Airbnb Hacks That’ll Get You The Best Bang For Your Buck
One of the best things about studying abroad in Europe is how the closeness allows you to fly from country to country within just a few hours. And with travel, comes the pain of trying to find a place to stay. If you’re lucky enough, you may know someone living in one of these European countries. Unfortunately, most of us must go through hours browsing Expedia and Travelocity trying to find the best rates on hotels. However, what I have learned so far with my experience traveling Europe is this: Airbnb has helped me save so much money.
Not only can you rent an entire house/apartment for a night or two, but you can also experience more based on the location. I rented a flat for a night that was basically in the heart of London. I was within walking distance to sites like Big Ben and the London Eye. Being in an Airbnb put me in the middle of the city with all the locals. Typically, hotels are surrounded by commercial chain restaurants and car rentals, not the local community. By choosing Airbnb, I got a location that allowed me to engage with residents from all over the town when visiting the pubs and cafes right outside my front door.
To be completely fair, Airbnb doesn’t always have better deals than a hotel, but the majority of my travels have been booked through this service rather than any other. It’s a matter of working the system to find the best deals with the best quality, which is why I’ve put together a few tips and tricks in order to help you make the most out of your stay.
Get a group together.
The easiest and most effective way to get a cheaper price on any Airbnb is to travel with a group of friends. At one point, I stayed the night with four other people in a modern apartment. The host left us free wine, the WiFi password, and keys to the outside terrace that overlooked the city. We all had our own beds as well and basically lived in the lap of luxury for a night. The best part was we paid less than £30 each to rent the place.
Want an instant $20 off your Airbnb? Invite a friend to join! If you have an account and refer a friend to sign up, they get a discount on their first booking. In return, you also get $20 off your next stay at any Airbnb. My friends and I have used this before, which has been so helpful. We found a private room that was a little out of our price range, but the discount made it affordable for us both.
Traveling as a pair? Get a single room.
This one is a little bit tricky, but worth a shot. On the Airbnb site, they always ask how many people are staying the night. Sometimes, even if you have two people, you are able to book a room for one and bring a guest at no extra charge. Certain hosts will specify that inviting guests is not a problem. If this holds true, there is typically a couch for the other person to sleep on. I was going to attempt this during a trip to Ireland, but due to scheduling conflicts the trip never happened.
Book in advance.
My final piece of advice is to start finding your Airbnb as early as possible before your visit. It’s no shock that rates do go up the longer you wait. I was planning to book a private room in Spain, but the price skyrocketed when I tried to purchase too close to my trip.
Overall, my experience with Airbnb has been nothing but the best. There are plenty of perks to booking through this company that just isn’t the same as staying at a hotel. The money I saved using their site has only opened up more opportunities for me to continue my travels around the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe.