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Old May 28, 19, 7:12 am
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Close in rental request Airbnb/vrbo

We had a last minute change of plans and now looking for a new vacay. Iím sure some rentals on Airbnb would rather discount for a weekís stay starting in a few days than leave the property vacant. Is there a feature for renters to bid or post open offers? Like ďwilling to pay $200/night for 5-7 nights in xyz areĒ when usually $300-400? Or is this a situation where Iíll have to individually contact?
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On Airbnb there is no such feature. If you find a property you’re interested in, message the host with a booking inquiry (not a reservation request) and make your proposition. Some people might take you up on it, if you ask politely.
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Just be careful about paying the host privately outside of the system, in case something goes wrong.
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Old May 28, 19, 12:14 pm
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On Airbnb there is no such feature. If you find a property youíre interested in, message the host with a booking inquiry (not a reservation request) and make your proposition. Some people might take you up on it, if you ask politely.
That's what I was going to do but most of these properties are managed by rental companies (beach location). I've emailed one and they won't budge.

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Just be careful about paying the host privately outside of the system, in case something goes wrong.
GOOD POINT. I figured they'd do a "special offer" if it were airbnb. I've been able to get those before. Thanks for the reminder though!
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That's what I was going to do but most of these properties are managed by rental companies (beach location). I've emailed one and they won't budge.
Well, as a host I would not have budged either. I had several requests like that over the years. It did not make sense for me to discount my rooms. Frankly, I might expect a rental company might want to be more flexible with the base rate on a last-minute rental, as long as the cleaning fees stay the same. How close in are you talking about? If it’s more than a day or two out, I wouldn’t expect to be successful, but the day before or the day of might work.
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Well, as a host I would not have budged either. I had several requests like that over the years. It did not make sense for me to discount my rooms. Frankly, I might expect a rental company might want to be more flexible with the base rate on a last-minute rental, as long as the cleaning fees stay the same. How close in are you talking about? If itís more than a day or two out, I wouldnít expect to be successful, but the day before or the day of might work.
I hear you. Maybe it depends on the money vs hassle. Iíve found several via VRBO that will come down significantly. This is for a >$2000 rental (my cost not list) beginning 4 days from now. Unlikely anyone else is going to book most of the properties Iím seeing this close in. I could see a host not wanting to bother with a $150 night or whatever, but $2000-2500 is real money. And as it turns out, my hunch was on target.
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Old May 29, 19, 7:09 am
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As warned, Iíve got an owner who will rent to me outside of Airbnb for basically half price. He is an attorney in Chicago (this is his beach house). Said I could use PayPal. Seems totally legit based on reviews etc. if I want to pursue this, what precautions should I take? A rental contract? Anything else? Any other options? The reason for off list is to save service fees.
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