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Airbnb hosts wants me to send pictures of all guests' IDs

This is my first booking using the Airbnb app and when I signed up I had to take pictures of me and my government ID. I invited all my friends who are staying with me and they went through the same ...
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Airbnb: is the service fee partially refunded after changing the dates of a long stay?

Suppose that I make some long term reservation on airbnb from, say, Jan 1st to Dec 31st. Assume that there's no "special price" promotion involved. On June 1st I decide that I want to leave on October ...
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AirBNB “Breakfast provided” exact meaning

I booked an AirBNB with the mentioned feature, which I interpreted as "breakfast is included in the price". The host informed me, though that I have to pay extra if I want breakfast. Since I'm not a ...
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Have anyone used Alipay to pay for their Airbnb?

I am currently a foreigner living in China and I am trying to book an AirBnB in Shanghai through Alipay (since the Host only accepts Alipay and Paypal). However, when I try to check out, I keep ...
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Early arrival in Australia, early hotel check in not available

I’m a frequent traveler from the US to Australia. Arriving in Australia, from USA, nearly every flight is early a.m., but no hotel and most Airbnb do not have that early of a check in available. Have ...
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Can an Airbnb host insist on credit card information upon arrival?

I reserved a room on Airbnb, confirmed by the host through written messages on Airbnb's system. Nothing about a credit card was mentioned. Upon my arrival, they showed me the room, which was fine, ...
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Airbnb - host wants to reduce rooms, can we get refund?

My family are due to stay in an Airbnb home in the next few days. It's three bedrooms and advertised as having the place to ourselves. We are two adults, and two children (a five year old and a one ...
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Help interpret cancellation charges for hotel booking

The above image is a screenshot of the cancellation and refund rules for a hotel booked through airbnb.com. It mentions "Strict: Free cancellation for 48 hours". Does that imply that 48 hours after ...
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How to prepare to host a Chinese guest on her first trip to Europe

I will shortly be hosting a female Chinese guest in my home for two days (I’m an Airbnb-er). She is travelling with her daughter, who is studying here in the UK and speaks very good English, so I don’...
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AirBnb Schengen Visa [duplicate]

Is AirBnb categorized as "hotel" or "staying with a person" for schengen visa online application from India? I am confused about putting hotel name and other details like phone number and email. ...
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Do I have to do the “accommodation registration at local police station” within 24 hours of entry when using Airbnb in China?

Do I have to do the "accommodation registration at local police station" within 24 hours of entry if I'm a non-Chinese resident/citizen visiting in China and hosted by some Airbnb host? From the back ...
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Is the Airbnb booking valid as proof of stay? [duplicate]

I'll be traveling to Italy with my family next year for 15 days (We're Brazilians) and we will be staying on apartments rented with Airbnb. I heard immigration will ask for proof that I'm staying in a ...
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Which kind of accommodation allows guests to stay overnight?

The problem: I would like to be able to have sex / bring people over to my room while travelling. I know this is not a problem in bigger hotels, but it often is in smaller, more "personal" ...
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Are Airbnb hosts required to obtain copies of the guests' passports in India?

My Airbnb host in India told me prior to my arrival: According to Indian law, we would require a copy of your passport. Are Airbnb hosts required to obtain copies of the guests' passports in ...
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Is renting with AirBnB in Abu- Dhabi safe?

Is renting in Abu Dhabi trough AirBnB safe for a family (i.e. renters)? I am mostly concerned if ladies can walk freely (unlike Saudia), and also is it safe for ladies travelling alone?
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Italy AirBnb host asking for passport info and 2 off the books payment. Very skeptical

I'm an American and I'll be going to Italy in July. Is it common for my AirBnB hosts to ask for our passport information? My host asked me about for my passport info and the others who will be staying ...
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Booking.com vs AirBnb [closed]

I was looking for a room for two people on AirBnb and Booking.com. On AirBnb seems there are cheaper rooms. Booking.com looks like is more expensive. Do you know why? What's the difference between ...
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Germany Schengen visa with AirBnB booking

We (Russian citizens) are planning to go to Munich in late June. We would like to book our accommodation on AirBnB, but it is not very clear whether it will be accepted by the German embassy when we ...
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Do I have to pay if I break something in an Airbnb room in case the host doesn't set the security deposit?

Some hosts set the security deposit on their accommodations, and if you break something while staying there, the host has the right to ask for the reparation, and if both sides fail to reach an ...
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Does Airbnb censor reviews?

An airbnb reservation fell through when I showed up and the apartment I rented was occupied. I got a refund immediately. I wrote a review describing what happened and saying the airbnb rental was in ...
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How can I avoid Airbnb's sneaky 3% foreign currency fee?

I've recently discovered Airbnb silently overcharges their customers by converting each transaction into their local currency: If you’re paying in a currency different from the default currency of ...
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How to handle possible cancellation of my Ryanair flight?

I'm planning to go for a trip with friends to Budapest from Italy for the new year. Basically we found some Ryanair flights but we are worried that our flight will be cancelled at the last minute ...
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Are there alternatives to AirBnb for London, UK?

I love using AirBnb to rent a house from a real person, but often come across properties which are listed on AirBnb by a professional rental agency. In this case you're charged whatever fee the agency ...
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What differences are there in choosing “This is for business” option in AirBnB?

