Post by High Priestess on Oct 4, 2016 16:39:49 GMT
Dang glitches on the Airbnb website!
I had blocked off 4 days on my calendar, as I had obtained a booking from a non-Airbnb source. This morning I was upset to find out that an AIrbnb guest had inquired about a period of time including the blocked-out dates, and when I looked at my calendar, I found that the dates I had blocked out had come "unblocked" all by themselves. These glitches on the Airbnb site are so annoying! This could easily lead to double bookings -- or having to decline guests solely on the basis that the Airbnb site is wonky once again.
So, I am not the only one! I blocked dates and just happened to look at my calendar, and voila! there were open. I told my husband, I must have forgotten, or I was getting old.
Frustrating. I am fully booked until Nov. 15 (yay, Deborah!), and I have another bedroom I manage/block dates manually. No way, I just hit snooze! Cannot take the risk of dates unblocking by themselves. I think AirBnB developers must having a good time at our expense, LOL.
It already takes a while to get used to the constant movement of guests in and out. I've just started 3 weeks ago, and fully booked. Thankfully, the last guest is long term (28 days). Then, I will block dates for my family coming for Thanksgiving. Don't know how the Christmas' season will turn out. Any suggestions?
Maria & others -- I heard from another host that the reason dates on our calendars might be coming unblocked is because we block them using the mobile app rather than the website on PC. Those dates that came unblocked on my calendar were in fact dates I had blocked on the app --- other dates that I had blocked on the PC did not come unblocked. So I'm just throwing that out there in case that is helpful to anyone.
I am uncertain what to expect this year in winter as far as bookings. Things keep changing. Two things I have definitely noticed from last year, (1) that I am not getting as many of the longish short term bookings that I liked so much -- those from 7 days to 21 days long. Those were great, but it's changed to many more shorter (less than a week) bookings and then the truly long term ones over a month. (2) More of my bookings are late or last minute bookings. I used to get few of these -- now there are more -- and this may have to do with business slowing down. In the past I think I got fewer last minute bookings because I was already nearly full. Now I have more holes in my calendar up to a week or even a couple days in advance so I'm getting more folks coming in last minute.
I have set my settings so that I am now accepting bookings over a week long for December, but nothing shorter at this point. By the end of October I will start accepting shorter bookings for December. I'd prefer to get longer bookings in winter if possible.