Airbnb to End Free Cancelations Due to Covid-19
Airbnb will end its temporary Covid-19 cancellation policy that allows travelers to cancel a reservation for virus-related reasons. The company says that effective May 31, 2022, it will update its COVID-19 coverage under the extenuating circumstances policy.
That means that customers who make reservations on or after May 31, 2022, will no longer benefit from that cancelation policy (except for domestic reservations in South Korea). Instead, the Host’s cancellation policy will apply as usual.
For reservations made before May 31, 2022, the COVID-19 related circumstances will continue to be covered.
Airbnb’s extenuating circumstances allowed travelers to cancel a booking if they or the host contracted COVID-19. Under the policy, guests who cancel were offered refund or a travel credit. Hosts were also able to cancel bookings without being charged or impacting their Superhost status.
“Almost two thirds of active listings on our platform offer a moderate or flexible cancellation policy, which allow guests to cancel at least five days before check-in – and in some cases up to 24-hours before check-in – and still receive a full refund” Airbnb said in its announcement.
If you want to book a property that lets you cancel with no penalty, make sure to use the search filter for “Free Cancellation” which allows guests to limit their search options solely to these types of flexible listings.