When I try to book a new room, the AirBnB booking page always makes me choose whether this trip is for business or not. I know about the $50 first-time coupon for business travelers and I already ...
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Booked an Entire Airbnb Apartment, got a private room only in shared ap [duplicate]

I booked and payed 41$/night for an Entire Home/Apartment through airbnb, a total of 205$, plus 31$ Airbnb service fee (15% of the total). I arrived and the guy told me without any realistic/...
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Is it subject to any undesirable actions by AirBnB if you use messasing apps instead of a chat box?

This question about accepting cash in AirBnB starts to make me wonder if it is possibly against their terms and conditions, and in that case is subject to be a removal of an account or any other ...
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Is it ok to accept cash payments on Airbnb?

Both in terms of law and airbnb policies. Can your account be closed f. ex, because you, as a host accepted cash (and for additional circumstance - also asked for it yourself). Also what about partly ...
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Airbnb and justify of expenses

For EuroCG 17 conference, I will be travelling to Sweden and I am thinking of Airbnb. However, the trip is going to be paid by the Special Account of National Funds, thus I need a invoice (τιμολόγιο) ...
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Is there an accommodations website centered around trading stays?

When Airbnb came on the scene, it seemed many (including myself) used it to make travel less expensive. But it has become increasingly popular for hosts to use it as a significant income source (also ...
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Booking accommodation for long term (few months)

Airbnb Sublets let you search for long stay accommodation. But it seems that rents are quite high, and not so many options are offered. Is there an online service that is focusing on accommodation ...
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Airbnb housing gone electrifyingly bad

I am staying at a place booked via Airbnb. Something happened and there is no electricity from Friday! The house-owner has provided a super noisy generator, which is inconsistent, meaning that it "...
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If I travel using Airbnb and my host provides Wi-Fi, am I putting myself at risk of being hacked? [closed]

I have never used Airbnb before. I'm trying it out for the first time. For those who don't know, it basically is a company that connects travelers to individuals who are willing to rent rooms in their ...
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As a guest, how safe is Airbnb?

From the perspective of a guest, as opposed to a host, how safe is it staying at an Airbnb place? I understand that hosts are encouraged to provide verification and that you can communicate with ...
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How does Airbnb get those security questions in verification? [closed]

I entered the last four digits of my Social Security Number and provided basic date of birth and full name. Then it asked me three security questions that only I would know the answers to. For example,...
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Paying for Airbnb bookings with another person's credit card

I wish to book Airbnb accommodation for an overseas trip. Unfortunately, the charge would put the credit card balance over the limit. I can have another person pay with their card but I'm not sure ...
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Do all guests need an Airbnb account?

I'm renting an Airbnb appartment with my friends this summer. Do we all need an account or is one account for the person who will be paying sufficient? One of the steps in the booking process is ...
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What’s different when airbnb'ing in a boat?

I've recently discovered Airbnb, and I'd like to repeat the experience this summer. I've seen a quite special Airbnb: in a sailboat, docked in a small harbour in Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea. ...
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Find short-term room in the U.S. from abroad

I will be in Baltimore, U.S.A. for a month and a half from late April. At the moment I live abroad and I would love to find a private room to be rented there. I will be coming from Italy and would ...
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How does a tourist visa from VisaToRussia with Airbnb work?

When applying for a tourist visa via VisaToRussia.com, when it asks me for an address, am I required to specify a hotel or can I directly choose a location from Airbnb? This differs from other ...
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Where can I stay once I get a private visa invitation from my Russian friend [duplicate]

When my Russian friend invites me to Russia, will he have to specify that I (the person coming to visit) will have to stay at his personal residence? Can that be specified as elsewhere (such as an ...
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How do I bring the level of interaction with Airbnb hosts to a minimum?

When booking a flat on Airbnb one might have the following interactions with the host: Write an introductory text about yourself and the trip Confirm that the place is available on the dates you've ...
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What's the difference between the Airbnb and CouchSurfing experience for a host? [closed]

I have a spare bedroom and I'm wondering whether I should put it on Airbnb or CouchSurfing. I'd like to know more about what it's like to host on both sites, to make a better decision.
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Airbnb long term cancellation by host?

I'm a college student looking for 6 week housing in NYC this coming winter and have found a private bedroom on Airbnb. While I understand the cancellation policy for guests, I am nervous that my host ...
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Options for cheap, private month-long stay in Munich

I would like to travel to Munich for a month and am considering accommodation. I realize that hostels are very cheap, but I would be willing to pay more for a private room. Renting an apartment for a ...
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Multiple Airbnb accounts for one stay

So I've got a few questions regarding a trip I'm on. I'm travelling with a friend of mine, she has her own Airbnb account. Two situations: Prague I made the booking on my Airbnb account, but we both ...
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Giving details to Airbnb host

I booked a property through Airbnb in Budapest. I checked the whole listing for any specific requirements and duly asked the host for it. He said none. But when I reached there he asked me to provide ...
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Airbnb alternative that doesn't require ID verification

Since Airbnb needs its users to verify their ID by uploading a photo of their driver's license or passport, I'm in search for another service quite like Airbnb, but without this way of approving one's ...
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Airbnb vs booking.com near Oxford? [closed]

My wife and I are going to attend a symposium at Oxford University for a few days this September. The host is offering £205 on-campus accommodation for two nights. I'm not quite familiar with this ...
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Why does Airbnb show restricted search results when logged-in? [closed]

I noticed something odd when searching for accommodations on Airbnb. My initial search turned up some results I was interested in, but when I logged in and re-did the search, those results were no ...
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Private lodging rental search engine

There are a lot of websites where people can rent out lodging (peer to peer rental): Airbnb, 9flats, roomorama, Wimdu ... Trying to find the best place is difficult because you have to access every ...