Tips to keep in mind when booking an Airbnb:
- Some places give you a discount if you book with them for a week verses a few days. It’s always good to check to see if they have any price discounts. Some places offer quite large discounts here–there have even been a couple of places I have found where it ends up being cheaper to rent for 7 days verses 6 days.
- If you are planning on staying in one area for a while, some places offer monthly discounts–I’ve seen as high at 40% discounts for a monthly rental!
- It pays to shop around. If you have a few hours and you have a budget to keep, take the time to look around.
- If you find a place you think might be just what you need, yet it doesn’t quite fit your budget and they are not already offering a discount, it never hurts to ask if they would consider giving you a discount.
- If you have children and the home charges extra over a certain amount of people (always check this, because many do) see if they charge extra for children. I find that most hosts will knock off the price of one or two extra children. Those extras can really add up as I’ve seen some places charge over $35+ extra a night per person!
- Airbnbs tend to be a cheaper family option verses a hotel, but if you’re looking in London, remember that if you want hotel amenities, you best stay at a hotel and pay the hotel price.
- Remember that you do get what you pay for, whether it be the cheapest option in London, which gets you a tiny and dirty studio flat right next to the train tracks which run all night and is a 15 minute walk to the nearest tube station, or paying the higher prices where it’s clean and quiet and right next to where all the sites are.
- Remember that you will not get the same thing you would get in Spain or Italy that you would get in a place like the UK. The UK is just expensive. Everything about it is expensive. It doesn’t help that the British pound is now worth $1.40!