How do I book a place on Airbnb?
When you book a place on Airbnb, you’re making arrangements to stay in someone’s home. Each host has their own style of hospitality, starting with how they like to get to know their guests. Some hosts want to approve reservations, while others are comfortable letting you book their place instantly without waiting for approval. Here’s what to do to book a place:
Complete your profile
It’s important to know that Airbnb is a community that relies on trust. Make sure to complete your profile before you request a reservation with a host, so they can know a little bit about you when they confirm. Your profile should include your ID verification, especially because some hosts require guests to have a verified ID or profile photo in order to book.
Find the right place
With millions of unique listings around the world, you’ll want to make sure the place you choose has everything you need for a comfortable and memorable trip.
When you’re searching for a place, make sure to include your dates and number of guests to get the most accurate pricing. Read reviews, descriptions, house rules, amenities, and the cancellation policy for each place to see if it’s the right fit for your trip. You can always contact the host if you have any questions about their home.
Book your place
Once you’ve found the right place, it’s time to book it. This is where the host’s preferred way of booking will determine how you’ll confirm your reservation.
For hosts who don’t want to approve each reservation, once you click Reserve, the next page will show Confirm and pay. Like the name suggests, you can confirm a reservation at these places right away. Learn more about Instant Book.
Request to book
Many hosts prefer to approve reservations before they’re final. In this case, once you click Reserve, the next page will show Request to book. To submit a reservation request, you’ll need to enter your payment details. Hosts have 24 hours to accept your request, and your reservation is automatically confirmed once they do. If your request is accepted, you’ll be charged in full for the reservation. Learn more about submitting a reservation request.
Pre-approvals and special offers
If you decide to contact the host to ask questions before attempting to book, the host may respond to your message by inviting you to make a reservation with either a pre-approval or special offer. A pre-approval is an invitation to finish booking for the dates and number of guests you noted in your message. A special offer gives the host the opportunity to provide special pricing, dates, and other reservation details before you book. Learn more about booking a pre-approval or special offer.
Once the host accepts your request, or if you book a reservation with Instant Book, your payment method will be charged as soon as your reservation is confirmed, except for any security deposits. Learn more about when you’ll be charged for your reservation.