Can I Transfer My Airbnb or Homestay Booking?
You can transfer your Airbnb or Homestay booking to someone else, yes! Depending on your host'’s preferences and restrictions, transferring is easy and seamless.
Being stuck with an Airbnb or homestay booking can be stressful and cost you a lot of money. If you're stuck in an unfortunate circumstance, the last thing you want to be thinking about is the money you've spent on a reservation you can't even use. The first thing you need to do is check your confirmation email and find out what your Airbnb host's cancellation policy is.
What's The Airbnb Cancellation Policy?
Airbnb has three different types of bookings - Flexible, Moderate and Strict. These are decided by the host and you can find them in the details of their home, alongside the descriptions and rules.
Flexible means that a guest can cancel up until a day prior to arrival to receive a full refund (except fees).
Moderate means that a guest has 5 days prior to arrival to receive a full refund, again, minus the late fees.
Strict allows the guest one week prior to arrival to receive a 50% refund. Terms and conditions apply to each of the policies that all hosts applies to their listing.
When you've checked the policy for your host, you can contact them to cancel your reservation. If you've got a medical issue preventing you from travelling, found out you have last minute work commitments or broken up with the girlfriend or boyfriend you were supposed to be travelling with, then this is the route you should go down to cancel.
Bear in mind that Airbnb also offers an ‘Extenuating Circumstances Policy’. If guests can provide a valid circumstance, this policy can override the host’'s cancellation policy. These circumstances include, but are not limited to:
- Endemic disease which suddenly affects a region or large group. Bear in mind this doesn't include things like malaria in countries where it already exists. You don't need to provide documents or official evidence for this but it will be considered on an individual basis as it's an unexpected situation.
- Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires and other extreme weather conditions. These are also reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Visa or passport changes. This doesn't include lost or expired passport or other documents.
- Political or civil unrest in either the place you're travelling from or to, for example an increased military presence or violence.
- Serious injury or illness after the reservation was booked. You need evidence from a doctor or physician.
- Government-mandated obligations like court appearance and military deployment. You'll be asked to provide the documents outlining this as proof.
- Death of a host, guest or immediate family member. Evidence will be asked for in the form of a death certificate, obituary or news article with the name of the deceased.
- Airport and road closures which mean you can't get to your destination. Make sure to provide the closure details and flight cancellation information.
- Damage to the home you were booked to stay at if it's unsafe or has no access to running water.
These are, of course, highly unusual situations to be in for a lot of people. Most reasons you would need to cancel would not qualify within these limitations. A flu or cold is not an endemic disease. Also, if you can't offer the relevant evidence to Airbnb, they can't waive the cancellation policy.
If you find you're stuck with an Airbnb booking you can't use, you can sell it on to someone else who is looking for a great last minute deal. All you need to do is change the name of the person on the reservation. The best way to go about this is to communicate openly and directly with the host of your Airbnb or homestay and ask them if this is possible. Once an agreement is settled on, you are ready to transfer and sell your booking to someone else.
Where Can I Sell My Airbnb and Homestay?
TransferTravel.com has a dedicated section for selling Airbnb's and homestays that can no longer be used. TransferTravel.com is the world's number one platform for selling all types of travel plans.
How Do I Sell My Airbnb Booking?
There is a three-step process for listing your unwanted Airbnb or Homestay on TransferTravel.com which is quick and easy.
1. You will need to register for an account with TransferTravel. You can just use your email address and a password, or you can connect with your social media accounts. This doesn't allow us to access your private accounts or post anything on your profile.
2. Create a new listing for free. Add the dates of your Airbnb or homestay and where it is located. In the description, you can include any important details that are crucial for your listing such as if meals are included or if there's parking. Outline if there is a name change fee and if it's included in your listing. You also need to set the price of your listing; we recommend a 30% discount to attract buyers whilst also making some money back, but this is up to you.
3. Your listing is then confirmed and approved by us so it can be advertised in the marketplace. When someone wants to buy your booking, you will be put in contact with them through our messaging system where you can exchange the details needed to make the name change. You have 72 hours to change your Airbnb reservation and upload it for the buyer to download and use.
4. When they use your listing, we send your money to you through our secure payment platform. We do take a small commission of 15% but only once the whole transfer process is complete and you are 100% happy.
If you need any help with the listing process, please don't hesitate to talk to our friendly customer service team in the live chat box at the bottom of the screen.
Are you ready to list your Airbnb reservation? Head over to our selling page now to create your TransferTravel account!