If you aren’t already familiar with Airbnb, it is a website that allows you to rent rooms, entire apartments, villas, and even houses all around the world instead of staying in a hotel.
The average price of a hotel is around $137 a night. Whenever I’ve had to reserve a hotel room, the price is typically much higher than that.
For those of you looking to steer away from hotels for your travel, you can save hundreds on your accommodations, by booking with Airbnb for your next stay!
The best part about an Airbnb is that you can rent an entire apartment, which has a kitchen and will sleep more people, all for the same cost of a night at a hotel.
Since I like to bring our own food on vacation, getting an Airbnb is an outstanding value because we can cook our own meals. It’s almost like having a home away from home!
NOTE: I feel that there is one small drawback you should be aware of when using an Airbnb. You may be asked to strip the beds before you leave. If you will be pressed for time the day you are leaving this may not be viable so you’ll want to mention that to the host and may have to pay a small cleaning fee (it’s no big deal, I just want you to be aware of it).
Here is how to save money on your next trip by using Airbnb:
Negotiate The Price
If you are staying at a hotel, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone willing to negotiate the cost of your stay. You may be able to find great deals, but a great deal is about all you can do to lower your price.
With Airbnb, you can negotiate the price of your Airbnb! The host can use something called a Special Offer if you send them a message. Instead of clicking Request to Book, click Contact, this Host. Make sure to include your stay dates in your message.
When contacting a host, remember to do so in a respectful manner and remember that these are people who are renting out their own home. They are not a hotel, and many of them aren’t renting out a second home. Some hosts rely on Airbnb rental income, so be polite and considerate when speaking to your host.
Look Out For Listings On Different Sites
In addition to houses and vacation homes, you may even be able to find places such as hostels and even timeshares on Airbnb. Before you book, do a little research online to see if you can find these types of room off-site.
It will cost the host more to list this place on Airbnb than on their own website. Whenever a host has to use a third party website, they will often raise their rates to make up for the revenue taken out from the third-party site.
If you see a hotel or other business owned room on Airbnb, be sure to check out their specific website before booking for cheaper rates.
I found a private apartment on Airbnb and also on VRBO (a competing Vacation Rental website), it was $30 less to rent it on Airbnb, which made me feel better about my decision.
When booking with Airbnb, you must have approval from the host before you can book the room. The only exception to this is Instant Book rooms. You will know whether or not it is an Instant Book room by whether or not there is a lightning symbol by it.
When you go to book a room, you will see a button that says Request to Book. If the host does accept your request, you will be charged for this room as soon as they take the request.
Do not send a request unless you are entirely sure you are going to be staying there on those dates and in that room.
Instead of requesting a booked room, you can contact the host directly and see about getting pre-approved for your stay. If you message with a question, you are still required to put in the dates of your stay, so typically if you contact them just asking a question, you may find that you’ve been pre-approved anyway. This is a great way to guarantee your room, without playing the guessing game.
Consider Booking Extra Nights
Whether you will be staying those nights or not, sometimes it can benefit you to book a few additional nights. There are few circumstances in which this can save you money on your entire stay!
The longer you stay, you may find discounts for weekly or monthly stays. It may be cheaper to book the extra day just to get the discount in some cases.
Airbnb is one of the fantastic strategies I use for lodging on a budget. Before we ever consider booking a hotel, we always check Airbnb first for the best deals! After all, why would you pay $137 for a room, when you could have an entire apartment while you’re traveling? When you sign up for Airbnb through my referral link, you’ll get $40 off your next stay!