How to save money on accommodation

Ways to save money on accommodation: Airbnb

Airbnb used to have a referral program that gave first time users a discount if they were invited to join by an existing member.

Airbnb unfortunately closed their referral program, so that discount is no longer available.

Are there other ways to save money on Airbnb? Yes 🙂

These money saving tips are very simple to implement and they are all based on my experience as a frequent Airbnb user.

1. Book your Airbnb as early as you can

The earlier you book, the more likely you are to find a better price on Airbnb.

The best vacation rentals in popular destinations, that are highly rated and centrally located, are likely to be fully booked.

The only way to beat that is to get there first simply by booking early.

As soon as you know your travel dates, get on Airbnb and start searching.

2. Check if there’s a cleaning fee on each Airbnb listing

Some Airbnb listings include a cleaning fee that can add quite a bit of money to your total.

However, many Airbnb hosts do not charge this extra fee.

You want to pay attention when you search for properties and look at the price breakdown to check if the cleaning fee appears.

I’ve stayed in many Airbnbs that did not charge a cleaning fee and were all sparkling clean nonetheless.

3. Take advantage of long term discounts on Airbnb

Many Airbnb hosts will give you a discount for staying long term.

Usually there’s a weekly discount and a monthly discount.

Each host sets their own percentage and you will see exactly how much you can save in the price breakdown once you add your dates.

These discounts can save you a lot of money on Airbnb. I’ve seen some hosts going as far as giving a 30% discount on a monthly booking!

4. Be flexible with your dates

You can search Airbnb without entering any dates at all at first.

This way you’ll be able to see a wider range of properties in the search results.

Once you’ve picked some rentals that you like, enter your dates to see if they’re available.

You’ll be able to see on each listing’s calendar the rate for each night, with weekends often priced higher than other nights.

If you can be flexible with your dates based on that information, you’ll be able to save more money on Airbnb.

5. Target new listings

Look for listings that are relatively new on the site. They should have a few positive reviews already (because it’s not a good idea to book a property that has no reviews…).

At this stage, the host cannot raise the price yet, until they get plenty of good reviews.

This is the best time to find bargains 🙂

I have used this method quite a few times to book flats in very central locations at a really good price.

6. Avoid touristy areas

You can often find great properties outside the most popular touristy areas.

Going a little bit outside the city centre can reduce the price considerably.

You can search as you move on the map on Airbnb. It’s a super useful function that will help you find cheaper areas.

All you have to do is make sure that the property has good public transport connections with the city centre (or convenient parking if you travel with a car).

You can send the host a message and ask about the transport links.

It’s also a good idea to have a look at the reviews – people would normally mention how long it took them to reach the city centre.