My life as an Airbnb Host

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Airbnb review system

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It’s Easter bank holiday weekend in London and it’s very sunny. My airbnb is full over the long weekend as usual. My strategy to be fully booked at all times works fine for me even if I am charging lower prices than this time last year. My average charge per night is only £18 now (it was £20 when I first started as an airbnb host nearly 5 years ago). This should be a warning to airbnb hosts that your airbnb income could possibly fall over time. The major reason I think this has happened is the increase of rival airbnb hosts in my area. Also the two year delay for the new crossrail...

Airbnb Check-in Guide for Hosts

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Airbnb Check-in Guide. Some tips for hosts who want a simpler and easier check-in process. Update: Its now March in London and all my listings are usually full every day. There are two major reasons why I am full every day. The first is I have many regular customers who come every week on the same days. These are all people who live outside London (some live in other EU countries and fly here and back) but work in London for two or three days every week. The second reason is I have slashed my prices by 10% to stay competitively priced. How to check-in your Airbnb guest? How you check-in your...

Airbnb New Host Referral Bonus UK

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If your thinking of becoming a Airbnb Host like me then you should sign up using the below link. This is the Airbnb New Host Referral Bonus UK working signup link for 2019. I have been a host for nearly five years and I have enjoyed the ride but most importantly I have made a lot of money! Click here to become a Airbnb Host and starting making some money! How much money can I make being an Airbnb host? If your wondering how much money you can make by becoming a Airbnb host then you can use this simple tool provided by Airbnb.  This will give you a good idea of what you can expect to make each...

Airbnb Coupon Code That Works

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Airbnb Coupon Code That Works Looking for a Airbnb Coupon Code that really works? You can get £25 now free on your first trip on Airbnb. Also you get £9 towards your first Airbnb experience. Click here and get your £25 worth of free credit from Airbnb! Currently Airbnb coupon codes are only for first time users. There are no coupon codes what work for existing users taking additional trips taken on the same account. The only other ways I know of getting additional free credit is 1. to invite other friends to airbnb (by getting them to sign up using your own referral link), or 2. By making...

Airbnb Single Night Bookings

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It’s February in London and apart from a small dash of snow it’s been a rather mild winter. Unlike last winter I have not been forced by Airbnb to refund my guests because their train or plane was cancelled due to the snow ‘force majeur’. This may seem fair to the guests but for me it was a real loss. Should you be accepting one night bookings? One of the reasons for my success (if I may say so) at airbnb is that I am willing to take 1 night only guests. It’s very tempting not to take single night guests because of the trouble re-setting the room  and checking in...

Airbnb Profile Pictures and Private Room Listings

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It’s January in London and like last year things have gone very quiet. The Christmas and New Year period were ok but not as busy as some previous years. This time last year I had a significant drop in bookings. I blamed the airbnb smart pricing system (or to be more specific the fact I was not using it and I believed I was being penalised by airbnb for not doing do). I can’t say the same thing again this year as I am already using the smart pricing system. I have dropped my prices 10% to see if this helps get me more bookings. Still the airbnb smart pricing system recommends £12 a...

Should you accept Airbnb bookings for other guests?

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It’s December now in London and it’s very wet. No snow yet. My airbnb has been busy except on Sundays which have been quiet recently. Sunday and Monday have traditionally been slow days for Airbnb but I usually get last minute bookings so my occupancy rate is 100%. However recently I have had empty listings on a Sunday. This may seem not a big deal but this is easy money i’m missing out on. What to do if you get a booking request but it’s not for the person making the booking? Several times in the past I’ve had booking requests come in that are not for the person...

How much money can you really make from Airbnb?

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December is getting very close now in London and the weather has turned cold and very wet. I always keep a few old umbrellas near my front door in case one of my guests needs one. This is one way you can really help your guests out and this can make up for other deficiencies in your listing. Recently I spoke to a relative who was interested in becoming an Airbnb host. He seemed to think he could make much more money from being a host rather than being a traditional landlord. I think he is being very naive. How much can you make being an Airbnb Host? To get the official Airbnb figure of...

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 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 (I have four private room listings in my 5 bedroom house). The guests seem to be expecting that it’s only just going to be them and me in the house. So when they spot other rooms it can come as a bit of a shock. However at the low prices I am charging it should not be too...

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...

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