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    Understanding calendar and booking settings

    Set your availability and help drive the bookings you want.
    By Airbnb on Dec 1, 2020
    3 min read
    Updated Aug 26, 2021

    Highlights

    • Keep your listing current to get the bookings you want, when you want

    • Sync your calendars to help avoid cancellations and penalties

    • Update your calendar settings

    • Discover more in our complete guide to setting up a successful listing

    As a Host, your calendar and booking settings give you full control over when and how often you share your space—whether it’s a few weekends a year, every day, or something in between. Mastering these two tools can help you run your hosting business more smoothly—and keep your guests happy, too. 

    An up-to-date calendar also helps you avoid canceling a booking—an action that can lead to penalties for you and an unpleasant experience for your guest. Here’s how to set up calendar and booking settings that work for you and your listing:
    I use my calendar and booking settings to create the type of listing I look for as a traveler—one that I can book quickly and check into early.
    Kevino,
    Mexico City, Mexico

    Setting your availability

    Keeping your calendar up to date is important as a Host—the more dates you have available, the more options guests have to choose from.

    To help you strike a balance between providing plenty of availability for guests and setting a schedule that works for you, we’ve created customizable reservation preferences. Superhost Kevino uses these preferences to: 

    • Set a booking window that prevents guests from booking more than 3 months into the future. “This helps me have more control over my pricing later in the year to ensure I remain competitive.”
    • Manually block dates that he’s reserved for family or friends who are visiting. “I also have some guests that like to come back year after year at the same time, so I often go ahead and block those dates.”
    • Customize pricing based on demand in the area. “I tend to charge more in October and November, which is considered the busy season in Mexico City because of the many festivals that take place. Everyone wants to be here for Day of the Dead!”
    • Set specific check-in and checkout times. “Guests can check in starting at 2:00 p.m. and check out any time before 12:00 p.m—I want my guests to feel like they have time to relax and eat breakfast before they leave. I also provide a locked area where guests who want to stay in the city past checkout can safely store their luggage.”

    You can also use your reservation preferences to:

    • Choose the amount of time you need to prepare for guests. For instance, some Hosts don’t allow same-day or next-day bookings because they want more time to follow the 5-step enhanced cleaning process.
    • Set a minimum and maximum length of a stay. Some Hosts require stays of at least two nights, while others require stays of a week or longer during their area’s high season.
    • Sync your Airbnb calendar with your other online calendars to make sure you’re always aware of upcoming bookings.

    Choosing how guests can book your space

    Guests can book your space one of two ways: either through Instant Book or a manual booking request.

    Instant Book allows guests who meet all of your requirements and agree to your house rules to instantly book your home for any available dates. Hosts who use this tool often see an increase in bookings because of how easy it makes it for guests to book.*

    I did a test where I posted my listing first with manual requests and then with Instant Book. With Instant Book, I got significantly more bookings.
    Kevino,
    Mexico City, Mexico

    Manual booking requests tend to be favored by Hosts who have:

    • Unpredictable availability
    • A space with unique features, like extremely rustic conditions, that they want to communicate with guests about before they book
    • Accommodations for guests looking to stay 28 nights or more

    These are just a few of the many settings we hope will give you more control over when and how your space is booked, helping you create a hosting style that works for you.

    *According to internal Airbnb data collected between October 2018 and March 2020.

    Highlights

    • Keep your listing current to get the bookings you want, when you want

    • Sync your calendars to help avoid cancellations and penalties

    • Update your calendar settings

    • Discover more in our complete guide to setting up a successful listing

    Airbnb
    Dec 1, 2020
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