And then there are the Luxury Retreat hosts and property managers who are being asked to pay Airbnb money for cancellations allowed by Airbnb. Because Luxury Retreat hosts are paid 100% up front for guest reservations, they have already received the payouts. Airbnb allows those early payouts because Luxury Retreat reservations are ‘no refund’ reservations, even from Airbnb’s terms of service and refund policy. Of course, this did not stop Airbnb from ignoring their own policies, which do not include any extenuating circumstances, and refunding travelers anyway. Now, Airbnb is demanding Luxury Retreat hosts to pay Airbnb the refunds airbnb unilaterally allowed in violation of their terms and policies.
Last Updated: 5/12/2020
These terms and conditions govern Guest refunds (“Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy”) solely for bookings on the Airbnb Platform that are managed by Luxury Retreats (“Luxe Bookings”) and supersede the terms of the Airbnb Guest Refund Policy. The Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy applies in addition to the Airbnb Luxe Guest Booking Agreement
(“Airbnb Luxe Guest Booking Agreement”). The Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy is available to Guests who make and pay for a Luxe Booking on the Airbnb Platform and suffer a Travel Issue (as defined below). The Guest’s rights under this Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy will supersede the Host’s cancellation policy.
All capitalized terms shall have the meaning set forth in the Airbnb Terms
, or Payment Terms unless otherwise defined in this Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy. When this Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy mentions “we,” “us,” or “our,” it refers to Airbnb and its affiliates providing booking and payment processing services for Luxe Bookings. When this Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy mentions “Host,” it refers to Host as defined in the Airbnb Luxe Guest Booking Agreement
By making a Luxe Booking as a Guest, and offering an accommodation for Luxe Bookings as a Host, you are indicating that you have read and that you understand and agree to be bound by this Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy.
1. Travel Issue
A “Travel Issue” means any one of the following:
(a) A Host (i) cancels a booking shortly before the scheduled start of the booking, or (ii) fails to provide the Guest with the reasonable ability to access the Accommodation (e.g. does not provide the keys and/or a security code).
(b) the Listing’s description or depiction of the Accommodation is materially inaccurate with respect to: the size of the Accommodation (e.g., number and size of the bedroom, bathroom, and/or kitchen or other rooms), special amenities or features represented in the Listing are not provided or do not function, such as decks, pools, hot tubs, bathrooms (toilet/shower/bathtub), kitchen (sink/stove/refrigerator or major other appliances), and electrical, heating or air condition systems, or the physical location of the Accommodation (proximity).
(c) at the start of the Guest’s booking, the Accommodation: (i) is not generally clean and sanitary (ii) contains safety or health hazards that would be reasonably expected to adversely affect the Guest’s stay at the Accommodation in our judgment, (iii) does not contain clean bedding and bathroom towels available for the Guest’s use, or (iv) has vermin or contains pets not disclosed in the Listing.
2. The Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy
If you are a Guest and suffer a Travel Issue, we agree, at our discretion, to either (i) reimburse you up to the amount paid by you through the Airbnb Platform (“Total Fees”) depending on the nature of the Travel Issue suffered, or (ii) use our reasonable efforts to find and book you another Accommodation for any unused nights left in your booking which is reasonably comparable to the Accommodation described in your original booking in terms of size, rooms, features and quality. All determinations of us with respect to the Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy, including without limitation the size of any refund and the comparability of alternate Accommodations, shall be in our discretion, and final and binding on the Guests and Hosts.
3. Conditions to Claim a Travel Issue
To submit a valid claim for a Travel Issue and receive the benefits with respect to your booking, you are required to meet each of the following conditions:
(a) you must bring the Travel Issue to the attention of a customer service representative (“Trip Designer”) and the on-site property manager, if applicable, in writing
or via telephone and provide us with information (including photographs or other evidence) about the Accommodation and the circumstances of the Travel Issue within 24 hours after the later of (i) the start of your booking or (ii) you discover the existence of the Travel Issue, or within a reasonable time period (as determined by us in our sole discretion), and you must respond to any requests by us for additional information or cooperation on the Travel Issue;
(b) we will not consider complaints filed after you have left the Property.
(c) you must not have directly or indirectly caused the Travel Issue (through your action, omission or negligence); and
(d) you must allow us to reasonably endeavor to remedy the Travel Issue.