We had a repeat guest that was coming back for business and she said her employer wanted to pay with his credit card. I wondered if there is an easy way to handle that situation. Thanks if you have any suggestions. Peggy
Post by High Priestess on Jun 30, 2016 15:41:05 GMT
Hi Peggy -- is the guest staying through Airbnb or directly? If they are paying you directly then you can use www.paypal.com or www.venmo.com to do the payment. Repeat guests can always book directly with you, since you already know them and it's not against Airbnb rules to do business with someone you've already met thru Airbnb. It's only the first booking through Airbnb that has to be through Airbnb. After the first booking the choice is yours and the guest's.
If they are staying through Airbnb, (which many prefer to do for ease of booking and security/insurance purposes), then the only way really to do it would be for the employer to set up their own Airbnb account and then book for this guest, in what would be a third party booking. Although Airbnb in one sense doesn't permit third party bookings, the fact is that Airbnb is now allowing third party bookings in exactly the type of situation you describe -- an employer booking for an employee, or an assistant for their boss.
Thanks Deborah, as it turned out the guest is going to get reimbursed by her employer. Thanks for sharing the tip about using paypal, I didn't realize that it was okay with AIRBNB to do that with a repeat guest. Good information! Peggy
Post by High Priestess on Jul 1, 2016 19:18:19 GMT
For repeat bookings -- of course Airbnb may prefer it if a repeat guest always books through them (and some guests prefer to), but it really isn't a matter for them to comment upon. Even if they said that they forbid this (which I dont' think they have ever said) they couldn't. Telling you that you can't do any business you choose with someone you've already met, would be like telling you that you can't sell your antique furniture or a bicycle to your Airbnb guest unless Airbnb gets a cut of the transaction. No way Jose.