When you use Airbnb for the first time to book travel accommodation, you don’t have to pay full price. You can get a discount that in some places could even mean a free night’s stay!
Airbnb has a nice incentive for new users – if you sign up through an existing user, both get some credit in their account, to be used towards their bookings.
The amount changes from time to time. At the moment it’s £32 or about $40 off your first booking, which can certainly pay for a night’s stay in many places around the world (and in cheaper destinations even more than one night).
When I first joined Airbnb, I didn’t know about this discount, and I regret now that I didn’t find out about it in advance.
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That’s really all you need to know about getting your Airbnb discount, but if you’d like to learn more about Airbnb – what it is, why I like it and how the site works – keep on reading 🙂
What is Airbnb
The idea for Airbnb came from a real necessity. The founders of Airbnb hosted a tourist in their flat, when hotels were fully booked.
It gave them the idea to make a website that makes it possible for others to do the same.
It’s a win-win solution for both locals and tourists.
Locals make a bit of money on the side and visitors get to experience the place through local eyes, and often at a price that’s cheaper than a hotel.
You typically rent a room in someone’s house. That’s the basic Airbnb concept.
As the site developed , more options were added, so now you can also book an entire house for yourself or stay in a shared space, like on a living room sofa.
Why I recommend Airbnb
I’ve been using Airbnb pretty consistently in the past couple of years in different countries I visited on my travels.
There are some good reasons for that:
1 – The site is really user friendly
After you use it once or twice, you’ll realise how much thought was put into making it easy and convenient to use. Ill talk more about how to use it later.
2 – The customer service is very professional
I was pleased with all of my bookings so far, except one, where the room didn’t fully match its description.
When I contacted Airbnb’s customer service I got a quick reply and the way they handled my problem showed me that they care about their customers.
3 – So much choice!
In any city I’ve been to, when I searched Airbnb I got more than enough search results to let me select a vacation rental that was just what I wanted.
Having such a huge range to choose from is really important, as the last thing you want to do when you’re abroad is compromise on where you’ll be staying, it could affect your whole trip.
I love having enough choice so I can find a place that’s just right for me.
How to use the Airbnb discount code
It’s very easy. First, click here and if you’re new to the site, you will get this message one your screen:
Sign up with Facebook, with Google or with Email. Either way, you will get your Airbnb discount.
That’s it 🙂 Now when you book accommodation on Airbnb, the discount will be applied and deducted from your payment.
As I mentioned before, Airbnb changes the amount given to new users from time to time, but it’s normally around £32 or about $40. In any case you’ll see the amount displayed on the screen when you sign up.
The site will sometimes require you to make a booking at a certain amount in order for the discount to be applied. For example, to get the £32 discount, you may have to book a room or a house for £60 or more. It’s still worth it though, as you’ll obviously save a lot of money.
How to use Airbnb to find travel accommodation
I’ve posted a detailed guide on how to use Airbnb on this blog before. I recommend you check it out, as it pretty much sums up everything I’ve learnt from my experience on the site and will save you time.
Here are the main things you need to know:
1. Search for the destination. It’s OK to search without specific dates if you don’t have them yet. Add the number of guests and click search.
2. Limit the price, so you will only see results matching your budget. Use “Price Range” and move the sliding scale to the price you want to pay.
3. Choose “Room type” – you can choose between an entire home, a private room or a shared room.
4. Use the various filters to find a place that’s really suitable for your needs. Click on “more filters” , then “Amenities” and then “see all amenities”. Select everything you might need – TV, air conditioning, a washing machine, a laptop friendly surface and so on.
5. Select a good location: You can search as you move on the map, which is a very useful feature if you want to stay in the centre, or far from the centre (I sometimes prefer that) or near a certain attraction etc.
6. Check reviews! This is crucial. I wouldn’t recommend booking a place that doesn’t have any reviews. Read what others have said to avoid potential disappointments.
These are the essentials. For a more detailed guide with more tips, read my full guide: What to Check When You Book Accommodation on Airbnb
How to make a booking on Airbnb
Once you’ve made your choice of your perfect accommodation, enter the dates and number of people staying.
The full rent will be displayed and your Airbnb discount will be deducted (it’s called “travel credit” on the site).
Click “book” and send a short message to your host. I normally say something along the lines of “Hi, I liked your flat and would love to stay there when I visit your city.” If it’s an “instant booking” listing, there’s no need to message your host.
All that’s left is to contact your host about a week before you arrive to arrange for the check in. Airbnb will send you a reminder by email to do that.
If you want to give the same Airbnb discount to your friends, go to Invite Friends in the Airbnb menu, and you will get your own personal link that you can send to anyone. Once they sign up through your link, you’ll both get travel credit 🙂
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