Tips & Education for Airbnb Hosts
If you are already using short-term rental sites to book travelaccommodations, you can use Airbnb refer a friend program to earncredit toward free stays. If you haven’t booked any short-termrentals through Airbnb, what are you waiting for? In addition tounique accommodations located in all of the best destinationsthroughout the world, you save money and earn credits that can beused to make your savings even greater.
Airbnb offers each user a referral link that can be shared withfriends. Once someone books their stay using your referral link,you receive $20 to $35 in travel credit. This might not seem like asignificant amount but if you know people who travel regularly andthey are willing to book through your link, $20 to $35 adds upfast. Especially with Airbnb’s already competitive pricing.
But what’s in it for your friends? Why would they want to helpyou earn credit toward a free stay if they are paying full pricefor their accommodations?
They won’t be. When they book using your link, they also earnup to $35 toward their Airbnb booking. The savings is even greaterif one of your referrals hosts a guest.
How Do You Join the Airbnb Refer a Friend Program?
It’s simple and there really isn’t anything to join. Ifyou’re already using Airbnb, just find your referral link andoffer it to friends.
Here’s how to locate your link on the platform:
- Log into Airbnb and click on your profile icon in the topright-hand corner.
- Select “Invite Friends”.
- You’ll see the amount you’ll receive when friends bookusing your referral link.
- You’ll also be able to copy and paste your referral link orshare wherever you choose.
The more active you are on social media and the more you sharethe link, the more likely you are to earn credits toward a freestay. Each user can earn a maximum of $5000 Airbnb travel creditsfrom the program. Additionally, you can share your link directlywith people via email or text message.
If you’re new to Airbnb and just signing up, it’s a goodidea to use the link of someone already in the referral program.This way you can get $35 right off the bat for your first bookingand begin sharing your link with other people. It doesn’t takelong for the travel credits to add up if you make an effort to putyour link out there for people to use.
According to the Airbnb platform, once a friend uses yourreferral link there’s nothing else you need to do to earn thecredit. Credits are automatically applied to the next reservationand appear automatically on the checkout page when you complete areservation. The same is true for people who use your link to booktheir travel. The credit appears when they complete their bookingand checkout.
Keep in mind, the credit excludes taxes and guest fees so if thefinal total seems off after your credits are applied, take thoseinto consideration. Travelers are responsible for any taxes even ifthey are booking using travel credits that result in a freestay.
Are All Airbnb Reservations Eligible for Travel Credits?
According to Airbnb, to know for sure that a reservationqualifies for travel credit, it must be listed on the site, app, orin promo materials. The amount of the credit varies based on anumber of factors, including whether or not the property is bookedduring a promotional period. If your travel credits don’tautomatically appear on the checkout page when booking a listing,it means the reservation wasn’t worth enough. It might bedifficult at first to understand why you didn’t receive creditbut the system is good about automatically applying them sothere’s no need to “chase down” missing credits if theydon’t appear.
You cannot apply credits to a previous booking that’s alreadypaid. Hold onto your credits and use them the next time youtravel.
Airbnb offers two chances to earn travel credit for each personwith whom you share your referral link. You earn when they book aqualifying reservation and you can also earn when they host Airbnbguests.
Anything Else You Need to Know About Airbnb’s Refer a FriendProgram?
Airbnb recommends you only share your referral link with peopleyou know personally and for non-commercial purposes. They alsosuggest only sharing it with people who appreciate receiving theseinvitations and are likely to use them.
Sharing links on Reddit and coupon sites is discouraged becausethere is no reason to believe that all or most of the people whosee the link will use it.
How Can I Make the Most of the Airbnb Refer a Friend Program?
Airbnb has been operating for many years but it’s still arelatively new concept to most people. While people are gettingused to the idea of staying at people’s homes when they travel ifthey’ve been using hotels for most of their lives, the idea ofusing an Airbnb still seems risky or unorthodox. There’s a reasonwhy Airbnb was considered such a huge disruption in the travelindustry. It’s different and people are still adjusting.
So how do you make the most of the refer a friend program if youknow some of the people you share your referral link with areskeptical about using Airbnb?
Share your travel experiences with them! Be open and honestabout your Airbnb travel and help them understand what a greatopportunity it is for booking safe, affordable accommodations. Ifyou think someone you know might be interested in your referral butthey are reluctant to book Airbnb travel, ask them about theirconcerns. If you’ve used Airbnb in the past, chances are you cananswer their questions.
The more people know about Airbnb and the more they understandthat it’s a safe, affordable way to travel, the more likely theyare to take advantage of this opportunity.
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