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I don't understand how airbnb cancellation policies work. I try to rent the same appartment for almost same dates.

If I rent 01.07 - 28.07 then I have "Flexible Cancellation Policies" and "Full refund 1 day prior to arrival, except fees".

If I rent 01.07 - 29.07 then I have "Long Term Cancellation Policies" and no refund:

If the guest books a long term stay and decides to cancel the long term agreement before the start date, the first payment is paid to the host in full.

So it's a big difference and I just want to double-check that I'm correct. It's much better to reserve for 28 days, not 29, because then I will be able to cancel my reservation and get all my money back.

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That seems to be the policy and they are free to make any policy they like just like you can give yourself the policy of not renting something that you cannot cancel :) It sounds crazy to me. I would expect then to hold of a few days at most. –  Itai May 12 '13 at 23:30
    
Why not make two consecutive reservations? One for the first 15 nights and then a second for the next 14. –  smillig May 13 '13 at 6:35
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@smillig and pay airbnb commision twice. also note that usually (not always) the more nights you book - less money you pay per night. –  javapowered May 13 '13 at 6:36
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Book for 29 night, pay the commission once, get a better price and take a risk to loose a substantial amount if you can't travel. Or pay a bit more and be sure to loose nothing when you can't travel. The higher price is in fact a kind of insurance premium ... Assess the risk and the payoffs and take a decision. –  PERSONA NON GRATA May 13 '13 at 21:09
    
YOu have to take this decision by yourself. Nobody can take it on your behalf. –  PERSONA NON GRATA May 13 '13 at 21:10
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Airbnb's "Long Term Cancellation Policy" is that for stays of one month or more, if you cancel, you have to pay the first month's rent. This makes a lot of sense if you've booked a place for 6 months... but as you've discovered, it's pretty harsh for a stay of exactly 1 month.

Official version: https://www.airbnb.com.au/help/question/286

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right it's very harsh because we need to book for 1-1.5 month and we even don't have visa. so possibly by some reason we will not receive visa and then we have to cancel. also we need booked appartment to ask for visa, so we can't make visa first and make a reservation after. another harsh - booking for 28+ days is much cheaper (around 30% cheaper) than booking for 27 days because montly rate is less than daily rate :) in total there are no good solution of this situation :) –  javapowered May 13 '13 at 5:16
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@javapowered You may contact the landlord, explain the issue, and ask whether he can make you an offer because you would like to stay longer. Also, perhaps you could book 27 days, then - once you have the visa - change your booking to 28 days or longer. I suggest contacting Airbnb. They're responsive. –  feklee May 13 '13 at 18:41
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Yes, it makes a big difference.

According to Airbnb (under the "Long Term" tab):

The Long Term cancellation policy applies to all reservations of 28 nights or more

This makes it clear. In the first scenario you are staying 27 nights. In the second scenario you are staying 28 nights and you are thus crossing the magic threshold. A different cancellation policy applies.

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