What is Homestay, you ask? Homestay.com, like Airbnb or Vrbo, is an accommodation booking service that offers rooms or entire properties for rent directly from their owners (which hasn't been the case for Airbnb for a long time).
Homestay is, therefore, an alternative to Airbnb or Vrbo, where you can not only search for accommodation but also offer it as an owner.
Compared to Airbnb, however, the range of accommodation is significantly lower.
How to get a discount on Homestay.com
Homestay.com offers a discount to all new users in the form of travel credit for signing up, so you can save money on accommodation. Just like Airbnb did until October 2020.
The process of getting the discount is easy.
1. Go to Homestay.com using this link. It will take you to the page shown in the following image.
2. Accept the terms & conditions and fill in your details. You can also register via your Google or Facebook account.
3. You will then be logged in, and a page will appear showing your travel credit and its validity (each credit is valid for one year).
4. Find suitable accommodation and contact your host. Unlike Airbnb, there's no instant booking option, so you'll need to message the host first.
5. If the host has approved your stay, you will be able to use your travel credit to pay for the accommodation.
According to the official information on Homestay.com, they offer discount codes to their users via email from time to time. So, the best way is to sign up and get a travel credit for your first stay. Eventually, you might then get a promo code in their newsletter.
Get additional travel credit with an existing account
Just like I invited you to Homestay, and you got a discount for your first stay, you can invite your friends. If they then book a stay worth of 11 USD and more, you will earn an additional 21 USD travel credit as well. And if your friend decides to become a Homestay host, you will get 85 USD. Each credit is valid for one year - you'll see the validity of each credit when you log in to your account and visit the Invite Friends section.
I've only used Homestay once so far, in 2016 in Iran, where services like Airbnb, Booking, etc. don't work. So Homestay was the only option to book at least my first night in Tehran online. Everything went smoothly, and I didn't have to deal with any complications.
On the user review site Trustpilot, Homestay has a rating of 3.7/5 (5 being the best) with a total of 5,800+ reviews. If you think that's low, Airbnb has a rating of 1.4/5 (8,300+ reviews), and Booking has a rating of 1.3/5 (28,907 reviews) - the two services that travelers probably use the most.