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Most of my travel journeys, I all try to look for a travel accommodation on Airbnb. Not only I can find a better deals with homestay on Airbnb, but there are a lot of interesting experience that I may have with local hosts. Furthermore, I found a way to hack Airbnb credit that every travelers can even have a cheaper price while booking on the platform. By this way, every travel lovers could benefits your budget in every trips.

But First, What is Airbnb?

Airbnb (Airbed & Breakfast) is a P2P (peer to peer) platform that connects the people who have rental properties (room, house, apartment, etc.) to the people who are looking for accommodations, including short and long term.

Initially, Airbnb was started by Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia in San Francisco in 2018. The idea was simple when the 2 guys cannot pay their rent. They then had to make a blog to rent out their room for another income source. Now, at 10 years old, Airbnb become the largest accommodation booking platform, without owning any real estates, for any travel purposes.

Why I Choose Airbnb for Travel Accommodation?

After many time using Airbnb in my trips, I found out a lot of advantages using Airbnb for booking accommodation:

  • Homestay on Airbnb usually offer a cheaper price comparing to hotel. To elaborate, I compare the average nightly price on Airbnb and Booking.com at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. And the score is 1-0 going to Airbnb.
    The Broad Life reviews travel accommodation average price at Ho Chi Minh City on Airbnb The Broad Life reviews travel accommodation average price at Ho Chi Minh City on Booking.com
  • By booking on Airbnb, users can have the special experience from the long list of varied accommodation. There are apartments which fully equipped with cooking tools, dish washer, washing machine. A villa with an infinity pools. Or even a whole private island. All you can easily find on Airbnb.
  • Some hosts even offer additional free services for guests’ experiences. For example, many local hosts will lead users around to discover the city they located, or take guests to really good restaurants in the area. Additionally, they have free pocket wifi for guests. Even some are quite easy in check-in and check-out time. They can be flexible with guests’ schedule.
  • Airbnb is now offering local experiences and restaurants, all operated by the truly locals-in-heart. With the reviews from other users, it’s not hard to enjoy the best experience in town.

I could say Airbnb is the top travel utility in term of experiences.

The Best Part! How to Get Airbnb Credit for Cheaper Deals?

Airbnb is running a referral program to support users in their first time booking on the platform. Every time you create an account via The Broad Life’s Airbnb link, you can earn up to $47 travel credit. That credit can be used with $34 off on homestay booking and $13 off on local experiences. In other words, you could get even a night of travel accommodation for free with any bookings that cost less than $34.

To illustrate, what travel accommodation that $34 can pay for? A whole Villa in Hoi An, Vietnam. A resort & spa in Siem Reap, Cambodia. A cozy, traditional house in Japan. A warm getaway with an outdoor jacuzzi, hot-tub in Canada. Or even a tree house with indoor fireplace in New Zealand. Now you can see what $34 Airbnb credit can bring to you. In addition, with the rest $13 in credit, you can easily find so many experiences in the area around your homestay.

Then How to Book on Airbnb?

If you already used Booking.com or Agoda, booking on Airbnb is similar, except it doesn’t have cash payment option.

Step 1 – Create an account via The Broad Life link, you will have $47 in travel credit.

Step 2 – After login with your account, type the destination that you are looking for a place into the search box, and choose ‘Homes’. On the other hand, choose ‘Experiences’ if you are figuring out an activity to do in the area.

Instruction to booking on Airbnb, step 2
At the homepage, type the destination into the search box, and choose ‘Homes’

Step 3 – A list of different hosts will show on the screen for your choice. However, in oder to find the most suitable place for your preferences, you should use the filter on the left side, including:

  • Check-in and check-out date
  • Number of guests. In other words, how many people in your group will stay
  • Price range, the price that you are willing to pay for a night
  • Home type, what kind of travel accommodation that you want to stay
  • Instant booking if you don’t want to wait for host’s approval
  • Superhost, who is qualified Airbnb requirements such as good reviews from guests, a very small number of cancellation received, etc.
  • And more options in filter to very match your preferences
  • You can also use the map on the right side to see the location, or the area that you want to stay.

Moreover, you should notice the stars and the ‘Plus’ listings. It’s the places that are verified by Airbnb’s comfort and quality standard to make sure guests can have the best experiences.

When you click on the ‘Terms, Privacy, Currency & More’ box on the bottom right side, you will be able to see Airbnb’s info, and choose your preferred language and currency used in the platform.

Instruction to book on Airbnb, step 3
Filter Box on the left, stars and ‘Plus’ listing, map on the right side, and terms, currency box on the bottom right side

Step 4 – After picked a place, you should carefully read all the information provided. Otherwise, you can contact the host directly if you need any specific info.

Of course, with the filter, Airbnb has already suggested you the most suitable listing. Nevertheless, there are some details that you need to check thoroughly such as the description, the neighborhood, house rules, cancellation policy, and especially the final prices after you filled your info, and deducted by the travel credit when you registered account via The Broad Life link. Sometimes, you will see the ‘rare find’ with a gem, it’s the listings with good price, nice reviews, and good locations that are usually fully booked.

Checking listing description and final price on Airbnb
Some details that you need to check thoroughly

Plus, you should skim the reviews to know more about the listing, and to further see if other guests enjoyed experiences that you are looking for.

Checking listing reviews on Airbnb
You should skim the reviews

Finally, you should check the host profile to see how guests reviewed about he/she. It’s good to know how the hosts interact and treat their guests. Also to avoid being scam or receive a bad experience.

Checking host profile on Airbnb
You should check the host profile

Payment on Airbnb

Airbnb accepts payment via credit and debit card from Mastercard, Visa, American Express, JCB, Discover. It can also be paid with Paypal, e-wallet such as Apple Pay, Google Wallet, or Alipay within China territory.

When you process payment on Airbnb, the credit on your card or account will be directly deducted.

In case you want to cancel a booking, Airbnb will base on hosts’ cancellation policy to make decision on refund after a while.

A Note to Use Airbnb

  • Airbnb has insurance for its users. Therefore, if you are looking for a travel accommodation, you should book through Airbnb to avoid being scam.
  • If you have any questions or confusing, you can check the answers in Help Center, or directly contact Airbnb supporters.
  • You can also directly message Airbnb on Twitter or Facebook.

I hope this Airbnb hack and instruction benefit your budget. Enjoy traveling!


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16 COMMENTS

  1. I typically always stay in Airbnbs and these are some solid saving tips I didn’t know of. Thanks for sharing your tips!

  2. I have never used air bnb, but need to save this post in case I will need to find some deals. It’s super nice that you put all the things together. Will be useful for lots of people.

    • Welcome to Airbnb! And thanks for your comment!
      Hope you can find good deals on Airbnb and save a lot for your travel budget 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing! Airbnbs have been such a memorable highlight of most of my trips as well. I can’t wait to try more Airbnb experiences, they look like a great way to explore new cities!

  4. Thanks for this hack! I haven’t tried Airbnb coz of come issues maybe it depends on where are you going. Am thinking of trying this when I visit Europe.

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