Dealing with Last-Minute Cancellations: A Guide for Airbnb Hosts and Guests

Airbnb has made traveling easier and more affordable for millions of people around the world. However, as a host or a guest, you may encounter unexpected situations that can lead to last-minute cancellations. Whether you are a host who has had a guest cancel their reservation or a guest who needs to cancel their stay, here is a guide on how to deal with last-minute cancellations on Airbnb.

For Hosts:


As an Airbnb host, cancellations can be a major inconvenience, especially if you rely on Airbnb as a source of income. Here’s what you can do to handle a last-minute cancellation:

  1. Check the Airbnb cancellation policies: Before you start panicking, make sure you know the Airbnb cancellation policies. Depending on the cancellation policy chosen by the guest, they may be entitled to a full refund, a partial refund, or no refund at all. Understanding the policy can help you determine your next steps.
  2. Reach out to the guest: If a guest cancels their reservation, reach out to them to understand why they canceled. It could be due to unforeseen circumstances such as a family emergency, illness, or a change in travel plans. By understanding their situation, you may be able to work out a solution that works for both parties.
  3. Try to rebook the listing: Once you have confirmed the cancellation, try to rebook the listing as soon as possible. You can also consider lowering the price of the listing or offering additional amenities to attract potential guests.
  4. Contact Airbnb support: If you are unable to rebook the listing, contact Airbnb support for assistance. They may be able to help you find a new guest or offer advice on how to handle the situation.

For Guests:


As a guest, you may also need to cancel your reservation at the last minute. Whether it’s due to an emergency, a change in travel plans, or other unforeseen circumstances, here’s what you can do to handle it:

  1. Communicate with the host: Reach out to the host to let them know that you need to cancel your reservation. Be honest about your situation and apologize for any inconvenience caused. You can also try to work out a solution that works for both parties.
  2.  Leave a review: If you had to cancel your reservation due to circumstances beyond your control, leave a review for the host to let them know that it was not their fault. This can help them avoid any penalties from Airbnb and can also help them attract new guests in the future.

While last-minute cancellations can be inconvenient and even costly for both hosts and guests, it’s important to remember that unexpected situations can arise. It’s essential to approach cancellations with empathy and understanding, especially during these unprecedented times when travel plans can change quickly. Remember, Airbnb is a community that relies on trust and communication, so always be respectful and honest with each other.

Radulovic Jovica
Radulovic Jovica

I started my career at following the completion of my studies in Agricultural Economics at the University of Belgrade. My fascination with this field arose from recognizing the pivotal role marketing plays in companies' business strategies.