long excursion, Airbnb has revolutionized the way people travel. The company, founded in 2008 is a unique online community marketplace for posting, finding, and booking lodging arrangements around the globe. The company already has a wide network of followers based on its convenience and cost-effective nature.
While the company already offers some of the lowest lodging prices in the market, there are additional ways you can save on your next adventure. Try one of these techniques for getting even more bang for your buck on your next trip:
Send Multiple Requests
Sometimes shopping around, while time-consuming is your best bet for getting a bargain. Try sending 25-30 requests for the date block in which you wish to travel. Keep the message simple and generic and most hosts will get the hint that you’re keeping your options open. They won’t want to lose your business, so many of them will step up and offer a discounted rate to secure you as a guest. Receiving multiple responses in your inbox will increase your odds of finding the best rate available.
Nix the Fees
Airbnb has several add-on fees that you can avoid if you want to save a few extra bucks. One such fee is the cleaning fee. Although not part of every offer, you will want to be aware of any listings that contain this hidden fee. Many Airbnb homes hire third parties to clean the space after each visit and will build the cost of this service into your bill. Cleaning fees can sometimes be as much as 15% of the cost of the room and can really put a damper on your budget if you’re not careful.
The company also has a service fee which is a little more difficult to avoid as it is part of every package booked online. If you have the time or desire to really workaround that fee you can try to meet with the owner of the property in person and negotiate paying in cash. Be aware that many hosts might frown upon this as they won’t receive a review if not booked through Airbnb. Reviews are critical to their ability to continue to rent the property so they might be adamant about booking through the site.
Take Advantage of Referrals
Another easy way to save some money is by taking advantage of Airbnb’s referral program. The company allows registered users to earn travel credits towards their next booking by referring friends through a specialized referral link. The referred friend must register as a guest or host and must not book or host the referring friend. Users can earn up to $5,000 by this method and the referred friend can earn $20 towards his or her first visit with Airbnb. While this can be a great way to earn credit towards your next visit, make sure you are aware of all the terms and conditions of the program.
Seek Free Amenities
Finding a property that has amenities you would normally pay for can be a huge money-saver. One example is to find a site with a kitchen. Having the option of eating-in for breakfast or packing a quick lunch can have a huge impact on your budget, especially for those traveling with a family. Keep an eye out for spaces that offer other amenities like wi-fi, parking, or laundry options. These fees can really add up and securing a space that offers these features as part of the package can leave you with a few more dollars in your pocket at the end of the day.
While Airbnb is already established as one of the more budget-friendly travel options, being aware of these few simple tricks can save you even more money on your next journey. Although these aren’t the only options for saving a few bucks, consider using them on your next booking and see how much you save!