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Booking places to stay

The basics

  • How-to

    Booking a trip: What to do if you’re new

    Learn about Airbnb’s booking process, how to confirm your reservation, special offers direct from a Host, and more.
  • How-to

    Booking for friends and family

    Airbnb reservations for personal travel need to be made by the person who's going to stay at the listing.
  • How-to

    Asking to visit before booking

    We encourage all guests to complete their bookings through our website before meeting in person to ensure their safety and privacy.
  • How-to

    Booking split stays

    Split stays is a feature that allows you to split longer stays between two different listings.
  • How-to

    Flexible ways to search

    Guests can discover more flexible ways to travel using Categories – browsing millions of homes they never knew existed.
  • How-to

    Being a considerate guest

    From sharing your story in your bio section to leaving honest reviews, connecting with other members of our community is key to travelling w…
  • Guide

    AirCover for guests

    Every booking comes with AirCover for guests. If there’s a serious issue with your Airbnb that your Host can’t resolve, we’ll help you find …
  • Legal terms

    AirCover for guests and travel or reservation insurance

    AirCover for guests is different from travel or reservation insurance. AirCover for guests is provided for free with every booking, while tr…
  • How-to

    If your reservation couldn’t be completed

    Identity verification, reservation screening, payment issues and availability are some reasons why you might not be able to complete a reser…


  • How-to

    Booking requirements

    After the basics (name, email, and phone number), we need a little more info in order for you to book your stay.
  • Community policy

    Age requirements

    You must be at least 18 to make a reservation or host your place on Airbnb.
  • Rules

    Travelling with children

    Yes, children can travel on Airbnb, but some Hosts have specified that their space may not be safe or suitable for children or infants.
  • Community policy

    Accessibility Policy

    Our community is built on the principles of inclusion, belonging, and respect, which includes welcoming and supporting people with disabilit…
  • Rules

    Booking in Cuba

    Airbnb has been granted special authorisation by the US Department of Treasury that allows us to offer authorised travel services to non-US …
  • How-to

    Booking in Japan

    Get helpful info on what you need to know before booking a stay in Japan, including info you’ll give your Host.

Host interactions and pre-approvals

  • How-to

    Contacting Hosts

    If you want to find out more about a listing, Host or experience before booking, you can message the Host on Airbnb.
  • How-to

    How an invite to book works

    A pre-approval is a way for a Host to let you know that their listing is available when asked about a potential reservation. You have 24 hou…
  • How-to

    What does it mean if a host pre-approves me?

    If a host pre-approves you, you can automatically make your reservation for the dates you’ve enquired about without waiting for another resp…
  • How-to

    Invites and special offers

    You can contact a host about their place before requesting to book it. The host then has the option to pre-approve you or give you a special…
  • How-to

    When to message your Host

    You can make a reservation without contacting the Host beforehand, but it’s a good idea to message the Host if you have questions.
  • How-to

    Contacting a Host without making a reservation

    Before you book, you can ask a Host specific questions about a listing, availability, and more.
  • How-to

    If a Host asks you to sign a contract

    Some Hosts require a rental agreement to secure a reservation but they must disclose this requirement and its terms prior to booking.

Reservation requests