Why am I getting so many Airbnb rejections from hosts?
August 25, 2014 8:10 PM Subscribe
My girlfriend and I have spent several hours picking out places to stay from AirBNB listings in Copenhagen. It SEEMS like there are so many wonderful, available places to stay. But my booking requests (5 so far) have all been declined by the hosts. What's going on here? How do I get a successful booking?
posted by ErikH2000 to Travel & Transportation around Copenhagen, Denmark (23 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
* It's a 2 week stay about 1 month away.
* I have one previous AirBNB stay in my history that went positively as far as I know. (Are there secret shared notes available to hosts that might say that I'm a poor guest?)
* I left a glowing review at my previous AirBNB visit.
* I've sent short, cheerful English messages along with my booking request. I went out of my way to not sound like an annoying hassle.
* Listings were filtered by English language. (If someone has difficulty speaking English, I don't want to hassle them.)
* Listings were filtered by calendar dates of our stay in Copenhagen.
* There were no issues with my credit card as a payment method.
* The 3 hosts that replied back to me after declined booking requests had these stated reasons: "We will be in town during that time." (calendar availability was not set to reflect that) "Sorry, I am so busy and disorganized." and a terse "The apartment is not available."
What is going on? Is AirBNB populated with a bunch of irresponsible flakes? Am I doing something wrong? How can I have more success here? I feel like I'm standing in the middle of the street, politely offering fistfuls of euros, and everybody has shuttered up their windows.