Post by Maria Lurdes (Milu) on Dec 1, 2016 13:19:04 GMT
I took it to mean that your base price is the valid price used outside of smart pricing time limits. So smart pricing affects all rates within the four-month window, and your basic rate is what is seen for the far in the future dates. If you set your calendar to only take bookings x months in advance ( to prevent next year bookings), smart pricing wil only show up on the dates that are open and available. Something way in the future isn't an "open night" so smart pricing will happen only when that night becomes available.
I read it contrarily to Maria Lourdes: till now, prices adapted within 4 months, from now on all prices are subject to smart pricing. Which seems idiotic, as future prices are low for the tool. It takes in booking demand to calculate the prices and the demand is always low far ahead. I do hope Deborah is right and it concerns only hosts using the tool.
Thanks Maria, I've never chosen to use their Smart Pricing but have looked at it and always hit the No Thanks button within 30 seconds.
I was under the assumption that you could change any one or more particular day to their 'smart pricing' if you really wanted to fill up your vacancies. I did not realize when you hit the USE Smart pricing it would carry forward for 4 months until manually changed back by the host.
Your explanation made perfect sense. I don't have a time limit for reservations, and it always makes me roll my eyes for people who book 9 months - 1 year in advance.
Now I understand that if one chooses to use smart pricing there must be a button to allow it to be active for 4 months; if your days are blocked (as you stated, the option to put a limit on how far in the future reservations can be made), it's not an open book anyway, it's blocked, off market, not 'open'.
My first thought is "Holy Cow!, I don't have a clue what tomorrow will bring, and here I'm making a commitment for an upcoming year?
Funny how time flies, all those bookings from 2015 for 2016 all took place with no glitches.
I wish they'd stop with these "Bright IT ideas", and go back to the beginning.
I can understand the discrimination issue, other platforms provide no information about guests; but now removing the listing Titles and Host pictures until you search into the listing is another ding-a-ling move.
As a guest, I'd like to know right upfront if the property is waterfront, cabin style, or a wood shed in CC's back yard (a little birdy told me there's lovely fluffy cuffs out there for a nominal fee); and if my potential hosts photo is showing her and her 15 great-grandchildren in surrounding tents, I would not consider this a good fit, and it would have saved me 25 key strokes before I could figure out how to get back to the main list and where I left off.
Thus, all this stuff they keep making up, is only making it less User Friendly, removing the capability of host's pointing out the Label or particular advantage of choosing their home.
I frequently ask my guests how they even found my listing, as I can't. I suffer CRS, aka Self-proclaimed Selective Memory. I don't remember any of their answers, except the repeats that can find it in their Trips.
Good clarification, Thanks a lot Maria.
Now: myy question of the day is how in the world did December 1st arrive so quick?
I just had a repeat guest did same thing. I was outside working, he emailed me at 5 pm to say they'd arrive around 7 pm. I grabbed tenant, ran down to the beach for sunset swim, quite exciting as I found the largest shark ever. Guest arrived all apologies at 7:30; my response was I was delighted he finally answered, but wished he'd written sooner, as I could have enjoyed more enjoyment myself. I don't get it either. My latest struggle with guests, which I've already figured out.
Another emailed me stating he forwarded me his entire itinerary for his trip through the Airbnb message link along with my personal email. Say Wat? I wrote back I didn't receive it, and just want to know his ETA to the home.
Perhaps Santa will deliver a 24/7 reservation desk with employees, as my guests just can't seem to get it through their heads in my request for their ETA that I have a life at and away from home.
Last Edit: Dec 1, 2016 21:35:36 GMT by rhonda: typo fix
Post by Maria Lurdes (Milu) on Dec 2, 2016 2:54:12 GMT
Since we're talking about guests and ETAs - today I was at the supermarket happily looking down every aisle. It was only 2pm and although I had guests arriving, I knew that check-in time was 4pm so I had some time. As I'm trying to choose between Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia I get a call from my neighbor who tells me that two German ladies are outside looking for me. I ask him to pass the phone to them, and I tell the guest that it's not yet check-in time and as such, I wasn't expecting them. I'd be happy to welcome them once I'd finished my shopping, which I expected to take an hour. The frau seemed a bit agitated by this. I suggested that they go to the coffee shop down the block and I'd meet them back at the apartment in an hour. In the end, everything was ok but they were definitely bugged that they couldn't just come earlier and that they had to wait. Then they asked if they could check out late. How late, I asked? Oh, around 7pm. HA. Nope.