£50 off your first Airbnb booking over £100

I have never covered Airbnb on Head for Points.  Whilst a lot of people are finding it an attractive alternative to hotels, our focus is primarily on the large chains and their loyalty schemes.

If you have wondered what all the fuss was about and are tempted to give it a go, this is a good opportunity.

Reader Jamie sent me this generous Airbnb deal from the Barclaycard ‘Bespoke Offers’ portal although you don’t need a Barclaycard to use it.

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Via this link, you can generate a code worth £50 off a £100+ Airbnb booking if you are a new customer.  You must book by 31st March for a stay by 31st May.

It isn’t going to tempt me, but I am interested in your experiences with Airbnb.  If you’ve ever used it, please let me know via the comments below how you found it.

If you are looking for a refer-a-friend link for Airbnb, which will get you £25 off your first booking, Anika’s link is here.

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Comments

  1. Calchas says:

    I use Air BnB a lot in France. I use it there because hotels are often overpriced (in Paris) or not conveniently located (Bordeaux). Also I am confident I could deal with any problems I encountered in France. I would be less sure of using it somewhere like rural Turkey, where a couple of my friends did have some bad luck.

    I always rent a whole apartment. If you are only staying for a week or so and therefore don’t need to change your bedding it’s perfect. You get a nice big flat you can bring guests back to, you can cook a simple meal if you wish in the kitchen, the places are usually very conveniently located in the centre of town, and they are cheap.

  2. Just tried to use the code for my first booking, but it’s saying you’re not eligible to use this coupon. Has anyone had any luck with it?

  3. Nick Burch says:

    I’ve had mixed experiences. Every booking I’ve had confirmed has been great – friendly people, decent prices, lovely location. My problem is that I’ve made large numbers of requests which either timed our or were declined. Being peer-to-peer (with commission), that is somewhat to be expected, but I’ve had to fall back on hotels on a number of occassions when I haven’t been able to get anyone to accept a booking.

    It can be good, but be aware it isn’t like a normal hotel booking!

  4. IslandDweller says:

    I have mixed feelings. I have stayed at an airbnb apartment (booked by a friend) and it was really convenient.
    But I am skeptical of their vetting process. It appears to be self verification by the owner. I experienced some unpleasantness last year when a neighbour started listing a property – despite said property having a restrictive covenant preventing sub letting. In the circumstances, as the lets were in breach of legally documented covenants, I have to wonder whether insurance would have paid out if something catastrophic happened (fire for example). At least with a hotel in most places you can have some faith in fire certificates and insurance.

  5. Hi, We are AirBnB hosts in Surrey :-) and I can not praise the experience enough. We hosted over 30-40 guests by now from all over the World and the biggest reward it gave us as a family, is the confidence in humanity and the existence of genuine strangers. We welcome people to our home and we didn’t have one single bad experience…
    Just wanted to mention that Airbnb community is based on the reviews which begin greater and better gives hosts as well as the guests confidence to make that booking without actually being certain what kind of experience the journey will turn out to be…