$250M to support hosts impacted by cancellations
For eligible accommodations reservations, we’ll pay 25% of what hosts would’ve received under their cancellation policy
Please note that support payments won't be issued for bookings with a check-in after May 31
Reservations made after March 14 aren’t covered for COVID-19-related extenuating circumstances unless the guest is sick
Updated May 13, 2020
The world’s awareness of COVID-19 changed dramatically when the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic on March 11, 2020.
We’ve worked hard to find solutions that will lessen the impact on our community. On March 30, we announced several key initiatives and policies, including $250 million USD to help accommodation hosts impacted by COVID-19-related cancellations. Here's how it works:
Support payments will be made for reservations booked on or before March 14 with a check-in date between March 14 and May 31, 2020, that were canceled by the guest for COVID-19-related reasons under our extenuating circumstances policy. For these reservations:
- Airbnb will pay 25% of what you would’ve received for a guest cancellation based on your cancellation policy. For example, if you would normally receive $400 USD through your cancellation policy, we'll pay you 25% of that—or $100 USD.
- Payments will be made to hosts with qualifying cancellations at least once a month for all eligible guest cancellations through May 31. Hosts will also receive an email detailing the eligible reservations and support amount for each payment.
- Go to your reservations dashboard for info on any support payments you’re receiving through the $250 million USD commitment to hosts.
Reservations with a check-in date on or after June 1 will not be eligible for support payments from the $250M USD commitment. We know that might be disappointing news for some of you, and we really wish we could do more. The reality is that $250 million USD is a major investment for Airbnb, and COVID-19 has hit our business hard—just like it has for so many of you.
Finally, for any reservations booked after March 14, your cancellation policy will apply as usual and guests will not be able to cancel for COVID-19-related extenuating circumstances unless they are sick.
You may be wondering about the importance of March 14. In response to the WHO declaring the disease a global pandemic, that’s the date we announced global coverage under our extenuating circumstances policy for situations related to COVID-19.
We know a lot of people are facing serious hardships right now, and we’re working around the clock to help you. Our $250 million USD in support will come entirely from Airbnb at no cost to the guest, and we hope you’ll accept it as a show of commitment to our hosts.
There’s still a lot of uncertainty around travel, so we’ll continue to assess and update our extenuating circumstances policy as needed. For the latest information on what reservations the policy applies to, please refer to our Help Center article—we recommend checking in every two weeks for updates. And tune in to Host Updates with CEO Brian Chesky for the latest on Airbnb’s ongoing response to COVID-19.
In the meantime, we’ve answered some of your top questions about the $250 million USD commitment.
When can I expect to receive a support payment?
Starting in mid-April, payments will be sent to the default payment method in your account and should arrive within five to seven business days. If you have an outstanding account balance, we’ll apply your support payment toward that first. Once the payment is made, it cannot be reversed or sent to another account. You’ll see each payment in your transaction history, and you’ll receive an email from Airbnb detailing the amount per eligible reservation. Learn more about payment information
When will future payments arrive?
We expect to send payments to hosts with eligible reservations at least once a month until the program is completed.
What should I do if I think I’m eligible but haven’t received a payment?
Please check the answers above to make sure your reservation is eligible. Note: Only guest-initiated cancellations that would’ve normally resulted in host revenue are eligible for payments from our $250 million USD commitment to help hosts.
We started to pay eligible hosts from this fund in mid-April. If you are eligible but have not yet received a notification from Airbnb, your payment may be scheduled for the coming days or in the next batch. Note: Community Support does not have information about your payments, so there’s no need to contact Airbnb to check on the status of processing.
Is Airbnb accepting fees on cancellations?
Airbnb is waiving all host and guest fees on COVID-19 cancellations under our extenuating circumstances policy. We’re either refunding our fees or providing a travel credit in an amount that includes our fees.
I’ve heard Airbnb is offering travel credit instead of refunds to guests. Is that true?
When guests cancel due to COVID-19-related circumstances, we’re giving many of them the option to take travel credit (instead of cash) that can be used for a stay at a later date. This is our way of encouraging guests to book with Airbnb hosts in the future.
Why aren’t you providing guests with credit toward a future booking specifically for one of my listings?
We considered this, but there are several scenarios where it might not work for you or your guests. For instance, a guest may not be able to book when you can host or may not be returning to your area. This credit provides added flexibility for both of you.
Does this extenuating circumstances policy apply to all reservations?
This policy doesn’t apply to Airbnb Luxe, Luxury Retreats, or domestic bookings in mainland China, which all have their own policies.
What happens for reservations that were canceled before the March 30 announcement?
As long as the criteria above apply, and the guest cancels under our extenuating circumstances policy, we’ll pay 25% of the amount you would’ve received for a normal guest cancellation.
Why are hosts in mainland China not eligible for support payments from the $250 million USD?
Because of the way our business is structured as an independent unit in mainland China, we have a $10 million USD support fund to assist our community in mainland China directly.
If I received a cancellation for a reservation booked on or before March 14 with a check-in after May 31, will it be eligible for the 25% support payment?
No. We know that nothing is more frustrating than getting a last-minute cancellation. We feel it’s better to be transparent in the near-term so that you have the opportunity to seek out another booking or make other plans for your property.
Why can't I receive my 25% support payment immediately after a cancellation?
You may actually qualify for multiple support payments. We can better manage and account for the support payments we’ll be sending to our hosts by sending them in batches.
What if a reservation was canceled under Airbnb’s extenuating circumstances policy before global coverage was announced on March 14?
You may be eligible to receive a support payment for cancellations under our extenuating circumstances policy if you had a reservation:
- In Italy, or with a guest from Italy, booked by February 29, with a check-in between February 29 and May 31, and canceled between February 29 and March 13, 2020
- In South Korea, or with a guest from South Korea, booked by February 25, with a check-in between February 25 and March 23, and canceled between February 28 and March 13, 2020
- Outside of mainland China with a guest from mainland China, booked by February 1, with a check-in between February 1 and April 14, canceled between January 28 and March 13, 2020
- In the United States, booked by March 13, with a check-in between March 13 and April 1, and canceled between March 13 and March 14, 2020
- In the Schengen Area with a U.S. guest, booked by March 13, with a check-in between March 13 and April 1, canceled between March 13 and March 14, 2020
- In India with a guest from outside India, booked by March 10, with a check-in between March 12 and April 15, and canceled between March 10 and March 14, 2020
- In Israel with a guest from outside Israel, booked by March 10, with a check-in between March 12 and April 1, and canceled between March 10 and March 14, 2020
I have a Flexible cancellation policy. Am I covered?
Since support payments depend on the amount owed to you by guests at the time of cancellation, those of you with Flexible and Moderate policies may be less likely to benefit from them. But we’re working on other ways to support you, starting with getting you more bookings as quickly as we can. We've rolled out a new search filter so guests can find your listings more easily, and we're making your listings more visible in other ways, too. And we're seeing signs that this is what guests want—the share of bookings with a Flexible policy has been up as compared to before COVID-19.
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