Airbnb Host Referral Program – £35 free!

If you become a new Airbnb host now you can receive £35 from Airbnb so now is a very good time to become a host.

Click here to get your £35 free from Airbnb.

To get your £35 free you will need to create your listing and have a booking to the value of £70. The booking can't be from a family or friend (no idea how they would know).   [caption id="attachment_264" align="aligncenter" width="215"]Make some serious money being a host on Airbnb Make some serious money being a host on Airbnb[/caption]   The terms and conditions state - "To qualify for any payouts, the Referred Host’s first received booking must have a value of at least 100 USD. The Referred Host has 150 days from the date they are invited to Complete their first booking in order to earn the Payment." The bonus is actually $50 USD so whatever the exchange rate to GBP £ is on the day of your bonus is what you will actually get. Hosts who refer other hosts actually get a £70 bonus (again depending on the exchange rate).

Making your Airbnb listing safe for guests

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 security in my Airbnb listing?

I let my guests come and go as they please in my house. I have three rooms listed on Airbnb and they are usually full. This means I have guests coming and going late into the night. Most forget to lock the front door despite the little notice I put up above the door handle. To make things worse non of the guests know each other so if a stranger were to enter the house and I was not there the other guests might not even know that person is not supposed to be there. I am considering beefing up security by placing cameras around the house especially in the entrance way. I'm told that eye level cameras are the best as the police have facial recognition technology. I would much rather deter an intruder rather than catch him afterwards. There is some excellent advise here from the Metropolitan police. I can strongly recommend having locks on all the bedroom doors. I understand that this might cause a problem if the event of fire but it goes a long way towards making the guests feel safe.   [caption id="attachment_260" align="aligncenter" width="733"]Keep your Airbnb listing safe. Your guests will appreciate it. Keep your Airbnb listing safe. Your guests will appreciate it.[/caption]   Most of my guests come from overseas and about 99% have been very nice people. I would warn against allowing guests to bring any friends over as in my experience it's those people who always seem to be the ones who cause the most trouble. I don't allow any friends to come into the house. If they ask just say "no sorry it's a house rule" if they ask why just say "it's for the safety of everyone." Airbnb will back you up on this as only paying guests can are allowed in the listing.

The £GBP is falling. Will my Airbnb listing reap the benefit?

If your an Airbnb host in the UK you may be surprised to know your a British export. Tourism is an export and is one of the UK's biggest. So the next time you ready something in the news about British exports increasing you can pat yourself on the back. Exports generally suffer when a the nations currency is high (as it's costs more for foreigners to pay for goods/services) and of course improves when a currency falls (goods and services become cheaper). The British pound recently took a fall against major currencies like the Euro and US Dollar partly because of the upcoming European referendum. Most of my customers are from the Eurozone so demand may increase to a point I can charge much higher prices.