You might believe Airbnb is the biggest fish in the sharing economy sea, but actually, they’re NOT. If you want to expand your listings reach by using another platform, this episode is JUST FOR YOU!
In today’s show How to Use Booking.com by an Experienced Host, we’re speaking with one of our very own. Not a sales rep or a paid spokesperson… but a host just like us. Someone who has no agenda other than helping us make the best decision based on our listing.
I’m speaking with Chris, who has been home sharing since 2011. He was using Airbnb and decided to give booking.com a shot when his Airbnb inquiries slowed down.
You know we’ve all been there…especially during the slow season when inquiries start to dry up and you feel that your listing isn’t getting any bites…We’ve all wondered if it might be better to place our listing over on another platform…You know, test the waters.
Chris and I will be touching upon the most important items to best help you decide if booking.com is the platform for you….
Booking.com’s philosophy… They believe you know what you’re doing… So, what happens if they’re wrong?
- Control over who books your listing.
- What happens if YOU cancel a guest?
- Their commissions. And what percentage are you willing to give up…
- Is it worth it?
- And much more…
And here is comparison chart between Airbnb and Booking.com.
Because I ALWAYS want to know ALL sides… I’m in conversations with a booking.com representative to plan a “Live” webinar so that we can speak with them and get their perspective. Sign up for my newsletter to find out all about the upcoming webinars.
I want to thank Chris for giving us his time, knowledge, and experience with booking.com. He is a brave host. I don’t know if I want to tip my toes in booking.com’s waters, yet… But winter is coming, and I might change my mind.
Hosts, it’s up to you if you want to expand your listing to other platforms. Is booking.com for you? Maybe, maybe not. I say, get some experience with Airbnb’s “instant book” first, listen to Episode 05 All About Instant Book Pros and Cons, become comfortable with your calendar, and get information about accepting payments.
I know it’s A LOT of information. But hey, in the end…it’s your business to know YOUR business.