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Travel Airbnb Will Now Allow Travelers to Cancel Their Reservations in the US Free of Charge

07:55  14 march  2020
07:55  14 march  2020 Source:   travelandleisure.com

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Airbnb has added the United States to its “extenuating circumstances policy,” allowing travelers to cancel reservations without being charged . The policy, which already applies to mainland China, South Korea, and Italy amid the coronavirus outbreak, has been updated following President Trump's

The policy allows guests to cancel eligible reservations in the US without charge so long as the booking Airbnb says for US customers this applies to rentals booked before March 13th and with a “ We strongly advise all travelers to carefully review and select appropriate cancellation policies

Airbnb has added the United States to its “extenuating circumstances policy,” allowing travelers to cancel reservations without being charged.

a screen shot of a living room: “When a crisis like Coronavirus hits, we know both hosts and guests are affected,” Airbnb said. © Courtesy of Airbnb “When a crisis like Coronavirus hits, we know both hosts and guests are affected,” Airbnb said.

The policy, which already applies to mainland China, South Korea, and Italy amid the coronavirus outbreak, has been updated following President Trump's recent travel restriction from Europe the U.S..

The updated policy follows the site’s “More Flexible Reservations” initiative, which introduced a slate of revamped cancellation policies for both guests and hosts amid fears of traveling during the coronavirus outbreak. This is in addition to the site’s general coronavirus policy, which offers refunds for things like travel to “severely impacted areas” and for people who are forced to cancel due to imposed travel restrictions.

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The extenuating circumstances policy “ allows guests to cancel eligible reservations without charge .” The policy applies to Airbnb bookings in the United States , mainland China, South Korea, and Italy. Travelers with Airbnb reservations in the U . S who booked on or before March 13, with a check-in

Contact Airbnb ? We don't wnat to be charged cancellation fees for all of those bookings. Please help us folks! You will be fined and your guests, and/or Airbnb , will have to find alternative accomodation which is not only disruptive for them as travelers , but a bad mark against Airbnb as the booking

“When a crisis like Coronavirus hits, we know both hosts and guests are affected,” Airbnb said in a statement earlier this week. “Hosts lose earnings that they rely on to make ends meet. Guests are losing hard earned vacation savings. We strive to support both sides and are taking a series of actions.”

“We will continue to assess the situation and will provide further information as matters progress,” the company said in a statement on Friday.

As part of its new policy, Airbnb is offering to refund its service fees for all cancelled bookings through June 1 in the form of a travel coupon that can be used in the future. Further, the site is giving guests the option to filter their search for a home based on the cancellation policy.

In addition, travelers who booked a vacation home or experience with Airbnb in an area that was severely affected by the virus —the U.S., mainland China, Italy, or South Korea —  can cancel the booking without any charges up until March or April, depending on the country. Guests who are blocked from going on their trip because of things like travel restrictions, cancelled flights, or a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 can also cancel their reservations without a charge.

For hosts, the site said it will waive its 3 percent host fee through June 1 on new reservations for listings whose hosts offer refunds to guests that would have otherwise been subject to a charge. Airbnb said it will also increase the visibility of these listings to promote new bookings.

Airbnb notes that hosts won’t be charged any fees if a guest does cancel their trip under these circumstances and their “superhost” status will not be affected.

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