With coronavirus disrupting travel plans, Airbnb is allowing it’s guests to cancel bookings from anywhere in the world, without charging penalty. So yes, you will get your full refund. By Tanvi Jain
Want to cancel an Airbnb booking but worried about the money? Well, now you can get a full refund on all Airbnb cancellations across the globe.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the company is allowing its guests to cancel reservations from anywhere around the world and is also giving full refund. In a statement recently released by the company, it said, “Reservations made on or before 14 March 2020 for stays and Airbnb Experiences, with a check-in date between 14 March 2020 and 14 April 2020, are covered by the policy and may be cancelled before check-in. Guests who cancel will receive a full refund, and hosts can cancel without charge or impact on their Superhost status. Airbnb will refund all service fees for covered cancellations.”
Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky also tweeted saying, “First, Airbnb will allow guests around the world to cancel and get their money back. We will not collect fees on these bookings. We don’t want guests to feel like they have to travel because they cannot get their money back. Second, our hosts have acted like heroes during this time. The majority of hosts have chosen to give their guests a partial or full refund at their cost. Third, we know our hosts depend on money from Airbnb. 50% depend on it to pay their rent/mortgage. We are working on some bold ideas to support hosts, and we will have news very soon.”
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the travel industry has been one of the most affected sectors. While airlines have cancelled flights, many hotel chains have announced special cancellation policies.
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