Why did my family use Airbnb for the first time?
With my family having been staying in hotels for years, it felt natural to make a move.
But, like many Australians, I didn’t know where to start.
I wanted to know how to stay in a place that was different to what I was used to.
Airbnb is the world’s biggest marketplace for renting and sharing rooms and apartments.
But how does it work?
What are the fees?
What can I do if I get stranded?
How much money can I make?
I wanted answers.
My friend had been living in Australia for about three years when she first used Airbnb to book a room in her friend’s home.
But the first night, she woke up in tears.
She said she couldn’t sleep because she felt so overwhelmed.
I couldn’t stop thinking about the time we had spent together in hotels.
Airbnb told me there was no need to rent the room and she could stay for the night.
I had to go back to the hotel the next morning.
Airbnb’s website had me set up an account with the hotel, but the hotel had a problem.
The booking was booked for a three-night stay, but it wasn’t on the Airbnb website.
So Airbnb took my booking to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which sent me a message telling me that the booking was invalid and the hotel wouldn’t be renting the room.
I could go back home and wait, but I had no idea what to do.
I didn, however, have to wait much longer.
My booking was finally cancelled the next day.
I called the hotel and was told they were on their way to cancel my reservation.
Airbnb said it had received the cancellation.
It was a very frustrating experience.
What did I do next?
My friend didn’t even get the chance to contact the hotel to complain about her cancellation.
My husband didn’t get an email from Airbnb.
I still haven’t received a refund.
Airbnb did say they were sorry to my friend for the cancellation, but there’s no mention of how much the company had to pay for the accommodation.
Airbnb says its policies are to help people find affordable places to stay.
The website says the company doesn’t try to “take advantage of you” and that if people don’t like a place, they can “leave it”.
I’ve since left Airbnb and I’m happy to say I’m not alone.
It’s time to look beyond the word “affordable”.
Airbnb’s policies can be confusing.
Here are some of the things it doesn’t tell you: When you book a hotel, you have to choose your room first.
I initially booked in a room that I thought was too big.
I found it was only about half the size, but since then, I’ve moved to smaller rooms that were smaller.
Airbnb also doesn’t let you cancel a reservation if you don’t want to stay at the hotel.
When you’re on the hotel’s website, it tells you if you have a “short term” or “long term” reservation, but that’s not really true.
The company says it only lets you book one room a day, but only if you book within 90 days of the reservation.
You have to check in every day, even if it’s on the same day.
You can’t cancel your reservation if your phone is out.
You cannot cancel your booking at any time, even on the first day of your stay.
If you book for more than a few nights in a row, you can cancel your room but you have no control over how long you stay there.
You don’t have control over what the room is like.
You are not allowed to move the room around during your stay, which is called “rental interference”.
If you get stranded, you’ll have to rent a different room, unless you have an emergency.
Airbnb doesn’t offer advice on how to get around these policies.
Airbnb has a number of websites where you can check the availability of available rooms, and you can also see what hotels have booked for you.
For example, you may be able to check if a particular hotel is offering free or discounted rooms.
You also have the option of booking hotels from a website, or by phone.
You may have to pay a fee to book.
But there are a number options, and Airbnb says it has no control.
If I booked with Airbnb, what happens if I need to pay to stay there?
The Airbnb website says that you can pay a $25 booking fee to stay overnight in a hotel you’ve booked with them.
You’ll also have to be signed up to a booking group that you create on the site.
It says you have up to 90 days to book before the hotel can cancel a room.
What happens if the hotel I book with is already booked?
You won’t be able cancel a booking that you already booked, but you can still get a refund if you get stuck.
This includes your room.
So if I booked a room with