How to Avoid Getting a Last-Minute Booking Blocked by Airbnb


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Airbnb is cracking down on parties. They are now basically the equivalent of your parents when you were in high school. Even if you refer to it as a “small gathering,” there is still the possibility of making a mess or other types of property damage. So to avoid these situations, they’re instituting a new policy for last-minute bookings. Here’s what you need to know.

Airbnb’s anti-party initiative

In the U.S., Canada and Australia, Airbnb will begin blocking last-minute bookings people make in the city where they live, Airbnb told USA Today in a statement provided by company spokesperson Charlie Urbancic. This program was piloted in March in both the U.S. and Canada, and Airbnb’s data indicate that last-minute reservations tended to lead to a disproportionate number of parties.

So how exactly does this work? Per USA Today:

Airbnb will use technology to block last-minute bookings of homes given risk factors, including information about the listing, reservation and guest. If a guest has no reviews and tries to book an entire home locally the day of their stay, they may be barred form doing so. A guest with positive reviews, however, may be able to book such a listing.

Earlier this summer, Airbnb capped the number of people permitted a party in one of their listings at 16 people worldwide.

So how can you avoid them cancelling your last-minute reservation? Having positive reviews definitely helps. Or let’s say you’re making a last-minute booking in your hometown for your parents to stay in during their socially distanced visit. Have them make a reservation under their own account (or make an account for them and do it that way) so it won’t be a case of you booking a rental in your own hometown via your own account. Then it’s up to them not to throw a raging party.