Many travelers will enjoy an Airbnb discount, which will make it possible for them to book accommodation for which they would otherwise not want to pay. Here are six tips and tricks to get cheaper accommodation on Airbnb.
1. Get €37 or €28 in Airbnb credit with a new account
If you do not already have an Airbnb account yet, there is a discount for your first stay. Create the account via this link, and you will get a €37 discount for your first stay of €67 or more in total value. Or register via this link, and you will get a €28 credit you can use for a reservation of total value of €55 and more. If your first reservation is less than €67, respectively € 55, you can use the credit next time. The credit is valid for 12 months. The discount is applied automatically, no discount code is required.
Find more detailed instructions here. And if you already have an account, you can always create a new one. If you use Gmail, just add or remove a period in your email address when registering on Airbnb. An email address firstname.lastname@example.org is the same as email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will receive emails to the email address you already use.
2. Get €29 in Airbnb credit with an existing account
You can get an Airbnb discount coupon of €29 ($30) for your next holiday with an existing account. Just mark your current or future stay of €72 ($75) or more as a business trip. Find out how to do it on this page.
3. Invite your friends
Invite friends via your referral link, and if they will register and use the credit you gave them, or become hosts, you will earn €15 for your next stay. You will find your referral link on this page, where you will also find your current credit and the list of friends who registered.
4. Get a discount for longer stay
Many Airbnb hosts provide discounts for long-term stays, specifically weekly and monthly discounts. Weekly discount will apply to reservations for 7 to 27 nights. Monthly discount will apply for a stay longer than 28 nights. Often, it's worth it to stay for a long time at one place and not to change accommodation in one area.
If you are going to stay for 6 nights and the accommodation offers at least 15% weekly discount, it is worth to book a 7-night stay and leave on the sixth day. The same applies if you make a reservation for almost one whole month. Check out how much you would pay for 28 nights.
On the screenshots below you can see a price comparison for the same accommodation on Airbnb, which offers a 30% weekly discount and a 53% monthly discount. Booking for 7 nights is for €6 cheaper than for 5 nights.
5. Ask your host for a discount
The host of your desired Airbnb accommodation doesn't offer the weekly or monthly discounts? Ask the host by yourself! This works better if you are going to stay for more days, but you can also ask about short stay anyway. You can find the link to contact the host in the listing (see the screenshot below) – just enter the date of stay, the number of guests and write a nice message. It's good to write something about yourself, what brings you to the destination, and the price per night or the whole stay you would like to pay, or the percentage discount. Especially for longer stays, it pays off.
Better hosts and Superhosts will try to answer within 24 hours – this will keep them a high response rate that helps them to have a better position in search results.
6. Get emails with Airbnb discount deals
If Airbnb hosts offer discounts for selected dates and you have previously looked at these offers or locations, Airbnb will send you an email. For example, I was looking at Airbnb accommodation in Bali and Suva Island on 21st November, and I received an email with promotional offers from these locations on 24th November. This option is useful for those of you who are not in a hurry to book the accommodation, so they can wait if some discount will appear in the selected location. In case of weekly/monthly discount, both of them will apply.
Which tip or trick for cheaper Airbnb accommodation do you find most useful? Do you know any others? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook. And don't forget to share the article with your friends who can find Airbnb discounts useful.