Airbnb Tests Early Payout Feature for Hosts
Airbnb is testing a new feature that allows a host to get an early payout for guest bookings. The service is mainly designed for professional hosts (those with at least six listings on the site), but is also being offered to some regular hosts.
Typically, hosts are paid 24 hours after a guest checks in. The money is then transferred to their bank account, PayPal account, Payoneer debit card or other payment service within 1-7 business days.
With the early payout structure, hosts can request half their money three days after a reservation is made. The remaining half is paid 24 hours after check-in. Airbnb charges a 1% fee for this service. If a guest cancels the reservation after the early payout has been made, Airbnb will deduct the paid amount from the next booking. Guests will receive refunds as normal.
The early payout is entirely optional. Hosts can choose whether they want this feature in the Payout Preferences section of their account.
This change coincides with the new Pay Less Upfront option from Airbnb. Users can now make a reservation of $250 or more with a 50% deposit, rather than paying for the entire reservation upfront. Airbnb provides a date and remaining balance during checkout to show when the rest of the money will be due and how much is left on the reservation.
There is no extra fee for Pay Less Upfront. Airbnb found users were more likely to book a higher-priced room or a longer stay if given more time to pay for the reservation.