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New Years Eve Airbnb pricing recommendations

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It’s the middle of November in London and Christmas is getting so close now that the city has already put most of it’s Christmas lights out. I’ve been getting some poor reviews recently after a long stream of good ones. The main complaint seems to be the fact that I have multiple Airbnb guests in my house (four private rooms). The guests seem to be expecting that it’s just me and them in the house so it can come as a bit of a shock. However at the low prices I am charging it should not be too surprising. What price should you charge Airbnb guests for New Years Eve? New...

Airbnb Multi-calendar – Can you use it to manage your bookings?

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It’s November in London and already I can feel Christmas coming. I usually take guests over Chrsitmas but I always warn them that Christmas day in London means not much will be open. Certainly there will be no buses or trains and few shops. Especially guests from Asia need to be warned as some parts of Asia the 25th of December is a normal working day and they don’t understand the significance of Christmas in the west. Even in Australia and New Zealand it’s not unusual for some restaurants to open etc on Christmas day. The Airbnb Multi-calendar just disappeared I had a big...

What to do if you get a very bad Airbnb guest review?

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It’s now November in London and the long warm summer we had is over. For anyone visiting London this summer was ideal with long hours of daylight and such warm weather. Bookings were generally good and steady all summer but I was unable to increase my prices because of the Airbnb Smart Pricing system keeping my prices down. What to do if you get a really bad review from a Airbnb Guest? A guest booked a one night stay with us and wanted to arrive early in the morning. She sent me a message to that effect and selected as her check in time when booking ‘8am – 10am’. She...

Is Airbnb forcing down your prices?

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The heatwave that has engulfed London this summer has finally ended (we think). After some of my guests complained the rooms were too hot to sleep in I ordered some fans for the bedrooms, however these did not arrive before the hot weather ended! I suppose they might come in handy next year. Is Airbnb trying to make me lower my prices? When I first started being a airbnb host in 2014 I charged a basic £20 per night for a single person. Today I charge about the same. I assumed as time went on my prices would steadily increase. I figured this not only because of inflation but the general...

How to be a real Airbnb Superhost

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It’s July in London and it has been a record hot summer. It suddenly became warm at the end of April and it seems is just getting hotter and hotter. Airbnb has been busy every day but my prices have been kept low because of the Airbnb smart pricing system (it only shows the lowest possible price on every day no matter what, if you ask me it simply doesn’t work at all). So i’m still charging £20 per night on average which is the same as nearly 5 years ago. How to be a real Airbnb Superhost This year I finally went on holiday myself and booked a private airbnb room in a hosts...

What is the Super Referral Airbnb Program? and Are Guests sneaking in extra people to your listing?

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What is the Super Referral Airbnb Program? Today I got an email from Airbnb inviting me to be part of the Super Referral Program. Apparently because I have referred hosts in the past (I believe through this website) then I qualify to be a member (or maybe they send this to everybody I don’t know). If I successfully refer a host then I get sent $300 in cash or in my case the GBP equivalent; about £215. How exactly this is different from the host referral program I used previously, to lure others to become airbnb hosts, I do not know. The only difference I can see is that I get a larger...

Airbnb NYE bookings and How you should warn your overseas guests about Christmas

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It’s the end of the year and New Years Eve is only days away. I had a last minute guest cancellation for NYE. I took this as an opportunity to increase my price for the night. It was booked again within an hour for a 50% higher price. Clearly there is a last minute rush to find a room and that is when you can really get that extra profit. Reducing your prices can start a cascade of bookings December I find is a quiet time of year and usually so is early January. At one point during the month I reduced my prices by 20% to avoid being empty, the first time I have done such a thing in as...

Getting an Airbnb mortgage and What REALLY gets you more bookings on airbnb

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It’s nearly October in London and it’s gotten much busier now that summer is nearly over. Over summer I had plenty of bookings but I was not 100% full. Since the start of September I have been full every day and with higher prices that July or August. I recall this being the same last year also. Most of my airbnb customers stay only one or two nights. This means more bed sheets to clean and more hassle checking in and out guests but I prefer this to having empty listings. In previous years I used to keep my prices very low to ensure I get plenty of guests but now I think I...

Should you pay for the official Airbnb Photographer? and Why you must use Instant book!

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It’s September in London and Summer is drawing to a close. Like every year so far the July and August period has been slow. It’s unusual for me to have empty listings so I really notice the difference. I believe things are now picking up as i’m full for the next few weeks. The prices I have been charging for my airbnb listings are higher this year than in previous years but only by a small amount. So far no great wealth has flowed from airbnb for me but it has paid my mortgage and then some. Should you pay for the official Airbnb Photographer? When I started doing Airbnb...

Get £30 Airbnb Travel Credit for Free

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Get £30 Airbnb Travel Credit for Free This is only for new users of Airbnb. As far as I know there is no easy way to get free travel credit if your already a registered user of airbnb. If you have not linked your account to Facebook it is possible that you can sign up with a new email address and get another £30 free credit. There are terms and conditions such as that you need to make a booking of £55 or more the use the free credit. The amount of the free credit has varied from time to time from as low as £15 to the now high £30. There is also a bonus for new hosts but this has been wound...

How Airbnb can stop you getting a mortgage and How to automate your Airbnb

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It’s now May in London and it’s finally gotten warm like summer. I no longer need to keep the radiators bering all day and night to stop my guests complaining about being cold. Its been steadily busy the last few weeks. I have so many regular airbnb guests now (those that come almost every week to London, usually for work purposes) that I feel the slowdowns in bookings much less than previous years. I read a newspaper article recently that more tourists are visiting London than ever before so I expect most hosts are doing quite well. Getting a mortgage with Airbnb Recently I...

Airbnb Review Categories and Find an Airbnb Co-Host and save on Tax.

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It’s March in London and we just put the clocks forward one hour which means only one thing – spring is on the way. We are now out of the worst of the Airbnb low season and things are already picking up. I’ve had several bookings as far in the future as August but still most of my reservations come in less than a month before the actual booking date. Airbnb Guest Review ‘Issue Categories’ I’ve noticed that the guests reviews now reveal the actual number of stars you received (it’s between 1 and 5 stars). When I first started hosting this was not...

Should you accept cash payments from Airbnb guests? and How to automate your Airbnb home.

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Its January in London and cold and wet. The number of bookings I am getting has reduced and I have the occasional empty day. This is the same as last year i recall so I’m not worried. The low GBP will keep the tourists coming to London and I keep my prices low so I’ve always got a steady stream of customers. I have many ‘regular’ customers who found me on airbnb but have kept coming back and now pay me cash. Should I accept guests who pay cash? Nobody want to pay the airbnb service fee but that’s the price you pay for using their platform. Without the airbnb...

New Airbnb 90 day House Sharing Rules in London. Do they affect me?

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It’s December in London and Christmas is coming. After a very busy Autumn Airbnb has started to go quiet. I am booked most of the time but some days I have one or two empty listings a week. It has been the same the previous two years and usually pics up towards the end of January. The price I am charging for the each listing has risen slightly this year (after being flat for two years). I believe this is possible because of the lower GBP versus the Euro and the Dollar. New House Sharing Rules in London New rules from the Greater London Authority (which only affect Airbnb Hosts within...

Getting last minute Airbnb host bookings and Will the lower GBP benefit UK hosts?

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After a very quiet August bookings have picked up in September. I also have removed the minimum two day booking rule on all my listings. I was starting to get empty rooms and I just couldn’t see that money go to waste. This means more single night bookings and therefore more sheets to clean and checking guests in and out but this is the price to pay for keeping a full calendar. Last minute bookings Last minute bookings can be very rewarding. If I have a gap between bookings I sometimes put the price really high (usually 50% price increase) in the hope of getting a last minute windfall...

Will Brexit effect Airbnb? And Changing a reservation for a guest.

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It’s August in London and it finally turned hot after many weeks of rain. I was really busy in June and most of July but it has gotten quieter in August and I have decided to drop my prices slightly to reflect that. Although I did put the price up on one room on a Friday night by 50% (because I didn’t want it filled that night as I had plans the next morning) but it sold suddenly at the last minute to a really nice man from Taiwan. Brexit and Airbnb In June the UK voted to leave the European Union. The immediate effect of Brexit was the £ Sterling dropped a significant amount...

Resolving an issue with your Airbnb guest

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For the first time since becoming a Airbnb host more than a year ago i’ve had to use the Airbnb Resolution Centre. I was impressed with the results but perhaps my case was an easy one fortunately I haven’t had any serious problems being an Airbnb host.     I raised a Airbnb Resolution Centre case because a guest had booked the room for one person but sneaked his girlfriend in to sleep the night. He checked in by himself but at some point during the night while I was sleeping very quietly brought his girlfriend home. It was almost certainly pre planned and I would never...

How much should I increase my Airbnb prices during the summer?

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Spring is in the air in London and I’m fully booked. I occasionally raise my prices on days where I would prefer to not be full (to give myself a bit of a break) but even these slots were booked up. After 3 months of cold weather and horrible rain it looks like the weather in London is about to improve. Better weather usually mean more guests so it could be very busy over the next six months. How much should I increase my prices during the summer? Although I do increase my prices during the summer it’s not by much. Only a few extra pounds per night. Part of the reason is that I...

Making your Airbnb listing safe for guests

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Finally we are coming out of winter in London. Its getting brighter in the mornings and evening and Christmas is just an old memory now. The heating is still on non-stop in my Airbnb house as the couple from Singapore find it very cold even on a nice day. My gas and electricity bills are double last years despite the recent global fall in energy prices. Being an Airbnb host means higher costs and greater wear and tear on everything. Demand did fall over winter especially when the temperature started to get very low but now i’m getting fully booked every day again. Do I need extra...

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