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Until November 1, 2014, new Airbnb users can get 20% off their 1st booking of $200 or more. Use the coupon code “20off“ to get the discount.
Airbnb is a website that connects travelers with owners renting rooms, apartments, or entire houses. It can be a cheaper (and very different!) alternative to booking paid stays in hotels, especially in expensive cities.
How Does It Work?
If you’ve never used Airbnb before, it’s easy to set-up an account and search for a place to stay.
You can filter results by price, type of accommodation (private room, shared room, or entire place), amenities, and more.
You’ll get a list of rentals including pictures and prices.
You can read reviews of the place and the host. Airbnb has a verification system for both hosts and travelers to keep it safe.
Once you find a rental you are interested in, you can put in a booking request. Airbnb will put you directly in touch with the owner.
To get the 20% reduction, on the check-out screen, click “Coupon Code” and enter the promotional code “20off“ to receive your discount.
You have through November 1, 2014, to use the “20off” coupon.
If your 1st booking is less than $200, you could sign-up for Airbnb using my link and get $25 off instead. These offers can’t be combined. But for stays which cost more than $200, you’re better off not using my link until November 1, 2014!
You won’t be charged until the owner accepts your request.
Remember, this only works for 1st time bookings. If you’ve booked through Airbnb before, you won’t get a discount!
This could be a good opportunity for folks who are curious about Airbnb to save money and give the service a try!
Note: The fine print on this deal says the code “may not be used for bookings made through Airbnb’s mobile apps and may not be combined with other coupons or codes.”
Airbnb counts as a travel expense, so don’t forget to use your Chase Sapphire Preferred card to earn 2 points per $1 you spend. Or use the Barclaycard Arrival Plus and redeem miles for 2.2% cash back on your booking.
I have friends who have used Airbnb and found it a great way to spend less money while getting a more “local experience” than staying in a hotel. And nearly every Airbnb apartment has free internet!
And some places for rent have washing machines, full kitchens, etc. This can really help you save money on longer stays. And it’s not that unusual to receive a welcome gift such as a bottle of wine.
But your experience may be different. That said, a 20% off coupon might give you the bravery you need to try it! 😉
First-time users of Airbnb can get a 20% discount off a booking of $200 or more when they use coupon code “20off“ and book before November 1, 2014. For bookings less than $200, you can save $25 by signing-up through my referral link.
Airbnb rentals can be a cheaper alternative to hotel rooms, especially in expensive cities. This promotion is a good (cheap!) way to try out their service if you haven’t used them before.
For folks who have used Airbnb before, do you have any tips to help those new to it?
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