As a guest, you can pay for Airbnb directly through the website. Everything is done completely online and no money ever passes hands directly between guest and host, which keeps things secure and guaranteed! The payment system is designed to make the money transfer between guests and hosts as simple and reliable as possible. Guests pay Airbnb when they book a place. Then, Airbnb releases the money to the host 24 hours after the guest checks in.
Using Airbnb’s payment system is required to make a reservation, which ensures that both parties are protected under Airbnb’s Terms of Service, cancellation policies, and Guest Refund Policy, among other things. Service fees are included in each transaction, as well as some taxes required by the government, where applicable.
Once the reservation is confirmed by the host and you have added your payment information, the guest will be charged for the total cost of the reservation. Regardless of how far in advance your reservation is booked, Airbnb holds onto the payment for the host for 24 hours after check in, to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
If you are making a reservation that is 28 nights or longer, you will be charged the payment for the first month when they host confirms the reservation. Then, you will be charged a recurring monthly payment during the reservation. So, the second payment will be one month after check in.
Some hosts require a security deposit. This deposit will not be charged unless the host makes a successful claim against the deposit after your trip ends.
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