After recently completing our hundredth stay with Airbnb, we thought we’d tap into a popular topic: how to get an Airbnb discount.
How To Get An Airbnb Discount
By far our favorite travel resource is Airbnb. As full-time travelers, Mike and I are always moving from one Airbnb rental to the next. Not only is Airbnb convenient, but travelers can customize their vacation to fit their needs and budget.
In this post, you’ll learn the seven easy tricks to save money on your next Airbnb rental. As we continue staying in Airbnbs, we will actively add more tips and tricks to this list. Be sure to bookmark this post for future reference on how to get an Airbnb discount.
1. Book An Airbnb By The Week
One of the easiest ways to earn an Airbnb discount is by booking a rental property for an extended period of time. The majority of Airbnb hosts will start giving discounts to guests that book their property for a week or longer.
Weekly discounts range in percentage from 5% to 20% depending on the host. These discounts will automatically show up on the reservation when you select a period of time that is one week or longer.
2. Book An Airbnb By The Month
For an even bigger discount, consider booking an Airbnb for a month or longer. By booking a rental property for a month or longer, you’ll likely see discounts ranging from 25% to over 50%.
Again, this discount is automatically added to the reservation and is based on the hosts’ discretion.
Note: It is rare to find a host that doesn’t offer weekly or monthly discounts. Keep this in mind when searching for an Airbnb to stay in.
If you come across a host that doesn’t offer a discount for weekly or monthly stays, I recommend finding a host that does offer some sort of discount.
3. Book More Nights Than You Need
Another way to save big on Airbnb stays is by booking more nights than you need. This seems counterintuitive, but it actually works more often than not.
For example, perhaps you’re planning a long trip abroad. Notice in the picture below that I’m in the process of booking an Airbnb for 25 nights. The total price would be $846, which includes a 10% weekly discount.
Now, look at the picture below. This is the same rental property but instead of booking for 25 nights, I decide to book it for 30 nights. A 50% monthly discount is now added to our reservation. Instead of paying $846 for 25 nights, I am paying $546 for 30 nights, saving us $300.
The same technique can be applied to shorter stays, too. Notice in the picture below that I’m looking to rent an Airbnb for 6 nights. Since this isn’t an entire week, I am not given the weekly discount. We would pay a total of $252 for this stay.
The same property is shown in the picture below, except we intend to book it for 7 nights. Regardless if we actually stay the extra night, we still pay less because we are given a weekly discount.
If you are planning a holiday with Airbnb, I highly recommend playing around with dates to see if you can pay less by booking a stay for more nights than you need.
4. Ask The Host For An Airbnb Discount
This tip can be controversial, but asking the host for a special discount can also save you a LOT of money on your Airbnb stay.
Before I get into this tip on how to get an Airbnb discount, keep in mind that this should only be done with tact and respect. Airbnb hosts are offering up their homes for travelers; they do NOT need to give discounts.
Personally, I feel that you should only ask Airbnb hosts for discounts if you have a valid reason. For example, when I book long stays (one month or more), I politely ask if they would be willing to discount the price.
You could also ask for a discount if you are making a short notice booking.
Some Airbnb users ask for a discounted price on every stay regardless if they have a valid reason. Personally, I wouldn’t suggest this because it can come across as rude and offensive.
Why Would Airbnb Hosts Offer A Special Discount?
An Airbnb host might agree to a special discount if they can benefit from it in return.
In particular, if someone plans to book a long stay, an Airbnb host is more likely to offer a special discount.
Long stays benefit the host because they only deal with one guest during an extended period of time. They will also be certain that their property will be rented out and making money during that time.
An Airbnb host may also give a special discount to a guest that is booking a last-minute stay. Rather than not making any money at all, an Airbnb host will offer a discount so that their property is booked and earning money.
How To Ask A Host For A Special Discount
Again, I must stress that asking an Airbnb host for a discount should be done with respect. Telling an Airbnb host that they should give you a discount because their property is overpriced? Yeah, that’s not going to fly.
Instead, approach the Airbnb host politely.
You can do this by clicking “Contact host” below their rental property description. Start by introducing yourself and telling them a bit about you. Explain why you want to stay in their home using specific details. It’s also a great idea to reference your positive feedback from other Airbnb hosts.
Next, simply let them know that you’d love to book their home but it’s a bit out of your budget. Ask if they would be willing to give you a discount on your stay and politely suggest a figure.
Note: This figure shouldn’t be so low that you offend the host. I typically ask for an additional 25% discount on long stays, but this number changes based on the property and asking price.
What To Do If An Airbnb Host Gives You A Discount
If an Airbnb host agrees to give you a discount, they’ll send you a “special offer” on their rental property. Book your stay right away using the special offer link.
During your stay, always be respectful of the home you’re staying in. This is especially true if the host gives you a discount. Being nit-picky and expecting a 5-star resort experience will leave a bad impression with the host.
5. Use Our Coupon Code For $40 Off Your First Stay
The easiest way to earn an Airbnb discount is by signing up for an account using our Airbnb referral link.
Signing up for Airbnb is completely free; you’ll only pay when you book a rental property. In order to sign up, all you need to do is fill out your name and email address. From there, your account will be credited $40. Use this credit toward your first stay with Airbnb.
*If you decide to sign up using our link, you will earn $40 and Mike and I will earn $20 after you complete your first stay. We only recommend products and services that we truly love and use on a regular basis.
Want even more tips on how we save money while traveling the world? Check out our related post: How to Get Free Flights Around the World.
6. Airbnb For Work Discount
If you’re looking for ways to get an Airbnb discount and you’ve already exhausted your sign-up coupon from above, consider this special trick.
Airbnb now offers a coupon to individuals or businesses that add a work email to their existing account. In order to receive this $25 coupon, you’ll need to have a legitimate work email. If you have a work email address, navigate to the account settings page of your existing Airbnb account.
Once you’ve reached the account settings page, click on “Travel for work”. The travel for work page will give you the option to add a work email address. Add your email address and confirm it by going to your email inbox (use the pictures below for further reference).
Now that your email address has been registered, you’re eligible for a $25 coupon. But before the coupon is added to your account, you’ll need to book a stay with Airbnb that totals $250 or more.
As you are confirming your Airbnb stay and checking out, be sure to click “Traveling for work?”.
Once you have completed your first work stay of $250 or more, you’ll earn the $25 coupon for your next Airbnb stay. Since Mike and I are constantly staying in Airbnbs, this was an awesome way for us to earn some credit on our next stay.
7. Refer Friends To Airbnb
Several years ago, we started to recommend Airbnb to our friends. Since we LOVE Airbnb, we wanted to share the love. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize we could earn Airbnb credit for referring our friends.
The best part is that anyone can tell their friends about Airbnb and earn a discount. Use the “Invite Friends” button under your account menu to start referring your friends. For each friend you refer, you’ll earn $20 toward your next stay.
The Wrap-Up: How To Get An Airbnb Discount
Airbnb is our favorite travel resource. Being able to feel at home wherever we travel in the world is incredible. Being able to earn a discount on Airbnb stays is even more incredible. Use this guide to help you get an Airbnb discount on your next stay.
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